Even though they finished second in the Professional Cricket League and the Super50 tournament, chief executive officer of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Noel Lynch is happy with the performance of the Barbados Pride team in both competitions.
Speaking at a reception for the team in the Presidential Suite at Kensington Oval yesterday afternoon, Lynch said it was commendable that after losing ten players to international duty with the West Indies team, Barbados Pride placed second in both competitions.
“This is not an attempt to detract from the winners of the two competitions, but it is not easy to lose ten players to international cricket and still place second in these competitions,” Lynch said.
He stated that it was not easy to build the kind of synergies that the team would have wanted to build with the constant changing of players but the team should be congratulated on their performance.
“This was a very young team, their average age was 24 and we are proud of their performance in the 2017/18 season,” the CEO said.
His comments were echoed by president of the BCA Conde Riley who said the young team represented Barbados with pride.
“I am happy to see that our young team whose ages averaged 24 performed in a manner that makes us proud of them. It’s ironic that Kyle Hope who now plays for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force suggested to us four years ago when we were searching for a name that Barbados were the lions of regional cricket. At that time we had won over 25 of the regional first-class competitions. Hope reminded us that lions hunt in a pride, therefore the name Barbados Pride was the most suitable name for the team which had dominated first-class cricket in the region,” Riley said.
“This year gave us an opportunity to showcase the skills of some of our younger players after losing several of our senior players to international duty with the West Indies senior and A teams. As a result, we have used 28 players throughout the season, I am very happy that these players represented Barbados with pride,” the president said.
Manager of the team Wendell Coppin stated that effort of Barbados Pride to reach the finals of the Super50 tournament would be clearly seen if a comparative analysis was done of the performance of the Pride and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.
“We lost ten players and still reached the final of the Super50 tournament, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were leading the tournament at the end of the seventh round. They lost three players and did not make it into the final of the competition. We lost the majority of our players due to duty with various West Indies’ team and yet we made it to the finals,” Coppin said.
He urged the cricketers to be aware of the legacy of Barbados and West Indies’ cricket and suggested they walk in the footsteps of those who paved the path for their success. Coppin called on the entire country to give their support to the national cricket team.
“All of us must be involved if Barbados is to continue to play its part in keeping the legacy of West Indies cricket alive,” Coppin said.