October 25, 2009

Two thumbs up for T&T

The West Indian side's flair and skill has been the biggest selling point of the Champions League - and there's been plenty more
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The Champions League tournament may not have done much for the image of IPL clubs but it has certainly boosted the profile of Trinidad and Tobago.

The exuberant and talented bunch from the Caribbean have constantly reminded fans why it's so important for the game that West Indies is a vibrant side. Throughout the tournament they've played calypso cricket like we haven't seen since the late sixties; sure West Indies were highly successful in the following three decades, but they were more clinical in that period, playing in a style designed to demoralise opponents. Daren Ganga's team played with a smile on their faces and fun in their hearts, while capturing the public imagination.

This team has the ability to deflate opponents with their big hitting and outrageously optimistic strokeplay, but by taking such risks they also keep the opposition interested. Despite playing in such a free-flowing manner there's an underlying discipline in the team that was epitomised by their sure-handed and at times brilliant fielding.

The captaincy of Ganga was one of the main reasons behind the vibrancy and spirit the Trinidad and Tobago team has shown in this tournament. His leadership is first class; he's proactive, prepared to gamble on hunches and has moulded a team that wants to play for its captain. The West Indies selectors could do worse than consider him for the international captaincy.

The fact that some of the younger T&T players are highly skilled makes you wonder why the West Indies batting has been so lacklustre of late. Surely if there is such talent lurking in Trinidad then the rest of the Caribbean can't be so bereft that the national selectors have to choose players who are out of their depth at the highest level.

T&T's glittering display is an indication that abysmal administration rather than a waning interest in the game is what's hampering cricket in the Caribbean. The sooner these issues are resolved and West Indies are back on track, the better. Cricket is a better place with teams like T&T strutting their stuff.

Apart from T&T lighting up the tournament, the Champions League also provided a snapshot of the cricket world's future. The Australian sides played exactly as expected: they were skillful, determined and didn't give their opponents much help. New South Wales was the best side in the competition and along with Victoria they showed that the first-class system in Australia is still a solid breeding ground.

There is talk of increasing the number of overseas players eligible to compete for the IPL teams in future Champions League tournaments. This could be a short-sighted move

Many reasons were proffered for the IPL teams failing to make a mark. Whatever the reality, it didn't boost the stocks of teams that cost a lot of money and are marketed on their star players and champion status. There is talk of increasing the number of overseas players eligible to compete for the IPL teams in future Champions League tournaments. This could be a short-sighted move. The fact that it wasn't only the international players who starred for NSW, T&T, Cape Cobras and Victoria shouldn't be lost on the organisers.

The Champions League has shown the young Indian players what's required to succeed in the upper echelons of the game, and their cricket should be the main beneficiary. The South African teams provided a typical performance. They played good cricket and were extremely athletic but appeared to freeze in the more important encounters. Nevertheless, their production line is in good working order and the import of some T&T "freedom of expression" would do wonders for their cricket.

Then we come to the English teams. It's not unfair to say the county teams played to expectations. They fell well short in areas of skill and temperament. In such crucial disciplines as pace bowling and power hitting they were out of their depth and typically complicated rather than simplified the game. The English counties would do well to look at the way young cricketers are developed and those who evaluate their skills. They are far too keen to embrace players from other countries who never quite made it with their previous outfits.

The inaugural Champions League tournament has been a huge success and has enormous potential to greatly benefit the future development of the game. Any game that can combine the skill and precision of NSW and the flair and fun-filled enjoyment provided by the T&T players must have a bright future.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is now a cricket commentator and columnist

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  • AdityaMookerjee on October 28, 2009, 13:20 GMT

    According to me, India is best suited to produce players through the 'system'. Players like M S Dhoni, and Suresh Raina, are finished products, who have evolved through the 'system'. I don't think that Irfan Pathan went to a government sport's institution, in his early years, and nor did M S Dhoni, but they were coached very well. India's democratic system of disseminating sports instruction proves to be very effective, especially if the particular sport is well supported in the public domain. After the initial coaching, then the players go to the National Cricket Academy. About the cricket in the Carribbean, I too, feel, that the public is deprived of good cricket, when the West Indian team does not perform. I would back a youngster from the West Indies to become a big name in cricket, but apart from Brian Lara in recent years, the other players have not been of the same stature, during, and after Lara's tenure in the West Indies Cricket Team

  • chunnie on October 27, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    i noticed that at least a couple posters want sherwin ganga in the lineup. this is strange, since he has never been close to selection. it is only under his brother's captaincy that he has bowled more and is now a regular bowler for T&T. if you are looking for spinners i still believe that dave mohamed and amit jaggernauth should be in the team, or at least considered in the squad.

  • chunnie on October 27, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    Re: gottalovetheraindance - you say gayle has improved as a batsman. how much so? are you forgetting all the failures we get when it really matters? ganga is by nature a more defensive batsman, and i recall he has centuries against australia. the recent improvements in the west indies team are due to greater commitment by the players. it has nothing to do with gayle's captaincy, if you can call what he does "captaincy".

  • brlara on October 27, 2009, 13:08 GMT

    This can very well be my 5th time I am saying this "SACK THE EXISTING WEST INDIES TEAM,, RENAME TRINIDAD & TOBAGO AS WEST INDIES AND SEND THEM TO AUSTRALIA"..

  • Umair-Yar-Khan on October 27, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    any team missing in CLT20 ?

  • avmd on October 27, 2009, 1:58 GMT

    CL was not a flop, thanks to T&T boys but certainly wasn't a "great success" as no IPL team could made it to SF and no players from aurguably the best 20/20 national team ( Pakistan ) played in it.

    T& T is a very good regional side but not good enough to make a separate national side to play test or even ODI cricket, other than BD, zimb and Kenya.

    Ganga did a fantastic job as T&T's captain but he cannot make it to the WI team on his batting performance alone, so not a suitable candidate for WI captaincy.

  • Alexk400 on October 27, 2009, 1:52 GMT

    Daren Ganga for president!. He was awsome with his changing bowlers and field placing. But having daren Ganga as captain upset Team balance. I think he can replace Ramnaresh sarwan but Guyana quota has to be filled up. I do believe West Indies need young blood to succeed. I will dump sarwan and pick young players. Adran barath , naveen stewart , simmons.

    Gayle, Bharath, Simmons, Chanderpaul ,Daren Ganga(captain), Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin,sherwin ganga, roach , tongue, edwards,taylor.

    Sarwan probably have better credentials than ganga as batsman but i think WICB won't select Ganga , it will continue with Gayle.

    Even with gayle they should dump sarwan and chanderpaul for ODI's. But they can play Test.

  • lucyferr on October 27, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    "I agree that Trinidad and Tobago were quite exceptional at the Airtel Champions League but what people need to remember is that this was a 2020 tournament."

    Oh please. T20 is the long overdue future. Just as ODIs financially supported Tests for three/four decades, T20 will be supporting the longer forms of the game in ten years' time. Get used to it! (PS: It was nice of you to mention the sponsors in your post. Very... telling.)

  • convertorboy on October 26, 2009, 23:51 GMT

    WICB has stated that the upcoming regional matches will be the basis of team selection and I certainly hope they stick to that. Yes, the CL was T20 and Test and ODI matches require different approaches, but in the end let performance be the main selection criterion. For far too long people have claimed that Daren Ganga's form has kept him out of the WI team, but over the last few years he has shown the ability to competently provide both stability and guidance in the top and middle order, and as such his past should not be a factor now. We also need to show faith in at least one other opener and spinner. We can't keep turning to Gayle alone. Our bowling attack desperately needs variety and venom. Re:Nipun There is no official quota on the amount of players from each country, selection should be by talent. Unfortunately WICB has a history of returning to players who fail to deliver hoping for returns eg Devon Smith. WI should take a page from England and drop dead weight

  • gottalovetheraindance on October 26, 2009, 22:55 GMT

    there are only 9 people who can confidently say they deserve a place in the team & they r: Gayle, Nash, Bravo, Ramdin, Taylor, Edwards, Benn, Sarwan & Chanderpaul. Morton& Deonarine have a lower Batting average than Ganga but they made over 1000 runs at an average of over 50 in regional cricket 08-09. Bharat, Bravo & Simmons made centuries Ganga made none these5 guys stand a chance along with Roach, Sammy, Tonge, Miller, Rampaul.

    . Devon Smith made centuries Chatergoon make centuries too. even Carlton Baugh Dwayne Smith, Ryan Hinds & Dale Richards & Reifer make centuries. that dont mean they good enough to make the squad much more Ganga.

  • AdityaMookerjee on October 28, 2009, 13:20 GMT

    According to me, India is best suited to produce players through the 'system'. Players like M S Dhoni, and Suresh Raina, are finished products, who have evolved through the 'system'. I don't think that Irfan Pathan went to a government sport's institution, in his early years, and nor did M S Dhoni, but they were coached very well. India's democratic system of disseminating sports instruction proves to be very effective, especially if the particular sport is well supported in the public domain. After the initial coaching, then the players go to the National Cricket Academy. About the cricket in the Carribbean, I too, feel, that the public is deprived of good cricket, when the West Indian team does not perform. I would back a youngster from the West Indies to become a big name in cricket, but apart from Brian Lara in recent years, the other players have not been of the same stature, during, and after Lara's tenure in the West Indies Cricket Team

  • chunnie on October 27, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    i noticed that at least a couple posters want sherwin ganga in the lineup. this is strange, since he has never been close to selection. it is only under his brother's captaincy that he has bowled more and is now a regular bowler for T&T. if you are looking for spinners i still believe that dave mohamed and amit jaggernauth should be in the team, or at least considered in the squad.

  • chunnie on October 27, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    Re: gottalovetheraindance - you say gayle has improved as a batsman. how much so? are you forgetting all the failures we get when it really matters? ganga is by nature a more defensive batsman, and i recall he has centuries against australia. the recent improvements in the west indies team are due to greater commitment by the players. it has nothing to do with gayle's captaincy, if you can call what he does "captaincy".

  • brlara on October 27, 2009, 13:08 GMT

    This can very well be my 5th time I am saying this "SACK THE EXISTING WEST INDIES TEAM,, RENAME TRINIDAD & TOBAGO AS WEST INDIES AND SEND THEM TO AUSTRALIA"..

  • Umair-Yar-Khan on October 27, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    any team missing in CLT20 ?

  • avmd on October 27, 2009, 1:58 GMT

    CL was not a flop, thanks to T&T boys but certainly wasn't a "great success" as no IPL team could made it to SF and no players from aurguably the best 20/20 national team ( Pakistan ) played in it.

    T& T is a very good regional side but not good enough to make a separate national side to play test or even ODI cricket, other than BD, zimb and Kenya.

    Ganga did a fantastic job as T&T's captain but he cannot make it to the WI team on his batting performance alone, so not a suitable candidate for WI captaincy.

  • Alexk400 on October 27, 2009, 1:52 GMT

    Daren Ganga for president!. He was awsome with his changing bowlers and field placing. But having daren Ganga as captain upset Team balance. I think he can replace Ramnaresh sarwan but Guyana quota has to be filled up. I do believe West Indies need young blood to succeed. I will dump sarwan and pick young players. Adran barath , naveen stewart , simmons.

    Gayle, Bharath, Simmons, Chanderpaul ,Daren Ganga(captain), Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin,sherwin ganga, roach , tongue, edwards,taylor.

    Sarwan probably have better credentials than ganga as batsman but i think WICB won't select Ganga , it will continue with Gayle.

    Even with gayle they should dump sarwan and chanderpaul for ODI's. But they can play Test.

  • lucyferr on October 27, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    "I agree that Trinidad and Tobago were quite exceptional at the Airtel Champions League but what people need to remember is that this was a 2020 tournament."

    Oh please. T20 is the long overdue future. Just as ODIs financially supported Tests for three/four decades, T20 will be supporting the longer forms of the game in ten years' time. Get used to it! (PS: It was nice of you to mention the sponsors in your post. Very... telling.)

  • convertorboy on October 26, 2009, 23:51 GMT

    WICB has stated that the upcoming regional matches will be the basis of team selection and I certainly hope they stick to that. Yes, the CL was T20 and Test and ODI matches require different approaches, but in the end let performance be the main selection criterion. For far too long people have claimed that Daren Ganga's form has kept him out of the WI team, but over the last few years he has shown the ability to competently provide both stability and guidance in the top and middle order, and as such his past should not be a factor now. We also need to show faith in at least one other opener and spinner. We can't keep turning to Gayle alone. Our bowling attack desperately needs variety and venom. Re:Nipun There is no official quota on the amount of players from each country, selection should be by talent. Unfortunately WICB has a history of returning to players who fail to deliver hoping for returns eg Devon Smith. WI should take a page from England and drop dead weight

  • gottalovetheraindance on October 26, 2009, 22:55 GMT

    there are only 9 people who can confidently say they deserve a place in the team & they r: Gayle, Nash, Bravo, Ramdin, Taylor, Edwards, Benn, Sarwan & Chanderpaul. Morton& Deonarine have a lower Batting average than Ganga but they made over 1000 runs at an average of over 50 in regional cricket 08-09. Bharat, Bravo & Simmons made centuries Ganga made none these5 guys stand a chance along with Roach, Sammy, Tonge, Miller, Rampaul.

    . Devon Smith made centuries Chatergoon make centuries too. even Carlton Baugh Dwayne Smith, Ryan Hinds & Dale Richards & Reifer make centuries. that dont mean they good enough to make the squad much more Ganga.

  • gottalovetheraindance on October 26, 2009, 22:18 GMT

    the upcoming tour of Australia is very crucial because we have not beaten them in 17 years. with all the confusion & challenges surrounding West Indies cricket it would be extremely unwise & cruelly unjust to give Ganga the captaincy if he & the selectors cannot say confidently that he deserves a place in the team as a batsman first & captain second. if he gets the captaincy & then fails to perform under the stress then it could be quite damaging to his reputation, confidence & his chances of making the team ever again. Think about it, many people rated chanderpaul less when his batting failed as captain. But he was man enough to admit he couldnt manage both & chose the 1 he knew was more valuable to the team.If he was as great a leader as Adolf Hitler we would have been a lot worse off without his 150 average against England on tour in 07 & Australia in the caribbean in 08. many captains have been sacked after failing to perform no matter how good their leadership qualities were.

  • windiesforeva on October 26, 2009, 22:18 GMT

    Darren Ganga have to able to make the team first. At the moment there is a lot of players who deserve a play before Ganga. Ganga has played international cricket before and has failed many times. When ever he returns to captain Trinidad he does a marvelous job but just don't seem able to make the transition to the international level. I say let a someone else get the opportunity to play and when Ganga shows that he can make the team by making some runs both at the first class and international level then we can start talking about being captain. All captains should be able to justify their place in the team. Let us not forget that the team playing under gayle was making significant improvements.

  • gottalovetheraindance on October 26, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    i think its in our best that we select a team that as much as possible is better than or equal to or at least close to the Australian side. ideally there should be no one in our touring squad that could not make the Australian team. sadly at this point maybe even Sarwan & chanderpaul would struggle for a place in their squad. So if Ganga could have gotten the Australian captaincy with an average of 25 after he has been dropped from the team for almost a year & has shown little evidence of improved consistency & performance when there was a batsman who has improved his performance while being captain in his place then by all means let him lead. we need to think critically i am sure that if Mr Chappell was a selector he would not give Ganga the captaincy. At best he would consider Ramdin or Bravo. howevr these guys are inexperienced & need to concentrate on the roles they currently play for the team.

  • MAK123 on October 26, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    T&T did well to reach the finals in the recent T20 tournament. However, if you look at the way all teams played their cricket, only two teams played the best and re-assuring, class cricket and those were Victoria and NSW - though in the end, Victoria did not play like Victoria in the semi-finals, is another matter. Most believe and treat T20 as bang-bang cricket. But it can look extremely beautiful when you look at the likes of Victoria and NSW playing this format - there is a certain class about how these Australians play their cricket. Back to T&T, though they played with guts, that certain class was missing somehow.

  • stabby02 on October 26, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    @ Majr:

    What about Brendan Nash for the TESTS??? Surely his experience of playing in Australia CANNOT be overlooked!!

  • Vivek7 on October 26, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    first of all T & T were the best team in the side. Cobras were second best.

    I think TNT should be floated as a separate international side. THey shouldn't go with west indies.LET wicb sort out their mess. Lets all ask for a TNT test and odi team.

  • Nipun on October 26, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    Maybe the WICB has quota systems like it was in SA that this number of players from Guyana or something.I don't know for sure,though.T&T,excellent as they were in the CLT20,still showed that most of their batsmen have flawed techniques & seem incapable of surviving in the longer versions of the game.But yes,Ganga is an excellent captain.He's a solid batsman too.But he was leading his own nation there,& if he leads the West Indies,he would have to lead players from different provinces or countries.That makes all the difference,explaining why he may not make an excellent West Indies captain.

  • chunnie on October 25, 2009, 22:51 GMT

    The administration has let down the West Indian players for far too long. The proper structure and atmosphere must be put in place so that we can see the success of T&T spread to the West Indies team.

    Darren Ganga should be the West Indies captain. Some time ago, before Chris Gayle was chosen as the captain, the 3 players eyed for the position were Sarwan, Gayle, and Ganga. Sarwan was supposed to take up the position but got injured out for a few games and the board chose to go with Gayle over Ganga, presumably because of Gayle's better batting credentials. In my opinion, Ganga has always been a better captain than Gayle. Gayle does not have the interactive attitude required by a good captain nor is he a proactive captain.Some players have been given persisted with whose averages are below Ganga's, simply because they have talent. But we all know that talent is not everything. Application is needed, and I think Ganga should be given a chance as captain to show us all what he can do.

  • gudolerhum on October 25, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    Ganga as captain is the most logical and obvious decision that WICB could now make. However, there is one Christopher Gayle who obviously expects that he will be returned as WI captain. I am also sure that every Jamaican with whom he speaks is assuring him that the captaincy is his by right. So what can the WICB do? If logic prevails and Ganga is appointed I believe that our dear old friend Mr Ramnarine and WIPA will immediately jump in waving their well-worn banners and chaos will reign once again. Same old, same old. Ganga and his T&T team have shown the WI the way forward, it is up to the WICB, WIPA and those selected to represent the region to follow. Attitude and commitment must be their creed. I have no major problem with the players chosen by Majr. I believe that if they gave Ganga their full support that team would provide some big surprises for the Aussies. Australia is no place to experiment or play without the full support of every team member. Best of luck to them.

  • sanjay182 on October 25, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    I agree that Trinidad and Tobago were quite exceptional at the Airtel Champions League but what people need to remember is that this was a 2020 tournament. Players should not be selected to tour Australia based on 2020 performances. One of the main reasons T&T had so much success is that they are a national side that have played together for quite a while. This was a huge advantage over the IPL teams that though filled with stars don't have the unity of a national team. I agree that Darren Ganga is a great captain of T&T but to select him for the West Indies may be a little ambitious. Chris Gayle is good captain that the players respond well too. If Ganga were to be selected he wouldl need to contribute consistently with the bat and at the age of thirty there are many younger players who need to be groomed for international duty. I am very proud of T&T's performance, but i believe that the gap between 2020 and test cricket is too large to base selections for international tours.

  • sray23 on October 25, 2009, 12:10 GMT

    Everyone seems to blame T20 for the decline of Tests and other international cricket. What people fail to realise is every single T20 game played around the world has meaning and context. And that it is turning out to be run on a domestic franchise-based system is a cause for much celebration, not concern as it gives domestic enterprises as much viability as any international entity and gives more and more players a big platform to perform. What must happen now clearly is management of the amount of international cricket played. For this my 2 cents worth: 1) TESTS - Have a 2-tier test system with the top tier being Aus, SA, Ind, Eng and SL, and a Test championship over 3-4 years 2) ODIs - Cull the World Cup and Champions tropy and also have a ODI championship with a 2 tier system. This means all games have context and the bilateral model is also commercially viable as every bilateral game is a home game for someone.

  • Percy_Fender on October 25, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    The West Indies team I would like to pick forthe Australian tour will be, Darren Ganga (Captain), Chris Gayle, Adrian Barath,Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shiv Chanderpaul,Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard,Devesh Ramdhin,Sherwin Ganga, Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards,Jerome Taylor, Nikki Miller,Tonge,Navin Stewartand Dwayne Smith.Though Brian Lara may think they will get thrashed, I think this team will give Australia a run for the money and may even end up beating them.The important thing for the West Indies is that they should not carry much baggage of the recent past. They are best when they have sensed that they are good as is the case now.Thei batting in the past we

  • Percy_Fender on October 25, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    It is nice to know that Ian Chappel has endorsed my views that we got to see from the T and T chaps, the kind of cricket the we have been fortunate to see in the 60s and early 70s. Darren Ganga and his men have shown the world that cricket is not all about being clinical like we have grown used to seeing from the South Africans and the Australians. It is a game where talent combined with a crefree spirit can make for wonderful viewing. Results do not however always flow from this combination. The West Indies started achieving results only when they acquired the streak of ruthlessness after the 5-1 drubbung they got in Australia in 1975-76 when Ian captained Australia. It was then that Lloyd decided to have four mean fast bowlers to spread fear in the minds of batsmen all over the world. That is the image one has of West Indies as a cricketing force. One of power and brute strength. Darren Ganga as the West Indies captain in Australia and a great series is in the offing.

  • Notout_Naveen on October 25, 2009, 3:26 GMT

    Fair assesment! It was an anticlimax when T&T lost in finals.T&T's flair, energy level, skill and spirit realy liked by one and all..quite obviously crowd was backing this team to win the cup. I realy enjoyed the broadcast of this league..A R Rehman's theme tune to the most fascinating diwali cup ad (Khel bana thyohar)..the commentators, the cameras and star sports coverage did add colorful flavours on a well organised tournament!

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  • Notout_Naveen on October 25, 2009, 3:26 GMT

    Fair assesment! It was an anticlimax when T&T lost in finals.T&T's flair, energy level, skill and spirit realy liked by one and all..quite obviously crowd was backing this team to win the cup. I realy enjoyed the broadcast of this league..A R Rehman's theme tune to the most fascinating diwali cup ad (Khel bana thyohar)..the commentators, the cameras and star sports coverage did add colorful flavours on a well organised tournament!

  • Percy_Fender on October 25, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    It is nice to know that Ian Chappel has endorsed my views that we got to see from the T and T chaps, the kind of cricket the we have been fortunate to see in the 60s and early 70s. Darren Ganga and his men have shown the world that cricket is not all about being clinical like we have grown used to seeing from the South Africans and the Australians. It is a game where talent combined with a crefree spirit can make for wonderful viewing. Results do not however always flow from this combination. The West Indies started achieving results only when they acquired the streak of ruthlessness after the 5-1 drubbung they got in Australia in 1975-76 when Ian captained Australia. It was then that Lloyd decided to have four mean fast bowlers to spread fear in the minds of batsmen all over the world. That is the image one has of West Indies as a cricketing force. One of power and brute strength. Darren Ganga as the West Indies captain in Australia and a great series is in the offing.

  • Percy_Fender on October 25, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    The West Indies team I would like to pick forthe Australian tour will be, Darren Ganga (Captain), Chris Gayle, Adrian Barath,Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shiv Chanderpaul,Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard,Devesh Ramdhin,Sherwin Ganga, Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards,Jerome Taylor, Nikki Miller,Tonge,Navin Stewartand Dwayne Smith.Though Brian Lara may think they will get thrashed, I think this team will give Australia a run for the money and may even end up beating them.The important thing for the West Indies is that they should not carry much baggage of the recent past. They are best when they have sensed that they are good as is the case now.Thei batting in the past we

  • sray23 on October 25, 2009, 12:10 GMT

    Everyone seems to blame T20 for the decline of Tests and other international cricket. What people fail to realise is every single T20 game played around the world has meaning and context. And that it is turning out to be run on a domestic franchise-based system is a cause for much celebration, not concern as it gives domestic enterprises as much viability as any international entity and gives more and more players a big platform to perform. What must happen now clearly is management of the amount of international cricket played. For this my 2 cents worth: 1) TESTS - Have a 2-tier test system with the top tier being Aus, SA, Ind, Eng and SL, and a Test championship over 3-4 years 2) ODIs - Cull the World Cup and Champions tropy and also have a ODI championship with a 2 tier system. This means all games have context and the bilateral model is also commercially viable as every bilateral game is a home game for someone.

  • sanjay182 on October 25, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    I agree that Trinidad and Tobago were quite exceptional at the Airtel Champions League but what people need to remember is that this was a 2020 tournament. Players should not be selected to tour Australia based on 2020 performances. One of the main reasons T&T had so much success is that they are a national side that have played together for quite a while. This was a huge advantage over the IPL teams that though filled with stars don't have the unity of a national team. I agree that Darren Ganga is a great captain of T&T but to select him for the West Indies may be a little ambitious. Chris Gayle is good captain that the players respond well too. If Ganga were to be selected he wouldl need to contribute consistently with the bat and at the age of thirty there are many younger players who need to be groomed for international duty. I am very proud of T&T's performance, but i believe that the gap between 2020 and test cricket is too large to base selections for international tours.

  • gudolerhum on October 25, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    Ganga as captain is the most logical and obvious decision that WICB could now make. However, there is one Christopher Gayle who obviously expects that he will be returned as WI captain. I am also sure that every Jamaican with whom he speaks is assuring him that the captaincy is his by right. So what can the WICB do? If logic prevails and Ganga is appointed I believe that our dear old friend Mr Ramnarine and WIPA will immediately jump in waving their well-worn banners and chaos will reign once again. Same old, same old. Ganga and his T&T team have shown the WI the way forward, it is up to the WICB, WIPA and those selected to represent the region to follow. Attitude and commitment must be their creed. I have no major problem with the players chosen by Majr. I believe that if they gave Ganga their full support that team would provide some big surprises for the Aussies. Australia is no place to experiment or play without the full support of every team member. Best of luck to them.

  • chunnie on October 25, 2009, 22:51 GMT

    The administration has let down the West Indian players for far too long. The proper structure and atmosphere must be put in place so that we can see the success of T&T spread to the West Indies team.

    Darren Ganga should be the West Indies captain. Some time ago, before Chris Gayle was chosen as the captain, the 3 players eyed for the position were Sarwan, Gayle, and Ganga. Sarwan was supposed to take up the position but got injured out for a few games and the board chose to go with Gayle over Ganga, presumably because of Gayle's better batting credentials. In my opinion, Ganga has always been a better captain than Gayle. Gayle does not have the interactive attitude required by a good captain nor is he a proactive captain.Some players have been given persisted with whose averages are below Ganga's, simply because they have talent. But we all know that talent is not everything. Application is needed, and I think Ganga should be given a chance as captain to show us all what he can do.

  • Nipun on October 26, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    Maybe the WICB has quota systems like it was in SA that this number of players from Guyana or something.I don't know for sure,though.T&T,excellent as they were in the CLT20,still showed that most of their batsmen have flawed techniques & seem incapable of surviving in the longer versions of the game.But yes,Ganga is an excellent captain.He's a solid batsman too.But he was leading his own nation there,& if he leads the West Indies,he would have to lead players from different provinces or countries.That makes all the difference,explaining why he may not make an excellent West Indies captain.

  • Vivek7 on October 26, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    first of all T & T were the best team in the side. Cobras were second best.

    I think TNT should be floated as a separate international side. THey shouldn't go with west indies.LET wicb sort out their mess. Lets all ask for a TNT test and odi team.

  • stabby02 on October 26, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    @ Majr:

    What about Brendan Nash for the TESTS??? Surely his experience of playing in Australia CANNOT be overlooked!!