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West Indies cricket team: full details
The West Indies cricket team is a men’s team of athletes, including representatives of different nationalities from 15 Caribbean Territories. The team is overseen by the cricket governing body Cricket West Indies. The West Indies national team is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and regularly performs in such popular tournaments as One Day Internationals, Tests and T20I.
The West Indies cricket team: a history of the development of cricket
Officially, the history of cricket in the West Indies began with the selection of teams for an away game of cricket in England in the 1890s. In 1928, the West Indies national team received a status that allowed them to participate in test tournaments. Thus, the West Indies became the fourth country after Australia, England and South Africa to start playing in Tests. It is worth noting that representatives of the British colony played for the West Indies team.
The first historic victory of the West Indies cricket team took place on June 29 in 1950, in a match against a team from England at Lord’s.
Since the 1970s, a new era has begun in the West Indies national team. The best players played in the team, who demonstrated incredible performance. At the same time, the national team made its debut at the One Day International, which took place on September 5 in 1973, against a team from England.
The “golden” period of the West Indies cricket team lasted for 20 years, but in the 1990s, a period of complete stagnation came for it. It took the national team more than 10 years to reach approximately the same level. In 2006, the West Indies team played in a Twenty20 International against New Zealand for the first time. The West Indies national cricket team is currently ranked seventh in the Tests and ninth in the One Day International and Twenty20.
At the moment, the West Indies cricket team consists of 9 representatives of sovereign states, two representatives from Saint Kitts and Nevis, three representatives of the UK British Overseas Territories, one representative from the Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and one from the United States Territory of the United States. For more information about the participating countries, see the table.
|Members-representatives of the West Indies national cricket team|
|Sovereign states||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Parts of Saint Kitts and Nevis||Saint Kitts|
|United Kingdom British Overseas Territories||Anguilla|
|British Virgin Islands|
|Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands||Sint Maarten|
|United States Territory of the United States||US Virgin Islands|
West Indies cricket team: main achievements
The main professional achievements of the West Indies cricket team:
- In 1975, the team won the ICC Cricket World Cup. It repeated its success in 1979.
- In 1983, it took second place at the Cricket World Cup.
- In 2004, it won the ICC Champions Trophy.
- In 2006, it took second place at the ICC Champions Trophy.
- In 2012, it won the ICC T20 World Cup. The title was taken again in 2016.
The West Indies national cricket team holds several records. For example, the West Indies became the first team to win the ICC Cricket World Cup twice in a row. However, this record was broken by the Australian national team, which won the Cricket World Cup three times in a row – in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
In the period from the 1970s to the 1990s, the West Indies cricket team was considered the strongest team in the world, which showed the best results in ODI and tests. The national team at that time included athletes whose names were listed in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which was founded in 2009. The most powerful players in the world included 18 athletes:
- Garfield Sobers (28.07.1936) – played at the position of highly skilled bowler.
- Lance Gibbs (29.09.1934) – played as a spin bowler.
- George Headley (30.05.1909-30.11.1983) – played as a batsman.
- Brian Lara (2.05.1969) – played as a batsman.
- Vivian Richards (7.03.1952) – played as a batsman.
- Clive Lloyd (31.08.1944) – played as a batsman.
- Malcolm Marshall (18.04.1958-4.11.1999) – played at the fast bowler position.
- Alvin Kallicharran (21.03.1949) – played as a batsman.
- Andy Roberts (29.01.1951) – played at the bowler position.
- Rohan Kanhai (26.12.1935) – played as a batsman, occasional wicket-keeper.
- Frank Worrell (1.08.1924-13.03.1967) – played as a right-handed batsman and useful left-arm seam bowler.
- Clyde Walcott (17.01.1926-26.08.2006) – played as a wicket-keeper.
- Everton Weekes (26.02.1925-1.07.2020) – played as an occasional wicket-keeper.
- Curtly Ambrose (21.09.1963) – played at the bowler position.
- Michael Holding (16.02.1954) – played at the bowler position.
- Courtney Walsh (30.10.1962) – played at the bowler position.
- Joel Garner (16.12.1952) – played at the bowler position.
- Wes Hall (12.09.1937) – played at the fast bowler position.
The West Indies national team ranks third in the world in terms of the number of the best players whose names have been entered into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, after England (28 athletes) and Australia (27 athletes). The Indian national team is in fourth place – it represents only six players in the table.
West Indies national cricket team: current squad, coaches
In total, there are 32 athletes in the reserve of the West Indies cricket team:
- Test captain playing in the opening batsman position: Kraigg Brathwaite (Barbados).
- Captain for One Day International and Twenty20, playing in the position of all-rounders: Kieron Pollard (Trinidad and Tobago).
- Vice-captain at Tests, playing at the position of middle-order batsmen: Jermaine Blackwood (Jamaica).
- Vice-captain at One Day International, playing as wicket-keeper: Shai Hope (Barbados).
- Vice-captain at Twenty20, playing in the position of wicket-keeper: Nicholas Pooran (Trinidad and Tobago).
- Opening batsmen (3): Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons (Trinidad and Tobago), Chris Gayle (Jamaica).
- Middle-order batsmen (3): Nkrumah Bonner (Leeward Islands), Darren Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago), Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana).
- Wicket-keepers (2): Andre Fletcher (Windward Islands), Joshua Da Silva (Trinidad and Tobago).
- All-rounder (7): Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers and Roston Chase (Barbados), Andre Russel and Fabian Allen (Jamaica), Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago), Rahkeem Cornwall (Leeward Islands).
- Pace bowlers (8): Shannon Gabriel and Jayden Seales (Trinidad and Tobago), Alzarri Joseph (Leeward Islands), Kemar Roach and Fidel Edwards (Barbados), Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas (Jamaica), Obed McCoy (Windward Islands).
- Spin bowlers (4): Hayden Walsh Jr (Leeward Islands), Kevin Sinclair (Guyana), Jomel Warrican (Barbados), Akeal Hossein (Trinidad and Tobago).
The head coach of the national team is Phil Simmons. Monty Desai trains the batsmen, and Roddy Estwick trains the bowlers. District Griffith is responsible for fielding.
West Indies cricket team: stadiums, logo, uniform, nickname, anthem
At the moment, the West Indies national cricket team holds matches at 12 stadiums.
|West Indies national cricket team: stadiums|
|Territory||Names of stadiums||First match||Capacity|
|Trinidad, Port of Spain
|Queens Park Oval||1930 (Test)||18.000 spectators|
|Barbados, Bridgetown||Kensington Oval||1930 (Test)||28.000 spectators|
|Bourda||1930 (Test)||22.000 spectators|
|Providence Stadium||2007 (ODI)||15.000 spectators|
|Jamaica, Kingston||Sabina Park||1930 (Test)||15.000 spectators|
|Antigua, St Johns||Antigua Recreation Ground||1981 (Test)||12.000 spectators|
|St Vinsent, Kingstown, Arnos Vale||Arnos Vale||1997 (Test)||18.000 spectators|
|Grenada, St Georges||National Cricket Stadium||2002 (Test)||20.000 spectators|
|St Lucia, Gros Islet||Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium||2003 (Test)||12.000 spectators|
|St Kitts, Basseterre||Warner Park Stadium||2006 (Test)||10.000 spectators|
|Dominica, Rosenau||Windsor Park Stadium||2007 (ODI)||12.000 spectators|
|Antigua, North Sound||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium||2007 (ODI)||10.000 spectators|
As a rule, any cricket team representing its country performs under its national flag. However, as we know, the history of the West Indies is a little more complicated because it includes several independent states. Therefore, the governing body of the West Indies national cricket team has developed a logo of distinction: it depicts an island in the middle of the ocean with a palm tree and a cricket wicket, and at the top, a yellow circle on the right side indicates a bright sun. This image was approved in 1999. Before that, since 1923, the emblem looked almost exactly the same, only instead of the sun, the constellation Orion was depicted, and the color scheme in the picture was less bright.
The official nickname of the West Indies cricket team is the Windies. And the song “Rally Round the West Indies” by David Rudder is played as the anthem at the matches.
As for the form, athletes, as a rule, at such cricket competitions as One Day International and Twenty20 International, perform in maroon clothing. A yellow vest can be worn on top during the T20. At the Tests, all players perform in white uniforms. Maroon caps can act as hats.
The main sponsor of the West Indies national cricket team is Sandals.
West Indies women’s National Cricket Team
The West Indies women’s national cricket team deserves special words. Although the team is not developing as dynamically as other representatives of the national women’s teams, it still exists and also performs at international competitions, but quite rarely.
Until 2013, the West Indies women’s cricket team did not demonstrate any outstanding success, but after the team finished second at the World Cup in 2013, the team’s affairs went much better. Three years later, in 2016, the team won its first Women’s World Twenty20. This victory was special for the women’s national team because it beat Australia, which was the current three-time world champion in cricket.
The West Indies Cricket Team is one of the strongest teams in the world, which is very interesting for fans to follow. We regularly publish cricket tips for betting, including for the West Indies team.