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My club better organised than WI - Bravo

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by mlscricfan (U13690637) 20 July 2009
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"They just do things badly. They send guys on tour two days before a series and stuff like your uniform arriving late. No one can actually believe how - the West Indies is the biggest, you can't go bigger than that in the region but my club, Queen's Park Cricket Club, is more organised than West Indies," Bravo he said.

"There are times when you go to the airport and your ticket is not there. Then we call (Dinanath) Ramnarine (head of the players' union) and he will buy a ticket.

"Sometimes you come back from tour - every time we travel we land in Barbados to get a connecting flight. The players go to the desk, no tickets there. You call Ramnarine. That's what I'm talking about, the unprofessionalism," he said.


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posted Jul 22, 2009

I am really not quite sure who to blame for the whole fiasco of the West Indies team. I think the players, and the players union, have to take a lot of blame for there own actions, but how much of it has been because they have been put into a bad position by the WICB.

I think there are two factors that have chrystalised in the West Indies, one has to do with Brian Lara, and the West Indies players appreciating their individual value. Lara was a marketing pawn in a lot of ways for various products and did well for himself out of it. I think that a lot of the players union's original impetus was to protect Lara's worth. (I remember an early dust up between the union and the WICB was about sponsorship, and the players being sponsored by one communications company, and the board signing a deal with a different communications company).

That being said, the other factor is common to most cricket boards in the world (including the ECB). All cricket boards are making decisions for financial rather than sporting reasons. A lot of this is putting an amazing amount of pressure on the players, and their bodies.

Somehow in the West Indies this has created a situation as problematic as any since the days of Packer.

I think the ICC needs to take control a bit more. First off limit IPL to one window a calendar year. I think the ICC needs to take a lead on financial matters as well. It was amazing being the Lords during the ICC World T20, seeing the names of catering vans well away from the glare of the media covered over with ICC boards, and in the Lords shop not being able to buy (adidas/vodafone sponsored) England gear. A little less paranoia from the ICC would set a good precedent I think.

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posted Jul 22, 2009

2of3

I assume that refers to the awfully run World Cup in 2007 (the 50 over version in the Windies).

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comment by 2 of 3 (U233398)

posted Jul 22, 2009

As someone who actually attended many of the world cup matches in 2007, I can't see what was so awful about it.

People just love to slate anything to do with the WIndies.

If the grounds were empty that would be because the ICC (not the WICB) made the prices too high as they were catering more to travelling fans.

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posted Jul 22, 2009

"The West Indies as an entity is over, done, kaput"

What an absolute load of rubbish! Whoever wrote that has no grasp at all of how anything in the world works.

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posted Jul 22, 2009

if the players are ready to play in the one dayers then what happened for them to play in the tests they should have played in the tests or else they shouldnt play in the onedayers until the issue is resolved completely....they brought shame to West indian cricket by letting their team to lose to Bangladesh whom they should beat by an innnings in each and every test match Bangladesh didnt manage to beat anyone other than zimbabwe till now

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posted Jul 22, 2009

The truth is that the WIndies cricket board wants a useless WIndies team. They were pathetic in the late 70s and 80s, but had to take a back seat because Lloyd and Richards were winning. A useless WIndies team of either sort means they can now play politics to their hearts content.

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posted Jul 22, 2009

My question is how many people on here would work for a whole year without pay ?... I can tell you NONE, so if cricket is your job then you should be paid for it simple. This is the reason why the players went on strike & I would so the same if it was my job.

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posted Jul 22, 2009

If anybody's to be held accountable ,it should be WICB .Mr Julian Hunte has tried to save face picking a severly weakened squad ,instead of answering the call of a certain Mr Dinanath Ramnnarine, on the issue of player contracts.The current crop of west indies players do have their problems,however with players like taylor ,who should be more consistent with his match preparations especially now that he is considered a bowling all rounder(i hope that he has'nt become infatuated with that maiden ton).Darren Sammy seems automatic now that he has picked up around 16 wickets in the just concluded test series. Dace bernard desrves a shot as well for his consistent performances with the bat (3 test fifties in four innings to hold up a pathetic west indies batting lineup.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jul 22, 2009

Well, the ball is the court of the WICB now....

The main players are now available for ODI selection. Will the WICB select them?

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posted Jul 22, 2009

It's a tad melancholy to see the precipitous drop in West Indies cricket from the dominating, august world beaters of yesteryear to the grappling, wallowing minnows of today!

Hopefully, they can get their act together to turn it around soon and return to the class and distinction we have all come to know and admire! peacedoverose.

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