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ONLY TIME WILL TELL
On Saturday …The “Real” West Indies walked into the dressing room in England, then in awful cricket conditions played a one off T20 international against England, and demonstrated why they are still the best T20 team in the World.
The Defending champions comprehensively defeated England even though the West Indies team was not at full strength with many such as Dwayne and Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin missing.
Besides the fact, that not one player on the T20 team participated in the recently concluded Test series with England, which by itself tells many a tale, there was the obvious fact, that Carlos Braithwaite while he was the captain in name, was taking a lot of advice from several of the senior players around him, and rightfullu so.
Anyone who cared to be concern with the almost perfect field placing on the day/night will have smiled at the total team effort between Braithwaite, Chris Gayle and especially the impact and presence of Kieron Pollard.
There is little doubt that Pollard is the best captain in the region, not only because of his knowledge of the game, and the fighting spirit that he brings in all he does, but also because he plays like a man with “No Fear”
It was certainly an experience in winning that would have made many West Indians all over the World happy again, because even though the team that was selected to represent the West Indies in the test series fought gallantry after the first test, there was always a feeling that this particular test squad was punching above its weight.
The purported amnesty in West Indies cricket is clearly a smokescreen to attempt to qualify automatically for 2019’s 50-over World Cup competition, and with the West Indies needing at least a 4-1 victory in the series, this decision would have been made.
However, the reality is that in the test format of cricket more than any other, your best players are needed given the length of the game and the fact, that your opponent has more opportunities to attack you with bat and ball. One position that is criminal to ignore is that of wicket keeper and here again, Denesh Ramdin, both in glove work and batting, not to mention captaincy experience is the only man for this role. To say that Shane Dowrich was pathetic in the test series in all areas is an understatement. The sooner that Dowrich is allowed to develop at the regional level, the better he and West Indies cricket will be.
Let us all watch and observe the action over the next few weeks, should the West Indies fail to win the one day series against England, and if that results in a reversal of the decision to allow certain players back into West Indies cricket.
Then we will know for certain, whether this matter was pretense or a sincere effort to mend the fences in West Indies cricket. As it stands now, the cricketing jury in the Caribbean is hesitant to commit one way or the other.
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