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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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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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As the countdown gathers pace towards which starts with Warm-up matches on March 5, host Venues need to brace themselves for the thousands who will descend on the region, eager to experience the trademark excitement for which the tropical archipelago is famed.

Jamaica alone had an estimated 1.68 million stop-over passengers and 1.33 million cruise passengers and the other Caribbean Island including Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados (which recorded 560,000 stop-over visitors in 2005) and Saint Lucia. With the Cricket World Cup added to the mix –  will these countries are even more attractive as vacation spots or will it deter stop-over passengers?

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