BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — President of the WICB Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron has showered praise on the West Indies Women’s Team following their capture of the Women’s T20 International Tri Series in Barbados, and has also applauded the large number of spectators who came out to see the recent matches.
West Indies beat England by eight wickets at Kensington Oval on Saturday night, in the Grand Final watched by a crowd of approximately 4,000. Stafanie Taylor won the Player of the Match Award while Deandra Dottin took the Virgin Atlantic Player of the Series Award.
Speaking on behalf of the WICB and the cricket-loving public of the Caribbean, Cameron said: “It was an amazing performance in front of a packed 3Ws Stand. I spoke to the players the night before and I told them to make us proud and that is exactly what they did. It was a champion performance from our women.”
He added: “It was the way they went about the game that was particularly pleasing. The effort and the passion reminded you of what West Indies cricket is all about. We will continue to support the women’s game and I want to encourage them to do the same as they move in to Trinidad for the three ODIs against England at the Queen’s Park Oval.”
As part of its commitment to women’s cricket the WICB produced and broadcast all seven matches in the Tri Series. It was the first time a women’s series in the region was aired live on television.
“The well-put-together coverage attracted large viewership and we will continue to look at other ways of bringing the women’s game to the supporters who continue to be impressed with the style of play and dedication of our girls.”
Cameron said, as a result, there had been growth in the team’s fan base.
“It was heartening to see how the crowds came out and cheered on the teams. We saw fans from England, we saw New Zealand fans joining the West Indies fans as they enjoyed some very entertaining matches and a fantastic tournament,” he added.