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 playersâ€™ 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, isnâ€™t that what West Indies cricket has come to be about?
Cricket in the Caribbean is now bigger than its controlling body, the WICB, or the WIPA or the individual players themselves. West Indies cricket has become, over the years, a unifying force that binds the region together; but in a way I’m happy this situation with WICB and WIPA came about – Maybe now we will forget the irrelevant distinctions of race, class, educational achievement and national origin.
Long before there was a Federation, or a CARIFTA, a Caricom or a CSME, there was a West Indies cricket team. Sorry so say, but this is the end of West Indies Cricket.