Brian Lara on the panel to review West Indies T20 World Cup flop

Brian Lara on the panel to review West Indies T20 World Cup flop

Former West Indies Skipper Brian Lara has been appointed to a three-person panel to review the national side’s flop at the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

The two times T20 World Cup champions made their earliest exit since the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, failing to reach the Super 12 stage after insipid losses in the qualifying stage vs Ireland and Scotland.

Lara, the former legend of the Caribbean’s team is joined on the panel by experienced international coach Mickey Arthur and Justice Patrick Thompson Jr, a High Court judge at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court who will serve as the panel’s chairman, Cricket West Indies (CWI) said in a statement.

“Emotion-based and knee-jerk type decisions have failed CWI repeatedly in the past,” said CWI President Ricky Skerritt.

“I’m confident that this independent World Cup review process will produce findings and learnings that should be of great benefit to our cricket system going forward.”

Before England’s emergence as Champions in Australia, West Indies was the only national side that won the T20 World Cup two times in 2012 and 2016. But the new generation of the WI team failed in the qualifying stage in this edition of the tournament.

Coming to their matches in T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, West was placed in team B along with Zimbabwe, Ireland, and Scotland. They played a total of three matches. Out of the three games, they won only one, while lost two games against Ireland and Scotland.

After completing the qualifying stage, WI went to the bottom in the points table, with 2 points and -0.563 NRR. ZIM and IRE were spotted in the next (Super 12 stage).

Key batsman Shimron Hetmyer was dropped from Nicholas Pooran’s inexperienced squad in the leadup after failing to board a flight with the team.

The WI national side is looking for a new head coach following Phil Simmons’s resignation and have little time to rebuild before they co-host the next T20 World Cup in 2024 with the United States.

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