The West Indies Cricket Board from May 31st, have officially changed their name to Cricket West Indies, as per an announcement by the new chief executive Johnny Grave. The team from now on officially, will also be called as just Windies and not West Indies as previously.
The release also quoted the board’s CEO Johnny Graves as saying that the name Cricket West Indies “better reflects how the organisation operates.” “There are many different stakeholders who we work in partnership with, under the unifying aim of improving cricket at all levels within the region,” said Graves, “We plan to work even more closely with them over the next few years and consultation will begin immediately as we develop a new strategic plan for 2018-2023.”
Cricket West Indies President Dave Cameron said that the name “is more inclusive and appropriate” as the board wants to recognise the “valuable role that our players, territorial boards, staff, supporters, governments, coaches, match officials and volunteers, play in the organisation.”
The name ‘Windies’ has been associated with the cricket teams that have representing the Carribean islands in a more colloquial way.
After not qualifying for this year’s Champions Trophy and after a series of ODI defeats, West Indies find themselves in such a state that their qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England now hangs in balance.