Both the West Indies men and women’s teams have come in for high praises after capturing respective International Cricket Council Twenty20 World Cup titles today.
The women captured their first ever T20 title by defeating England by eight-wickets, while the men added to the title they won in 2014 by recording a four-wicket victory over England in an exciting final.
Their inspiring performances earned them accolades from West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron, West Indies Players Association (WIPA) CEO Wavell Hinds and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.
“The men, women and under 19 teams within the last three months have made the West Indies a region worthy of tremendous attention by being the best at the international level in World Cricket. We are indeed a proud set of people today and we want to thank all of you for your tremendous support. The men’s team has been electric and exciting in their performances during the tournament and we are all proud. This is a defining moment for cricket and we ought to thank each and every one of our directors, management, staff and supporters for the support West Indies Cricket has received. This is a truly ecstatic moment and we are indeed proud of this momentous achievement. The T20 format is a springboard to the other formats and we will use this as an opportunity to continue the development work we have to do to make the overall cricket product better. The men executed their comprehensive plan and we are pleased with the results. We salute the entire delegation on the hard work and commitment showed. We congratulate the team and management,” a press release from the WICB stated.
A proud Hinds, himself a former West Indies cricketer said, “Congratulations to the team, the management and support staff for an outstanding performance during this tournament. West Indies cricket looks to be in a good place after we have captured the ICC Under 19 World Cup and the women and men’s World T20 titles. Congratulations again to the West Indies Mens team and I am sure the entire Caribbean and the diaspora are feeling very proud of these achievements.”
Mottley, the Leader of the Barbados Labour Party also took the time to congratulate the team for their record breaking performances.
“Today is one of those specials days in our lives! Through it all – the tribulations, the doubts – our West Indian men and women lifted the spirits of six million people in the region. With the West Indies claiming the Under-19 championship, our spirits are soaring!” the release stated.
“They reminded us today of our creative genius – it is up to the rest of us to believe that we are truly world class. Resilience, persistence, confidence and team work. And to Carlos Brathwaite – to the very, very end, with the odds against us, your self-confidence, flair and excellence stands for all Barbadians as the ultimate inspiration. Congratulations to young Hayley Matthews. At 18 years old you remind us of why we know that our best days lie ahead of us as Barbadians.”