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Windies looking to stamp authority

HARARE, Zimbabwe ? West Indies begin their quest for a spot at next year World Cup when they face minnows United Arab Emirates in their opening match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers today, hoping to turn the page on their ordinary form.

The Caribbean side struggled on the slow pitches here in their two warm-up matches, sensationally losing to Afghanistan before rebounding to narrowly beat UAE and escape embarrassment.

Labelled as favourites but aware now more than ever that the qualifying campaign could be fraught with peril, Windies captain Jason Holder on Monday underscored the importance of a strong start to the competition.

?Ideally we need to start well ? it?s been a common trend in these tournaments where you really need to start well,? the all-rounder asserted.

?There?s obviously been a bit of weather around in terms of rain and we don?t want to find ourselves scrambling in the end.

?So I?ve really emphasised the importance of starting well. We?ve got UAE and Papua New Guinea up front and I think it?s important we beat both those teams heading into the last two encounters with Ireland and Netherlands.?

West Indies? fickle batting remains their ever-present plight. Against Afghanistan, they failed to chase down a modest revised target of 140 and were dismissed for 110 ? after being well-placed on 80 for two at one stage.

The shocker came against UAE when they were rolled over for 115 and needed a strong bowling effort in order to pull off victory in the end.

They boast in their ranks the veteran pair of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels who among them have played a combined 467 One-Day Internationals, and also have the likes of match-winners like the youthful pair of Evin Lewis and Shai Hope.

Holder said he was hoping for a better strip at the Old Hararians Ground as the Windies looked to mount an improved batting effort.

?It should be a really good contest.

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We played against them before a few days ago so we had a good look at the opposition and what they bring,? he explained.

?Hopefully tomorrow the conditions are a lot better than they were in the warm-up game.

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From all reports, the last game played here ? seemed to be a really good wicket with the ball coming on and you can get pretty good scores on it, so hopefully our batsmen can capitalise on the conditions tomorrow, basically stamp their authority and get us to a really good total

The match bowls off at 9:30 am (3:30 am Eastern Caribbean time).

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SQUADS

WEST INDIES ? Jason Holder (captain), Jason Mohammed (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cotterell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams.

UAE ? Rohan Mustafa (captain), Adnan Mufti, Ahmed Raza, Amir Hayat, Ashfaq Ahmed, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabber, Imran Haider, Mohammad Boota, Mohammad Naveed, Muhammad Usman, Qadeer Ahmed, Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Zahoor Khan.

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