West Indies news May 6, 2012

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Tim 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.

  • charlie 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 .

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2012, 3:51 GMT


  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Ali 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 ......

  • John 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.

  • John 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?

  • Ali 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)

  • Ali 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 .......

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