If we stick together there is more success to come, says Gibson
West Indies coach admits to having gone through difficult periods but hopes for a new beginning for the game in the Caribbean
Ottis Gibson (R) joins in the fun after West Indies won the ICC World Twenty20 2012 title.
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson believes unity will be the key to continuing success on the back of the ICC World Twenty20 victory in Sri Lanka.
Caribbean cricket has spent large periods in the doldrums over the last decade and a half, not helped by selection issues precluding various players. The recent T20 showpiece found all of the best players from the islands uniting, with the result plain for all to see.
Gibson said: “It is an amazing thing when players come together for one cause. They all believed in the cause, they all believed that they could win the World Cup when we left. We had difficult periods (in the last two years), but we had signs of progress.
“If you look at the talent that we have, especially in this format, the power of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels, the experience of Dwayne Bravo, the brilliance of Sunil Narine, the accuracy of Ravi Rampaul, the way the captain led, it was always the case of if we can harness all that talent and put it in the right direction.”
After winning the first two ICC Cricket World Cups – in 1975 and 1979 – West Indies had only the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy to its name since then, until this month’s triumph on the sub-continent.
“Clive Lloyd led [West Indies] to wins in two World Cups and to the final of the third... great feats,” said Gibson. “Then for the suffering that has gone on since then and for the last 20 years, to be able to come and lift the trophy, to stay the course, and to ride out the tough times, it is amazing. It shows that if all the talent in the region sticks together, there is more success like this round the corner.”