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Caricom hails West Indies men, women

Published:Wednesday | April 6, 2016 | 4:00 AM
CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC:

CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque has congratulated the West Indies women and men's teams for winning the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday.

Ambassador LaRocque says the victories are evidence that the people of the region have the ability to lead the world, not just compete.

The West Indies women defeated the defending champions Australia to win the Women's World T20 title for the first time, while the men crushed England a few hours later to become the first team to win the men's World T20 title twice.

"Once again, the West Indies cricketers have brought glory to our region," said LaRocque.

"I congratulate the women and men's teams on their victories in the International Cricket Council World T20 competitions, which demonstrated their ability to overcome the challenges they faced."

LaRocque also praised the teams' coaching and support staff, noting that their hard work ensured that the players maintained their focus.

He also expressed the hope that the victories including the Under-19 World Cup captured by West Indies earlier this year, will inspire the region's youth in particular.

"I also want to congratulate the teams' coaching staff for their efforts. The teamwork and team spirit in both teams were evident throughout the competition as the hard work of the coaching and support staff ensured that the players, very well led by the captains, kept their focus on the ultimate goal," he said.

"These triumphs underscored the fact that our people have the ability, not only to compete, but to lead the world."