West Indies and Barbados all-rounder Roston Chase was a steady middle-order player and handy off-spinner a few years back. Chase, who was one of the surest players in the West Indies team during that period, has all but dried up in a few short years.
Some commentators point out that Chase can’t buy a run for less. His current average is 26 in Tests and 24 in One Day Internationals. Accordingly, he was dropped from the West Indies team in all formats in the last few tournaments.
In an interview with Barbados Today, former Barbados and England cricketer Roland Butcher said that Chase could rejoin the national squad. He said that he should continue to fight hard for that.
“He needs to keep fighting. He is probably feeling that it is only him, but he must take comfort that many people have traveled that road and come out the other end, so he has got to be optimistic. In sports, there is no guarantee of success. He has got to reinvent himself and come again and accept that what is happening to him is part of being a professional sportsman and he’s got to work hard and prepare himself so that the next time around he can make good use of it.”
“He has fallen from great heights but he is not the first one. Kirk Edwards is another example who fell from being West Indies vice-captain to, within a few years now, no team wants him anymore.”
Butcher thinks Chase needs to be “a batsman who can bowl a bit or a bowler who can bat a bit.” if he is to recover from this dry spell. That there is no other option but to take that decision, and if he wants to extend his cricket game at the age of 30, he has to work hard for it.
“He is going to have to concentrate on one of those and be the best at what he can be at what he chooses. With the problems that we have in West Indies generally with our batting, that would be a good area for him to concentrate on getting that right because opportunities for batsmen will become available. As you know, we don’t have any superstar batsmen.”
Further commenting, he used England’s Keaton Jennings as an example of a cricketer who was able to reinvent himself, stating that Jennings had not played for his national team for about three years but used the time he had left to improve his craft, and now Jennings is about to be re-elected to England.
However, early in Chase’s career, he was named Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year by the West Indian Players Association.