Four West Indies cricketers have been included on the ICC teams of the tournament following the Twenty20 World Cup, which recently ended in India.
Spinner Samuel Badree and all-rounder Andre Russell are the two West Indians in the male line-up led by India’s Virat Kohli.
In the Women’s Twenty20 team, Stafanie Taylor has been appointed captain of the women’s team which also includes her teammate, all-rounder Deandra Dottin.
An ICC statement says the teams were chosen by a select group of former cricket stars and commentators who were given the task of picking a balanced side for all conditions on the basis of performances in the tournament.
The statement said the statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selection.
“The experts had an extremely difficult task to select the men’s and women’s squads from around 400 cricketers who represented the 26 teams,” said ICC General Manager Cricket, Geoff Allardice.
“In the end, I believe the selectors have chosen two very well balanced sides which are capable of beating any opposition under any conditions,” he added.
West Indies defeated England men by four wickets in the final at Eden Garden in Kolkata to regain the T20 World Cup, while the West Indies women won the title for the first time at the same venue by pulling off an eight-wicket victory over four-time champions Australia.
Meanwhile, the West Indies players who won the 2016 ICC World Cup T20 recently in Kolkata, India will share a total of US$3 million.
In a statement from the vice-president of the WICB, Emmanuel Nathan gave a breakdown, saying l00 percent of the US$1.6 million prize money would go to the players. In addition, the match and group stage fees, approximately US$1.2Mwill be disbursed to the men’s team, as well approximately US$125,000 representing part of the sponsorship fees relating to the World Cup.
He said in contrast, the successful women’s team would take home “just under US$200,000.”
This is according to the current structure obtained by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).