CWI president Ricky Skerritt (FILE)
PORT OF SPAIN – Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt says he was hurt by the Caribbean side’s performance at the ICC World Cup in England but it was “unrealistic” to expect them to win the showpiece, especially since very little strategic planning had been undertaken in the years preceding.
Pointing to an erratic selection policy that saw a constant turn-over of players, a losing culture which left the squad without a series win in five years and a world-ranking of No. 9, Skerritt said while he had hoped for an “above par performance”, it would have always been difficult for West Indies to suddenly catapult themselves into the top tier of a global tournament.
However, the former St Kitts and Nevis cabinet minister, who toppled three-term incumbent Dave Cameron for the top CWI post three months ago, said the cricket body would waste little time in rolling out a strategic plan aimed at building a quality side to compete for the 2023 World Cup scheduled for India.
“The good work by Dr [Kishore] Shallow (CWI vice-president) and myself and others has begun. It began just on the cusp of the World Cup but none of it was geared towards realistically expecting West Indies to win the World Cup,” Skerritt told i95.5FM sports programme on Trinidad radio on Thursday. (CMC)
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