Can Windies Be A Force Again?

Letís hope this current team playing some good cricket can inspire the next generation of young West Indians to work hard and make the grade

Neil Fairbrother
Can Windies Be A Force Again?

The West Indies have put on a good show in the sub-continent so far.

A stunning win in their latest one-day international against India leaves the five match series delicately poised at 2-1.

They lost the test series 2-0 but could quite easily have won the first test match where they were on top after both first innings. They could also have won the third test which became a real cliff-hanger at the end and finished a draw.

ISM’s Michael Vaughan said after Monday’s one-day victory how great it would be for world cricket if the West Indies could become a real force again. Why is it taking so long?

Back in August, I spent two weeks in Barbados coaching a number of their more talented 14, 15 and 16 year-old lads.

I can safely say, at the same stage of development, they are ahead of the English lads. The bowlers out there bowl quick, the spinners spin the ball and the batsmen, although sometimes don’t have the best techniques, clearly play very good cricket shots.

The question has to be - what goes on between them being 16 and 22 when they should be coming through and hopefully pushing for test match and one-day places?

Is it a lack of opportunities? Is it a lack of quality coaching? Or is it the lack of first class facilities to practice and train on?

I don’t know about the first two but the latter is certainly true. The practice and training facilities on the island of Barbados are distinctly average.

Let’s hope this current team playing some good cricket can inspire the next generation of young West Indians to work hard and make the grade.

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