Opinion: West Indies Cricket Hits Rock Bottom – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Pity the old timers. They sit through the Test matches and hope for a fight.
They want to see someone, anyone, stand up and play a long innings. But any such thought is squashed by another spineless display to be followed by what is now all too familiar: an excuse that the players did not apply themselves and that there are lessons to be learned.

How long can we make excuses for this mediocrity? There is no longer the pride and passion that has been the hallmark of West In-
dies cricket. While other countries play as if they are hungry to get to the top, West Indies seem to be content with going through the motions and to wait for the next T20 format. This is where the money lies but in which the real test is absent.

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  • Ramesh  On October 5, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks for penning this poignant commentary about the current, deplorable state of West Indies cricket. The West Indies once ruled the cricket world when they instilled genuine fear in their opponents. My father and I listened to the away games on shortwave radio when John Arlott and Tony Cozier described the thrilling action in the middle. Those days are now a distant memory.

    Indeed, T20 has destroyed the very essence of the great game. Back in the days of the three Ws, Kanhai, Sobers, Hall, Clive, Viv, Holding, Marshall, Garner, Haynes, to name a few of the greats, the players played with pride and for little to no pay. Today, it’s all about money. The ECB is to blame.

    Next year they will introduce the 100. Interestingly, Gayle is one of the first to sign up.
    This means the best players will continue to be chasing the money and, correspondingly, West Indies domestic cricket will continue to wither on the vine.

    It is doubtful that we’ll see a return to the dominant, exciting days of the past.

    RIP, West Indies cricket.


  • dhanpaul narine  On October 7, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks Ramesh. The blitz of the CPL must not cloud our thinking that Test cricket in the West indies is dying a slow death. It appears that the situation will only get worse with the surfeit of T20’s and now the 100. If we keep producing players for these events the longer 5 day version will suffer. Maybe 4 day Test matches should be introduced across the board. The atmosphere at Providence yesterday was amazing. The CPL brought Guyanese together that no politician was able to do in recent times. Maybe this time the Warriors will win it all and we can go back to worrying about Test cricket!

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