Of concern here is the fact that we know about that river and we ought to have engaged in a more deliberate analysis of the requirements before settling for the actual construction work that was undertaken.
The outfield at Stubbs and Arnos Vale II still seem unacceptable to the naked eye and one wonders what measures could now be taken at this critical stage to facilitate the requisite improvements.
There is every reason for us to believe that in this Caribbean region we do have the requisite expertise to organize and administer a tremendous Cricket World Cup. It, however, seems more than a little unfortunate that in far too many instances we are hearing complaints of the cricket fraternity being too possessive and of having kept the organization too close to its chest without realizing the enormity of what is involved.
In some countries the cricket fraternity simply assumed that it is in possession of the requisite expertise. They are now recognizing rather late in the game that this is not necessarily the case.
There is a sense in which we are hearing clarion calls being made by all and sundry, not the least of whom are the region’s political leaders, for the Caribbean people to support the World Cup. This is rather late and sound very much as though we are in crisis mode.
Tickets sales are not what were initially expected at this stage and we are not being told why this is the case.
We love our cricket in the Caribbean but one wonders to what extent we love it enough to do all that is required to stave off embarrassment at a global level.