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Monday, April 18, 2011
Letters on Sunday

West Indies cricket is at a juncture where its experienced players have approached the end of their tenure. A new crop of players no doubt will be dominating the team. And this is where we would be recycling the same old policy.  But with the current structure of regional competitions from which players are chosen, there seems to be limited opportunities for selectors. An invitational team from England is good, but it’s not enough to provide that feel that cricketers need, nor is there enough cricket played among the islands. 

Like the West Indies team, every island is dominated by a group of players each year and the administrators should think in terms of having two teams from each island where possible, and also retaining the WI “A” team in its’ local tournament. They should also look into the arrangement of a team participating in the English season. 

Governments are spending huge amounts of money towards infrastructure, but this alone will not translate into high class players, nor huge crowds. More cricket must be played so that the selectors will have before them, a much larger group of cricketers challenging for a WI pick. 

Ramesh Marajh 

Palo Seco


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