WINDIES – the longstanding colloquial reference used for the Caribbean Team is now the official name of the West Indies Cricket Team. Johnny Graves, the CEO of the apex cricket body for the Caribbean Nations, announced in a media release that from now on ‘Cricket West Indies’ will be the new name of the apex body replacing the older ‘West Indies Cricket Board’. Speaking on the 91st anniversary of the board, Graves also officially announced the new name i.e. WINDIES, for the cricket team representing the Caribbean Nations.
We’re now Cricket West Indies. Sheldon Cottrell joins in…here’s to a new partnership pic.twitter.com/EBqYMFV7DD
— CricketWestIndies (@westindies) May 31, 2017
This move comes as an attempt to rebrand the cricketing setup in the island nations of Caribbean. Dave Cameron, president of the apex cricketing body in West Indies, expressed his optimism about the move bringing all the stakeholders much closer and will facilitate a much stronger co-ordination between them so that the sport can progress seamlessly in the island nations.
The once revered West Indies Cricket team is now on a continuous decline with regular disputes between key players and the board which has resulted in the Windies team deeply missing the services of some of the best players in the business, like Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo etc. The ultimate low point in their downward spiral came when the team failed to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this year.
This is the second instance in the last 21 years when a name change has happened for the Cricket board in West Indies. Earlier it was the former president, Pat Rousseau, who went with ‘West Indies Cricket Board’, dropping the word ‘control’ from it.