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What’s going on with Windies cricket?

Published: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017

One of the biggest stars of regional cricket, Marlon Samuels, was reported to have recently said on Sportsmax TV that you need to have a “godfather” in administration to make the West Indies team.

I must confess that I refused to believe him. After all, how could such a bizarre approach be taken to team selection by the regional cricket administrators when WI are now at the bottom of both the world Test and ODI rankings amidst talk of a two-tier system circulating in which WI would only be able to play Tests against minnows like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh if it becomes reality!

I was convinced that things simply could not be so bad at the highest levels of the game that so many people in the Caribbean live and die for when the maroon marauders take to the pitch.

However, the case of Evin Lewis’ continued non selection to the Test squad has now convinced me that I am wrong about what Samuels said.

As long ago as 2013, Lewis announced himself as the most explosive opening batter bar Chris Gayle, when he led Trinidad and Tobago’s run scoring in the now defunct Champion’s League T20 competition.

He has four T20 international scores over the half century mark of 100, 91, 125 not out and 51. In the first Bangladesh Premier League he was the only batsman to score a ton and has all the potential to be to Windies cricket what David Warner is to Australia.

To add insult to injury, Lewis is the only regional opener to score a ton in ODIs since the 2015 world cup with a pair of them. This includes his recent man of the match 176 injured out against England for which he received a standing ovation from the entire crowd over there when he was being carried off the ground!

What more does he have to do to make the regional Test team? WI clearly have a very confusing selection policy in our cricket.

It is really baffling that Miguel Cummings is keeping the likes of genius level young Windies players Kemo Paul, Chemar Holder and Shamar Spriner off WI Test team.

If this is not more than passing strange, how can regional selectors explain the fact that Raymond Reifer is keeping the phenomenal batters of WI world champion U-19 team off the Test squad? What has become of the likes of prospective Windies greats like Gidron Pope?

WI only need to make a few positive moves to be a real force at Test level again but for some indecipherable reason WI cannot seem to do so. As the old Marvin Gaye song goes, “What’s Going On” with Windies cricket?

FITZROY OTHELLO,
WEST INDIES PATRIOT