The first round of the Twenty20 World Cup 2022 took a very tight turn this time, and it ended with two-time world champions West Indies sending home.
The West Indies team, which started the 2022 World Cup journey with a 42-run defeat against Scotland, managed to stay in the tournament by winning the second match against Zimbabwe by 31 runs.
The West Indies team was eliminated from the first round of the Twenty20 World Cup for the first time in history after the Irish team won the decisive third match easily by 9 wickets. The main factor in the defeat was the batsmen not performing their duties properly throughout the tournament. The batsmen did not manage to sustain the middle order even though they got off to a good start in certain situations.
In a statement, CWI president Ricky Skerritt expressed dismay at the poor performance of the West Indies team at the 2022 World Cup and insisted that a full post-mortem will be conducted into all aspects of the World Cup’s performance.
“I am deeply disappointed with the performance results of our team in Australia and I appreciate the sense of utter frustration that is being experienced by many. The ongoing inability of our batsmen to prevail over opposing slow bowling continued to be an obvious weakness in Australia, and untimely shot selections seem to be deeply embedded in the T20 batting culture of our senior team.”
He also stated that CWI is committed to improving the quality and sustainability of West Indies cricket in all aspects and in all ways and that the board has strategies to improve it.
“However, I want to assure stakeholders that a thorough postmortem will be carried out on all aspects of our World Cup preparation and performance and that solutions will be found in keeping with CWI’s strategy to improve the quality and sustainability of cricket on all fronts, and in all formats.”
President Ricky, who had further commented, had mentioned that West Indies cricket is bigger than any person or event. Therefore, he asked for support from all stakeholders.
“West Indies cricket is bigger than any one individual or event, and continues to need the input and support of all stakeholders.”