West Indian fast bowling greats Wesley Hall and Joel Garner have promised that the upcoming cricket World Cup in the Caribbean islands will be "the best ever" and the hosts would provide good wickets for the mega event.
"The one-day game is loaded in favour of the batsmen but we will prepare good wickets for the tournament. This will go down as the best ever World Cup in history," said the 69-year-old Barbadian Hall who terrorised batsmen in the 1950s and 1960s with his pace.
Hall also assured that his country would be a safe place for the fans and tourists alike and though there were potential logistical problems vis-a-vis transportation of people from one island to another, they will all be overcome.
The six-foot 8-inch tall Garner, nicknamed 'Big Bird', also echoed his countryman's views and said though the West Indian pitches had slowed down over the years, the wickets during the March-April event would be good.
Both Hall, who took 192 wickets in 48 Tests, and 54-year-old Garner, considered among the meanest of bowlers in limited-overs cricket with the steepling bounce they generated, were here as ambassadors of the Barbados Tourism Board to promote the event and their country among Indian fans and tourists.
Talking to reporters, Hall said the West Indies, on the mend after years in the doldrums since their halcyon days in the 1970s and 1980s, would love to become the first team to win the World Cup as hosts and expected all rounder Dwayne Bravo and fast bowler Jerome Taylor to make their mark.