The West Indies cricket team brought unbridled joy to the hearts of millions of Caribbean people at home and abroad when they won the ICC World T20 Championship at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels perhaps summed up its importance best.
He said the World Twenty20 triumph had shown to the world that West Indies cricket was back, and he hoped it would bring back a lot of fans to watch the team. “We haven’t been winning any major title for years now,” Samuels said. “This is a great achievement, for past cricketers and for these cricketers who have bonded together to form a strong unit.”
“In the past, we had some near misses but nevertheless, God willing, we came out on top. This is T20, but it can bring a lot of fans to watch us. Around the world, people still love to watch West Indies cricket. It is wonderful to bring new people and people who have been watching cricket for a long time.
“We will celebrate as long as possible and enjoy the moment. This is a moment to cherish, and cherish forever. The entire Caribbean embraces it [the trophy]. The sky is the limit and words can’t really explain it. It means the world to us.”
Barbados TODAY brings pictorial moments of a great day for West Indies cricket.