WICB President lauds fighting spirit
St John’s Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has lauded the West Indies Team for their fight and tenacity in the recent matches against Australia. In a message to the team, Dr Julian Hunte, President of the WICB, said it was pleasing to see the exciting brand of cricket the Windies played in the Digicel One-Day Series and the Digicel T20 Series. He urged the players to adopt the same approach in the upcoming Digicel Test Series.
“On behalf of the WICB and the cricket lovers of the Caribbean, I want to applaud the team on their good performances against the Australians,” Dr Hunte said. “It was pleasing to see how the team responded to the challenge with an amazing show of togetherness and commitment to the cause.
“Before the first match in St Vincent, Prime Minister Hon. Dr Ralph Gonsalves urged the Windies to give their all for the cause and we saw just that and more from a re-energised, rejuvenated team. Our boys answered the call and responded with some outstanding performances.”
West Indies and Australia played to a 2-2 result in the Digicel ODI Series, with one match ending in a thrilling tie in St Vincent. The two teams also drew the Digicel T20 Series 1-1, with the Windies charging back to win in Barbados on Friday after losing the opening match in St Lucia. The three-match Digicel Test Series bowls off next Saturday in Barbados.
Dr Hunte added: “We had Man-of-the-Match performances from Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy in the Digicel One-Day Series and Pollard also took home the Man-of-the-Series award. In the Digicel T20 Series Dwayne Smith also won a Man-of-the-Match award in the second Digicel T20.”
“There were also other individual moments of brilliance which helped to spark the team to life and keep the team alive. The fans in turn saw what was happening and responded by turning out in record numbers to ‘rally round the West Indies’ and support their beloved team. These are signs that the team and West Indies cricket are on the front burner again and we urge the players to show the same level of heart and spirit as we seek to recapture the Frank Worrell Trophy in the Test matches.”
Dr Hunte also praised the work of Head Coach Ottis Gibson, Team Manager, Richie Richardson and the members of the management team.
“Since the WICB entrusted Ottis with the job of taking the West Indies team forward we have seen steady progress. He has done an excellent job in lifting the fitness levels of the players, the standard of play on the field, and conduct and deportment off the field. These steps forward have not gone unnoticed and are some of the key building blocks as we strive to make West Indies cricket a major force in world cricket once more,” Dr Hunte noted.