The inaugural West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 tournament has been hailed as a resounding success. Dr Julian Hunte, President of the WICB, was full of praise for the organizers who worked tirelessly to put on the tournament and also congratulated everyone who played a role in the July 22-31 event.
He also lauded the players, members of the management for the eight teams, and the match officials for their enthusiasm, professionalism, and commitment to West Indies cricket.
“I want to say well down to everyone who had a hand in the successful staging of the Caribbean T20 Tournament. It was a quality event and the people of the Caribbean have every reason to be proud of what we saw on the fields at Kensington Oval in Barbados and Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. The entire cricket world witnessed what we have on offer, via our broadcast partner ESPN, and it looked really good. The people of the region are the ones who made it happen and we at the WICB want them to know they did a fantastic job.”
He was speaking after the conclusion of Saturday’s epic final at Queen’s Park Oval, when Guyana beat Barbados by one wicket. Dr Hunte said he was also delighted that a number of young players emerged during the tournament.
Dr Hunte said: “Special congratulations must go to the Guyana team for that tremendous victory. They played very well as a team and had to fight hard for their wins. The final was one to remember and the Guyanese showed the value of self-belief as they came from behind to record a miraculous victory. Barbados also played well and deserved to be in the final and I want to say well done to them as well. It was a delight to see several new players coming to the forefront and showing their quality and we hope to see much more of them in the future as we strive to revitalize West Indies Cricket.”
He added: “From the first ball the people were really into the CT20. Throughout the tournament you could feel the vibes and it was clear there is still that passion among West Indians. In the first stage in Barbados the fans came out to show their support and in Trinidad it went to another level, with close to 50 000 spectators watching the spectacle. At the WICB we aim to build on this as we try to ensure that cricket in the Caribbean remains the game of the people.”