The 2016-year has been one of the mixed emotions for the people of the Caribbean.
Their country won a unique treble of the World T20, Women’s World T20 and the U-19 World Cup in the space of a month but what followed after the victory was far from celebratory.
Darren Sammy, the West Indian captain spoke openly about the problems his team had to face after losing support from their national board right after the World Cup victory and ever since, players have come out to talk about the issue openly on media.
Recently, Royal Challenger’s star leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who played a big role in the World Cup victory for the Windies spoke about the problems his team gave faced with the management back home.
The wily leggie said that the World T20 victory was a dream come true and that more and more success is on the horizon for the West Indies team but that it will need unity among the players to achieve.
Speaking at his induction into the Rapid Fire Foundation Badree said, “World Cup win…how many truly believed that we had that game in the bag?”
“I am sure that everyone was glued to their television screens on Sunday 3rd April 2016,”
He explained that the treble in space of just more than a month in the sub-continent shows that level of talent available in the country and felt that it was important to stay focused and that they have lagged behind due to reasons that are out of their control.
West Indies as women and men won on the same day and couple that with the Under 19s win a couple months ago, just goes to show how much talent we have in the West Indies.”
“We have never been short of talent but for reasons other than that we have lagged behind the other global teams,” he added.
Badree also spoke about his inclusion in the venture that is ‘Rapid Fire’
He went on to explain that the initiative that is taken up to help kids from around the country could do a lot of positive things for the nation.
He explained how he had the first-hand experience of what they are fighting against and said that he was happy to be inducted into the program.
“It is indeed a pleasure and an honor to be inducted in this foundation, a foundation whose goals and objectives align directly with those of my own and whose work I hold in very high regard,” Badree said.
Talking about his own life, the 35-year old added, “I remember Christmas time receiving hampers from various groups and being a bit bashful at receiving it but very happy for the contents of it.”
“I want to publicly say a special thanks to everyone who would have helped me on my journey and to say that I would remain eternally grateful for your contributions in my life.”
Badree was a part of the RCB team but picked up an injury that sent him back to the Caribbean giving him no chance of playing in the competition this season.