Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 18th 2016 Contents The women won the 2016
T20 World Cup despite the
drawbacks identified by the
Caricom Cricket Review
Panel (CCRP) 2015:
• "Lack of financial and
infrastructural support and
commitment to the sus-
tainable development of
women s cricket" (p5). In
2015 women cricketers
received match fees for the
annual regional tournament
for the first time.
• "There is no organised, official programmes and
policies in place by the WICB to develop women s
• "WICB management looks towards the territorial
boards and governments to take the lead in the area
of cricket development for women, while it accepts
the responsibility for the development of cricket skills
for the men s teams" (p5).
• Since 2005 when the WICB took over responsibility
for managing the women s game, the amount of regional
cricket played have declined. Whereas there are annual
U15, U17, U19 and A Team cricket for men, the women
players are restricted to playing 50 overs.
• Even more alarming, "there are no organised, con-
sistent set of structures in place by the territorial boards.
Some boards do have clubs, do not encourage the
development of clubs and do not organise national/ter-
ritorial competitions." (p5).
The WI will host the 2018 women s T20 World Cup
and chances of successfully defending the title at home
will be high as the majority of the 2016 team will be
available. However, by 2020, there will be need for
some new players and the recommendations of the
CCRP is required NOW. This includes, but not limited
to, leagues in all territories, U19 regional tournament
and also providing the players with all the other support
While the men s game gets embroiled in the politics
of administration, play on the field is not improving
outside of T20. Micheal Holding posits that the suc-
cesses of the T20 World Cup will not necessarily lead
to a revival of the longer version 50 overs and test
cricket. He asserts further that the professionalisation
of the regional four-day tournament will not necessarily
lead to a revival because rewarding mediocrity will not
automatically lead to an improvement in performance
in 50 overs and test cricket.
Maybe the performances in the four test matches
against India in July/August will signal the long awaited
turn-around in test cricket which still remains the pre-
mier format of the game.
Thinking ahead, the WI success in future T20 World
Cups will have to be built around a new squad of
players. The next T20 World Cup for men is in 2020
in Australia. Therefore, the challenge is there for players
to put their hands up and be counted in the CPL to
be part of this cadre.
Additionally, good performances in the CPL may
result in these players catching the attention of inter-
national franchise holders in Australia, India, South
Africa, England, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Failure in planning ahead can see the current shining
star of World Champions of women and men T20 fade
into obscurity. It will then be a repeat of the aftermath
of the dominance of the 1980s where the WI men
team have struggled since 1995 to consistently perform
well against the top nations in test and ODI.
Time will tell if that is the case of West Indies crick-
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The euphoria and jubilation of the
successes of the West Indies women and
men s T20 World Cup wins must be
understood in the overall context of the
How is the game to be developed on these
achievements along with the Under 19 World
At the same time, these triumphs must
not mask the unfortunate continuing vexatious
and cantankerous relationship between the
major stakeholders; the players, administrators,
Caricom and the West Indian population.
The victory of the WI women s team was
astonishingly brilliant as it took place against
a background of absent developmental struc-
tures. The women cricketers won the World
Cup because of a sheer desire and hunger.
Good sense---only cure to Windies ills
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