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Windies road record is poor historically

Published: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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West Indies captain Jason Holder

There has been calls for the administration of Cricket West Indies (CWI) to vacate office in the light of the West Indies team’s less than impressive showing over the last few years and more in particular the Caribbean’s team loss in the first Test to England on Saturday.

A source close to the situation revealed to Guardian Media Sports that the present board has been able to put corrective measures in place but it will take time to bear fruit. “We have been getting licks especially on the road for the last 20 years or so and many of the former cricketers and administrators who are now calling for the head of the board, have been tried in different capacities and all have failed.

“Yes, the present team is not doing as well as one would like but if you look at the composition you would see a number of young players who are coming through the PCL system which is still new. It would take time to improve the quality of play and players coming out of the PCL and into the West Indies senior team.

“People have been calling this team a bunch of schoolboys, well let me tell you that this same bunch of schoolboys drew a Test series against the same England team in the Caribbean last year.”

A look at the West Indies team away performances against other teams will show that the last time they won against Pakistan in Pakistan was 27 years ago. The last time they defeated India in India was 23 years ago. Against New Zealand on the road has also been difficult with the last win coming 22 years ago. The last time a West Indies team won in Australia was 20 years ago. Fourteen years ago they took a win over Zimbabwe in Africa, seven years ago they won against South Africa and five years ago they were able to beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh. The West Indies have never won a Test match against Sri Lanka in that country. The last time they tasted success outside the Caribbean was against Pakistan last year at the neutral venue of Sharjah.

The source continued: “People must be fair and some are saying that the board does not want to select the best players. Has anyone asked the question as to whether the top players want to play Test cricket?

“Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor are now back because of the amnesty and they have made themselves available. Ask the question why the others haven’t made themselves for the ODI tour of England?”