The West Indies cricket team, nicknamed the Windies, is a multi-national men's cricket team representing the mainly English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean region and administered by Cricket West Indies. The players on this composite team are selected from a chain of fifteen Caribbean nation-states and territories. As of 13 May 2021, the West Indies cricket team is ranked seventh in Tests and ninth in both ODIs and T20Is in the official ICC rankings.
|Nickname(s)||Windies, Men in Maroon|
|Association||Cricket West Indies|
|Test captain||Kraigg Brathwaite|
|One Day captain||Kieron Pollard|
|T20I captain||Kieron Pollard|
|Test status acquired||1928|
|ICC status||Full Member (1926)|
1st (1 January 1964)|
1st (1 June 1981)|
1st (10 January 2016)|
|First Test||v. England at Lord's, London; 23–26 June 1928|
|Last Test||v. Pakistan at Sabina Park, Kingston; 20–24 August 2021|
(177 draws, 1 tie)
3/3 (2 draws)|
|World Test Championship appearances||1 (first in 2019–2021)|
|Best result||8th place (2019–2021)|
|First ODI||v. England at Headingley, Leeds; 5 September 1973|
|Last ODI||v. Australia at Kensington Oval, Barbados; 26 July 2021|
(10 ties, 30 no results)
(0 ties, 0 no results)
|World Cup appearances||12 (first in 1975)|
|Best result||Champions (1975, 1979)|
|First T20I||v. New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland; 16 February 2006|
|Last T20I||v. Pakistan at Providence Stadium, Providence; 3 August 2021|
(3 ties, 9 no results)
(0 ties, 3 no results)
|T20 World Cup appearances||6 (first in 2007)|
|Best result||Champions (2012, 2016)|
|As of 30 August 2021|
From the mid-late 1970s to the early 1990s, the West Indies team was the strongest in the world in both Test and One Day International cricket. A number of cricketers who were considered among the best in the world have hailed from the West Indies: Garfield Sobers, Lance Gibbs, George Headley, Brian Lara, Vivian Richards, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall, Alvin Kallicharran, Andy Roberts, Rohan Kanhai, Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Curtly Ambrose, Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner and Wes Hall have all been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
The West Indies have won the ICC Cricket World Cup twice (1975 and 1979 when it was styled the Prudential Cup), the ICC T20 World Cup twice (2012 and 2016 when it was styled World Twenty20), the ICC Champions Trophy once (2004), the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup once (2016), and have also finished as runners-up in the Cricket World Cup (1983), the Under 19 Cricket World Cup (2004), and the ICC Champions Trophy (2006). The West Indies appeared in three consecutive World Cup finals (1975, 1979 and 1983), and were the first team to win back-to-back World Cups (1975 and 1979), both of these records have been surpassed only by Australian Cricket Team who appear in 4 consecutive World Cup Finals (1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007) winning 3 consecutive World Cups (1999, 2003 and 2007).
The West Indies have hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup and the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. In June 2019, during the 2019 Cricket World Cup, the West Indies played their 800th ODI match.