‘It hurts when I see us now’ – Sir Vivian hints fairness in selection and other areas key to success of West Indies cricket

Zimbabwe defeated the two-time World Championships West Indies by 35 runs on Saturday. Chasing 269, the Windies were bowled out for 233.

Former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards is suggesting that a lack of unity and fair-mindedness in some aspects of the game here in the region is helping to divide and stifle the growth of West Indies cricket.

Speaking recently, Sir Viv hinted that the big island vs small island mentality continues to have a negative effect on cricket, and possibly impacts the way teams are selected.

“West Indies cricket is for West Indians and the people right along the region and it doesn’t belong to any one particular country. So, until we can find that cohesiveness in terms of how well we do things together — because we hear so much about selection this and selection that and too much this and too much that – so this is a battle by ourselves on the outside,” he said.

Sir Vivian, bemoaned the fact that the west indies squad is currently contesting the qualifying round in hopes of getting into the ICC World Cup later this year in India.

“It hurts when I see us now — in terms of where we’re at in Zimbabwe — having to qualify. It does take a lot of out of you when you have to qualify and then get yourself prepared again for the bigger one in October, so it does hurt. I know folks who have taken a lot of pride in the way they represented West Indies in the past who feel the same way, and I guess we need something a little more consistent in terms of finding out exactly where are the roots of the problems,” he said.

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