Garner: "Let's rally round West Indies"
Bridgetown, Barbados — With a chance to regain the prestigious Frank Worrell Trophy on the line, Joel “Big Bird” Garner is calling on West Indies fans to come out in their numbers in support of the Windies in the upcoming Digicel Test Series.
Garner, President of the Barbados Cricket Association and a Director of the West Indies Cricket Board, made the call at the Media conference to officially launch the Digicel Test Series on Wednesday afternoon at the Hall & Griffith Stand at Kensington Oval.
The living legend noted that he was the manager of the team the last time the Windies played for the trophy in a losing effort in 2009 and is hoping that this year the Caribbean side’s fortunes will be much different.
“It is no secret that we have been through some hard and trying times, and it has brought some hurt to those who love it. However, I want to encourage them [fans] to come out and support the team and cricket in general.
“I was the manager of the team when we visited down under not so long ago. We played some good cricket, but we were still the losers at the end of the day. I hope that things will turn around this time.
“I think that what we are seeing and watching from the fellas is the fighting spirit coming back and I hope that we have a very good and successful Test series,” said Garner.
The Frank Worrell Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Test series between the West Indies and Australia. Garner described the trophy as a symbol of supremacy between these two cricketing nations and noted that it is only fitting that the series will begin in the home of Sir Frank Worrell’s birth.
“As we look forward to an exciting three weeks of cricket, it is fitting that the battle for the Frank Worrell Trophy will bowl off here in Barbados, the homeland of the Barbados and West Indies champion. Sir Frank would be pleased with what he saw from the West Indies in the ODI’s and T20’s and like other West Indians, would encourage the team to keep fighting and battling hard,” said Garner.
The last time the West Indies won the Frank Worrell Trophy was back in 1992. The first Digicel Test match bowls off on Saturday at Kensington Oval.