WICB prez happy with team’s success

WICB prez happy with team’s success
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West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Julian Hunte says he is pleased with the impact of the two Twenty20 Internationals played recently in Florida, USA.

For the first time in a West Indies bi-lateral series, the regional side played matches outside of the Caribbean, with the double-header against New Zealand at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Ft Lauderhill.

“We are delighted that the two matches in the United States were so successful,” he said.

“We are extremely grateful for the major efforts undertaken by the Friends of Broward County, the United States Cricket Association, as well as Broward County itself,” Hunte added.

Thousands of West Indians living in south Florida turned out to watch the West Indies beat the Black Caps comprehensively in both fixtures.

In the first match, West Indies claimed a 56-run win before following up with a 61-run victory the following day.

Hunte said there was a key role for cricket to be played in the United States.

“Given the huge number of West Indians who live in the United States, as well as the commercial possibilities both for West Indies cricket and the game, this was long overdue,” the WICB president said.