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Are you surprised with the
results our boys in maroon sent
our way this festive season?
As I tried to dance my troubles
away at the Guardian Media Ltd s
Christmas Dinner, Tommy Joseph
looked on in horror as Valentino
Singh told him the boys were shut
out for 193 in the first innings.
Later in the night Tommy
Joseph had the floor and was really
enjoying himself so I did not both-
er to tell him that the match was
over. Just the look on Joseph s face
told the story of West Indies crick-
et post-Viv Richards and Clive
I felt sorry for him though, as
he looked really troubled at what
was going on.
He even took out his frustration
on a young man eating close by,
telling him to hold the fork good
before he swallowed it.
Well I know that the results in
New Zealand was hard for him to
I wondered if the cricketers
down there were feeling and look-
ing the same, or whether they had
dusted their whites and hit the
town for a night out.
I have been around West Indies
cricket for quite some time now
and I can tell you the only time
most players take on anything is
when their place in the side is in
They have taken their carefree
and careless attitude unto the
cricket field and as a result have
not much to make their fans smile
It makes me think that the
breakdown in society is now being
expressed on the cricket field.
Back in the day it was the other
way around, as the cricketers
would have learnt the game from
the British who were their owners
and employers and they wanted
to go out there and play with pride
and passion to defeat them
because cricket was the only
avenue at the time to show they
I wonder if our modern day
cricketers understand anything
about this or any part of the his-
tory of the game.
When you know where you
came from, you normally know
where you are going and I am
forced to believe that our boys
don t really know of the struggles
that occurred in the earlies for
recognition on the cricket field.
Nowadays when a youth does
something that is offensive, he
would just look at you and say
small thing .
It is this small thing attitude
that is killing us as a people.
When men lose their wicket, it
is small thing , while men like
Tommy Joseph misses sleep and
goes into depression from another
The discipline of our players
when it comes to the true format
of the game Test cricket leaves
a lot to be desired.
There is no fight, no belly to
stand up and grit it out. They
rather throw aggression at every-
thing and hope they come
through. Doesn t this remind you
of the folks who live by the gun,
showing aggression and aggres-
sively marching to their graves?
Our players have to do some
serious introspection after this
latest defeat at the hands of a team
that is ranked lower than them,
on the International Cricket
Council (ICC) Test ladder.
They have to ask themselves the
Whether they are in the game
for fame and fortune, or whether
they represent the people and the
struggles of the Caribbean.
They have to know whether
they want to play T20 cricket
alone and stop parading in white
as Test cricketers.
If pajama cricket is their thing,
then they can go right ahead, so
no one can get vex with them but
when they pose as Test cricketers
and go on to play T20 cricket in
a Test match, then the WICB and
the selection panel have to come
As a matter of fact I think the
WICB should serious look at the
selection panel and make some
The chairman Clyde Butts has
been in the position for many
years and I think that he has got-
ten stale. Change in my mind is
always good and for this reason,
I think that the WICB should get
some new men in there with new
ideas on what they are looking for
in players and lets see how it
In the meantime, the forecast
is for continuing licks with brief
isolated victories, so guard up and
let s hope Tommy Joseph can have
a better 2014.
West Indian performance
mirrors Caribbean societyThey have taken their carefree
and careless attitude unto the
cricket field and as a result
have not much to make their
fans smile about.
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