IPL and West Indies Cricket

IPL and West Indies Cricket

Declining interest in cricket among young men started long before the advent of the IPL. Instead of bemoaning the decision of key players to opt for the IPL instead of playing for the West Indies we should face the realities and embrace this as a blessing in disguise.

In much the same way that the entertainment industry attracts young persons who are seeking a viable means of making a living, the T20 leagues provide an option for many who may not make the cut at the highest level.

Consider the Kevon Coopers who might have been confined to playing regionally for virtually no pay. He and others like him might be inspired to develop their skills in the knowledge that there are attractive opportunities around the world for highly skilled cricketers.

West Indies was strong when we had scores making a living in county and league cricket. The IPL and T20 leagues present a counter-point to basketball and football.

Reflect on the amazing interest in athletics in Jamaica not indirectly linked to the vast opportunities for many who could not qualify for a small squad of elite performers to make a substantial living.

The lessons from a Sunil Narine who rebounded from having to correct his action to earning megabucks in a short period of time will not be lost on many who will now commit to more serious time in the nets. This can only be good for West Indies cricket in the medium and long term.

There is no guarantee that if the IPL players were available we would beat higher ranked teams. Those players are making a far more significant contribution to the development of West Indies cricket.

Time will tell!

Chris Gayle responds

Chris Gayle responded to the barbs of the “Doctors” of the WICB with his bat. No need for WIPA’s intervention.

Gayle has been in a war of words and a fair bit of contention with Dr. Hilaire of the WICB and was likened to a Don by WICB Board Member Dr. Beckles. Dons are not looked on with favor and donmanship is being rooted out by the WICB according to Dr. HIlary Beckles.

What is to be noted is how close Chris Gayle is with his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team mates. Also, the RCB trainer says Gayle lives in the gym. Does not sound like a man who resists training and comes when he feels like it.

In Chris Gayle’s 9 games of the 14 match IPL 20:20 series for the Royal Challengers Bangalore his statistics are as follows:

Runs: 511 (top scorer in the league)
Average: 81.16
Strike rate: 187.17
Sixes: 38 The entire Bangalore team hit 36 sixes for the entire 14 match series!
Fours: 47