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West Indies still in a rut

Saturday, December 28, 2013    

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Dear Editor,

If I am not mistaken, it's more than 13 years now since the West Indies have lost their title as the "world champions of cricket". They have also lost their indisputable killer instinct and unmatchable title-rating.

Even though players come and go, the Windies were once at the top of the ladder as the highest rank team. This they held for a number of years, but unfortunately, and pitifully, they have slumped way down, almost to the foot of the ladder.

The current West Indies players seem a dark shadow of themselves the way they are dipping and falling back. They are nowhere near the great, original players, such as the likes of Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Roy Fredericks, Alvin Kallicharran, Lorry Gomes, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Wayne Daniel, and more.

The burning sparkles of fire, dominance, confidence, and consistency are very seldom seen in the West Indies batting displays nowadays. We are saddened to the bone and remain perturbed to see the helpless, off- target Windies players still stuck, fastened even, in a rut for so long. And even when they show signs of rising out of the gutter, they just dwindled themselves down in it, again and again, and remain there like sitting ducks.

It's time for the Windies to bury the hatchet and end their lukewarm approach to cricket and move to the fore with intelligent and reliable match-winning showdowns.

Donald J McKoy






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