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!

Windies about to set another cricket record

They are now aiming to set another Test match record.

They will lose the 3rd Test against India (Nov 26, 2011) after scoring the highest losing first innings score (590).

Here is a list of teams that have lost  a Test after scoring 500 or more in the first innings:

  • 1894-95 Australia 586 and 166 lost to England 325 and 437 at Sydney by 16 runs.
  • 1910-11 South Africa 506 and 80 lost to Australia 348 and 327 at Melbourne by 89 runs
  • 1928-29 England 519 and 257 lost to Australia 491 and 287 for 5 at Melbourne by 5 wickets
  • 1952-53 Australia 520 and 209 lost to South Africa 435 and 297 for 4 at Melbourne by 6 wickets
  • 1968-69 West Indies 526 for 7 declared and 92 for two declared lost to England 404 and 215 for 3 at Port-of-Spain by 7 wickets
  • 1972-73 Pakistan 574 for 8 declared and 200 lost to Australia 441 for 5 declared and 425 at Melbourne by 92 runs
  • 1992-93 Sri Lanka 547 for 8 declared and 164 lost to Australia 256 and 471 at Colombo by 16 runs
  • 2003-04 Australia 556 and 196 lost to India 523 and 233 for 6 at Adelaide by 4 wickets. —AFP

Post-script:

Turns out the game ended in one of the most exciting finishes in Test cricket history. With 3 balls to go any of 4 results could take place.

Read the report here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-west-indies-2011/content/current/story/542149.html

Success in apparent failure

How can a team lose two games out of 3 and still regard the series as a success story?

West Indies lost the first cricket test match to Australia in 3 of the scheduled 5 days.They turned the situation around and had the Aussies on the run in the 2nd test which ended in a draw (no result …yes after 5 days!).

They came within a few runs of beating the Aussies in the 3rd Test which they lost. So they lost 2 out of 3 but scored 4 centuries (Aussies zero) and generally showed that they were a force to be reckoned with in test cricket.

Sometimes, the results on the surface do not reflect the successes that we are achieving. Look for success indicators in your life and not just the headline results.