Bravo to fans: Get behind the team

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West Indies thrashed Ireland by 70 runs here on Friday, all but assuring their qualification for the second stage Super Eights ahead of their remaining Group ‘D’ match against England.

The 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean was criticised for pricing local fans out of the market and the team’s lacklustre display did little to galvanise home support.
But Bravo, West Indies’ stand-in captain, has urged supporters to get behind their side after a seven-run loss to New Zealand in a warm-up match.
“The home advantage will play an important part and once our fans get behind us it really gets us going,” Bravo said.

“They were a bit disappointed during our warm-up game, but we showed we are a much better team than we showed then. I know the next game against England there will be a bigger crowd still and it’s always important. We can use that to our advantage,” Bravo added.

Sammy said he was looking forward to playing in front of his home crowd in St Lucia in the Super Eight phase.

“It’s important we continue playing well because whenever West Indies win it’s all for the fans,” Sammy said. “When we win the fans are happy so I’m urging all the fans wherever cricket is being played to come out and support the event.”

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