Lessons for WICB/WIPA from 2004, 2012 triumphs
There were uncanny similarities between the West Indies’ rousing victory in last Sunday’s World T20 final and that in the 2004 Champions Trophy, not least the players’ uninhibited celebrations afterwards and the impact on fans everywhere.
“The entire West Indian party roared onto the field in semi-darkness, hugging, kissing and screaming, ecstatic yet bewildered by their achievement,” Wisden wrote in describing the scenes eight years ago.
It omitted dancing (inevitably with Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo to the fore, if then in Caribbean rather than Gangnam style) and a little bit of weeping. It’s all there on YouTube to be enjoyed and for parallels to be drawn.