October 22, 2009

Champions Twenty20 League

Ganga's T&T show how West Indies can heal their rifts

Jamie Alter

Caribbean cricket could splinter into individual nations if it does not learn from Trinidad & Tobago's spirited run in the inaugural Champions League Twenty20, writes David Hopps in the Guardian. Twenty20 cricket can be the salvation of West Indies cricket, satisfying its need for a quick sporting fix, just as it dominated one-day cricket in the early years, winning the first two World Cups in the late 1970s.

T&T's impressive captain, Daren Ganga, has spoken intelligently about the "great legacy" of West Indies cricket and how proper investment is long overdue to respect and continue that legacy. It cannot be guaranteed that the G&T-sipping crowd are listening to T&T. But the warning could not have been starker, with Ganga visualising a break-up of West Indies cricket into individual nations if the various stakeholders do not get their act together.

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