Cricket challenges loom large

Earlier this year it seems that only Brian Lara thought it important enough to have stayed for the duration of a lecture while the team was in Guyana. More recently, only Lara thought it sufficiently important to pay due respect to Clyde Walcott as he was being laid to rest in his native Barbados. None of the other members of the current West Indies team appears to have considered the funeral and burial of Walcott of any real significance to command their presence.
The current players have little understanding of the historical significance of the game of cricket to West Indians generally at home and abroad. They are not students of the game and appear only concerned about their pay cheques.
This appears to be the reason why the players show so little by way of chagrin at being defeated so often by opposing teams. To them it is just another game.
The WICB may well be accused of keeping so many things from the Caribbean public about the conduct of several of our players for fear that the public would be decidedly harsh on those very players and the administrators as well.
In light of the current modus operandi of the majority of the players now representing the West Indies we cannot have any faith that being host of the CWC2007 means anything to them.
We can expect the same ‘don’t care’ attitude from the majority of the players.

Shame-Faced
There is every reason for us to believe that the WICB is currently a most shame-faced organisation.
The WICB is mired in debt to such an extent that should there be any windfalls from the CWC2007 it may not be enough to clear the existing indebtedness.
The WICB is obligated to Bennett King and his group for the coaching of West Indies Cricket with no West Indian coach given the responsibility to understudy them. If King and his team are successful then what does it mean for us in respect of future coaches for the regional team?
No one is actually being groomed for the captaincy after Lara leaves the scene. I do not mean simply having someone appointed vice captain. Such an appointment in and of itself does not constitute grooming for the position.
Reference here is to the systematic preparation of an individual or two or three for the job, ensuring that they develop themselves psychologically, that their communication skills are improved and that they know how to work well with others in a team.
For too long we have assumed that this is automatic. We have learnt since the death of Frank Worrell that good captaincy does not come by mere appointment or by being good with either the bat or ball.
The WICB does not yet have a Cricket Academy. The institution that was started at the St George’s University in Grenada has closed. Its usefulness was always in doubt any way.
The WICB has been unable to bring the matter of an Academy for the sport on the front burner of regional Governments and the private sector yet it has been able to get millions poured into the CWC preparations which does not guarantee us any long term sustainable development in respect of the game and our role in it.
There are some who would say that we are lost.
Maybe we are.