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Enough is enough

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

When one thinks the relationship could not get any worse the continuing imbroglio that is the state of West Indies cricket has hit yet a new low with Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron warning players Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo that they may never play for the West Indies again following their reluctance to represent the regional side at the upcoming ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

Former one-day captain Dwayne Bravo fired back, accusing the CWI of being disingenuous, saying they were “taking in front” in having someone to blame in the event the team does not make it through the qualifiers.

And so it goes. Acrid accusations flying back and forth seemingly without end. The public bickering and associated pettiness leaving a sour taste with all and sundry. With the main players appearing oblivious to the deleterious effects this continuing saga is having on the people that matter most, the West Indian public.

Clearly they have no idea or little respect for what the game has meant and continues to mean to the West Indian public. Or egos or financial gain take precedence.

This has got to stop. It is high time that all this be brought to an end. Once and for all. It seems that all the calls over the years for mediation, discussion, for good sense to prevail are just ignored.

Caricom now has to take a firm stance to get this settled once and for all. Prime Ministers Dr Keith Rowley, Dr Keith Mitchell and Dr Ralph Gonsalves must now redouble their efforts to bring some sort of sanity back to this situation. If this is not done, and soon, the long-suffering public may very well just give up on the game and that will be a tremendous loss to the region.

In good hands

Anyone who has looked at Panorama semifinals over this past weekend will no doubt have noticed the growing number of young people, in some instances very young, taking part. This is a wonderful development that has been growing over the years and it is a positive that needs to be encouraged. With them the future of pan is in good hands.

Burning up the tracks

Congratulations are in order as T&T’s Marc Burns made a successful return to the tracks to take a silver medal at the KMS Invitational in Alabama on Sunday. We wish him all the best as he gets his season on the road heading hopefully to the Commonwealth Games later this year.


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