Gros-Islet, St Lucia – President of the West Indies Cricket Board Dr. Julian Hunte said that Trinidad & Tobago have established themselves as the undisputed kings of Twenty20 cricket in the Caribbean, after their decisive victory over Guyana to take their third Caribbean T20 title.
“There can be no question as to who the kings of T20 cricket is in this part of the World,” the WICB President said.
“On behalf of the WICB, I would like to congratulate the T&T Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin, his players and support staff for their dominance and eventual triumph in this year’s CT20. Their professionalism, planning and execution were impressive and thoroughly superior and this showed in the eventual result.”
Dr. Hunte added: “I wish to also commend the President Azim Bassarath and the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board for having diligently ensured that all plans were in place for the team to be properly prepared for the tournament.
“The TTCB had long charted a development plan and we are seeing that their vision and labour are bearing fruit, and we, at the WICB level, have also embarked on a formal strategic plan and we too are beginning to see success come our way.”
Dr. Hunte said: “Through the vision and leadership of the TTCB, we have seen the emergence of a cadre of some of the best players in the World in the T20 format coming from the two-island republic, and we look forward to these players dominating in other versions and other players also coming to the fore as both T&T and West Indies cricket move from strength to strength.”
This year’s CT20 was played in Trinidad and St. Lucia. and concluded last Sunday with defending champions T&T playing unbeaten in the tournament to retain the title, when they defeated Guyana by nine wickets.
Seven regional teams participated in the marquee WICB regional event. T&T have won the title on three of the four occasions it was played, while Guyana won the first edition in 2010.
T&T will represent the West Indies in the Champions League to be played later this year.
“We look forward to T&T representing us with pride and energy in the Champions League and they will have the full support of the WICB as usual as they move onto the World stage to compete for what is effectively a World title,” Dr. Hunte concluded.
This year’s CT20 was the final edition of the tournament. The Caribbean Premier League, which will be launched later this year, will replace it.
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