West Indies Cricket: needed an attitude of champions
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I have just read an article in your paper where it was suggested that the West Indies administration should request a leave of absence from Test cricket for five years. During this period of absence, focus should be on grooming talented 15-year-olds. While I agree that something needs to be done I don't think taking leave from the Test arena is going to achieve the desired outcome.
When the West Indies was king, it was not just talent, but an attitude of invincibility. Since the mid-to-late 1990s to current time, our boys seem to lack the belief, attitude of champions, but are defeated even before they take the pitch. Remember Viv chewing his gum perched on his bat: psychology won him half the battle. The other members of the team fed off that, so you had what I would call Mini Vivs, Mini Holdings, etc.
When talented younger team-mates see Chanderpaul prodding, blocking for two to three hours, they would be inspired by that. Bring back the simplicity of West Indies cricket, i.e., bat hits ball, opposition players feared bowlers, fielders were quick , accurate and imposing. Talent is one thing; having that mental toughness is another.