The T20 reaction

Talk has against resurfaced on the need to dissolve the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in light of the recent victory in the T20 format of the games by three of our teams – the Senior players, Women and the Under-19.

THE NEW TODAY is not aware of the replacement structure and all what it entails to take charge of the development of cricket in the region.

What we do know is that our cricket is in shambles and something has to be done r sooner rather than later to rescue the game in this part of the world.

Our people not only in the Caribbean but the Diaspora feel West Indian and a sense of belonging to the Caribbean when our cricketers are beating the rest of the world.

THE NEW TODAY is not losing sight of the fact that the recent exploits of our teams came in the shortest format of the game – the T20 version which last only 40 overs a game.

The West Indies has been rather disappointing in the much longer version of the game – Test Cricket – and often lose matches within three to four days.

This tells us that our players do not have the right mental attitude and skills to concentrate for very long period in test cricket.

What should also be noted is the fact that nearly all the players on the senior T20 squad are no longer selected to represent West Indies at the test level.

Should there be a relook of this policy? The English team that made it into the finals has several of the players who represent them in test cricket.

England can boast of the exploits of their talented middle order batsman Joe Roots who is now arguable the best English batsman in international cricket.

Roots is playing all three versions of the game for his country? Are there players on the current West Indies T20 squad who are equally capable of playing in all three formats of the game for the Caribbean side?

Our best known cricketer internationally at the moment is Christopher Gayle of Jamaica and about four to five years ago he made a telling statement about the future prospects of playing test cricket for the West Indies.

Gayle gave the impression that he would rather play one-day cricket since he more or less consider test cricket as too long and boring.

This was a clear signal to the West Indies selectors that they ought to look ahead and no longer consider Gayle – a dangerous batsman on his day – for future selection on the test squad since his heart was clearly not into it.

The task ahead for the region’s cricket team is to find the right players who can represent the West Indies with merit, purpose and commitment and not be pre-occupied solely with all the financial gains and rewards now on offer in the sport.

Would dismantling the board solve the problem? Can the Prime Ministers who are in charge of bankrupt economies themselves come up with the money that is so badly needed to help in turning around West Indies cricket?

We ask these questions even if we are sympathetic to the players and captain of the T20 squad, Darren Sammy when he used the closing ceremony at the finals in India to express the players frustration with the Board and its current President, David Cameron.

THE NEW TODAY would also like to comment briefly on the working conditions at the Ministerial Complex at the Botanical Gardens in light of the recent one-hour protest action taken by hundreds of public officers.

The workers and their bargaining agent – the Public Workers Union (PWU) have every right to ensure the safety of all persons working at the complex.

What caught our attention is the report about the problems with those dusty carpets on the floor and the reason for them being in such conditions.

This tells us that something is wrong with the cleaning process. The immediate question is – who are the Supervisors of the cleaning gangs?

Are the Supervisors directing and guiding the workers how to clear the carpets or leaving it entirely up to them to do what they think is best?

The bigger picture is: When the government was issuing the contracts what was the performance criteria set for the cleaning of the carpets?

Were the Ministries of Health and Labour involved in the setting of the standards for the cleaning of the carpets and the general cleaning of these government work places? Who is responsible for occupational health and safety for the Ministerial Complex?

A few years ago the New National Party (NNP) under Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell took the decision to contract out these services in the public sector.

Companies were formed mainly by persons who were either members or strong supporters of the NNP and given the contracts to provide the cleaning services at all government offices and departments.

Are we as taxpayers getting value for money with the cleaners? Should we relook the policy?

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