West Indies cricket team will always hold a special place in the hearts of all cricket fans. Few teams have managed to dominate the game as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. It was an era that saw plenty of world-class West Indies cricket players emerge and etch their names in the record books.
It was also the same time when West Indies cricket team claimed the inaugural World Cup in 1975 and became the first team to win back-to-back World Cups in 1979. Although power of West Indies cricket has waned over the years, they are still among a handful of teams to have won the World Cup, World T20 and the Champions Trophy. They are governed by the West Indies cricket board, which has had a tough time over the last few years with several players choosing stints in domestic T20 leagues over playing for the country.
However, throughout their illustrious history, West Indies cricket players have managed to make their mark an indelible mark on the international arena. The current West Indies national cricket team roster might be lacking those players but still boasts of the likes of Chris Gayle. The current West Indies cricket team captain in Tests and ODIs is Jason Holder while Carlos Brathwaite is the captain of the T20I side.
The list of West Indies cricket players includes some of the best players to have ever played the game. From the likes of Sir Garry Sobers, Malcolm Marshall, Viv Richards to the likes of Brian Lara, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose.
Brian Lara holds the national record for most runs in Tests and ODIs. Lara's tally of 10,348 runs makes him the only WI player to have over 10,000 runs in the format while his Test tally of 11,953 runs is the seventh-best of any batsman in the history of the game.
The national record for most Test caps is held by Shivnarine Chanderpaul while the ODI record is held by Brian Lara. In terms of most wins as captain, Viv Richards holds the ODI record while Clive Lloyd has the Test record.
Courtney Walsh has a monopoly of the bowling records as he is not only the leading wicket-taker for West Indies in Tests, but also the most wickets in ODIs as well. Although he jointly holds the record for most five-wicket hauls in Tests along with Curtly Ambrose and Malcolm Marshall, it is Ambrose who has the national record for most five-fers in ODIs.
West Indies cricket schedule for the upcoming year features the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka tour of South Africa followed by a home series against Bangladesh. The first of two Tests against Bangladesh begins on July 4. Following that they will play each other in three ODIs and three T20Is. West Indies cricket team then don't play for another couple of months as a majority of west indies cricket players will feature in the CPL.
Following which, the West Indies national team will travel to India to take part in a full tour featuring Tests, ODIs and T20Is. West Indies cricket fixtures then sees a away series against Bangladesh to close out 2018.
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