West Indies Cricket continues on the decline since former successful captain of the West Indies team Clive Lloyd was nominated to the position of Chairman of Selectors. Since taking up that position Lloyd and his fellow selectors first order of business was the sacking of Saint Lucia’s Darren Sammy as captain of the test and one day teams even though he seemed to have been able to achieve some positive results.
This move by the Lloyd panel of Selectors seemed to have brought back memories of insularity into West Indies Cricket. Many could recall the treatment that Nevisian off spinning all-rounder Derrick Parry received despite his outstanding performances under the then captaincy of Clive Lloyd.
To add insult to injury during Lloyd’s tenure we have also seen the removal of Trinidadian Dinesh Ramdin as captain. He was replaced by a very inexperienced Barbadian Jason Holder.
Recently, Australia inflicted two heavy defeats on Holder’s men in the two of the three test matches played in Australia. During this tour, the team was heavily criticized for not displaying a competitive spirit during the field of play in the first test match, it begs the question, Why are our best cricketers sidelined?
Clearly, Lloyd isn’t the saviour to the resurrection of West Indies cricket and its time that the WICB recognizes this for what we are witnessing are square pegs being placed in round holes seemingly because they hail from the larger regional territories.
It’s time wholesome changes are made within the WICB and the West Indies team.