The West Indies cricket team showed an outstanding display of tenacity, fight, courage, will-power and belief en route to their title triumph in the just-concluded ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, president of the country's Board (WICB), Julian Hunte said.
"This was an outstanding display of tenacity, fight, courage, will-power and belief. To come to Sri Lanka and beat them on their hometurf in the grand final, when all was on the line, is truly remarkable," Hunte said.
"The entire region was behind this team as they left home to compete to participate in this high-profile tournament," he added.
West Indies defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the final of the ICC World T20 to win their 'first world title after a gap of 33 years, having won the ODI World Cup way back in 1979'. The ICC World T20 is the fourth major international title for the West Indies team.
Clive Lloyd's all-conquering team won the inaugural Cricket ODI World Cup in 1975 and repeated the feat in 1979, while Brian Lara's side won the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2004.
"West Indies cricket has a rich history and we are proud of what those who have played before have done for us and what they achieved," the WICB president said.
"Now, in this era, we have a new group of champions who have given their all and made us proud. Today, we salute our champions," Hunte added.
With this title, West Indies have become the only team to have won the 50-over World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20 and Hunte said he would like to thank the current side for giving the countrymen a great gift.
"I want to say 'thank you' to the team for what you did for the people and for West Indies cricket. Sunday, October 7, 2012 will go down in history and one of the great days in West Indies cricket.
"It was a job well done and the entire Caribbean along with West Indies cricket lovers are extremely proud of this team. It was a joy to see such a clinical performance on the field of play," Hunte said.
First Published On : Oct 9, 2012 16:42 IST