Commenting on the West Indies ODI series loss (2-1) against Ireland at Sabina Park, Jamaica recently, Captain Kieron Pollard told reporters, “I think it is a sad day. It’s a sad day for us. It’s a sad day for West Indies cricket overall. Obviously, as players, we take responsibility. As the leader of the team, I take full responsibility for our performance on the field. And it is very, very disappointing. It is a bitter pill to swallow.”
Pollard pointed out that the regional team has a batting problem when you look at the record over the last year.
He noted that all stakeholders need to examine the issue with a view to coming up with a solution if West Indies cricket is to progress.
Ireland came from behind in the CG Insurance three-match match series to stun West Indies, to a narrow two-wicket victory in the decider to claim a historic 2-1 series victory.
The Windies’ questionable batting judgment coupled with Ireland’s aggressive field placing and pressure-inducing bowling combined to derail West Indies efforts of winning the match and the series.
West Indies managed a paltry 212 in 44.4 overs, a sub-par total, which had seemed improbable when the hosts were reeling 119 for 7 after 28 overs.
Chasing 213, Ireland ended on 218 for 8 with 31 balls to spare.