We’re still fooling ourselves

Chanderpaul is playing for Chanderpaul and, it seems, only secondarily for the West Indies team. The less said about this individual the better.
Dwayne Bravo once seemed possessive of tremendous potential as an all-rounder yet he is fast becoming like Carl Hooper, capable of being sued for breach of promise as a cricketer of West Indian citizenship. One never knows what to expect from Bravo. The one area where he shows some consistency is in his fielding and that places him perhaps well ahead of the rest of the team. His seemingly super flight from the lucrative Indian Twenty20 super league to the Caribbean in time for the first test is indicative of the commitment to the team. The training camp meant nothing. That the Board allowed Bravo and others involved in the League to stay in India while the rest of the team was encamped only served to highlight the barrenness of the organisation and its leadership.
Interestingly, in sharp contrast, the Australians ensured that its Camp was duly respected by all.
Grenada’s Devon Smith does not take any lessons from Darren Sammy of St Lucia. While the latter clearly puts his shoulder to the wheel while on the field of play the former seems to believe that the Board owes him something or that he has some mortgage on the team so he does not have to apply himself.
Ramdin is inconsistent both behind the stumps and with the bat and must be grateful that his competitors for the wicket-keeping position are pathetically weak.
Our bowlers are a mixed bag, seemingly rising to the occasion one day and falling flat the next.
We have spinners who only seem capable of minimising the amount of runs that the opponents may score at any given time. From Gayle through to Benn they are all very poor in the area of spin bowling. The truth is that these so-called spin bowlers are only so recognised by the West Indies team and no one else. They appear to be more bowlers who have some capacity, however limited, to turn the odd ball rather then qualify to be considered genuine spinners.
The West Indies Cricket Board is lacking in leadership. The West Indies team has no leadership.
West Indies cricket remains mired in the same crisis that had encircled it for the past few decades. It is unfortunate though that while we recognise the crisis and its impact the leadership remains pitted against itself, confused about solutions.