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No to cricket boycott

Monday, June 4, 2018

Insularity has fielded a team for the upcoming test series featuring the West Indies versus Sri Lanka. The squad is reminiscent of the times when the West Indies test team was made up of nearly all Bajans.

That was a time when the West Indies were winning all over the world and Bajans opened the batting and bowling, and one of their star players could bat, bowl, field and captain the team too.

Today’s Team Insular is even ready to perform without an audience and is encouraging cricket fans to stay away from the Oval when they play. They only want cricket fans all over the world to watch their performances on television.

It reflects what is wrong with our game and the depth of despair that many feel and who long for the return to the glory days when West Indians’ chests swelled with pride at our world-beating performances. It was a time when Wes and Gary were Trinis too, and Worrell was Bajan and Jamaican too, and Clive was Guyanese and Trini also.

But the entry of Team Insular is not a solution and should be renounced by all cricket fans who, having endured the pain of defeat so many times, can still find the stomach to watch our team perform at the Oval.

We should not give up, nor should we join Team Insular because it is not a winning formula.

Lasting impact of domestic violence

In our Sunday edition, we highlighted the experience of another victim of domestic violence, a story that laid bare the effects on the life of one woman caught in this web.

It is a shocking tale that we hope will generate kindness, empathy and support from all concerned.

The rejection this woman has suffered suggests an absence of consistent support systems, an apparent abandonment if we are to believe her story.

No one should suffer the indignity of the refusal of employment because of disfigurement if the individual is prepared to work for a living.

There are too many cases of gross insensitivity that deprives the nation of people who can make valuable contributions but who are denied the opportunity.

The words of our national anthem commit to a place for everyone and do not suggest discrimination of any kind.

All youth not lost

Amidst all the news of violence involving young people, come reports of the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Ambassadors, whose work should serve to reduce the deluge of bad news. They continue to represent us around the region and beyond and proudly carry our flag, demonstrating again and again that all our youth are not lost.


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