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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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All the good which the West Indies cricketers might have done just over a month ago here in the warm, tropical climate of the Caribbean, evaporated in a matter of days in the cold, wintry weather of England. For the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Team it’s back to the drawing broads.

The comprehensive 2-0 defeat, both well within the five days of the Test matches, to the old enemy on their own territory could hardly have been surprising.

Not only did it put a stop to the positive advances which Chris Gayle’s team made in the Caribbean, it sent the WICB and windies team back to square one.

The truth of the matter is leadership, both on and off the field, is lacking. As a people we are finding it difficult to attract the right caliber of players – those with a renewed and meaningful spirit that will make a conscious effort to improve the standard of the game in the region, and to lead us out of our current dilemma.

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Windsor Park Stadium By Night.

With all the excitement from the ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean, Education and Sports Minister Vince Henderson announced at the opening of Windsor Park Stadium on March 23. There were rumors that Dominica would be hosting some ICC Cricket practice games. But I guess this felt through like everything else in Dominica. Thanks to the People Republic of China for building one of the best sport Stadium in Caribbean. What’s my Opinion. 🙂

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