THE Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) on Sunday extended congratulations to the West Indies Test team for their comprehensive victory on Saturday over Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Spurred on by a match-winning bowling haul of five wickets for five for 24 in 12.3 overs on the last day by Tino Best, West Indies defeated the hosts by 77-runs, who faltered chasing 245 to win.
Azim Bassarath, president of the TTCB said that by their commanding performance, the regional side are demonstrating that they are developing into a well-knit unit capable of rising up the international ladder and reclaiming their place among the top Test teams in the world.
Within the last year, the Caribbean cricketers have beaten New Zealand in a home series, spectacularly won the ICC World T20 Championships in Sri Lanka last month and have now beaten Bangladesh on their home turf.
"What we are seeing is the West Indies cricketers coming into their own and playing to their true abilities. The foundation is being laid for a new, confident team backed by supportive administration to assert themselves on their much more fancied opponents after being regarded for so long as a sick team in world cricket," said Bassarath.
The TTCB leader said he was especially pleased with the batting performances of young Nevisian Kieran Powell who became the first player since Brian Lara in 2001 to score two centuries in a Test match.
"Powell is a player who has come out of the regional development cricket programme at the Sagicor Youth Academy which has been copied from the successes we have enjoyed here in T&T over the years," said Bassarath. Bassarath also had high praise for T&T captain Denesh Ramdin who also scored an unbeaten 127 to help West Indies build a formidable total and set the stage for their eventual victory.
"We are extremely happy for Ramdin as he is showing the kind of maturity and level-headedness that has been the hallmark of his growing career. His innings showed he does possess the talent and class and a commitment to the regional cause that has made him a natural leader," said Bassarath.