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LETTER OF THE DAY - WICB cutting off nose to spite its face

Published:Tuesday | June 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

West Indies cricket will not be turning the corner anytime soon. Why? The West Indies management, be it the board, selectors or team officials, is so poor at dealing with issues that confront it that they make politics look good.

Why would you drop a player with such aura and ability as Sunil Narine just because he wants to play in the final of a competition he and his team, Kolkata Knight Riders, have earned. The Indian Premier League (IPL) ended Sunday, June 1, 2014, and the first Test match between the West Indies and New Zealand begins on June 8, so what's the fuss?

The West Indies training squad is in Barbados and Narine is in India training every day. What you need from him is an understanding of his role in the Test match. This, I submit, could have happened if he had returned to Kingston by today, Tuesday. There is enough time for him to get rest and participate in a few training sessions prior to the Test match.

WHATS OUR PROBLEM?

But again, we cut off our nose to spite our face, as no lesser person than the New Zealand captain, Brendan McCullum, left India on Saturday where his team, the Chennai Super Kings, failed to make the final. So what is the problem with us in the Caribbean?

Narine is just one member of the team. All others are here preparing, so you would think that one player could not make such a big difference for you not to allow him to complete his contract and join the team on a high, especially with his team winning the IPL.

The West Indies cricket team will not get better fast enough if we continue to make these blunders, thus making turning the proverbial corner the longest in history.

IAN D. JOHNSON

iandale74@yahoo.com

St Catherine