Congratulations, West Indies Cricket teams
THE EDITOR SIR:
Victories over Australia and England by the West Indies Women and Men T20 cricket teams, respectively in the recently-concluded ICC T20 World Cup Finals, have brought about an unprecedented level of happiness and joy to West Indies cricket fans, not experienced in many years. Their victories follow closely on that of the West Indies Under-19 team, a few weeks ago, in the Under-19 ICC World Cup Finals.
The brilliant innings by Hayley Matthews, Stafanie Taylor's captaincy, and player of the tournament award were more than impressive. So too, was the captaincy of Darren Sammy, along with the match winning performances of Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite.
While recognising the performance of these players in the respective finals, there is no doubt that the strength of the two teams during the tournaments, rested on the fact that they played as a team - it was team effort that mattered most.
Their hard work, dedication and application provide signals of hope. It should stimulate the shareholders and stakeholders alike to resolve all the outstanding challenges currently facing the game in the Caribbean.
The performance of the teams, has once again, brought to the centre of Caribbean discourse the importance and relevance of West Indies cricket to our state of mind as a people.
As we rightly celebrate our triple Championships on the Asian Continent in T20 Cricket, the Caribbean dare not abandon our pursuit to once again reach the pinnacle of success that West Indies Cricket previously achieved in Tests and the One Day Game.
That total mastery will require a combination of effective governance, efficient management, the honing of the abundant skills and talents which exist in the Region. It must entail adequate rewards to our players, commensurate with performance and their total dedication to the cause.
Let these triumphant victories serve as a spur to build on the legacy of our legends who have won the admiration of crowds wherever this beautiful game is played. An early and final resolution cannot be beyond our collective grasp.
Let me warmly congratulate everyone who has contributed in making this hat-trick of victories possible, and proved once again the capacity of cricket to pull our people together.
P. J. Patterson, ON,
Chairman, Cricket Tournament Committee - CPL