It was a bitter-sweet return for the Trinidad and Tobago World Cup players, yesterday, as they had to manage feelings of joy about winning the ICC Twenty20 World Cup and the disappointment of crashing out of the Champions League T20 with the national team just a few days later.
T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin was celebrating a week ago with the triumphant West Indians after they defeated Sri Lanka to win the World Cup, but three days after, he and his T&T teammates were dejected after losing to Yorkshire in their Champions League T20 qualifier in South Africa.
"I am happy to be home but I am a bit disappointed at the same time knowing that we did not get the opportunity to go on to the Champions League," Ramdin told the media after returning from South Africa, yesterday.
Ramdin, along with fellow West Indies World Cup players Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo, returned from South Africa yesterday, along with Shannon Gabriel, Rayad Emrit, T&T coach David Williams and assistant coach Kelvin Williams.
The rest of the T&T contingent will return home today.
No officials from the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTC) turned up at Piarco, yesterday, to greet the returning players.
Speaking about the World Cup win, Ramdin said: "It was a fantastic feeling going out there and winning a World Cup (and) representing the region. The entire Caribbean is on a high at the moment. The feeling is still there…after 30-odd years we have won a World Cup and I am really going to cherish this."
About their loss to Yorkshire in the Champions League T20, the T&T skipper said: "We had our bad game early up, which was the first game which was unfortunate, and hopefully we can learn from that in the future.
"We have a young bunch of guys, and having said that we did not adapt to conditions. I believe we should have gone there a bit earlier, about four or five days earlier but that's the way cricket goes sometimes," he added.
Asked about the decision to bat first in the Yorkshire match, Ramdin said: "I believe we needed to win, and they needed to win as well. It was like a final for us, and we decided that once we put runs on the board we would try to defend it…our bowlers did not execute our plans. We bowled a bit too short. The pitches up there have a bit more bounce and we just did not hit our areas."