This amateurish demoralizing embarrassment must stop. Playing for the West Indies requires a willingness to fight, to believe, to win. Going down the road to defeat is unacceptable, he added.
Playing for the West Indies should be an intimate privilege, available only to the best who are willing to show character in defense of our heritage and our pride. Those for whom these truths mean nothing should not come out in the colors of the West Indies, he wrote further.
The loss to the Netherlands means that the two-time winners of the West Indies have competed in every tournament since it was first held in 1975, but now that only the top two teams from the Super Six have qualified for the main tournament, their chances seem slim.
The stench of today’s disgrace did not begin today; it has long been maturing over two decades of disappointment, so those who expected it should not look for redemption here, he wrote.
In a thrilling encounter, West Indies, playing first, scored 374 for 50 Weavers, but Dutch batsman Thea Nidamanuru’s magnificent 111 off 76 balls allowed the Dutch to level the score and set up a super-over.
Dutch player Logan van Beek distinguished himself with both the bat and the ball in the super-over. He then took matters into his own hands, knocking 30 off Jason Holder’s outs, and the West Indies eased under the pressure, losing both their wickets for eight runs in five balls. Van Beek was again the hero, sending back Johnson Charles and Holder as the West Indies were only able to get eight points.