The Champions Trophy 2017 is about to begin in England in less than a week’s time and the top eight teams will battle it out for the trophy. Since its inception in 1998, the tournament in its 8th edition, has seen 6 champions, one of them being West Indies in the year 2004.
The 2017 Champions Trophy will see the top eight nations in ODI cricket fighting for the coveted trophy. West Indies were ranked 9th on the cut off date and failed to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. It will be for first time in 42 years that West Indies will not be participating in a major ICC tournament.
In 24 major ODI tournaments held since 1975, (11 Word Cups, 7 Champions Trophies and 6 World T20’s), West Indies have triumphed in 5 tournments i.e. World Champions in 1975 and 1979, Champions Trophy holders in 2004 and World T 20 champions in 2012 and 2016 which is second only to Australia who have won 7 tournaments. The record of the West Indies speak for itself as they have won 3 tournamnets in the last 13 years and 2 titles in the last 5 years.
Though the performance of the West Indies justifies their exclusion for the Champions Trophy, their presence will surely be missed this English summer in the Champions Trophy. West Indies are known to set the stage on fire in major tournaments and gel as a unit. The differences, the disputes with the board are a long forgotten issue and the players give it their best on the cricket field.
If the issues with the players and the board is settled, West Indies cricket will once again look to progress with all players being available for selection. West Indies will too be hurt on Missing out on the Champions Trophy berth and will be looking to make mends by performing well in their English tour this summer.
Cricket fans around the world are known to admire West Indies cricket. The talent, the passion, the ability to succeed at the highest level is still very much a part of West Indies cricket and they are known to rise from the ashes when the chips are down and out.
West Indies cricket will hoefully revive in the future and does not go in further decline as it will not only be a loss to the people in the Caribeban but also cricket fans around the globe. The non qualication for the 2017 Champions Trophy should inspire cricketers to perform better on the big stage and the people in the Caribbean to back their cricketers no matter how they perform.