West Indies news May 6, 2012

WI need a star team, not a team of stars - Hilaire

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Ernest Hilaire, the West Indies Cricket Board CEO, has said selectors should focus on selecting the 'best XI' for the West Indies team, one that was a strong collective unit rather than just comprising 11 star players.

"For a decade or so the selectors were guided by a process which had them arriving at the eleven best players to take the field," Hilaire said, during the Barbados Cricket Association Awards ceremony. "With the eleven best players on the park our results went from bad to worse and yet worse still.

West Indies have been without the services of Chris Gayle since the 2011 World Cup, owing to his differences with the board, and Dwayne Bravo intermittently, due to his Twenty20 commitments elsewhere.

"There has been a paradigm shift. The emphasis is on selecting, not necessarily the eleven best players but the 'best eleven'. It is not dissimilar to asking whether we prefer a team of stars or a star team. They are decidedly different.

"The best eleven may not include the most attractive players but is rather a combination of players who, as a group, are more likely to bring positive results and show a commitment to sustained development."

Hilaire said the West Indies team has been steadily improving and is on the right path. "Though the victories have not been tumbling in, there can be little doubt that West Indies cricket is showing the signs of learning the first characteristic of any successful enterprise - the determination to succeed."

"We have seen a greater commitment to fight to the very end, we have seen what was once thumping three and four day defeats in Test cricket now turned into epic final-day battles.

"This new approach is not far off from producing the results we all yearn for. Change does not happen overnight, it is a process, sometimes painful, always with mistakes and mis-steps but once on the right path the results are certain.

"I implore you to recognise that from the days when our team seemed conditioned to losing we now have a team which is battling to win and believing that it can in fact achieve victories."

Australia toured West Indies recently and the hosts drew the ODI series but lost the Tests 0-2. West Indies are now in England for a full tour.

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  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 9, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    A lot of people are making all the excuses in the world for Dwayne Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan. How many times can these guys fail before you drop them. Sarwan's average is only 40 and heading south, Bravo's is only 31. These guys are talented but they haven't performed internationally for years. That is not the board's fault, it is up to these players to perform when they're put on the field. This process West Indies are taking now is similar to Pakistan under Misbah and it's the right one. They aren't there yet, they are going to lose more than they win for a while, but they are rebuilding and playing with a lot more heart than they were through the 00s. If they lose 3-0 they'll join most teams in the world in being thrashed by England. Dumping Sammy after that would be ludicrous.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | May 9, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    I don't think that Dr Hilaire's message is , that he doesn't want stars in a team ,or that he wants only a team of non-stars . What he really wants is for the stars and the non-stars alike to function as a cohesive unit ,to become that star team . This message board is rife with so much animosity toward the board and management ,that everything said or done, is taken in a negative light . A team of stars, have been known to perform poorly in the past ,while a team of lesser talents have been known to play like champions also ;and WI have a lot of star potential .

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    THE WEST INDIES TEAM IS PICKED BY THE SELECTORS FOLKS; NOT BY THE BOARD: SO GET OFF OF MR. HILAIRE'S BACK: HE IS A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING, AND VERY INTELLIGENT INDEED!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Is the match results for the present WI team better now than it was 5 or even ten years ago. Look at the past and present results, and tell me. They look very similar. All this long talk from Sammy,Gibson and yourself Hilaire, is utter nonesense ! Give who what time? There are only few players in "your" team that are match winners, led by Chanderpaul, who the group of you wanted to get rid of. Roach, Bravo and Ramphal are the others.

    The balance are merly second class cricketers. You cannot win matches with them. You did not win any matches with them, and your point, Sammy's point and Gibson's point is yet to be proven. It does not look good. You should all think before you talk. A miss is as good as a mile.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    West Indies without Gayle,Pollard and Bravo can beat Zimbawe. & BD only. problems of differences between board & played hv been going on for too Long now. Why can't they field their BEST 11 players. WI cricket has gone so low that even if they loose 3-0 to England Sammy will still stay as captain.This is sickening

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 8, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Raghuvir Khanna;

    yes, if I had

    Boycott, Chanderpaul, Dravid and Gavaskar available for selection , I would never pick all four of them ... NEVER .. in the same team .... 2 at time, and 3 if things REAL bad ......

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 8, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @Dean Frenkel on (May 07 2012, 21:48 PM GMT), with a FC average of 37.6 after 22 games, I think comparing Pollard to Richards might be a bit unfair to Richards.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 8, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Well, this is very thinly-veiled suggestion that Chris Gayle shouldn't be selected, is it not? This is the same guy who falsely accused Gayle of reneging on a promise to prioritise WI over his legally-binding contract with Somerset about a week ago. I don't think that Gayle is blameless in the whole fiasco and nor is he necessarily a panacea for WI cricket but, if the hatchet is supposed to be buried, why is Hilaire still stirring the pot?

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 8, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    these guys just love drama ...

    Hillare and Hunte are house hold names around the world...

    I bet Every Oz, Eng, Bang, Indian, Pak, supporter/fan... knows who their board members are, and can't name anyone else from another country except for Hunte and Hillare ....

    (except maybe Modi from India...lol)

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 8, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    so this guy has tried this strategy and 1st class or in school cricket ?

    he knows this works ?

    how can he try his untested theories at Test level ?

    what is his background in Cricket ? Why does he have more say in a Test team than the likes of Roberts, Bishop, Holding ...

    I mean even Tony Cozier and Fazeer Mohommed would make better administrators than this guy .....

    I mean this guy is a career politician, all he knows to do is get votes and collect a pay check .......

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 9, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    A lot of people are making all the excuses in the world for Dwayne Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan. How many times can these guys fail before you drop them. Sarwan's average is only 40 and heading south, Bravo's is only 31. These guys are talented but they haven't performed internationally for years. That is not the board's fault, it is up to these players to perform when they're put on the field. This process West Indies are taking now is similar to Pakistan under Misbah and it's the right one. They aren't there yet, they are going to lose more than they win for a while, but they are rebuilding and playing with a lot more heart than they were through the 00s. If they lose 3-0 they'll join most teams in the world in being thrashed by England. Dumping Sammy after that would be ludicrous.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | May 9, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    I don't think that Dr Hilaire's message is , that he doesn't want stars in a team ,or that he wants only a team of non-stars . What he really wants is for the stars and the non-stars alike to function as a cohesive unit ,to become that star team . This message board is rife with so much animosity toward the board and management ,that everything said or done, is taken in a negative light . A team of stars, have been known to perform poorly in the past ,while a team of lesser talents have been known to play like champions also ;and WI have a lot of star potential .

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    THE WEST INDIES TEAM IS PICKED BY THE SELECTORS FOLKS; NOT BY THE BOARD: SO GET OFF OF MR. HILAIRE'S BACK: HE IS A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING, AND VERY INTELLIGENT INDEED!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Is the match results for the present WI team better now than it was 5 or even ten years ago. Look at the past and present results, and tell me. They look very similar. All this long talk from Sammy,Gibson and yourself Hilaire, is utter nonesense ! Give who what time? There are only few players in "your" team that are match winners, led by Chanderpaul, who the group of you wanted to get rid of. Roach, Bravo and Ramphal are the others.

    The balance are merly second class cricketers. You cannot win matches with them. You did not win any matches with them, and your point, Sammy's point and Gibson's point is yet to be proven. It does not look good. You should all think before you talk. A miss is as good as a mile.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    West Indies without Gayle,Pollard and Bravo can beat Zimbawe. & BD only. problems of differences between board & played hv been going on for too Long now. Why can't they field their BEST 11 players. WI cricket has gone so low that even if they loose 3-0 to England Sammy will still stay as captain.This is sickening

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 8, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Raghuvir Khanna;

    yes, if I had

    Boycott, Chanderpaul, Dravid and Gavaskar available for selection , I would never pick all four of them ... NEVER .. in the same team .... 2 at time, and 3 if things REAL bad ......

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 8, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @Dean Frenkel on (May 07 2012, 21:48 PM GMT), with a FC average of 37.6 after 22 games, I think comparing Pollard to Richards might be a bit unfair to Richards.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 8, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Well, this is very thinly-veiled suggestion that Chris Gayle shouldn't be selected, is it not? This is the same guy who falsely accused Gayle of reneging on a promise to prioritise WI over his legally-binding contract with Somerset about a week ago. I don't think that Gayle is blameless in the whole fiasco and nor is he necessarily a panacea for WI cricket but, if the hatchet is supposed to be buried, why is Hilaire still stirring the pot?

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 8, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    these guys just love drama ...

    Hillare and Hunte are house hold names around the world...

    I bet Every Oz, Eng, Bang, Indian, Pak, supporter/fan... knows who their board members are, and can't name anyone else from another country except for Hunte and Hillare ....

    (except maybe Modi from India...lol)

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 8, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    so this guy has tried this strategy and 1st class or in school cricket ?

    he knows this works ?

    how can he try his untested theories at Test level ?

    what is his background in Cricket ? Why does he have more say in a Test team than the likes of Roberts, Bishop, Holding ...

    I mean even Tony Cozier and Fazeer Mohommed would make better administrators than this guy .....

    I mean this guy is a career politician, all he knows to do is get votes and collect a pay check .......

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    There is no reason why our "star" eleven can't win the next T20 Championship: Gayle, Charles, Smith, Samuels, Pollard, Dwye Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Narine, Roach. Some stars have always been in every champion team. Can anyone name a champion team without stars in the history of cricket?

  • POSTED BY GravyMon on | May 8, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Everybody's talking about a paradigm shift these days, but there has always been, and will always continue to be, only one way to really compete at the top of the cricket world. It involves hard work, proper training facilities, star quality players, and star quality leadership. It requires players with that top-shelf quality. It requires STARS! When the basics are done right and the proper support structure is in place, the stars rise on their own. Please step back into the Board room, Mr. Hilaire, and leave the playing and selection to somebody else.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 8, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    How about an explosive squad for T20 WC!! Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Russel, Sammy, Ramdin, Narine, Rampaul, Roach/other spinner..

  • POSTED BY GravyMon on | May 8, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Quite the echo of a Board of bunglers quite intent on doing it their way! Long after Hilaire is gone, WI cricket will still be struggling to recover from the life threatening impact suffered as a result of this gang's hand at the wheel. Playing on words and playing with people's careers has very little to do with playing the game of cricket, or for that matter, rising to those high lofty standards once set by past West Indian star teams or star players. Someone should let him know that there can be no star team without star quality players or leadership. I have no reason to think that Hilaire is a poor CEO, but I fear bad things when he steps beyond the confines of his office. Please leave the team selection and development of WI cricketing talent to people who should know better!

  • POSTED BY Silva-Surfa on | May 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    It is quite a dilemma isn't it?...depends on where your priorities stand. You can have talented superstar players, who think they're bigger than the team and feel they have the devine right to say and do what they want. Or have inexperienced youngsters who are a work in progress, but want to aspire to represent the regions and give 100% commitment to the cause, with discipline, respect and professionalism. Ideally you'd like a combination of both and take the positive qualities out of them.

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | May 8, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    My dream WI 20-20 team is...1.Gyle 2.Simmons9(keeper) 3.Samuels 4.Pollard 5.Dwayne Smith 6.Dwaye bravo 7.Russel 8Cooper 9 Sammy 10.Rampaul 11.Narine(substitues- Roach,Bharath,Benn)

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    rally_windies..are you serious? you will not pick chanderpaul if you have him availabe for selection? if you take out chanderpaul from the last 2 decades of WI cricket you probably be now just be playing ODIs and t-20s and having to qualify by playing with associated. stop kidding around

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | May 8, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    @Shazly Oowise: Did you pay attention at all to the recent series against Australia? Sammy applied a LOT of pressure with the ball, keeping things very tight and getting some crucial breakthroughs, and also with the bat lower down the order (3rd highest run scorer). Sammy's career stats (24 matches, 64 wickets at 30.89, strike rate 67) stack up very well alongside his more celebrated bowling teammates: Roach (17 matches, 61 wickets at 28.67, strike rate 53), Edwards (53 matches, 157 wickets at 37.91, strike rate 58) and Rampaul (14 matches, 36 wickets at 36.58, strike rate 73).

  • POSTED BY PakPacer on | May 8, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    A test squad opening with Gayle and Sarwan somewhere in the middle instantly would make Windies a lot stronger. Powell, Braithwaite and Barath might be talents, but they are still very young and need polishing, a heavy county season or 2 is needed for them to develop. This whole playing for the future thing is nonsense, and i can feel Windies fans pain cuz PCB does the samething, how is sacrificing the present for the sake of the future ever a good thing?

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | May 8, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    @PACERONE: If you could get all of those players together into a single team (apart from the fact you've named 15), there would be a lot of talent and it would be an interesting match. It would also be interesting to see if they could all play together for an extended period of time, and get on well enough to maintain morale when things are tough. To an outsider, the West Indies team of the last 10 years had an aura of defeat around it - it now as a positive, determined aura. True, there may not be many individual 100s or 5-wicket hauls, but that's exactly Hilaire's point - everyone chips in rather than relying on 'stars' to do all the work every second match. Two fifties is the same as a century!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Leaving Kieron Pollard out of the Test team is like leaving Viv Richards out. Give him time to adjust and he will maul opposition Test attacks to few others can do.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | May 7, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    What is all this talk about hard work and team work? How does team work make batsmen score 100s? If the captain is dropping the most catches does that show teamwork? Working hard before the game or during the game? All of this silly talk will not help win games.Games are won if when you are on top of the opposition you keep them under pressure and close out the game.This weakness has not been eradicated in W.I cricket.Do you blame the captain,coach or the players? The captain seems to take credit when they are doing well for a few days,saying that the players are buying into the plans that the coach has implemented.So what happens when they fall apart and lose? We should have trials before tours and matches at home.Imagine if this present W.I team was to play 3 trial matches against.Gayle,Simmons DySmith,Benn,Narine,Pascal,Sarwar,pollard,Baugh,Bravo,Bishoo,Badree,Russel,Best,Richardson.It might be an embarrassing situation.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Any idiot would know that you cannot have a star team without star players....with that said, if Hilaire & the selectors need a star team without their star players, then perhaps they should look at selecting the women's team (no disrespect).....Hilaire & WICB are the cause of the W.I. Team being mediocre. For WI to have a winning team they need to get rid of Hilaire & coach Otis Gibson and maybe the rest of the management team will use their brains & muster the courage to make the right decisions to have #1 W.I. Team.....It's time to give the people of the West Indies, a team to love, respect and support!!! It's time to put aside differences and to focus on the sport not cricket politics! We're talking World Cup...GROW UP!! It is time to put that T20 winning team together, starting with #1 W.I. man, Chris Gayle, Simmons, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, A, Russell, Darren Sammy, D. Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Narsingh Deonarine, Sunil Narine, Marlon Samuels, Ravi Rampaul

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    and wait for a chance to play and you could see the fight in these guys to stay on the team i think we are back to those days again,there have always been problems of indisipline with all teams and it was dealth with in the best intrest of the player and the team today what we have?we have had these top cats involved WES HALL,V.RICHARDS,G.GRINEDGD,A.ROBERTS andthe man himself C.LLOYD and nothing have change or did i miss the change anyway we have change coaches boards etc etc next is the system by which we operate,or food for taught wait and read the autobiography off all the greats and come up with a system benifical to all concern.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    maby if these players were to contribute about 20.0\0 of their IPL,BIG BASH AND OTHER income from these event's to the board,then every thing will be AOK not true.just a taught i wonder what are the salaries off the board's big wigs.no visa for players even up to the elevent hour disgracefull to say the least, on all who it may concern,but that is what you will get when everybody wants to do another's job.what are the policy off the board realy,this nonsence have been goinging on for to long,at one time i taught that the board should comprise of ex-players reason being they knew first hand the problems face,but we had a number off them on board and to this day mr.BUTTS himself and we still have war grug and spite,not true the board have never won a series for us nor do we expect them to,the team dose, right now i think we have a great bunch of guys the team should be very stiff to pick i like it so man have to play for their play,like in richie logie and even lara they went on an

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    I think Mr. Hilaire has no clue about cricket..its all about stars..and stars and stars..if he has a problem with stars, i think he is sadly mistaken. stars makes a team stardom...i believe he is has a personal agenda to tarnish the big boys. i think if true just pull out Sammy from Test as he is good in 50/50 and 20/20, he has passion and charisma, but he doesn't have the talent to play test cricket..then we have to think are we dropping our stars or dropping poops like you...

  • POSTED BY ishri on | May 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    This guy does not make any sense. A star team becomes a team of stars in time. What will the management do when the current players become the next Lara or Chanderpaul? Usually its when the team of stars start start getting a bad treatment from the board for one reason or the other that cause them to behave differently. It all starts with the board and ends with the board.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Hillare,,,

    If it was me, I would not want a team with, Boycott, Chanderpaul, Dravid and Gavaskar......even if they were winning every game....

    Sport is about 2 things....

    (1) Winning (2) Money

    Gayle, Narine, Pollard = money even if they lose ........

    You fill your stadia, get endorsements and TV rights, and use the money to develop the LOCAL DOMESTIC COMPETITION .....

    you want a #1 ranked Team, you build it on the foundation of your domestic league..

    England Kicked the WI players out of the English league, the IPL is now the best place for our boys to learn ......

    Until you improve the WI domestic game.... the WICB needs the IPL and should not try to stop players from going to learn their trade ....Every WI person in the IPL has improved their game because of it ...

    hire me to be CEO, I can get WI back to # 1 ...

  • POSTED BY Mayfield on | May 7, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Folks on this board, for the most part, like to put all the blame on the WICB. Yet, they fail to admit or realize that no organization succeeds without teamwork. That means that everyone is valued. When you have stars that do not set the example of hard work, dedication and the drive to succeed, what do you have? I will say it again, the WI players are very talented, but it is obvious what they lack. The WICB and Gibson are trying to instill a culture that will lead to success. It seems that most don't understand what it takes to succeed. Maybe the players that they are calling for, will come back into the team and we will continue to get the same results we have been getting. If you continue to do the same thing, expect the same results.

  • POSTED BY king_kenie on | May 7, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    The problem with learnt guys is that they sometimes think of everyone else as dumb. Oft it's when they overlook the common factors of common knowledge and over-complicate the simple truth. One and one to you might be two but to Dr. Hillare its ELEVEN!

  • POSTED BY anton111 on | May 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Sammy needs to be dropped if the best 11 is to be picked

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    This is typical of Hilare and the WICB, always blame the players. He has no idea that he is one of the problems with WI cricket. The current WICB has done the players and the cricket fans of the Windies a great disservice with their inept management of the game. Their transgressions are too numerous to list here. They need to address at least three of those transgressions immediately, if WI cricket is to move forward (1) stop holding grudges against players and include Gayle, Sarwan and Taylor in our squads (2) appoint a player who can command a place in the team as captain (3) get a more innovative head coach, Gibson is a good bowling coach as evidenced by the great strides our bowling has made, he is not a head coach. His people skills are lacking (see comments on deonarine) to say the least. He is autocratic in his thinking (the players are not allowed to express themselves) i.e. gayle and way too defensive to get the best out of WI players (too english in his approach to the game)

  • POSTED BY BurningBright on | May 7, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Every WI player should watch Fire In Babylon and realize the tremendous legacy they're carrying..

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Very contradictory statement from the CEO. West Indies need to quit contracting players and choose a team based on 11 best players out there and their availability. The board cannot compete when it comes to money. If they can do that they will save themselves financially and still have a pool of players to select from. They should pay players based on their performance and encourage local businesses and governments to create incentives for players. A successful West Indian player should not have to feel like he will be a pauper when his career is over. A successful current player should not have to feel that he needs to wander around the world to make a descent living. It is time for the West Indies community to support their star performers and not lay a heavy burden on the board.

  • POSTED BY mohamedamin on | May 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Hilarie forget that if you dont have star players in a team it wont be a star team....Grow up man...Do the caribbean ppl a favor and just resign from your post...you just killing cricket in the caribbean...Be a man...stand up and resign....it will be of great interest to Cricket in the Caribbean

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | May 7, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    For once WI board should stop talking rot and try to prepare a team that can put up a fight. T20 world cup is in September and if the board wants they can put a team that could be invincible. Imagine a T20 team with Gayle, Simmons, Samuels, DJ Bravo, Pollard, Dwain Smith, A Russel, Bough/Ramdhin, Sammy, Roach and Narine. if this team play @least 75% to their potential they would be unbeatable. This is the best chance that WI have had for the past 20 years to win a World cup. hope they don't ruin it by them selves.

  • POSTED BY Kricket_Fan on | May 7, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Mr. Hilaire need to engage his brain b4 his mouth. Its clear 2 see that he dont want the likes of Gayle, Bravo, Samuels, and Pollard in the WI team. But he needs to ask himself these Question - Who going full ur stadiums ur stars or ur best 11? Who going sell the TV rights the name WI or the stars that make up the WI team?... Time and time again the world can see that the main problem in WI cricket is the administrators and not the players. Who is responsible for replacing these guys? we need some new blood in there. Seriously Pepole get rid of this Board they Sucks!!!!

  • POSTED BY Poda_Pokkai on | May 7, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    T20 is a violent cricket no grace, send the best barbaric assailants who have no fear and fight until the last man standing.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Mr.CEO if that's the case why is it for a player to be eligible for selection he most play in the regional competition..or why is it there should be any regional Competition at all?we all know these Comments are directed at Chris Gayle as you have always attacked even before you were the CEO,saying that no one is guaranteed Captaincy while Chris was Captain..we all knew what happened after you became CEO...Mr.CEO what is the responsibility of management? I would think any selector's duty is to pick the best available and Star players and then it would be the responsibility of management of the team to transform the entire team into a Star team..

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    LONG LIVE WEST INDIAN CRICKET

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Hillaire continues to make a mockery of himself. Its his excuse for his poor handling of issues. West Indies cricket has to treat their star players better and then they will have a star team. Windies will not get to the top of the world with there current team without Chris Gayle, and the irony is that Gayle desperately wants to play for the Windies. He also seems to be happy with the progress of the Windies team which is really sad. They have the talent to challenge the top teams in the world yet they can't even beat a 4th ranked team. They are one of the few teams that good opening bowlers, a good spinner, a capable middle order and if you bring back gayle a good opening combination and a good all rounder. Its a shame that administrators can stand in the way of a teams success - which is exactly what Hillaire is doing. Ironically he talks about star players. He is the one trying to be the star player here. Administrators like him need to know that they are not the stars here.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    West Indies have the best chance of winning the T20 world cup if they have the below team 1) Gayle 2) Simmons 3)Darren Bravo 4) Marlon Samules 5) Dwayne Bravo 6) Pollard 7) Sammy 8) Ramdin 9) Narine 10) Roach 11)Rampaul 12) Russell

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 7, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I don't know whether he needs to select a BEST 11 or 11 BEST.. But on current form, Gayle deserves to be there.. The main wrong WI did was, they gave Gayle everything.. I do remember the coach/captain/Gayle himself allowing Gayle to bash at one end and the other end went without much contribution or they just managed to hang on.. Why should a team leave it like that? In IPL, Gayle is getting time to get settled even in T20 format.. Ask your other opener to bat freely and allow Gayle to build an innings.. A start is also a player Mr.Hilaire.. He came down a bit by dropping a contract and as a big man in WICB, you should have welcomed rather than giving a WARNING like statement..

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 7, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    my best 11 for england (tests)... gayle, barath(for lack of a better opener), k.edwards, bravo, chanders, nash, dwayne bravo, ramdin(for lack of a better keeper/batsman), russell, roach, f. edwards............ reserves: pollard, shillingford, deonarine, collymore, powell

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    WI should be ruling the cricket world as they did in past. They have the best combination of SPin and pace bowling attack which no other team has but these players are not in the team. DS should not be in in the team while he is the captain. They have spiner like Naraine & Bishoo, and pacer like Edward, Roach Rampaul. Ignoring Chris Gayle is the most disappointing of WI cricket. The glory can be back if these inclusion and exclusions can be done.

  • POSTED BY kobler on | May 7, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Mr. Hilaiire, please just keep quiet for a little while. You may think you have the right answers but the board is partly to blame for the direction of our cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    I am an Indian... i could say WI have the rocking players throw out the board and selection committe... let me select a playing 11's... they have class players.... quality spinners, hard hitting batsmen. perfect all rounders than any other team.. but as a Team they fail to perform.. my guess its because of the board.... If we pick up the rite 11's .. WI is the team to beat... I wonder how come they r not winning matchers when they have 11 match winners in a team...

    Yah seriously telling man... Each and every Cricketer is WI are match winners .. they can turn any match upside down...

  • POSTED BY siawashi on | May 7, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    I guess WICB CEO has gone mad with his comments, he has the best eleven in the world for upcoming T20 world cup and i guess he should go with those stars in order to bring the cup home, WI T20 team for world cup should be: 1:Chris Gayle 2:Adrian Barath 3:Darren Bravo 4:Dwayne Bravo 5:Keiron Pollard 6:Dwayne Smith 7:Andre Russel 8:Darren Sammy 9:Ravi Rampaul 10:Kemar Roach 11:Sunil Narine

  • POSTED BY Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on | May 7, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Mr Ernest Hilaire who brought you into Windies Criket?

    You have made United Island(Windies) people to speak that Windies can be splitted into Jamaica, Barbados, T&T, Guyana etc... and play as separate team. Please quit and save Windies Cricket. Also Gibson should be turned off.

    Your statement clearly states that you don't want C.Gayle, D. Bravo, K .Pollard, M. Samuels & A. Rusell etc in the team. You will make money by being in top position of WICB, but the players who made World to look at Windies should not make money and be out & you also don't pay the flight tickets for players & not pay when the players are injured.

    Best ODI & T20 Team:

    C.Gayle, L. Simmons(w.k), DJ Bravo, DW Bravo, M. Samuels, K. Pollard, D. Sammy, S.Chanderpaul, DW Smith, A. Rusell, F. Edwards, K. Roach, S. Narine, R. Rampaul, S. Benn.

    Best Test team:

    Include A. Barath, S. Shillingford & N .Deonarine.

    Play with this unit & satisfy the players need automatically team will be at the top.. Best of Luck.....

  • POSTED BY b4u8me2 on | May 7, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    The problem Dr. Hilaire is not the star players but the disrespect and treatment that these star players get from the WICB. The WICB and Gibson want to treat these players as rookies and not give them their respect. For example Gibson thinking he should tell the 18yr veteran Chanderpaul how to bat. I do not think the WICB treated Viv Richards, Sobers, Lloyd, Marshall, Holding etc the way they have treated Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul and even Lara. If the Guyana Cricket Board did not fight for Chanderpaul he would not be playing for W.I. now. This is the problem with WI cricket. Not the star players. How did these players become stars if not through performance. Did they make themselves a star or did their performances on the international stage make them a star? How does one become one of the 11 best if not through performance? Are u saying Hilaire that u rather to pick cheerleaders than performers who through their performance have become stars?

  • POSTED BY b4u8me2 on | May 7, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Hilaire's point is pointless really. The only time u do not pick the 11 best players is if the 11 best players are all batsmen or all bowlers. You pick your best 11 when u decide on the balance of the team. But that best 11 must be your 11 best players to fit that role. In other words one must select the best 2 openers, the best middle order batsmen, the best all rounder, the best wicket keeper and the best 4 bowlers who are likely to bowl you 20 wickets to win the game. Attitude and enthusiasm alone is for cheer leaders. That will not win you games. Every year we see a panel picking an all time 11, or even after major tournament a tournament 11 or a world 11. I have never seen a player make those 11 based on attitude. It's based on performance and performance is what makes a player a star. So Hilaire u have it all wrong!!

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | May 7, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Hillare is Hilarious, Looks like nobody is happy with Gayle returning to the team.

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | May 7, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Wrong approach from the CEO. Which international team will not play 11 stars if it was able to do so. They are called stars for a reason. The CEO said with our best 11 on the park we went from bad to worse. When was this??????????????? I cannot remember when was the last time we had our best 11 playing in the same team....not even in the last World Cup.

  • POSTED BY Erebus26 on | May 7, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    The WI hasn't had a 'team of stars' for two decades really. After that the players of real star quality dwindled - Richardson, Ambrose, Walsh, Hooper and finally Lara. If you ask me the names of those Windies players that have come through to be consistent performers in international cricket since 1995 I could count them all on one hand. In the last decade the only players that have really shone at test level are Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul. Whilst Chanders is still a big part of the side, I feel Gayle and Ronnie still have something to offer Windies cricket. I appreciate the fact that Sammy and Gibson are building a unit that prides itself on a strong team ethic but every side needs star performers as they can be the difference between winning and losing test matches. As long as Gayle and Sarwan can buy into the vision of Gibson and Sammy then I don't see a problem.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Nice try Mr. Hillaire but its not a great philosophical speach. Isn't the coach and psycologist suppose to find a way to have a team of stars playing together? Then what is your criteria for selection? Are you saying thenn that the stars dont merit there places on the team simple because they are stars am confused as to your phrase, because stars are made not born.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 7, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    @Randy Bridgeman, spot on, not to mention some of these "stars" wouldn't get a gig in any descent international team anyway. Marlon Samuels ... Is that the best some can come up with?

  • POSTED BY dredging on | May 7, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    windies cricket needs new management

  • POSTED BY rotma11 on | May 7, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    I understand the anger of many of the comments, Mr. Hilaire point however is correct up to a point. We do need to pick the best 11 players (and not the 11 best) who are committed to the team and the overall objective to become the best WI team ever. In saying that, the reason that stars are born out of a 'team' is that class players rise and distinguish themselves from others within the team setting and are globally recognized for their achievements. Therefore we have to admit that we have had such players (Gayle, et al.) and their roles are necessary to assist in the future development. Mr. Hilaire we the fans know that this is not the best 11 players. How long will we suffer defeat after defeat to make a point when the 11 on the park are not the best we have. There is a saying "you play to win the game" not... "battling to win and believing that it can in fact achieve victories." Can winning be possible with Sammy as one of your best!

  • POSTED BY legend_963 on | May 7, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Is it just me or is the IPL doing WICB's job because Dwayne Smith got callled up and didn't fail to deliver,Dwayne Bravo is doing good, so is Gayle,Narine,Pollard,and plus they recognised Kevon Cooper's ability.Then there is county cricket where nash and sarwan are both doing very well for their respective clubs. So it leaves one to wonder what does the WICB really do for windies cricket? Also what Hilaire said makes no sense to me and losing a test series 2-0 is not improvement.

  • POSTED BY cflook on | May 7, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    As everyone is saying and what is also common knowledge in cricket, you NEED star players to have a star team. Individual performances win matches. If you have a unified team but no "individual" is making big impacts to the score or taking wickets then what will actually win the games. Right now the team doesn't have the "star" power that is why we are coming close but no one to take us over the edge. People with seasoned averages the are proven in all formats ofthe game like gayle are needed for us to be back at the top again . I am all for a well rounded side but we need the star factor to get us back to a winning state.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    The term "star" is subjective and therefore it should not be used as a criterion for the selection or inclusion of any West Indies cricketer, or any cricketer for that matter. It is unreasonable and unfair to exclude a senior player who has spent many years gaining experience and perfecting his craft simply because he is perceived as a "star". In my opinion, the contribution of Chanderpaul, a "star" is undervalued by Mr Hilaire and his WICB cronies. The absence of Chanderpaul from the West Indies Test team would certainly reveal the true situation for all the world to see.

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 7, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    two things. first of all the squad picked is not the best squad, and secondly the windies don't have 11 stars.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    mr. hillary is hilarous.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Mr Hallire, Why Dwayne Smith cannot be a regular part of the West Indies team and not being pigeon-holed as a 20/20 man. How can any selector pick Charles over Dwayne Smith in a 50 over game . Others all over the world sees "SMITTY" as a top player and look forward to having him .Soon he will be like Pollard, Bravo and Gayle and saying to the WICB, I will call you, Don't call me .

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketFan on | May 6, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    One does not understand this, when smaller countries (in size) have their own National Team - like Bermuda - why can not Jamica, Guyana have their OWN national teams than being under this WI umbrella. Let them start as Associates and with their talent they would easily achieve the ODI status and may be the Test Status. All these politics with participating countries will go away. It is time they splintered.

  • POSTED BY NAZMO-CRICKFANN on | May 6, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    well said mr. hillaire. now get some sincerity in the rest of the board by replacing them

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Nice tie, Doc. Now then, in the last decade or so, our team has had stars or if you prefer, big names galore. Lemme see, Gayle, Bravo, Sarwan, Pollard, Taylor, Samuels, et al. How many competitions/series have we won in any versions of the game? Tellmuh if yuh kno. Right. So let's disabuse ourselves of the notion that the return of Gayle, Sarwan and whomever will make a huge difference in terms of better results. As a matter of fact, the presence of some of these players may well be detrimental to this improving team. Some of you are star struck. You list names and say, if we play play such and such, WI will win automatically. What foolihsness. Of course any team needs star power to lift the other 'blue collar' types. But winning requires something extra from the stars, among other things. They must bring their 'A' game all the time. No slacking off. Proper attitude too. Team-first and not a me-first mentality. Goes without saying this goes for the entire team and not only the stars.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Cricket is one Bowler to one Batsman at a time. The better man comes out on top. If you want to win, you better have more "better man" than the next team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russel, Dave Bernard Junior, Carlos Brathwaith, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith. Hiliare, tell the world which one of these players is less talented than Darren Sammy. Only then you should comment about team selection.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Mr Hilaire is making comments to justify the illusion that he and the powers that be have of the way forward and the so called "improvements" in WI cricket. And of course he has to justify the "inspirational" captain's inclusion in all forms of the game. So to do that we no longer need star players we need a star team. Where was he when WI were winning? Did we have a star team or a team filled with star players? When we assembled our fearsome four prong attacks were they not manned by "Star" players? And what about the batting stars of the Worrell, Lloyd and Richards eras? Maybe we should have done without them and we would be still world champions! The problem is not the stars. Mr Hilaire must recognize that cricket is a team sport that depends on the individual contributions of players to become successful. Winning teams were never staffed by journey men, they were filled with star quality performers. We need star players. Mr. Hilaire and his team needs to learn how to handle them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Is this man for real? Cricket unlike some other team sports largely depends on individual players executing without the assistance of team mates. A batsman could be at absolute loggerheads with all his team-mates and still perform outstandingly which benefits the team as a whole. You always select your best performing players and it is the role of management to make them into a unit. If we are to believe Hilaire, a club side from Trinidad who are a synergistic unit has an outstanding chance against a team of allstars from around the world who have nothing in common. I must say however that Sammy deserves a spot in the squad but should play depending on conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    How crass can we be; the best individual eleven need not be the best team if they fail to play as a unit; doing this requires the the collective will to minimise our weaknesses and maximise our strengths; the power of leadership.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    I hope that cricketing fans realize that Gayle was never the problem it was the WI Board all along and Hilairie comments confirmed that, sad that u r taking pride in loosing it's a sad day for westindes cricket. Mr Gayle gave up his contract to play for Somerset and made himself available WI teams.

  • POSTED BY noplay on | May 6, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Is every statement by a WICB official going to be combative? Is there no one representing the Board who can speak without belittling the contributions of players with a record? How many times are Hilaire and Hilary Beckles and Sammy and Gibson going to speak as if West Indian fans have just found out about cricket? It is time to call a moratorium on stupid talk and work towards getting the best from our players. And by best I mean best now, not some day down the road when I will not be around to see it. I am not watching professional sport to be told that we are showing "potential and promise" and that we have a good work ethic when we are dropping catches, giving catching practice to the opposing side etc.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    My Best Eleven: 1. Chris Gayle 2. Darren Bravo 3. Dwayne Bravo 4. Marlon Samuels 5. Keiron Pollard 6. Denesh Ramdin 7. Darren Sammy 8. Andre Russell 9. Kemar Roach 10. Sunil Narine 11. Ravi Rampaul

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Absolutely!!!! Well said Mr Hilaire. When the stars were there, it was wetting after wetting after wetting after wetting. Licks being absorbed with pleasure. Let the "stars" mercenaries who only care about themselves stay away and retire in ignominy. These lads are doing quite well and soon will enjoy the success of their diligence. After a period of almost 15 years I went to the QP Oval on the 1st day of the Test against Australia and was quite fascinated by the game and the manner in which Darren Sammy and the team acquitted themselves. Good going!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Hilaire must remember it was the star power of K.Pollard and Dwayne Bravo that won the games against Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Oxymoron, "For a decade or so the selectors were guided by a process which had them arriving at the eleven best players to take the field," Hilaire said, during the Barbados Cricket Association Awards.

    Dichotomy: The emphasis is on selecting, not necessarily the eleven best players but the 'best eleven'. It is not dissimilar to asking whether we prefer a team of stars or a star team. They are decidedly different.

    Does linguistic jingles win PR Campaign? Mr. Hilaire is in denial, It does not matter how you shuffle the cards you still wants to field the best 11. Start learn to manage star players, see them as an asset and not liability. We need each other to survive as the song states, I need you, you need me. No man is an Island, No man stands alone.

    To Mr. Hilaire: Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive! Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17. Scottish author & novelist (1771 - 1832)

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Can all the people here who agree with Hillaier assessment tell me when WI ever win without not just stars but superstars, Are you guys agreeing here that we do not need the Sobers, Lloyd ,Holding, Haynes ,Lara, Marshall Greenidge, Robert, Walsh,Kanhaii, Ambrose, Richards,Garner, Kallicharran, just to name a few. I have news for all you guys it is lock of star players why we are not winning over the last 15 years for example when lara came we have many stars in the team we were winning after those stars left we only producing the" star team" not star players that why we are satisfy with a team of players with average below 20 and get rid of the guys with average above 40 remember Chanderpaul should be home not playing.

  • POSTED BY youfoundme on | May 6, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    No wonder West Indies cricket has declined over the past decade. With people like this guy around, they are never going to get back to where they were.

  • POSTED BY nafzak on | May 6, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    As soon as I heard this yesterday, the first thing that came to mind is that Mr. Hilaire is setting the grounds for Gayle's non-selection. What a load of crap? Eleven best or best eleven - no matter how you slice or dice it, Sammy does not belong on the team and Gayle does. And this nonsense about better results or they look better losing,..gimme a break. They lost to Pakistan, India, Won a couple against Bangladesh and lost against India and lost at home against Australia...when all these teams are down and in rebuilding stage. Looking nice when losing is what passed for progress. Hilaire is Hilarious.

  • POSTED BY sportsfeind on | May 6, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I have no idea if anyone of West Indies cricket influence is going to read my post. I am not impressed by my Hilaire's comments. No other board President of any successful international team can and will be prompted or scripted to utter such nonsensical and contradictory words. Can the Indians,English,Aussies,Sri Lankans etc....say to their people "we are going to field the best eleven, they may not be attractive,but the best combination blah blah blah!!!!WON"T FLY. Only in the Caribbean though, will the use and misuse of 'big wording' continue to be used as a blindfold on a passionate,forgiving, yearning cricket loving people. People of the West Indies please wake up and take back your team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I wonder if most of these comments are being maid with a level mind or bias realy if anyone in the world of cricket do not see gayle or sarwan as world class needs to stop supporting cricket and take care of their family they might do a better job maby,here this one we nead a star team not a team of stars WOW WHAT WILL MAKE A STAR TEAM .LARA was a star and in my book stil is what we as a country have done for him remind me please, this thing we have about leaving out one for the other, what is that ,spot this if you could contract these guys for ten and in some cases five years pay a couple of millions they will stay put i promise you .what is that i hear the board have no money,then what is new i have been hearing that ever since CLIVE LOYD got the nick name the cat any body rembember,with all the different CEO'S and WICB presidents who if i am not mistaken are all business men what have they really done for WI cricket? we always are at a loss weather the games are sold out or not ?

  • POSTED BY jahbert58 on | May 6, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Absolute nonsense!!! Show me a winning team without a star or two in any top team sport in the world. The objective is WINNING not competing WINNING!!!Maybe he needs to rethink his statement. i'll respected you more if you had played the sport .PS give it a rest already and hope for the best of all the players (stars or no stars)lol.

  • POSTED BY len501 on | May 6, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    One needs to ask what Dr.Hilaire means by a star. The WICB seems to have a problem with anyone who questions anything about the way they handle their affairs. It's submit or be ostracized. Even as we witness the embarrassment of players being stuck in Jamaica without visas, Dr. Hilaire speaks as though he and his fellow board members are exemplars worthy of slavish devotion. If they were judged as harshly as the players for their many mistakes, they would have all been fired by now. Maybe it's time for those who truly care about the future of West Indies cricket to take a long hard look at the WICB and its failure to effectively manage.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    I think a star team cannot be made without star players and at international level u need countries best player to gel and to function as a team. It is not a movie that some magic will happen and the worst will start to be best. I think they should start giving more confidence to the players and help redress their issues.I believe gayle if selected will definately lay aside all such vague arguments .

  • POSTED BY delboy on | May 6, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Does Hilaire really look at the big picture? How many times have WI posted a triple digit stance among the top 5 recently? How can an improving team bring in a product of its academy to open and he scores 3 successive ducks and that is terms progress? WI are going backwards on the field and even worst administratively.

  • POSTED BY AyrtonS on | May 6, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    The problem is that Hilare and the wise men in the WICB think that they are the stars. What a set of losers !!

  • POSTED BY Bimtown87 on | May 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    @ S.Jagernath.. Before you made that comment you should bare in mind that that "Star" has among his 13 TEST centuries, 2 triple centuries, a double century, a 190, a 160 and only the double was made in the caribbean. Add to that that he is joint on the table with Brian Lara for the most ODI centuries for the W.I. So i'm not sure I get your point about his flawed technique and making runs on flat pitches. W.I. are currently 40 odd for 2 in England. We will take our "Star" back please.

    @ antonn111..Well said!

  • POSTED BY Muhtasim13 on | May 6, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Well a "Star Team" without any Star player may be good. But, one has to remember that every team needs 1 or 2 match winners. If you look back at history, WI has always had 1 or 2 star players in their team. Only after Gayle's exclusion, the WI team is without a player who can change the game single handedly

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    @ S Jagernath... A man who has wto triple centuries in test cricket is a star... only a handful of batsmen in over 100 years of test cricket have done so.

  • POSTED BY auroraboy on | May 6, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    This guy(Hilaire) should be sacked asap!!

  • POSTED BY essky on | May 6, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    This sounds to me like he's preparing the minds of the public for the continued selection of players from the WI (Windward Islands). More and more it seems like WICB doesn't stand for West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Well said Hilaire. I am not sure why a few people here are disagreeing with you but I reckon that the best way for west indies to win is by playing the BEST 11....

  • POSTED BY DMarshall on | May 6, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    We really shouldn't be surprised by Dr. Hilaire's comments. It's simply a feeble attempt to justify the continued appointment of captain Darren Sammy who can scarcely be considered a player worthy of Test selection, far less being made captain or worthy of consideration as a 'star player'. His selection is a reward for his loyalty to the inept Board because his ability as a cricketer is clearly nowhere near Test standard. Neither are the 'waifs and strays' that have so easily and prematurely been selected into the WI Test side in recent years.

  • POSTED BY Goodfellow on | May 6, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    This is the usual nonsense from the administrators. It usually comes from those that didn't play the game at the highest levels. You cannot win if your star players are not playing.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | May 6, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    If they are insinuating Chris Gayle is a star,I wonder on what grounds.He is a star in a tournament that has nothing to do with the West Indies at all.In International cricket,Dale Steyn was bouncing him out during his last tests played in the carribean.Steyn reminded the world of his flawed technique in the IPL,on the world's flattest pitches.Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a star.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Is this a signal to the selectors to omit Gayle and others from the team? Some leaders seek to sideline players who think for themselves. Good luck Hilaire with your star team without star players.

  • POSTED BY anton111 on | May 6, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Sammy has to be dropped if the best 11 is to be played.

  • POSTED BY Ammy_rd on | May 6, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    This past year has been a revelation for cricket teams, and followers alike, about the constituents of a succesful team. Pakistan playing without its most celebrated bowlers, Amir and Asif, and best opener, Salman Butt, beat the world champions in test cricket. Likewise Westindies have also featured in some tightly fought contests against stronger oppositions. The reason behind their success is very simple; cricket is a team game that can not be won without commitment and dedication. For all those asking for the head of WICB management, take heed!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    i AM CURIOUS TO KNOW, HAS MR HILARE, EVER PLAYED HIGHLY COMPETITIVE CRICKET?MOST OF THE ADMINISTRATORS IN CHARGE OF THEIR COUNTRIES' DAY TO DAY CRICKET AFFAIR HVE ALL PLAYED COMPETIVE CRICKET AT SOME POINT. ITS LIKE ASKING A PLUMBER TO A CARPENTER'S JOB!

  • POSTED BY SAMBANDH on | May 6, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    WI need to manage talent well instead of talking non sense.... Sunil Narine must have played test vs aussies... As DADA also acknowledged he could have been a diffrenciating factor in the test series as well.

  • POSTED BY sircarl on | May 6, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Well said Hilaire! There HAS been a noticeable improvement in the WI, both statistically and in terms of attitude. This has in part been to the absence of some of the "stars"

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | May 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    To field the best team they need Gayle, Kirk Edwards, Sarwan, Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Narine playing. If they had these guys they would be up there to challenging anyone.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    History show no team win with out star players so he is trying to make an argument that make no sense just self serving.

  • POSTED BY gloriouscricket on | May 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Dr.Hilaire,s assesment of the teams needs are consistent with the program that has been laid out some two years ago;Problem is "The Boards' communication to the fans has been almost non-existent.The Fan or supporter of the game has been place at the back of the line or non existence.We need updates on players, their condition & status as it relates to The Windies cricket. What has happened to Taylor & Simmons? Why are they no proper travel documents in place for Fudadin, Samuels & Deonarine? Samuels to my knowledge was just in India playing IPL; Who put those plans together? Why is it so difficult to obtain scores from the Caribbean via the WICB through Cricinfo or The Board [themselves] Is there anyone handling communication and or logistics for the team? Please address the Fans, We make the team: The marketing of the game leaves a lot to be desired also.Thanks for posting and our listening.

  • POSTED BY coconutvendor on | May 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Nonsense.....this is a cop out. It simply highlights the inability of the WICB to manage and motivate their star players. Why is it that Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Dwayne Smith seem to perform so much better playing for other teams? How can stars like Sarwan and Jerome Taylor just be allowed to disappear the way they have? Look at what is happening to Barath! The WICB needs to learn to groom and look after their players.

  • POSTED BY RohanChambers40 on | May 6, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Well Hilaire, you need to have a couple of "Stars" in your "Star Team". Every successful test team has had "Stars". This is not high school, this is Test cricket..the highest form of the game. A team of" hard workers", or a team of men who "try hard" will never win consistently at Test level. Just using recent decades, the WI was successful because they had macth winners a.k.a "Stars"..Viv Richards, Malcom Marshall, Curtly Ambrose.. Australia had Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, Steve Waugh...

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  • POSTED BY RohanChambers40 on | May 6, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Well Hilaire, you need to have a couple of "Stars" in your "Star Team". Every successful test team has had "Stars". This is not high school, this is Test cricket..the highest form of the game. A team of" hard workers", or a team of men who "try hard" will never win consistently at Test level. Just using recent decades, the WI was successful because they had macth winners a.k.a "Stars"..Viv Richards, Malcom Marshall, Curtly Ambrose.. Australia had Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, Steve Waugh...

  • POSTED BY coconutvendor on | May 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Nonsense.....this is a cop out. It simply highlights the inability of the WICB to manage and motivate their star players. Why is it that Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Dwayne Smith seem to perform so much better playing for other teams? How can stars like Sarwan and Jerome Taylor just be allowed to disappear the way they have? Look at what is happening to Barath! The WICB needs to learn to groom and look after their players.

  • POSTED BY gloriouscricket on | May 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Dr.Hilaire,s assesment of the teams needs are consistent with the program that has been laid out some two years ago;Problem is "The Boards' communication to the fans has been almost non-existent.The Fan or supporter of the game has been place at the back of the line or non existence.We need updates on players, their condition & status as it relates to The Windies cricket. What has happened to Taylor & Simmons? Why are they no proper travel documents in place for Fudadin, Samuels & Deonarine? Samuels to my knowledge was just in India playing IPL; Who put those plans together? Why is it so difficult to obtain scores from the Caribbean via the WICB through Cricinfo or The Board [themselves] Is there anyone handling communication and or logistics for the team? Please address the Fans, We make the team: The marketing of the game leaves a lot to be desired also.Thanks for posting and our listening.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    History show no team win with out star players so he is trying to make an argument that make no sense just self serving.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | May 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    To field the best team they need Gayle, Kirk Edwards, Sarwan, Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Narine playing. If they had these guys they would be up there to challenging anyone.

  • POSTED BY sircarl on | May 6, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Well said Hilaire! There HAS been a noticeable improvement in the WI, both statistically and in terms of attitude. This has in part been to the absence of some of the "stars"

  • POSTED BY SAMBANDH on | May 6, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    WI need to manage talent well instead of talking non sense.... Sunil Narine must have played test vs aussies... As DADA also acknowledged he could have been a diffrenciating factor in the test series as well.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    i AM CURIOUS TO KNOW, HAS MR HILARE, EVER PLAYED HIGHLY COMPETITIVE CRICKET?MOST OF THE ADMINISTRATORS IN CHARGE OF THEIR COUNTRIES' DAY TO DAY CRICKET AFFAIR HVE ALL PLAYED COMPETIVE CRICKET AT SOME POINT. ITS LIKE ASKING A PLUMBER TO A CARPENTER'S JOB!

  • POSTED BY Ammy_rd on | May 6, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    This past year has been a revelation for cricket teams, and followers alike, about the constituents of a succesful team. Pakistan playing without its most celebrated bowlers, Amir and Asif, and best opener, Salman Butt, beat the world champions in test cricket. Likewise Westindies have also featured in some tightly fought contests against stronger oppositions. The reason behind their success is very simple; cricket is a team game that can not be won without commitment and dedication. For all those asking for the head of WICB management, take heed!

  • POSTED BY anton111 on | May 6, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Sammy has to be dropped if the best 11 is to be played.