PORT-OF-SPAIN: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has positioned the West Indies women’s cricket team nicely close to the top of international cricket and this has given young female cricketers tremendous hope of a future in the sport.
Patrick Rampersad a long serving sports administrator and third vice-president of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) says that despite all the criticisms the board has been able to show the region that they understand what it takes to move the cricket forward with the work done with women’s cricket.
“People fail to understand that the same cricket board, which they have been attacking, has been doing a lot of positives. When people talk about the problems with the men’s team in terms of administration, here comes the women in the same environment doing much better and showing the way. This is a classic example of the girls understanding the opportunities put forward for them and making best use of it.
“I have followed the development of West Indies women’s cricket over a period of time and as soon as the WICB decided to give retainers to female cricketers they started to emerge as world class cricketers.
“In addition to putting players on retainers, what the board has done is to map a route to success for the girls. The development programmes that have been put in place seem to be working. The board seems to have found a very good coach in Vasbert Drakes and all of a sudden our girls are bringing smiles to the people of the Caribbean.”
The West Indies women’s team won the International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 title last year with a wonderful victory over Australia in the finals at Kolkata in India. Rampersad continued :”This was no surprise to me because I have been looking at these girls and they have been battling well with the top teams. Now they can consider themselves a top team when they travel to England for the Women’s World Cup in the summer.”
Rampersad has worked with the T&T Women’s Cricket Board as an advisor for many years and he thinks the performance of the senior team will lead to an increase in participation and ultimately great cricketers coming through the system.
“Women’s cricket is what is bringing happiness to the fans in the region and when we see our girls, out there performing it fills our hearts with pride.”