West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron has praised the West Indies cricket team on its historic win over Pakistan in the series-closing third Test yesterday in the UAE.
Cameron did not comment on West Indies run of defeats in their eight previous matches against the Pakistanis on the tour.
Cameron has been the target of criticism in several quarters for his apparent high-handedness in administration which has not enjoyed smooth relations with several key players. Even a number of Heads of State in the Caribbean Community have challenged his and the Board’s modus operandi.
Resuming from their overnight score of 114 for 5, from a target of 153 to win, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich both scored unbeaten 60s as they got the additional 39 runs required without any additional loss for the West Indies win.
The West Indies had not beaten Pakistan away in 26 years and it has been just under a decade since they had beaten a team ranked above them away from home.
“We salute the efforts of the entire team; but we are elated at the efforts of Kraigg Brathwaite who was not out in both innings of the third Test, making him the first to achieve this along with his four man-of-the-match awards in Tests,” said Cameron in a statement.
“Shane Dowrich must also be congratulated for his 47 and 60 not out. Captain, Holder was also outstanding in his five-wicket haul and Devendra Bishoo for his four wickets in the first innings and 18 overall in the series.”
Cameron said the victory was a true team effort.
“We celebrate you, and anticipate more competitive and winning performances for tournaments to come. We use this opportunity to say well done. We offer best wishes to the one-day-international team against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe,” Cameron said.
Cameron also congratulated the ‘A’ Team’s overall performance in Sri Lanka “which was also inspiring – the three-nil win in the one day series and the competitiveness of the 4-day team in the 1-2 loss.”
West Indies captain Jason Holder meanwhile is confident the team will eventually be able to overcome a wretched run of form and once again be counted among the best teams in the world.
The victory was a first for Holder in 12 Test matches as captain.
“I have no doubt we will be back on the track to take West Indies cricket back to the top,” Holder said.
“For us it is just a matter of consistency. We have no reason to be complacent with just one Test victory,” he added.
Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, contributed heavily to the win, remaining unbeaten in both innings and spent the entire duration of the Test on the field, ending Pakistan’s hopes of a 9-0 win in all formats this series.
The opener carried his bat with an unbeaten 142 in the first innings, fielded throughout both Pakistan’s both innings and then remained unbeaten on 60 in the second innings to ensure his team reach the target.