London: A successful campaign at the World Cup will not only end a four-decade long drought but will also unite the people of the Caribbean, feels West Indies skipper Jason Holder. “It would mean a lot to us if we were to win it. It’s something we’ve won before and it’s always said in the Caribbean that if West Indies cricket is doing well then the West Indian people are happy,” Holder said.
West Indies, who are the reigning Twenty20 champions, have a proud history at the ODI World Cup, winning the first two editions of the tournament in 1975 and 1979 and making the final of the third. However, after struggling for nearly two decades, a few stunning wins against England in Tests recently lifted their spirits.
You saw it in the recent England series. Everywhere we went in the Caribbean, people were full of high praise for our efforts and winning performances. “Success on the cricket field puts a smile on West Indian faces. Seeing us succeed and even dominate again gave the whole region a huge lift. Hopefully we can continue to bring the people of the region closer,” the 27-year-old said.