SELECTORS Roger Harper and Miles Bascombe congratulated the West Indies Emerging Players (WIEP) on winning the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 tournament but cited areas of improvement.
An official release from Cricket West Indies (CWI) gave insight into Harper and Bascombe’s thoughts following the tournament. Harper was present in Trinidad and Tobago for their leg of the tourney, combining those duties with recent international squad selection duties.
The former West Indies and Guyana cricketer Harper said the WIEP team was a good route for players who might have been overlooked by their national sides.
“What the West Indies Emerging Players team does is provide players, who may have just missed out on selection for their national teams, an opportunity to play. Considering the way these guys have performed, it shows that they are very skilled.
“They have played as a team from the start and were highly motivated since many of them probably felt they should have made their respective home sides,” said Harper.
Harper, Windies head selector, credited the WIEP and coach for making the most of their opportunities and capitalising on them. “It augurs well to see a team like this, so that you can see that extra bit of talent. Special credit must go coach Floyd Reifer and the rest of the management team for the magnificent job they did with these young players,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Bascombe, who was present for the matches in the St Kitts leg, also gave his views on the Emerging Players as well as some tournament observations. “For me the main take away from the victory by the Emerging Players is the depth in the talent pool. These players were not selected by their franchise for whatever reason but that was by no means an indication of lack of ability
“They displayed good knowledge of their roles and a planned, strategic approach for which praise must go to their coaching staff but more so to the players who executed well,” said Bascombe.
WIEP won the title and upset a number of teams who had been fighting for years to own the piece of silverware. Both Bascombe and Harper believed that the players, upon further training and game-time, will be well-polished for the future.