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With the West Indies cricket team not making
the grade for the 2017 Champions Trophy, the
daggers will be out once again and of course,
they will be aimed at the West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) and its president Dave Cameron.
Today, I just want to take a clear look at all
the parties that must stand up and take blame
for the current position in which West Indies
finds itself. The anger is not yet out but come
2017, when eight teams go out there to compete
for the Champions Trophy title and there is no
maroon, the fans will be letting loose.
While the WICB must carry blame, I also think
that the players as well as the territorial boards
must come out and share some of it. I was in
India when the West Indies team left and returned
home and the common man in the streets of
Dharamshala could have understood the gravity
of the situation, yet our players could not.
While I am not saying that they should have
accepted what was on offer, there are ways of
getting things done and being always aggressive
never works out. That day in Dharamshala, West
Indies cricket was brought to its knees and it
seems that it cannot recover from it.
I wonder how many directors of the territorial
boards will also bow their heads when the Champions
Trophy starts. Let us understand something, the
development of good West Indian cricketers starts
at the territorial level.
The six territorial boards across the region, namely
the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB), Barbados Cricket
Association (BCA), Windward Islands Cricket Board
(WICB), Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA),
Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and Jamaica Cricket
Association (JCA), have to ensure that they have
proper coaching and development programmes so
that better players are fed to the West Indies level.
The Professional Cricket League s (PCL) second
year got off just a couple of days ago and I would
like to hear from the different territorial boards as
to what their plans are for development and keeping
the cricketers who are on retainer contracts actively
involved in improving their skill.
Are the players just drawing a salary or are they
required to check in for work as normal employees
do? What are the plans from the territorial boards
in taking the game forward in their neck of the woods?
The territorial boards must have sound development
plans in place. The WICB funds the territorial boards
to an extent where they can employ full time CEOs
and they must be efficient in making sure that the
board gets value for money from the players who are
It must not be a situation where monies are sent
out to the territorial boards and value is not returned.
The territorial boards must employ well-qualified
coaches so that young players are met with proper
guidance early in their careers. The WICB cannot go
into a country and employ a national coach for them.
The onus is on the respective boards to find the best
coaches and develop the best programmes for their
The TTCB has been good in this regard and they
have started to turn around their fortunes after being
starved of funds. The youth teams are playing well
and although they did not return the titles, they are
showing marked improvement with the programmes
that have now come on stream.
President of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath continues
to be a standout in leading his board and his control
of the affairs of local cricket in this country must be
commended. There are always people who think they
can do a better job and they run all over the place
doing what they do best, which is running their
I have seen the development plans put together
by the TTCB and it is no fluke that so many players
from T&T are on the West Indies cricket team in the
What Bassarath has been able to do is stay on the
ball and look for ways to improve. Recently, the TTCB
met with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky
Mysore looking to explore avenues where there could
be development of players and administrators.
I notice Guyana has also started to do well in terms
of getting their cricket back in order and they have
already forwarded their development plan to the
WICB so that the central body can assist where it
can to take the game forward in that country.
The Windwards have also come on board, and just
recently, Sandals joined them by opening an Academy
in St Lucia for players. The players will be under the
hand of former West Indies all rounder Roger Harper
and this shows progress.
What is the situation with the JCA, BCA and LICA?
Everyone needs to come on board to make the whole
good. So while we point fingers, let s do like the Aus-
tralians, stand up and be men and take blame and
find ways to improve.
Territorial boards must bow heads also
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