West indies cricket comatose

first_img Better in past days The marauding dominance of the West Indies team in those glory days was hardly due to any stroke of genius or brilliant structures and systems implemented by the board then, compared to what is happening now. In fact, I would venture to say that things are better today for the average regional cricketer than they were back in those glory days. Other social, cultural and cricket dynamics have significantly shifted over the past two decades and have effectively forced West Indies cricket into relative obscurity. Those are not restricted to the ineptitude of successive boards and administrators. I have long argued that the problems of West Indies cricket are complex and multifaceted and at this point I would like to add unsolvable. West Indies cricket will never return to what it used to be. The game of cricket has evolved globally, but it has done so at an even faster rate in the West Indies. The fundamental factor driving the current reality is the shift in the mindset and focus of the young and emerging players in the region. The advent of the fast, frantic and cash-rich T20 version of the game has rendered the longer versions of the game irrelevant and unattractive to the average young cricketer across the region. This is quite understandable, since the players stand to make ton loads more money and become bigger and more celebrated stars if they become swashbuckling T20 experts such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell, instead of seeking to represent a struggling mockery of a Test team that is merely clinging to the remnants of a triumphant past. The future of West Indies cricket lies in the T20 format and nowhere else. The West Indies are just as pathetic and shameless in 50-over cricket as they are in Test cricket. The natural athleticism, speed, strength, agility plus typically short attention span makes the Caribbean cricketer the perfect fit for T20. Only the blind optimists will remain defiant and continue to clutch at the rhetoric-laced emotional straws being offered as a chance of a full West Indies revival. The hard, cold fact of the matter is that West Indies cricket remains in a serious coma gasping for its last breath, with the life support machine being fuelled by the much-maligned Twenty20 cricket. ONE of my colleagues said in a commentary last week that the West Indies Cricket Board is sleeping. Upon hearing that pronouncement, I contacted him immediately, telling him it was worse. It is not just that the board is sleeping; West Indies cricket itself is in a coma. This conversation took place even before the regional team bowed and slumped to another predictable and pathetic innings defeat in the first Test match on the current tour of Sri Lanka. Blaming a sleeping WICB for the continuous deterioration of our cricket is an easy way out, within which lies a covert denial of the actual gravity of the situation. Many Caribbean fans continue to profess unconditional support for the West Indies team. Again, an attitude buried in a deep-seated denial of the rapid whittling away of the West Indies team and the very institution of West Indies cricket as we once knew it. The many clichÈd rants about returning to the glory days and turning the corner are basically ‘pie in the sky’ dreams based on emotionalism, blind loyalty, and patriotism without any semblance of appreciation for the reality. While the administrators of the regional board provide an easy punching bag for the state of our cricket, my retort to that is that the competence of our administrators is in no way significantly worse today than it was in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.last_img read more

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first_imgMore: 10 best things to do in Madrid: a local’s guide2. BerlinBerlin prides itself as being Germany’s hub of culture and creativity. The city has over 400 galleries and numerous other museums. Head to the UNESCO world heritage site, Museumsinsel (Museum Island) where you’ll find five of the most famous museums that cover everything from the dawn of civilisation right up to the modern age. If you want to discover the more bohemian side to this diverse city, rent a bike and explore Kreuzberg, the heart of Berlin’s alternative scene. Highlights include the East Side Gallery, a freedom memorial that is a 1.3km section of the Berlin Wall that has over 100 paintings. It is an interesting snapshot of the feelings in the city when the wall came down. Nearby you’ll find Aufbau Haus, a former factory that is now an artistic centre, filled with galleries, cafes and workshops. Happier admiring some Renaissance art than relaxing by the pool? Prefer exploring the ruins of an ancient civilisation than sipping a cocktail on the beach? Well we can now reveal the best cities to get your cultural fix. These cities have the best art, history and museums that will leave you feeling truly intellectually satisfied by the end of your trip.1. MadridMadrid is a city for art lovers. El Paseo del Arte (the Art Walk) is a 1km stretch where you’ll find three of the world’s best galleries – El Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza. El Prado – the most famous of the three – is home to a fine collection of Flemish and Italian art as well as an unrivalled collection of Spanish works including those of Velázquez, Greco and Goya- a true highlight being Goya’s Pinturas Negras – a deeply disturbing and eerie collection of oil paintings from the later years of his life. Thyssen-Bornemisza has a vast and varied collection of paintings including the works of Van Gogh, Monet and Caravaggio. Finally the modern arts museum, Reina Sofía, is home to Picasso’s most famous and moving piece, Guernica, that details the bombing of the town at the start of the Spanish Civil War. Madrid also has plenty of cultural events in the evenings, with a growing theatre scene and plenty of bars and venues showing traditional flamenco. Visit Spain’s capital during one of Madrid’s major festivals such as San Isidro and La Paloma where the streets are alive with people, music and events. 5. MarrakeshImmerse yourself in the mayhem of central Marrakesh’s Djemaa El Fna and take in the sights and spice-scented air of this frantic city. This large square is full of cafés where you can enjoy a traditional cup of mint tea and watch street performers juggle or charm snakes. For a true insight into Morocco’s past make sure you visit El Badi and El Bahia palaces. El Bahia, meaning ‘brilliance’, was constructed in the 1800s and its beauty truly lives up to its name. Wander around and admire the intricate carvings in the arched entrances and its wonderful mosaics. El Badi on the other hand is a ruined palace from the 12th century that in July hosts the Festival of Popular Arts where you can witness Maghrebi culture at its most enjoyable. More: 10 best free things to do in Berlin10 top things to do in Berlin: a local’s guide3. RomeRome is the kind of place where you’ll find something interesting around every corner. Its ancient ruins, religious buildings, art collections and Italian charm offer endless possibilities for the culture vulture. Explore the city’s well preserved ancient structures such as the Pantheon, the Arch of Constantine and of course the Colosseum. Take a day drip to Vatican City, as regardless of your religious beliefs, seeing how emotional it is for some people to be in Saint Peter’s Basilica is something completely unforgettable. Afterwards you can visit the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s fresco. More: 10 best things to do in Rome: a local’s guide4. AthensSince the 2004 Olympic Games the city has been undergoing serious renewal, but it is the crumbling monuments that this city is littered with that remind you of its important history and the legacy of its powerful ancient civilization. The Acropolis sits above the city and its most important building – the Parthenon – is considered to be the most important structure from the Athenian Empire. The New Acropolis Museum houses the largest collection of Greek architecture, sculptures and statues. On the south-side of the Acropolis you’ll find the Thiseion Cinema, a charming open air cinema with such incredible views that you probably won’t be able to concentrate on the film! Need destination inspiration? Get it at the touch of a button with Skyscanner. See where you can go tomorrow with our unique Everywhere search and get inspired for your next trip with our Travel News & Features.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedDaddy Cool: 5 Fantastic Fathers’ Day DestinationsDaddy Cool: 5 Fantastic Fathers’ Day DestinationsBest of Barcelona: things to do in the Catalan capitalBarcelona boasts striking architecture and beautiful city beaches that keep the tourists flocking in, but dig a little deeper and you’ll also find a distinctive Catalonian culture. Uncover the best of Barcelona with our insider tips on what to see and do.Tapas and teatro: 10 great things to do in MadridWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…last_img read more