Exit interviews: Sri Lanka, West Indies, Scotland and Bangladesh

A look at where to for the teams who can't win this thing.

So here is some exit interviews, but I have already covered most of these teams, but now I can look at them as they go forward to the next tournament.

Sri Lanka

They are building a really interesting core of a team.

Let's look at what they have. A few new ball bowlers who have pace or skill.  I worry a bit more about them coming back later, but it's a nice combination upfront. They also seem confident. Chameera got an IPL call-up this year; Karunuarate and Kumara were really impressive at times. Without a left-armer that they can bank on, it's a concern, and I really don't see a great death bowler in this lot. Chameera might work it out, but the others looked terrible. That's a concern.

They also have guys who can hit spin in the middle.  In fact, with Asalanka, Rajapaksa and Hasaranga have they found a pretty good four, five, and seven. Finding someone like Asalanka is incredible if he keeps playing spin like he is right now.  To be able to build around him and the others is a good place to start.

And they have two world-class spinners; Theekshana and Hasaranga is a good combo. Theekshana can bowl earlier, and Hasaranga is not afraid to go deep into the innings.  I really like the way they have different skills as well, and both can move the ball in either direction.

So that's the good, what don't they have, a top three and death bowling. That's not that bad.  I think these are things you can find by having a local league. It's hard to be a good death bowler if you only do it at the International level. That's not the case for opening. But more players will be tried at the top, and I hope someone develops. I want to see more of Dhanajaya de Silva opening at the franchise level, and Kusal Perera could be incredible there.

Of all the four teams, they were the best in the tournament, but also have a fairly sunny future.

West Indies

I was one of the many people who thought the West Indies should have done better. Or even win the whole thing. I am looking at their team right now, and I still feel that way.

In their batting, no one made 100 runs at all. That is their strength, that is what everyone was afraid of, and outside of Pooran in two knocks, and one each from Hetmyer and Lewis, no one made any runs.  Even if you allow for T20 to fluctuate and be random, that's a terrible outcome.

The obvious thing is to focus on their ages, and this is an old team. I don't have a massive problem with that, but I know the talent behind this. To go with Hetmyer, Pooran and Allen, you have Powell, Hemraj, Cornwall, Rutherford, and so many others who haven't developed to push these players out. Gayle and Simmons aren't the problems; the fact that there was no obvious younger players was.

But let's talk about the bowling; they came here with a bowling lineup who can't take wickets. Obed McCoy getting injured was a problem, as he is a wicket-taker. But he isn't enough to fix this. They've taken 12 wickets in four games. But I don't think West Indies have been making bowlers who attack over the last few years. They're all defensive spoilers or all rounders with limits.  Somehow they need to start pushing attacking bowlers.

There is plenty of talent out there, but will Cricket West Indies develop it, or will they continue to let the avengers assemble. They need top three batters, attacking bowlers, and to find another spinner.  They can't just leave these things to the free market.


They roared through the opening round, fell down when they got to the second, But I thought they were outstanding against New Zealand.

Their batting has been poor for them. I have worked for this team and seen them up close, this is absolutely their strength, and it hasn't quite happened yet. And the worry is that their batting core is three guys over the age of 32. It's not terminal, but I don't see any obvious replacements just yet.

They continue to find good seamers, Davey, Wheal and Sharif are all strong in different ways. And in Mark Watt they might have found an amazingly frugal left-arm finger spinner.

It's a bit too early on someone like Chris Greaves, but what a find he seems to be. But Michael Leask had two of the sort of innings that Scotland want more of from him. Maybe he takes a step and becomes a consistent hitter at six.

They need left-arm pace, a front line wrist spinner and probably young gun to slip into their top four.

But what Scotland really need is money and structure. They were a very amateur team as recently as the 2015 World Cup, and they are making remarkable strides forward. But this is still a few guys on low local contracts and county players coming together. I think there is talent, and that game against New Zealand might be the best they have played at a World Cup.

They cut off the Kiwi top order, pulled back set players smashing them, and then gave themselves a chance with the bat, but probably just lost wickets too frequently.  All in all, this is their best World Cup campaign in either format.


I have already gone large on Bangladesh batting; they just don't score quickly enough. It is a huge problem, and I am not sure it has an easy answer. Their pitches at all levels seem to help the bowlers, and blokes who chip it around, which they produce.

Quite clearly, they need a wrist spinner (or wrist spinners), and they're kinda of praying that Mustafizuer's shoulder stays intact.  As I wrote the other day, I have no idea how they cover Shakib if he walks away. And their bowling is good, but not good enough to cover a lack of runs.  I mean, they would have to be the world's best bowling attack to cover for the fact that Bangladesh generally don't make much more than 140. Taskin Ahmed will explode if he doesn't get to bowl at a real target more.

They've got some young talent in the batting, but I think they have the same problems as the older players they are now replacing. I get plenty of correspondence from Bangladeshi fans telling me to watch out for his new exciting batting prospect. But they all look technically correct and unable to score quick and stay in.

Of course the biggest problem is that Bangladesh can play at home - all politics is local. They almost need to ignore that and work out how to win away from home in all formats.  But the more times they have success at home, the more that means they double down on what already works, rather than looking at other ways to move forward.