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West Indies players can revo-
lutionise Test cricket. As crazy
as it may sound, I honestly
believe we have the perfect
combination of players to do it.
Sri Lanka did it with the one-
day revolution in the
nineties...Jayasuria et al.
Cricket has been transformed
by the success of the T20 ver-
sion and it will continue to
evolve. We are by nature attack-
ing and flamboyant batsmen,
bowlers and fielders; even our
lifestyle in the Caribbean is
demonstrative of this.
So why don t we give our
players permission to be exactly
Do you know why we won
the recent T20 competition? We
played freely with nothing to
We now have to adapt the
same strategy in Test cricket
and I guarantee you that we will
succeed. The following is the
formula for the team to be
selected. Select three bowlers,
one genuine keeper/batsman
and the rest should be seven
genuine all-rounders. This way
you have solid batting right
down to number eight batsmen,
men who can hit the ball and
stay at the wicket when the
need arises and a wider variety
of bowlers to choose from. And
better yet if the three bowlers
can bat a little...well it is batting
down to 11.
With proper management and
strategic planning (eg bat for 90
overs) this formula is definitely
workable and will bring back
success to our WI team.
We have had legendary bats-
men, world class bowlers and
fielders so there is no shortage
in the pool of talent. It is time
to give the present group of
players official licensed freedom
to operate. Our present players
are caught up in having to
worry about playing too safe to
save their place, thereby not
playing freely and stifling their
natural ability to whack the ball.
Hey, at our present level/stage
we have nowhere else to go but
upwards. Try it now before
another team does.
PS: This letter was composed
before the start of the One-Day
series against India.
HOW TO REVOLUTIONISE
WEST INDIES TEST CRICKET
Now that it has arisen in Parliament
once again, now is a good time to rein-
force a point about green cars.
CNG has failed to catch on in devel-
oped countries because the relatively
scant savings cannot justify the cost of
adoption. It requires special filling sta-
tions, extra time at the pump and half
your trunk space. Yet still, the mileage
promised is significantly less than your
average hybrid electric vehicle.
This technology failed to catch on in
T&T in the past. Why are we at it again?
For this reason, hybrids have prolifer-
ated in the automotive world (even
Porsche has one!).
Take, for example, the first Toyota
Prius hybrid. It was introduced in Japan
15 years ago (fuel economy: 42 mpg)!
Today the Prius sells at a rate of three
million every year worldwide and some
versions average 95 mpg. Infrastructure
needed: petrol stations.
Fast on the heels of hybrids are elec-
tric vehicles. These are now mainstream
and come with rave reviews and ranges
of 100 miles (or up to 300 miles in some
cases). These would be a no-brainer for a
country that is only about 50 miles in
length at most. Even clean diesels, which
have been an economical and fuel-effi-
cient European staple for decades, are
surging forward (the Honda Civic diesel
gets 60 mpg while the CNG version gets
about 31 mpg). Infrastructure needed:
electric outlets and diesel pumps.
One of the advantages of being a de-
veloping country is that we can observe
what does or does not work in developed
countries and at least then have a base
to work from, saving us a lot of time,
money and mistakes. Fifteen years after
the first hybrids have proven them-
selves, we're still fiddling here in T&T.
All this to say that CNG is just not a
basket into which we should be putting
I would ask my fellow country-
men/women, when they are writ-
ing articles to various papers, or
calling in to talk shows, to please
focus as much as possible on
identifying solutions rather than
just focusing on why things are
Why does this matter?
We all know people who can
tell you what is wrong with every-
thing, but never have any solu-
tions to anything.
This is a "crab-in-the-barrel" ap-
proach where people only pull
other people and institutions
down, without taking the time to
uplift the situation in terms of
recommendations for improve-
Criticising things by itself does
not adequately assist in our na-
It is merely half of the solution...
the easier half, because it requires
no serious responsibility in terms
of trying to find answers to our
Minister Tewarie was talking
about our country encouraging
critical thinking (analysis and find-
ing solutions) and innovation, as a
necessary precursor to diversify-
ing our economy and taking our
country to a new stage.
What he says makes sense, but
this starts with every single one
of us going this extra distance in
solutionising our problems.
Thank you for your indulgence,
and if you disagree with me
please suggest some recommen-
dations for me to follow up on.
1. Chris Gayle
2. Kieran Powell
3. Darren Bravo
4. Marlon Samuels
5. Shiv Chanderpaul
6. Dwayne Smith
7. Kieron Pollard
8. Dwayne Bravo
9. Sunil Narine
10. Shane Shillingford
11. Jason Holder
12. Tino Best
13. Andre Russell
14. Darren Sammy
15. Lendl Simmons
16. Narsingh Deonarine
17. Denesh Ramdin
18. Ravi Rampaul
19. Shannon Gabriel.
20. Evin Lewis.
21. Johnson Charles and
four promising youths.
HERE'S MY CURRENT TOP 21 IN THE CARIBBEAN
Don't be another crab in a barrel
Chasing CNG a waste of energy
This truck with an unsecured load was spotted on the Debe/Penal road on
Saturday, transporting several steel rods with the tray open. Santa Cruz
resident Jocelyn Marquis recently lost her life when one of a bundle of loose
steel rods being transported on the back of a truck along Saddle Road went
through her car windscreen. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN
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