August 7, 2012
WICB showers winning Windies side with praise
West Indies team celebrating after their five-wicket win over New Zealand in the second Test match at Sabina Park. - Ian Allen
ST JOHN'S, Antigua:
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has hailed the West Indies team following their victory over the visiting New Zealand team in the Digicel Test Series.
The Windies swept the two-match Digicel Test Series, following a nine-wicket win in the first Digicel Test in Antigua, and a five-wicket victory in the second Digicel Test, which ended on Sunday at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
West Indies were equally dominant in the preceding Digicel International Twenty20 Series, winning both matches, and followed up a 4-1 triumph in the Digicel One-day International Series.
Dr Julian Hunte, president of the WICB, issued a congratulatory message to the team, praising them for their commitment throughout the series.
"On behalf of the WICB and the people of the West Indies, I want to congratulate the West Indies team after their impressive performances against New Zealand in the recent Digicel Series," he said.
"This was a wonderful way to bring the season of international matches in the Caribbean to a climax. The team outplayed the New Zealanders, and gave cogent evidence about what is possible when they work hard, remain committed, and stay focused."
Hunte said: "We are also heartened by the team's advance in the ICC Test World Rankings, albeit a minor leap ahead of the Black Caps to No. 7 in the world.
"If the team continues on the trajectory that it has shown in this series and in previous matches, particularly over the last 18 months, we believe that sooner rather than later West Indies cricket will be restored to a place among the top echelons of the game."
Hunte said the WICB acknowledged that several players made advances in the Player Rankings during the series. He noted that fast bowler Kemar Roach grabbed 12 wickets in the series and is now tied for the most wickets in Tests this calendar year with Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. "Special congratulations to Roach for winning the Digicel Man of the Series award," said Hunte.
"Roach has been an outstanding performer for West Indies this year, having put the disappointment of last year behind him. He has become the undisputed leader of the bowling attack and we look forward to him making more major contributions in the future."
Hunte said: "We must, however, recognise that several other players made pivotal contributions to the series victory and it was a total team effort.
"Whenever the occasion required someone to step up, someone did, and this augurs well for our future, as it suggests that we are building the kind of depth in the team to make it competitive over the next few years."
Digicel Twenty20 Series
June 30: First Digicel Twenty20 - Central Broward Regional Park, USA - West Indies won by 56 runs
July 1: Second Digicel Twenty20 - Central Broward Regional Park - West Indies won by 61 runs
Digicel One-day International Series
July 5: First Digicel ODI - Sabina Park, Jamaica - West Indies won by 9 wickets (D/L)
July 7: Second Digicel ODI - Sabina Park - West Indies won by 55 runs
July 11: Third Digicel ODI - Warner Park, St Kitts - New Zealand won by 88 runs
July 14: Fourth Digicel ODI - Warner Park - West Indies won by 24 runs
July 16: Fifth Digicel ODI - Warner Park - West Indies won by 20 runs
20-22: WICB President's XI vs New Zealand - Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua - Match drawn
Digicel Test Series
25-29: First Digicel Test - Vivian Richards Cricket Ground - West Indies won by nine wickets
August 2-6: Second Digicel Test - Sabina Park - West Indies won by five wickets.