“[…] No matter how poorly the [West Indies] teams play, there are no consequences for the regional boards because they operate under the CWI. The CWI is basically a sponge they created to absorb the repercussions of their own ineptitude and incompetence at the territorial level.
“Is it CWI president Ricky Skerritt’s responsibility to develop cricketers in Trinidad? Or is it Azim Bassarath’s? […]”
The following Letter to the Editor on the state of West Indies cricket was submitted to Wired868 by cricket enthusiast Choy Aping:
For too long, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has been getting away with indirectly engaging in undermining and scapegoating coaches and captains in WI cricket, with little to no consequences for it.
It is almost as if CWI becomes the good guy when they fire coaches and captains who they sent out on the battlefield with all the resources to fail in the first place.
I find something is massively wrong with such a system.
The captain and coaches of West Indies teams pay the price for all of the incompetence of the cricket board—and when I say board, I’m referring to the TTCB, GCB, BCB, LICB, JCA, etc.
The captain and coaches’ jobs in any field are performance-based, but the responsibility/onus is on the parent body to provide the adequate resources to get those results. In that regard, CWI has been failing miserably and getting away with it.
Is it the coach’s fault that he does not have batsmen with first-class average of 35 or bowlers snaring five-wicket hauls in the regional 4-day competition?
How is the coach expected to get fast bowlers to take five-for at the highest level when they are not doing it in the regionals?!
I will tell you here and now: any captain or coach who takes up the role of WI captain or coach today is doing so for a payday and selection security, as they will always face the impossible task of trying to succeed with inadequate resources.
And these guys have been getting away with this crime on WI cricket for years.
Imagine the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force have not won or reached close to winning a 4-day competition for the past 17 years, yet guys like Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TCB) president Azim Bassarath are being re-elected unopposed for years—thanks, in part, to the difficulty of voting them out through the flawed constitution.
The administrative structure of West Indies cricket is massively flawed. No matter how poorly the teams play, there are no consequences for the regional boards because they operate under the CWI.
The CWI is basically a sponge they created to absorb the repercussions of their own ineptitude and incompetence at the territorial level.
Is it CWI president Ricky Skerritt’s responsibility to develop cricketers in Trinidad? Or is it Bassarath’s?
Why then is Skerritt blamed, and not Bassarath, when underprepared Trinidad and Tobago cricketers go out and fail on the West Indies Team?
Can Skeritt fire Bassarath? How then is Skeritt supposed to make Bassarath account for the lack of proper cricketers coming out of Trinidad?
Meanwhile Bassarath seems impossible to get rid of, due to their “outgoing votes” system.
I honestly can’t see how the West Indies team will ever get better under the current structure.