Sir Richie credits squad for performance

Antigua Observer article.

St John's, Antigua - Manager of the West Indies cricket team, Sir Richie Richardson, has credited the regional squad for the way it performed during the ICC T20 World Cup earlier this month.

The former West Indies captain believes the squad would have gone on to win the semifinal clash against eventual champion Sri Lanka, had the encounter not been abandoned by rain.

“Since I have been with the team, it is the best I have felt in terms of the camaraderie within the team and the work ethics from all the players,” he said. “Everybody bought into what the coach wanted, what we all wanted and we were very much on course to defending the T20 championship, but it wasn’t to be.

“We never predicted a hailstorm and even though we were behind, according to Duckworth and Lewis. We still believed that with the fire-power we have, we would have won that game and would have gone all the way,” he added.

West Indies lost the match by 27 runs on the Duckworth and Lewis system.

Chasing 161 for victory for a place in the final, the West Indies team was struggling at 80 for four in the 14th over when the fearsome weather system swept across the Shere Bangla Stadium on April 3.

With West Indies well short of its par score of 108, it meant that Sri Lanka qualified for final.

Sir Richie was, however, happy that the desire to win was evident both on and off the field of play.

“We played some good cricket. I’ve always said to the players that ‘you are not going to win every match but as long as you give everything and the people in the Caribbean see that you’re devoted, you’re dedicated and you are giving all that you have got, then that is all we ask for’,” he said.

Sri Lanka clinched an emphatic six-wicket over India to win the finals of the ICC World T20 in Dhaka two Sundays ago.

First Published In The Antigua Observer.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:19