Editorial

A LESSON TO LEARN FROM THE WEST INDIES WOMEN

A LESSON TO LEARN FROM THE WEST INDIES WOMEN

Negativity is not the only thing that can be taken from defeat – acenturies-old adage that teaches us to extract some degree of positivity from whatever obstacles come our way. The West Indies women may have been unceremoniously expelled from the Women’s T20 World Cup by eventual winners Australia, but there is much to be proud of and write home about given their performances.

The last time around when the women in maroon battled the world for the T20 title two years ago, we heaped praise on them in a similar Editorial. And though this time they fell at the semifinal stage, they deserve no less praise, merited by aconsistent show of grit and determination. In fact, the ladies can even teach their male counterparts a lesson or two in mental fortitude.

Topping their group by going through the round robin stageundefeated, the defending champions West Indies earned the right to play Australia in the semi-finals in Antigua last Thursday. An Australian team that they defeated, as underdogs, two years ago. And while the Aussies had their revenge on their way to eventually grabbing the title, the ladies of the Caribbean did nothing short of make us proud. They exhibited courage and passion that beams every time they take the field. A team that exceeds expectations requires a charismatic leader, and they had that in the form of Stephanie Taylor and impeccable performances from the likes of Deandra Dottin when it mattered most. We have a lot to look forward to where our Women’s Cricket is concerned.

And all was not perfect in the intervening period between these two World Cups either. In fact, it was ridiculously dismal. The period directly after the 2016 victory saw a run of games so bad that management had to be revamped, including the sacking of then-Head Coach Vasbert Drakes. So it is true to say that despite the rumblings beneath the surface, the team, management and all, were able to do what mattered most on the day – exude a spirit that saw almost seamless victories. So we iterate that there is much, much more to be derived from a mere loss.

Next up, the ladies do tour England, with all three One Day Internationals against the hosts counting towards the ICC Women’s Championship, which determines qualification for the 2021 Women’s World Cup.

With a tip of our hat, we wish them the best of luck!

Web Master

November 30th, 2018

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