There's an interesting (if rather long) interview over on Cricinfo with Daren Ganga, skipper of Trinidad & Tobago in which he talks about the possible future demise of the West Indies cricket side.
Whilst Ganga clearly has an axe to grind with the selectors and the WICB in general, it is rather worrying how candid he is about the the likelihood of Trinidad & Tobago and other island nations breaking away and going it alone.
Ganga has built an impressive reputation as an astute leader - something so lacking within the current West Indies side and the upper echelons of the WICB - so his views carry more weight than most.
He talks a lot of sense about striking a balance between the player power being lobbied for by WIPA and the dictatorial stance of the WICB. Indeed, one wonders if he had been negotiating with the board on behalf of Chris Gayle whether the current impasse would have been reached.
Ganga also seems credible when he talks about the potential of the separate island nations going it alone in international cricket, pointing to the success of the Jamaican sprint team and his own islands reaching the football World Cup in 2006 (funnily enough he didn't mention the Jamaican bobsleight team made famous in Cool Runnings).
As a child of the seventies and eighties, it is inconceivable that the West Indies cricket team could disappear. Not just because they were a formidable side (Viv Richards and Malcolm Marshall are the best batsman and fast bowler respectively that we've seen play the game), but also because of the pride, desire, unity and strong leadership they had.
Unfortunately, it seems that the current crop of players don't take the same pride in wearing the maroon cap - can anyone imagine Richards foregoing the chance to play for the West Indies in favour of playing in some spurious T20 league for the likes of the Baghdad Bandits?
No, thought not. Whilst there is talent in the ranks, there is as much disunity, lack of pride and poor leadership inside and outside the team.
So it may be that Ganga's prophecy may come to pass. That will be a sad, sad day for cricket lovers everywhere.
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