It has been 3 years since the infamous abandoned West Indies tour of India, during which sponsors, spectators along with the various boards were disappointed with the abandonment of the tour of India. The West Indies player felt they were justified in walking off the tour due to the development which followed a protracted payment structure dispute between the players, the WICB and West Indies Players’ Association. The board felt embarrassed, but the players on a whole felt that it was their union’s responsibility to defend the rights of the players when negotiating on behalf of players. The preverbal horse had already gone through the gate with:
- Players were already on tour without even signing a contract
- Some players refused to sign a retainer contract which was still a major issue although they were selected for the tour.
It was a sad turn of events, because the board felt that many of the senior players on tour were setting a bad example for those aspiring to play for the West Indies and a lesson had to be taught. The life lesson which is being taught is that of a “Rebuilding Process” this rebuilding process takes the form of the none-selection of players who are deemed to be indiscipline. As the saying goes you have to “Kiss Ass, before you Kick Ass”, but the generations of cricketers after Viv Richards are doing no such thing. They are not just playing cricket lovely cricket and suffer under the hands of their board.
Sumit Mukherjee article dated April 2, 2016 raised several question concerning the West Indies Cricket Board rebuilding process which proves that WIC rebuilding process is still hanging in the balance. Based on many concerns raised we are all left to wonder where the continuity in West Indies Cricket:
- Is it just a happy coincidence or are we seeing the revival of West Indies Cricket?
- What has the West Indies Cricket Board done to turn around the fortunes of Caribbean cricket?
- Are players now contracted to the West Indies Cricket Board?
- Will the board balance the scale and make greater improve to female cricket in terms of regional games for them and also more endorsement to the sports while attracting more females to the sport?
- Since the under 19 team won the 2016 world cup are there any plans in place to work on that group of players to become the next generation of West Indies Players?
- Has the board sorted out the payment issue with the top players?
- Has Sunil Narine’s bowling actions being sorted out? Or will he be one of the many players who have been casted by the wayside without a proper thank you for your contribution to West Indies Cricket?
- With present crop of players unable to win a test match and are currently struggling to win an ODI much less a T20 match, what plans are in place to change all this?
- Since the inception of CPLT20 we have seen a large influx of supporters coming out to watch the shorter version of the games which is seen as far more entertaining and exciting and the guys tend to bring their “A” game there what plans does the board have to bring back the supporters to come out a watch a test match?
With many unanswered question it’s unfair for me say that the rebuilding process is working. First and foremost the new WIC captain Jason Holder is given basket to carry water. He pretty much is working with a lot of young inexperience lads, who barely have any international experience. The WICB needs to stop watching how much money players can earn while playing in these IPL, BPL and Big Bash tournament. Working on developing our players by selecting the right player for the game be it test match, ODI and T20. Gone are the days when you could use several players in various format of the game now it not the case. Other teams have realized this which gives them the edge over the West Indies.
The Board can always talk all the want about “Rebuilding” but under it all we know it’s pure victimization, but it’s coming back to make us look stupid because the team isn’t able to win a series especially the last played against Afghanistan who are considered “Minos” who have recently being allowed to play international cricket. If we continue on such a path, the top playing test nations will never want to negotiate to play against any of boys we select to represent the West Indies. What a crying shame and our inept board feels they are going a great job, while we that the stage is set for the start of the ICC Champions Trophy in England. Some top cricket nations will vie for glory in this tournament but the once mighty West Indies will be missing from this. I guess such is our rebuilding process coming from those who sit in authority. At this juncture I find it hard to truly rally around any West Indies Cricket team and it’s definitely a crying shame