How WI cricketers were overwhelmed | Letters to the Editor
As a lifelong cricketer who played almost every ground in the country and read every public library cricket book in the 60s, I would like to say a few words about the failure of the team Caribbean this year. ICC T20 competition in Australia.
Cricket today is played on two grounds, unlike years ago. One of these grounds is the cricket pitch or grassy oval itself, and the other is the brain room where tactics and strategies are discussed.
I feel like the pitches in Australia are wider than what we have here, about 130 to 140 meters in diameter. And when the pitch is moved, one side may be 80 yards from the boundary and the other just 50-60 yards.
I wondered why there were so many hook catches on the long limits. The answer is clear. Most of the big hookers on the WI team got caught on the long boundary because the bowlers were educated in the brain room to get them to hang on to the long boundary by some balls thrown from the outside. And they fell for this scheme all the time.
One last item. I bowled with Sir Learie Constantine in my final year at Fatima College when I was a member of the college team. Sir Learie showed me how to hit six going forward, getting behind the ball, going under the ball and holding your head up high when performing a vertical shot.
That night Learie hit more six on fair balls than I have ever seen in my life.
As for the WI team, except for a few like Brandon Smith, the rest are all voopers beating up and down trying for a six, and it’s worse when the hit is aiming for the long boundary . Most of them got caught easily.
Russell, for example, has now become a victim of the Brain Room and is now incapacitated.
The talent is there, but not the brains. The team was overtaken by other clever cricket coaches.