West Indies chief promises ‘thorough post-mortem’ of T20 World Cup exit | Cricket News


HOBART: Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt Saturday promised there would be a “thorough post-mortem” into the team’s “deeply disappointing” Twenty20 World Cup exit.
The two-time champions crashed out in the first round on Friday following a nine-wicket drubbing by Ireland in Hobart, having already suffered an embarrassing defeat against Scotland.
The West Indies won the World Cup in 2012 and 2016, but since that last triumph they have lost six of their eight matches in the competition.
Skerritt said in a statement “A thorough post-mortem will be conducted into all aspects of our World Cup preparation and performance”.

“I am deeply disappointed with the performance results of our team in Australia and I appreciate the sense of extreme frustration felt by many,” he said.
Skerritt particularly targeted the West Indies batsmen.
“The continued inability of our batsmen to prevail over opposition slow bowling continued to be a distinct weakness in Australia,” he said.

“Finally, shot selection seems to be deeply embedded in the T20 batting culture of our senior team.”
In their opener against Scotland, the West Indies were bowled out for 118 and chased down for 161 to win, and while they recovered to beat Zimbabwe, defending a modest 153-7, Ireland easily overhauled their 146-5 on Friday .
They came to Australia with a new look team led by Nicholas Pooran after the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard retired, and Andre Russell was overlooked.
The team was unable to rise to the occasion, with head coach Phil Simmons admitting they were “outmatched in all departments”.
“Solutions will be found in line with CWI’s strategy to improve the quality and sustainability of cricket on all fronts and in all formats,” added Skerritt.
“Cricket in the West Indies is bigger than any individual or event and continues to need the input and support of all stakeholders.”
They return to Australia to play two Tests in November-December.


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