https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv1Hch_IW9Q/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet I’m still out here representing my country in another way. Sweet Jamaica Thankyou for all your support Im here training and looking after my boys but looking forward to what is next!
So, these past couple of days I have received so much overwhelming support from both English and West Indies fans and cricket fans in general. I’m a Jamaican and the cricket of the West Indies is in my blood – I’m passionate and my hope and my prayers are for West Indies cricket. I am having the time of my life playing for the West Indies – my body hurts but my heart is happy. I love watching all cricket and especially enjoy the youth taking up this great game. It’s exhilarating to watch a close contest and seeing the Ashes on TV on Boxing Day or a brilliant Kohli or Smith knock is fun (unless it’s against me) – and not to mention watching Universe Boss stand and deliver 6 after 6… A few (well quite a few) cricket fans have commented on Twitter about my celebration #salute. So many adorable kids have made their own version – I am honoured – this is the best!!! But many others have criticsed my exuberant celebration – about their critique I say this: For me personally – every ball I bowl for the West Indies is a joy (ok maybe not the 6’s or the wides) but it’s an honour – when I gain a wicket I want to represent/commemorate/respect those colleagues in the armed forces who toil for their country without the same public commendation that we are lucky enough to receive in the sporting domain. I am a man that cherishes my country and those who serve it and I hope my sons honour this same legacy and respect the symbolism of hope, honour and service that I believe my #salute represents. To me it is not my dismissal of the batsman that I am celebrating but more my cherishing of the moment. And from the moment I get that wicket I’m hoping for the next! For a bowler no wicket is ever enough until it’s ”10 fuh”. And it is no true celebration until we achieve our team goals. Every game I play is a chance for me to show what I can do and to give back – I hope I have more opportunity to entertain, to inspire and maybe even to incite controversy!!! I am thankful and excited. But life is bigger than the battle on a cricket field and I would like to thank those who work in thankless professions. I also hope that cricket brings joy to those who watch us and that we entertain (hey even all out for 45 must give the amateur statistcians something fun to remember). I am a small part in a big world but i will do my best to enjoy it and respect it. I am lucky and blessed. Thank you again. #Salute Sheldon Cotterell 9/3/19