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World champs take a bow

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World champs take a bow

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PORT-OF-SPAIN – Members of the World Twenty20 champion West Indies team were given special honours Thursday night at a gala function hosted by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).
The 15 players and eight management team members each received commemorative gold rings in recognition of their outstanding performance in winning the ICC World Twenty20 Trophy in Sri Lanka last year.
The presentations were made by WICB president Dave Cameron and Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Sports Anil Roberts at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the capital city Port-of-Spain.
Under the captaincy of Darren Sammy, West Indies won the title last October when they beat Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
“This is a truly special honour – one that all of us will cherish. This is a remarkable gift. On behalf of the team I want to say thank you to everyone who came up with this idea and all those who made it possible,” Sammy said.
“We played an amazing brand of cricket to win over in Sri Lanka and win the trophy for our people. Now it feels really great to be honoured in this way, here at home.”
Several other awards were presented.
West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels, two stars of the World T20 triumph, both won two awards.
Narine, the 2012 ICC Emerging Player Of The Year, was voted Regional Limited-Overs Player Of The Year and West Indies Twenty20 Player Of The Year.
Samuels, who earlier this year was named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers Of The Year, copped the prize for West Indies ODI Player Of The Year and the prestigious award of overall West Indies Player Of The Year.
The inaugural WICB Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jackie Hendriks.
The former Jamaica and West Indies wicketkeeper played 20 Test matches between 1962 and 1969.
After retirement he was president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, a long-standing director of the WICB and manager of the West Indies team.
The WIPA Lifetime Achievement Award went to Winston Reid.
The former Barbados left-arm spinner played 53 first-class matches and 47 limited-overs for his island between 1985 and 2000. He took 205 first-class wickets and also had over 1 500 wickets in club cricket in Barbados during a career that spanned more than three decades. (WICB Media)