Ten years plus have brought a super West Indies Cricket team from being the leader of the game in every area of strength to the present standard of mediocrity on the path of selected payers and the complex selection process which cannot be identified as logical, realistic, or well balanced.
The above comments are not designed to rush into total criticism and certainly not a battle of words on personalisation to any administrator or selector in any department of the CWI.
Our history is well known in all departments of the great game. In order of priority, it will be fair to share kudos to the original leaders of administration, most of whom have passed, but the names of people like Sir Lindsay Grant, Jeff Stollmeyer, John Goddard, Alan Rae, Clyde Walcott, Calvin Wilkin, Sir Wesley Hall and Berkley Gaskin, will always be household builders of the West Indies team at different eras.
Many of our players have been described as the best in the world whether it's the batting of George Headley, Sir Garry Sobers, Sir Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Everton Weekes, Gordon Greenidge, Des Haynes, Laurence Rowe, and my great friend and excellent Trinidad and Tobago Captain Michael Joey Carew.
I am indirectly reminding all our cricket lovers about the Mike Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Sir Andy Roberts, Sir Charles Griffith, Sir Curtly Ambrose, Bernard Julien and Courtney Walsh career of International bowling against any country in the world and gained ultimate success in their efforts.
The desired strength or intelligence, tactical and technical knowledge and extraordinary charisma of our Captains, Sir Frank Worrell, Gerry Alexander, Clive Lloyd, Jeff Stollmeyer, and Brian Lara, like Sir Garry Sobers, operated on the basis of their technical input personally, and gained the persuasive respect which they provided to inject match-winning performances to gain maximum results.
Presently, the halftime period of a decade or two brought us into an amalgamation of unqualified administrators, dictatorial behaviour and an aroma which tends to erode the absolute cricket environment, especially when partisanship is displayed by the apparent few.
In the meantime, players were caught into a cross between representing our Test team and ODI squad, to compare with the entertaining T20 format of the game.
Our geniuses took their exits as age entered their lives. The lessons which were available to the youth of our Caribbean nations were not readily recognised, neither were the brilliance and competence of the exquisite class of players brought to the vocations of coaching.
Today, players operated on their own creative wisdom, much of which had contributed to the top of world Cricket.
At present the recognised players who demonstrated some natural talent are not guided into the developing road called methodical success. They drove well in advance of the delivery, they preferred reverse strokes as a novelty, but lacked regular productivity, and use of hands and feet appeared to be their own interpretations which so far, have not sent them to the era of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, except a shadow of a bright future like Hope, Bravo, Chase, Charles, Evin Lewis, and Hetmeyer.
The task for improvement is possible, but not without correcting the obvious adjustments in almost every corridor used by a well-qualified directorate from all ends.