June 5, 2011

India in West Indies, 2011

Shortchanged at the Oval

Akhila Ranganna

At the end of the Twenty20 game in Trinidad between India and West Indies, it was the fans and spectators who were shortchanged, according to Tony Cozier. India were deprived of their big names either through injury or rest, while the home team were also without their most prominent T20 players. Even the match timings were tweaked to ensure convenient television scheduling for those cricket markets to the east. More from the Trinidad Express.

India, more than any other, should appreciate that West Indians feel patronised when they send a weakened squad for a series, even if one still likely to triumph. Until relatively recently, England despatched teams on sub-continental tours while allowing some of their best players the winter off.

Yet the West Indies should realise, as India did, that the only way to regain recognition is to start winning again.

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