ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):Antigua Hawksbills coach and cricket legend, Sir Vivian Richards, hopes that those young players who featured for the local franchise would have left the tournament having gained valuable experience, equipping them for similar future tournaments.
Sir Viv, who said he is looking forward to being part of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) T20 cricket tournament in 2014, added that he could not have desired better from the players where dedication and discipline were concerned.
"It is always something that you would enjoy. The guys around were pretty disciplined in their behaviour whether it's on or off the field and they were just pretty special people to work around. When you look and see the local (players), the contribution they would have made in this competition itself, it's pretty healthy," he was quoted in the Antigua Observer.
"In every losing cause, you have to analyse the way in which you think you can improve and I guess this is a phase. It's the very first time that we would have had such in the region and guys getting their minds and bodies mentally equipped to deal with such, and I don't think there was much embarrassment caused here if we compete hard and compete hard enough but we ended up the wrong side of the stick."
Sir Viv, a former West Indies captain, spoke also of the contributions made by a number of senior players like Ricky Ponting, though he was hoping for more.
"Ricky and all the other guys from the overseas professional unit, they were pretty good in the dressing room. They were pretty good with the guys, and in terms of information passing and the stuff they would have been involved with in the past helped in a very big way."
Hawksbills, captained by Jamaica's Marlon Samuels, failed to reach the semi-finals of the competition.