West Indies are great to take part in the T20 World Cup review

West Indies great Brian Lara has been named to a three-person panel that will review the Caribbean team’s disappointing performance at the recent ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Lara will be joined by highly respected international trainer Mickey Arthur and Supreme Court Justice Patrick Thompson Jr on a three-person panel that will review what went wrong for the West Indies in Australia and prepare a report for the board listing the recommendations for the future.

The West Indies managed just one win during the T20 World Cup, with their lone win coming against Zimbabwe in Hobart, as they successfully defended their total of 153/7 by defeating the African side 122 on 19.

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Unfortunately, that was for the best for Nicholas Pooran’s side, with Zimbabwe and Scotland advancing to the Super 12 stage of the tournament and sending the West Indies packing at the earliest stage.

Lara is regarded as one of the greatest West Indies-produced batsmen of all time, aged 53, handling 34 Test centuries during an illustrious career, another 19 hundreds in the ODI arena.

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Arthur, meanwhile, is an experienced manager who has enjoyed stints with South Africa, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka over a 15-year period.

Cricket West Indies Chairman Ricky Skerritt thanked the three-person panel for being part of the review and looks forward to hearing the recommendations.

“CWI is fortunate to have such a fully informed and fully independent panel agreeing to serve West Indies Cricket under difficult circumstances,” said Skerritt.

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“I am especially grateful for your commitment to lend some of your valuable time to this important review project.

“It is vital that players, coaches, administrators and all of us who love West Indies cricket recognize that creating a culture of sustainable learning across the organization is a prerequisite for player growth and team improvement.

“Emotionally based, knee-jerk decisions have failed the CWI repeatedly in the past.

“I am confident that this independent World Cup review process will produce findings and learnings that should be of great benefit to our cricket system going forward.”

The West Indies have already qualified for the 2024 T20 World Cup as one of two co-hosts of the event along with the USA.

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