West Indies will begin their preparations for the forthcoming World Cup with an ODI tri-series in Ireland as the opening match of the series will see the hosts taking on the Windies at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin on Sunday.
Ireland will make a fresh start in this tri-series after their home defeat to England in one-off ODI in Dublin on Friday. However, the Irish have some positives to take from defeat as their bowlers almost derailed strong England batting unit. There is plenty of experience in the top-order batting with the likes of William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, and Andy Balbirnie able to put up a competitive score while Kevin O'Brien and Gary Wilson will play a key role in the middle-order. The onus of giving early breakthroughs will be on Joshua Little, Tim Murtagh, and Boyd Rankin.
On the other hand, West Indies will miss half of their World Cup squad for this tri-series as they are playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with their respective franchises. So, in their absence West Indies might check the strength of their bench before the World Cup, with the youngsters like Shane Dowrich, Sunil Ambris, John Campbell and Raymon Reifer getting an opportunity to showcase their talent. The West Indies batting unit will depend mainly on Darren Bravo and Shai Hope at the top while Roston Chase and Jason Holder will look after the middle-order to score runs in bulk. Meanwhile, the pace