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Editor’s note:This is a guest post written by Mark Richards, an opinion writer over at Antiguasunonline.com

I have written to you before about the state of West Indies cricket and I am happy to say that just about everything I mentioned more than a year ago seems to be happening.

Many members of the team appeared to have been getting better at international competition and just as this started to happen there are reasons again for the players to withhold their labour.

What we have to understand is that many of these fellows have gotten lots of money for doing absolutely nothing for West Indies cricket and the fans that believed in them.

The players were all for themselves and believed in the dollars. Now I am not saying that everything is the players’ fault because I believe the West Indies Cricket Board has also failed regional cricket.

Having said that, they are not active cricket players and cannot carry the hopes and aspirations of Caribbean people to all corners of the world through an exciting type of play other nations can only hope to reproduce.

So a new group of players have been chosen and the WICB seems intent on staying with these fellows over a protracted period of time.

I wish these new guys all the best in the world, but can assure you the same thing will happen in a few years from now. Some might get some good recognition, some money and then will demand lots of money for failing consistently.

Well, isn’t that what West Indies cricket has come to be about?

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There is an interesting discussion going on around the Caribbean – is football the new Cricket? Over on BBC Caribbean, Jack Warner, Vice president of the International Football Federation (FIFA) believes that test cricket is dead in the Caribbean.

Mr. Warner feels that football has taken over from cricket and that it has a more promising future. He is also of the view that twenty-twenty is the way to go.

Listen to his pronouncement on test cricket below.

[Source: BBC Caribbean] Jack Warner on cricket and football.

Is Jack Warner right? Have your say in the comments.

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(AP) – Chaminda Vaas captured five wickets for 61 runs to lead Sri Lanka to an historic first win in the Caribbean; defeating West Indies by 121 runs with 6.4 over’s left in the opening test on Wednesday.

Resuming on 96 for one and needing 437 for victory, West Indies tried holding out for a draw and was bowled for 315 at Providence Stadium. World-class off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who bowled for most of the final day helped in with three for 112.

In a tense final hour Vaas bagged both final wickets with the new ball. He forced Jerome Taylor to edge a delivery to second slip, then four overs later and about 15 minutes from stumps, he got Daren Powell to loft to mid-off where Muralitharan grasped a stunning, one-handed catch over his head to provide Vaas with his 12th five-wicket hauls in tests.

Vaas, named man of the match, took 8-109 overall and scored a half century. Sri Lanka lost 1-0 on both previous visits to the Caribbean in 1997 and 2003.

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