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Loss to Irish unacceptable says TTCB official
In the aftermath of the West Indies embarrassing loss to Ireland in their T20 match on Wednesday, executive member of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Patrick Rampersad is calling on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to seriously look at the sport.
West Indies went under to Ireland in their first T20 clash at Sabina Park by six wickets. They meet again today and will be aiming for a better performance to level the series.
After this, they will play against England in a three-match T20 series in Barbados in early March before heading off to defend their World T20 title in Bangladesh later on in March.
Rampersad said: “I am calling on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to do some serious introspection into the performances of this team and make the necessary adjustments in order to arrest this slide in our cricket.
“You are the world champions and being beaten is not out of this world but being beaten by a minnow like Ireland in your own back yards is not acceptable. Imagine a T&T ‘B’ team defeated this Ireland side.”
Rampersad said the only positive side of the loss was that it came at the right time with the team preparing to defend their world title. “If you want to look at the positive side of things, maybe you might want to say that the loss came at a right time and the players would pull up their socks after this embarrassing loss.
“However, we have often said that a certain defeat came at the right time, so that the performances can only get better and it has not happened.”
Rampersad is calling for a major overhaul of regional cricket from the club level right up. “We need to take a look at cricket from the club level up. We need to find a way to professionalise cricket in the region, so that the players that move up are coming in with that correct professional attitude.
“I know that it is difficult to find funding but maybe the WICB can assist in this regard with the extra funding that will come their way, when the new proposals are ratified for the changes at the International Cricket Council (ICC).”
Rampersad who is president of one of the top clubs in T&T, Merryboys, added: “Our cricket cannot survive the way we would like in the current environment. We need to go the professional way of we are to come out of the current slump. A cricketing culture change is needed here and it has to start at the club level.”