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Bolt Confident West Indies can secure T20 World Cup hat-trick

NEW YORK: Eight-time Olympic champion and avid cricket enthusiast Usain Bolt is throwing his support behind his home team, the West Indies, as they aim to become the first nation to win three T20 World Cup titles. The tournament, co-hosted by the West Indies and the United States, kicks off next month with high hopes from fans and players alike.

The golden era of West Indian cricket, highlighted by their victories in the first two editions of the 50-over World Cup, has long passed. The team didn’t even qualify for last year’s tournament in India, signaling a significant fall from grace. However, a resurgence may be on the horizon, as evidenced by the West Indies’ historic test win in Australia this January—their first in 27 years.

Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, is confident that this success marks the end of their struggles and the beginning of a new chapter. Reflecting on their past T20 World Cup triumphs in 2012 and 2016, Bolt believes the West Indies have the potential to clinch another title, especially with the advantage of hosting the tournament and the final set to take place in Barbados on June 29.

“I’m always going to go with my home team,” Bolt declared on Wednesday at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. The event offered a sneak peek at the newly constructed 34,000-seat venue, set to host part of the tournament.

The West Indies will launch their campaign against Papua New Guinea on June 2 in Guyana. Meanwhile, the United States, an unexpected cricket host, promises a unique experience for American sports fans who are more accustomed to MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL games. Bolt assured that the cricket matches will be an unforgettable spectacle.

Bolt, known for his prowess on the track, has previously demonstrated his cricket skills, and his presence at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium created a buzz among attendees. The Eisenhower Park venue in New York will host eight matches, starting with Sri Lanka versus South Africa on June 3.

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