The West Indies team should mix the experienced with the inexperienced

Dear Editor,
I wish to begin this letter with holiday greetings to the West Indies team and champion boxer Clive Atwell, the ‘Wonder Kid.’  This has been the best year for West Indies in nearly two decades; they are now world T-20 champions and have been very successful in their last two Test series. I am a diehard fan of West Indies cricket whether they win or lose, and I never cease to have hope for their permanent resurgence and that some day they will recapture the glory days.

That will not come easily, and even though they have had a good year it must be said that they are some way from where they should be satisfied. A close examination of the team would disclose that there have been consistent individual performances from some players, but there have been consistent failures by most of the others. In my humble opinion the selectors headed by our own beloved Clyde Butts have experimented with too many young players at the same time; the team was overloaded with inexperienced youth that found the transition very hard to cope with, and even playing against low-rated cricket teams, they flattered to deceive.

There have been bright lights that shone, and Kieron Powell heads that list; he did not only play well but on the way to big partnerships he created records. Also Darren Bravo did enough to strengthen the hope that he would be more than just the next West Indian batting prodigy. Mr Permaul, the surprise pick of the pack, did reasonably well; if he is going to keep his place he will have to improve by leaps and bounds. Sunil Narine was a major disappointment, and gave rise to the thought that he might just be a T-20 specialist, but our spin department is full of options with Bishoo, Benn, Shillingford and Badre.

I believe the way forward for West Indies cricket is to mix the inexperienced with the experienced, so that the young can learn from the seniors. Sarwan if he does well must never be out of the team, and with Gayle, Samuels and Chanderpaul we should have enough experience. With Darren Sammy as captain it makes the selection of a genuine all-rounder extremely difficult, and it creates an unfair imposition on the selectors. Sammy, a very likeable cricketer, must be available as an automatic choice on the basis of performance, and not be in the team by default. His presence there has stymied the full-scale success of the team and contributes to its imbalance, so Dwayne Bravo who must be the number one all-rounder is always going to be doubtful for the final eleven.

My wish for our cricket is that the best team be selected and that every player must merit his place. If this is adhered to, then and only then will victory become a habit.

Clive ‘Wonder Kid‘ Atwell comes from our community, Agricola, and he has made us proud by becoming another champion from these parts. Yes, we had the now deceased Caesar Barrow who set the stage for future generations of boxers to follow. Clive is a very humble individual, who has learned to believe in his God, and never misses church service and even after intense training or a hard-fought victory, he finds himself in the sanctuary in different denominations on a Sunday morning. I know Clive is a great role model and will continue to be a great example for other youths to follow.
Yours faithfully,
Ivan John

Latest in Letters

default placeholder

‘I did resign as Ambassador to China’

Dear Editor, Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge may have been inadequately briefed when he made inaccurate statements about me in Kaieteur News (‘Those ambassadorial appointments…’  June 26).

default placeholder

No good reason was given for scrapping the fuel export licence to the Chinese

Dear Editor, The question is: Why the scrapping of the fuel export licence? A government can end a licence for good cause and according to set procedures which seek to assure fair play.

default placeholder

IDB report looks at housing in Guyana, including hinterland

Dear Editor, During a meeting last week of representatives of the Caribbean diaspora with officials of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) part of the discussions focused on the findings of a study by the bank entitled ‘The State of Social Housing in Six Caribbean Countries.’ One of the countries is Guyana and one of the report’s authors, Michael Donovan was among the panellists.

default placeholder

Low-cost housing for the poor needs to be available for rental

Dear Editor, Tiger Bay has been an age-old concern since I was born, and now I am an elderly person. This community has had a notorious reputation even though it has produced reputable persons.

default placeholder

Does the Roads Inspection Unit still exist?

Dear Editor, Governments and ministers are servants of the populace and definitely not the other way around, and at a given juncture, they must be able to facilitate visits by concerned citizens and community groups, etc.

default placeholder

Life for senior citizens should be made easier

Dear Editor, Our senior citizens are much more deserving of respect than what is currently meted out to them both in the public and the private sectors This is particularly evident at banks and post offices especially at month ends when salaries and pensions become payable.

default placeholder

Congratulations to the WI team and coach

Dear Editor, Praise to the team, and special congratulations to the coach. Home has not been a significant advantage to West Indies for a long time, so there is obviously something else that explains winning against both Australia and South Africa.

default placeholder

All eyes are on Sherod Duncan

Dear Editor, I am concerned about Mr Sherod Duncan on two fronts. Firstly, his meteoric rise to fame and stardom is dazzling and because of this, he has to be wary.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: