“West Indies could win ICC World T-20 in India in 2016!”
Sun, Aug 2, '15
by COLIN CROFT
West Indies could win ICC’s next World T-20 tournament, to be held in India in March and April 2016, but that win would depend on many computations and selections. I had also predicted, boasted even, during R. Allen Stanford’s 2008 T-20 tournament, that WI not only should, but would win World T-20 2012, as even by 2008, it was patently obvious that the T-20 format was best suited for our players and offered better possibilities for further WI success. So, WI’s last international tournament win in 2012 at WT-20 in Sri Lanka did not surprise me. Oh, I have proof of that prediction too! Also, by 2008, despite stalwarts Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan, WI cricket had descended into being an international joke, with batsmen being selected to play Tests for WI without even one first-class century, while others seemed incapable of thinking through any game that lasted even one day.
"It will never be worth even a tiny fraction of the likes of the IPL as this is a small economic region going through hard times, but we will move into profitable territory from next year," O'Donohoe said.
The 2015 Caribbean Premier League offered a delightful dream in contrast to the never-ending nightmare that has been the plight of the West Indies cricket fan over the last two decades. Capacity crowds were riveted by close finishes as the game was invigorated by this year's tournament - as it has been in the first two editions of the competition.
A league that now begins to rival the highly successful Indian Premier League and Australia's Big Bash for the quality of cricket and entertainment on offer, enthralled the Caribbean islands at exactly the time that the shambolic WICB would learn that West Indies will not qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy.
The CPL is the hottest ticket the region has seen for some time. Scalpers were openly selling tickets for the final outside the Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain for a minimum of US$300, and tickets for the two qualifiers before that weren't much cheaper.
Former West Indies selector Michael Findlay says the Caribbean team has only themselves to blame if they do not qualify for the ICC 2017 Champions Trophy.
The top eight ranked International Cricket Council (ICC) teams qualify for the ODI competition in two year’s time. But with the tri-nations tournament between Zimbabwe, West Indies and Pakistan now officially off, the West Indies are now ranked ninth and outside the qualification criteria and will have no other opportunity to improve their ranking before the September 30 cut-off date.
“Like most West Indians, I am disappointed that the West Indies won’t be going to that tournament. But we have only ourselves to blame because we haven’t been playing good cricket,” Findlay told the Express.