Kolkata: Damien O'Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has offered his congratulations to the West Indies cricket team after Darren Sammy's side defeated England by four wickets in a dramatic ICC World T20 final here.
West Indies players led by captain Darren Sammy (C) run onto the pitch as they celebrate after victory in the World T20 cricket tournament final match between England and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata. Pic/AFP
"I've never been to a World Cup final before and to be here in Eden Gardens on the greatest day ever in West Indies cricket, cheering on the women's and men's teams, is an amazing feeling and an enormous privilege," O'Donohoe said.
"The people across the Caribbean will be partying for a month after this! I'm still shaking and it's a day I'll never forget for as long as I live. I just can't wait for CPL to start now. Taking the World Champions into the USA this year will be so exciting for all involved.
"Against all odds the West Indies came from behind to seize back the initiative and credit to Carlos Brathwaite who built on Marlon Samuels' stunning innings and Samuel Badree's great bowling spell earlier to propel the team to glory and announce himself on the world stage.
O'Donohoe hoped this win will help West Indies cricket to grow and reach their peak. "Following on from the victorious ICC Under-19 World Cup team in Bangladesh in January, who will have representatives competing in each of our six franchises this season, today's results again highlight the enormous mark that the West Indies
continues to make on the global game," he said.
"The performance of the players summed up all of the great virtues of West Indies cricket, which have been evident over the last few weeks. From individual flair, to collective power, precision and a never-say-die attitude, the men's team has grown from strength to strength since the first round victory over England.
"I have no doubt that the performances in Bangladesh and here in India over the last few weeks will herald a golden era for West Indies cricket. "On behalf of the CPL I would like to extend my congratulations to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), coach Phil Simmons, captain Darren Sammy and the entire West Indies team and management on their performances in India."
O'Donohoe also congratulated the women's team for winning their maiden World T20 title defeating Australia. "Congratulations are also due to women's coach Vasbert Frakes, captain Stafanie Taylor and the women's team who also clinched the title earlier in the day after defeating Australia in another fantastic game," he said.
"The CPL are extremely proud of all the players and coaches who have catapulted West Indies back to their rightful place at the top table of world cricket and this is a great day for the fans who are the best in the world."