Windies need some help

October 19, 2011 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

West Indies is falling deeper into decline and it reached new lows with a one-day eight-wicket defeat to Bangladesh, which highlighted the major floors in the current squad.

Issues between the cricket board and senior players have led to young, inexperienced players having to hold the fort and that is being shown up in recent results.
The Windies can get away with it in Twenty20 cricket, in which a shoot-out can often go either way and the exuberance of youth will sometimes win out. But in the 50-over and five-day formats, it is a totally different story.

Thes likes of Viv Richards, Courtney Walsh and Brian Lara must be shaking their heads in disbelief when they look sat the current world rankings. West Indies are currently seventh in the Test standings and have slipped eighth in the ODI rankings. Fans of on line betting will know how poor they are.

The latest one-day indignity saw the Windies bowled out for just 61 against a Bangladesh team moving in the opposite direction and showing real promise.

The likes of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim now have more experience than most of the Windies camp, who are relying heavily, and too much so, on skipper Darren Sammy. People looking at the mobile sports betting should remember this.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Caribbean cricket fans, with some promising youngsters showing signs of making the grade, but they are having to perform at the top level in a struggling side with little on-field guidance.

If West Indies are going to ever threat the best Test nations again, they will have to recall their experienced players to help the youngsters progress quicker. Any squad in the world would welcome Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul into their ranks and no-one needs them as badly as the Windies do!


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