Former West Indies opening batsman Philo Wallace said that the entire management and backroom staff team should be reviewed following the Red Force team's embarrassing loss against the Leewards Islands Hurricane in the West Indies Four-day Championship match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, San Fernando on Monday.
The Hurricanes defeated T&T Red Force by 246 runs, the hosts sixth successive defeat since last season. An irate Wallace who was commentating on the match for Cricket360 said: “This display is diabolical and embarrassing for the people of T&T. I have been here for the last four days looking at the game and I have been here commentating since last season and seeing their very poor performances. When I played against T&T back in the day the team was a fighting team. A team that was respected in the Caribbean and now it pains me to see what it has become.”
Wallace put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the technical staff: “The coaching staff not pushing out the energy to the players. You have so much talent available, is it unbelievable what they are producing at the moment. The Cricket Board needs to have a look at the management team and the backroom staff and make some changes. I am baffled that men are still in position after the results that they are producing. We need to understand that to win cricket matches you have to get the players with the right attitude and in the right environment. What environment these men are working under if they cannot execute straightforward instructions. If the players are not buying in from what the technical staff is selling, then the management is not doing the work properly and the administration must act.”
Former Red Force manager Omar Khan was also not happy. “It is unbelievable what is happening with this team. There is no fight from the players, something is not right at the moment. What we are seeing out there is telling us that something is not right behind the scenes. These are the players who can win titles and now they are being relegated to also-rans. Come on, we are much better than that and the TTCB has to step in now. We need a complete overhaul of this current set up in order to get better results. We cannot continue like this.”