THE EDITOR, Sir:
Old habits die hard. Hard-wired cultural habits die harder. Colonial-era cricket elevens from the Caribbean, playing as if for a federal entity, did us proud in the past, and even managed to etch their names in the history books for Test series wins and even for individual exploits.
Despite these successes, it is my view that it is past time for teams from the West indies (itself a faux appellation because of the ignorance of seafarer Columbus) to rethink what it means to be independent nations.
Surely, Jamaica could hardly do worse than some recent teams have done. Open up the thing and make cricket a more widespread game, rather than the same few dominant teams, recycling themselves in the cricket world.
Jamaican athletes have risen to the top of world rankings though a mere dot in size compared to the competing continental masses. Why not a Jamaican Test team? Ireland, regarded as a minnow, is competing on its own, NOT as part of a British team.
We creep before we can walk. I do not expect Jamaica to suddenly become a winning Test team, grinding others into the dust, but we know the famous adage about how to start a journey of 1,000 miles.