Historic win: We were happy losing sleep says WICB chief

MUMBAI: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron says he didn’t sleep on Saturday night and watched the entire India-West Indies Under-19 World Cup final at odd hours on TV at his Jamaica home.

Speaking exclusively minutes after his home in Jamaica (local time Sunday 5.30 AM), Cameron says, “I was happy losing sleep as the players displayed true grit and as they said before they will be playing smart cricket. The entire Caribbean was up watching the match. The progress of the team was one to watch as they improved with each game”.

“This win (first time by the U-19 Windies team) is historic and important to the cricket development programme we have in place. This team spent at least 15 months together in camps across the Caribbean and participated in one of our 50-overs domestic competition. We think this helped in assisting them to achieve their goals”.

“The two-week camp in Bangladesh was also important just before the World Cup started. We see this as a clear way to develop our programmes”, he further added.

The winning prize money for the players would be announced next week. “It will be up to the WICB to decide. There is a joint award ceremony with the players association and the Board and before we will choose an appropriate “gift” for the entire team to include management”.

“The members of the winning team and support staff will assemble in Barbados in a few days before they head home, and a small reception will be held. Those details will be available by the end of the day, Monday, February 15”, he signed off.

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