The recent humiliating loss to England has once again shown that the West Indies team is still wind-less. They continue to be blown in all directions, even by a mild storm. The arrival of a new Coach has not changed much within the team and while it is early days yet, the signs seem ominous. I recalled sometime ago the dubious display by some WI players immediately after a loss, partying in the stands. Such grandstanding seems to still ignite the negativity of a flagging team. The signs of grit and determination, putting in the extra effort in the nets, arriving to practice in a timely manner including on the team bus and the burning desire to listen and learn have been sporadic rituals of the current players.
Instead the usual temporary flair, flat-footed drives, repetitive blunders and waning energy shift have signified the lackluster creativity and attitude. Frustration has crept in so often whenever a partnership grows and it is the same frustration that erupts whenever there is penetration from the opposing bowlers. Batsmen rejoice upon reaching a century but lack the discipline to bat deeper and firmer. Personal milestones became more significant than that of the team goals. These are images that are more reflective of club matches. Not surprisingly it is the shallow depth by which the think tank remains.
I am of the firm opinion therefore that new Coach Phil Simmons must instill a healthier culture of refined work-ethic, passion and uniformity in team building as well as meticulously shaping the fighting spirit that so epitomizes the maroon colour. The script or the riot act should not be held in isolation since too many players are being recycled, excused so that they can play IPL, decide when they are available, while others cannot withstand the physical demand of international cricket. Which other country in the world accepts such callous maneuvering and the administration accepts it? The time has come therefore for a serious self- appraisal review of every player and this should be done by the Coach.
I was indeed pleased that Caricom has taken a more attentive approach to the governance of West Indies cricket through fruitful discussions with the WICB. Inherent in such discussions therefore should not exclude the lackluster culture that seems to reduce the competitiveness and fire within the team. This is an ideal opportunity therefore for the former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons to make a colossal impact on the future of West Indies cricket. The statistics are not overwhelming and will not change over-night. However, Simmons will know best that demanding a culture change will inevitably create a formidable force of continuity, consistency and potency.
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