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Gibson calls on Welsh support

Ottis Gibson has called on cricket fans in Wales to support West Indies in the Champions Trophy.

The former Glamorgan player and current West Indies coach takes his side to the Cardiff Wales Stadium on June 14 to face South Africa, a week after they start their campaign against Pakistan.

Gibson’s side will be looking for their second ICC global trophy in the space of nine months after securing the IWorld Twenty20 trophy last October, and the former England bowling coach is hoping local support can spur them to victory.

He said: "The people there are very passionate about their team. I believe if we can get there early and get the support of the locals that would be great for us.

"I played for Glamorgan in the early stages of my cricket career and people welcomed me into the county. It was a really good time and the people of Wales were nice and good to me."

"It's a wonderful place for sports and you always feel the passion and love for sports over there."

West Indies were Champions Trophy winners in England during 2004 and Gibson is confident they can repeat that triumph this time around.

He added: "It is a great opportunity for us. We have quite a few players who have played in England and Wales before.

"The hardest thing will be to get used to the conditions early. But we have quite an experienced one-day outfit at the moment, so once we get there and get acclimatised early we will be OK.

"We believe we can win these big tournaments, having recently done it in Sri Lanka. So, this is something that we are really looking forward to."

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