February 27, 2014

West Indies cricket

What next for West Indies?

Twenty20 is king of Caribbean cricket but West Indies needs to find players who can perform in the longer form of the game, writes Mike Selvey in the Guardian.

A look at the list of centrally contracted West Indies players is instructive. There are three tiers, with six players - Dwayne Bravo, Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sunil Narine, Sammy and Marlon Samuels - in the top grade. Of these, Narine alone, at 25, is under 30 years old, with Chanderpaul almost 40. Only the pace bowler Kemar Roach is in the next banding. It does not speak highly of the next generation, however optimistically the West Indies Cricket Board says it is "fully confident" of being the top ranked side in one form or another by 2020. It will not be Test cricket.

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