Captain Sammy led his team to an emphatic 36-run victory against the host Sri Lanka on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 in Colombo.
In extending a congratulatory message, Acting Press Secretary Winston Springer says the Government of Saint Lucia is extremely proud of the team’s remarkable performance.
“The Government of Saint Lucia says the gust and resilient performance demonstrated by the team has made the entire region proud and like the region’s achievements at the Olympic Games 2012 has once again turned the world’s attention and admiration to our collective shores. The Government says as the late CLR James wrote, cricket in the West Indies goes beyond the boundary and therefore we trust that this victory will serve as the catalyst to further unite and strengthen the people of the region but more critically to provide much needed resolve that we can be world class in other spheres of endeavour such as business, science, technology, manufacturing and medicine.”
The Government of Saint Lucia says it is hopeful the ICC World T20 championship will also rekindle the spirit of winning in West Indies cricket.
The Acting Press Secretary says the role and contribution of the Saint Lucian born captain Darren Sammy cannot be over emphasised.
“The Government of Saint Lucia says as the whole region continues to rally around the West Indies Team it applauds the humble enthusiastic yet effective manner in which Captain Sammy led the team and admonished the entire team to continue to work hard to ensure the victory becomes a habit and not a rarity. Sammy and his team-mate Johnson Charles are scheduled to arrive at Hewanorra Airport in Vieux Fort Saint Lucia on Wednesday at 1:45PM and the Government would like as many Saint Lucians as possible to turn out and welcome home our Saint Lucia stars.”
Sunday’s victory is the biggest tournament success for the West Indies since the 1979 World Cup triumph.