Kingston, JAMAICA. “We take great pleasure in congratulating our players and celebrating a comprehensive victory over Zimbabwe in each of the three series played, ending with the just concluded 2nd Test in Dominica.”  This was the reaction of Wavell Hinds, the President of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), to the performance of the West Indies team in their dominance of the visiting Zimbabweans.

“We want to recognize the leadership of both Darren Sammy, who was in charge for the T20’s and Tests, and Dwayne Bravo, who was skipper for the ODI’s. They both exhibited excellent stewardship of their charges,” Hinds said.  “Everyone knows that cricket is a team sport, but teams are made up of individuals and there were some outstanding performances throughout the home series.”

“We have to acknowledge the special achievement of Shane Shillingford, Man of the Test Series, for setting a West Indian record of 19 wickets in a 2 Test series. Shiv Chanderpaul just keeps rolling along and scored his 28th Test century, while Chris Gayle notched his 15th. There were also excellent ODI centuries from Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo and Ronnie Sarwan, while Lendl Simmons was voted Man of the T20 Series for his excellent batting.”Noting that winning was habit forming, the WIPA President also congratulated Sammy and his men for winning six (6) straight Test matches, a feat which no West Indian team has accomplished since 1988 when they won 7 straight against England and Australia.

“It is great to see what all West Indian cricket fans have been hoping for – a return to winning ways. Cricket is a tough game – no matter the opposition – and to put a six game winning streak together is definitely something that the guys can build on.  We wish the team continued success,” said Hinds.


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