West Indies cricket team has been awarded CMJ Spirit of Cricket award by Marylebone Cricket Club. The Caribbean men’s and women’s team had toured England during the pandemic to resume International Cricket.
The West Indies Men’s Team visited England in June for a three-match Test Series to resume World Cricket after the coronavirus outbreak. While the West Indies Women’s team toured England in September for a five-match T20I series after which they visited India and South Africa. For this enthusiastic spirit towards the game, MCC has awarded West Indies the 2020 Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket award.
MCC President, Kumar Sangakkara said, “In a year when cricket has brought us much solace, it is entirely fitting that Cricket West Indies and their men’s and women’s teams should be recognized for the courage of their decision to tour England, an act which truly embodies the spirit of cricket.”
MCC, the custodian, and arbiter of the laws of the sport has also thanked the Pakistan team, Ireland team, and Australia team for traveling to the United Kingdom.
Chief Executive of Cricket West Indies, Johnny Grave congratulated Jason Holder, Stefanie Taylor, and their respective teams, and said, “We are delighted that our Men’s and Women’s teams have won the prestigious Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award. On behalf of everyone at CWI, I’d like to thank MCC and the BBC for recognizing the efforts that our teams made, in close collaboration with ECB, to ensure that international cricket returned safely to the global stage.”
Earlier in October, Jason Holder’s team was awarded the Spirit of Cricket award by the Cricket Writers’ Club for showing the courage to travel England and play test series.