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West Indies women's cricket is on the rise with the team making it to the semi-final of the Women's World T20 in Sri Lanka. But it has not always been like that, writes Melissa Doughty in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian who once idolised Brian Lara, but saw her dream of playing die. But with the efforts of individuals and WICB, things are looking up.
When Brian Lara broke Sir Garfield Sobers record of 365 not out; I worked harder at perfecting my batting, imagining one day I might play for the Windies. I even adopted the name Brenda Lara.
Today the region stands ready to commit to memory another great West Indian cricket team and even another great cricketing era as the women’s cricket team battles the Australian team in the semi-final of the prestigious ICC World T20 Tournament in Sri Lanka.