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West Indies cricket is going nowhere

Monday, March 20 2017

THE EDITOR: It was with great disdain that I watched the West Indies one-day series against England.

I no longer go to any of the matches and in the final clash I turned off the TV with the WI at 45/6, or something like that.

In my 50 years of playing and watching sport I have never been so disinterested in WI cricket. While I do not wish to play the blame game, I and many others do not believe the current WI team is the best possible one.

I would like to challenge the WI selectors and the board to pick their oneday team to play against my team as follows: Chris Gayle, K Brathwaithe or L Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Dwayne Bravo, K Pollard (capt), D Bishoo, S Narine, Azari Joseph, and Ravi Rampaul. Reserves: Jason Holder, Darren Sammy, DR Smith and JL Carter.

If the starting 11 is playing, the board/selectors can have all other WI players and even Bahamians, Bermudians, Canadians, Americans and any other players in the North and South American regions.

I truly believe my team will beat their team by at least two to one, for example: if we bat first we will score 300 runs and bowl their team out for 150.

Why is it that the WI spectator must be put through the stress of knowing that: 1. The team picked by the WICB has no chance in hell to beat any of the top six teams in the world.

2. The team is not the best team because of regional and curry-favour pressure by other WI territories.

3. Players with the best batting, bowling, and fielding statistics over the last three years are not included in the team.

I am just fed up and I know there are maybe hundreds of thousands of WI spectators who feel the same way.

I now resolve to learn the rules and follow American football and baseball to watch instead of this excreta.

And to think that there were years when I did not miss a match in the Oval, or being glued to the radio at 2 am in the 1980s to listen to Gus Logie and Deryck Murray knock off 80 runs in eight overs to beat Australia.

What a waste.

Goodbye cricket. While I will always love you, you’re not doing anything for me and may the selectors and board face “Peter at the gate,” when I will request he “bun dem.” I see no future for WI cricket and foresee Ireland, Afghanistan and embattled Zimbabwe reaching the top ten with WI as the proverbial 12th man. Damn this hurts.

Ivan Grimes via email

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