QUEEN MEETS CAPTAINS AS WORLD PREPARES FOR CRICKET’S FINEST
Sir Viv got a loud cheer and huge applause when he was introduced to the spectators. He said it was great to be part of the build-up to the marquee event which runs from May 30 to July 14, when the final will be played at Lord’s. A West Indies hero in 1975 – with magnificent fielding and again in 1979 – with one of the game’s greatest batting display –Sir Viv is indeed the king of the World Cup stage.
“It’s World Cup and there’s no bigger stage for players to showcase their skills and let the entire world know what they’re made of,” he said.
“It’s about representing your country and your people and being counted. As the saying goes ‘it’s where the tough gets going’. Here in England is one of the best places to play the game, with lovely facilities, great conditions and we know the entire world will be watching. Starting tomorrow we will see who has the mettle and mental strength to go all the way and lift that trophy at Lord’s.”
“Some of the greatest memories of my career were playing in this competition so to have been able to have held this trophy up as captain in 2015 was very special,” said Clarke. “I think there’s five or six teams that can win it. England are in great form and their preparation has been outstanding so they are obviously the favourites,” he finished.