West Indies failed to emerge from the group stage at the last World Twenty20 and they might suffer the same fate this time around having been drawn in Group C with Australia and Sri Lanka.
Their form in the recent one-day series with England suggests they will be off the pace this time around, with performances plagued by haphazard batting, wayward bowling and dismal fielding.
They do possess match-winners, however, none more so than captain Chris Gayle, who smashed the fastest TwentyT20 century in 2007 – a 50-ball blitz in the opening game against South Africa.
Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul will need to lend support to their captain if West Indies are to be successful.
Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor will lead the attack, while talented all-rounder Dwayne Bravo also has an important role to play.
Chris Gayle (captain)
The laid-back Jamaican has made no secret of the fact that he prefers the shorter format of the game and it is easy to see why. Capable of getting the innings off to a flying start, his destructive batting can see some of the finest bowlers in the world dispatched to all parts of the ground. With a strike-rate of 161, expect fireworks.
The diminutive wicketkeeper is regarded as one of the finest glovemen in world cricket. He scored a fine century in the Test series against England in the Caribbean and, though he has struggled somewhat with the bat of late, he undoubtedly possesses the talent to make consistent runs at the highest level.
A promising young batsman, Fletcher is another flamboyant right-hander to break into the West Indies side. He has yet to make his mark on the international stage, but, at just 21, he will be hoping it is during the World Twenty20.
A world-class batsman in every form of the game, the Windies rely heavily on Sarwan’s runs at the top of the order. Extravagant through the off side, particularly off the back foot, the 28-year-old will be required to contribute heavily if West Indies are to prosper.
Given his obdurate and unorthodox batting style, it would be easy to think that Chanderpaul is not suited to the limited-overs game. However, the left-hander’s canny knack of getting the ball into strange positions and his wealth of experience mean he is the mainstay of West Indies' middle order.
Pollard’s powerful middle-order hitting has seen him become an integral part of the Windies’ one-day team. A strong man, he is particularly brutal off his legs and, with some handy bowling to boot, he is one to watch.
The premier all-rounder of the side, Bravo’s recent return to fitness could prove vital to West Indies’ chances. Equally efficient with willow or leather in hand, he is also a livewire in the field. A genuine world-class player with plenty of Twenty20 experience and know-how.
The all-rounder was the first St Lucian to represent West Indies and is a man of undoubted talent, the majority of which has yet to be fulfilled. He took 7-66 on his Test debut, but has to yet to reproduce that form in the one-day arena.
Edwards is the fastest bowler in the Windies ranks and, with a slingy action, he is regularly capable of breaking the 90mph barrier. His small frame causes the ball to skid on and he will pose a real threat at the top of the innings.
The 24-year-old seam bowler is a relative newcomer to the West Indies squad, but his solid action and ability to swing the ball could see him become a useful weapon in English conditions.
West Indies finally seemed to have found the answer to their spinning problems following the introduction of Benn. The tall left-armer is able to get turn and bounce and is equally adept at tying an end up. Also useful for some lower-order hitting, he is a key part of the side.
The right-arm seamer maintains a tight line and his fuller length and ability to move the ball both ways off the seam make Taylor a dangerous asset. A Test century and ambitions to be regarded as a genuine all-rounder suggest he should not underestimated with the bat.
The batting ability of Simmons is there for all to see and the 24-year-old has every shot in the book. His 282 in a tour match against England earlier this year proves his talent and, whilst a lack of application has limited his progression, the shorter format of the game may well suit him.
The 23-year-old is another batsman who has a large amount of talent which is yet to be fulfilled. Marshall, a right-hander who has shots all around the wicket, will be hoping to make the most of his recall to the squad.
With no international Twenty20 experience and six years since his last international appearance, many may be surprised by Bernard’s inclusion. However, the bowling all-rounder will be keen to prove doubters wrong should he get the chance to impress.