May 8, 2012

West Indies cricket

Cricket, cash and country

Nikita Bastian

Hilary Beckles, in Trinidad Express, about the saga of West Indies' stars walking away and playing cricket elsewhere.

West Indian Test cricketers are among the top world cricketers in terms of pay and remuneration. They are not underpaid. They are easily in the elite of Caribbean skilled workers, earning millions of dollars after, let's say, a five-year period of regional representation. Their refusal to represent the region in its international encounter should be placed in this context. It's not a choice between poverty and riches but between riches and more riches; and between standing up for the region and walking away from it.

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