The year 2016 for obvious reason belongs to West Indies cricket. The tune of Calypso music is back among the cricket folks. West Indies cricket all of the sudden turn around their fortune as they are all set to emulate the success of their U19 Boys who defeat Indian colts on February 14 this year. West Indies’s qualification for the final of World T20 brings a smile on the face of cricket fans. Whether they will win or not in Kolkata the way they beat the host India it stamped their authority in the smallest and quickest format of cricket. But, this is the beginning of a long journey West Indies have a long way to walk.
West Indies U-19 boys defeated Indian colts on February 14, and now 77 days later big boys of West Indies cricket knocked out Men in Blue at Wankhede, the stadium which is known to everybody for India’s 2011 World Cup triumph and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s winning stroke-six, now witnessed probably an end of an era of a maverick cricketer MS Dhoni.
Now, the joy which lasts for four years turns into sorrow as West Indies kicked out the audacity of Indian cricket with a tremendous hatred.
West Indies women team outclassed women in blue and went to beat New Zealand in the semifinal to qualify for the final against Australia. When a women team qualify for final at pergola of Eden Gardens it shows off the sporting culture of this country. West Indies woman broke semifinal jinx for the first time.
The revival process in the Carribean begins
West Indies dominated the one-day cricket and cricket’s most vocal format Test match for more than three decades. But, over the years, their pride shrank in the bay of Carribean because of pay dispute among WICB, West Indies Players’ Association and Players. Now, they have risen like a phoenix from the wreck of West Indies cricket. West Indies Cricket Board is almost bankrupt and players of the Caribbean isle exhibited their unity and play with sheer pleasure but not for the money. The same atmosphere of West Indies dressing room was omnipresent in 2012 World T20.
However, they will be sprinkled after the end of this tournament that will expose the skeleton Windies cricket as the key players of West Indies will opt franchise based T20 leagues across the world to ply their trade leaving the country at shoddy state. But, as the WICB wear a systematic change in administrative system players are bound to play for West Indies during international series as they signed a central contract with their cricket board.
Just before the start of ICC’s most favoured tournament West Indies lost to a shaky Sri Lankan team as most of their players side opted to play for Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Big Bash league in Australia. But, as the tournaments around the world go offline and the world converged in India for the marquee T20 tournament the beast comes out of West Indies.
The wreck will not be relieved soon a new structure replaced West Indies Cricket Board will take its own time. However, the victory of U19 boys in Mirpur Dhaka shows off the passion for the game in the Carribean which overcomes all odds with their square shoulder and outdone the dire of money. The chest roll of Sharma Springer brings back the joy of following cricket’s most passionate team. Dwyane Bravo and Chris Gayle are the two big boys who are flamboyant and bring back swagger on the cricket field with their celebration. Cricket needs West Indies for its survival and West Indies need help from cricket world to revive their current shoddy situations.
The success of black colts gave the signal of rejuvenation of West Indies cricket. Now in India, the boys of Caribbean isle utilized their experience of Indian Premier League and knocked out India, the host of IPL.
Indies will face reality check on September 2016
West Indies couldn’t qualify for 2017 ICC Champions Trophy for the first time in the history. They were a champion of 2004, so it was shocking and not good for cricket. September 30, 2016, may give more shock to the cricket world if West Indies don’t play good cricket and get themselves among the top eight ICC teams who will qualify for 2019 World Cup.
Recently BCCI respites WICB as they didn’t receive the $42 million broadcasting loss money. BCCI had sued WICB in 2014 after their national team revolted and denied to play against India due to a pay dispute among West Indies Players Associations, players, and WICB. Now the problem resolved as Dave Cameron presided over the WICB cricket and isle heads took an initiative to revive the game to keep the bond intact among them. Two banned player Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard have signed a contract with WICB. So, a much-needed positivity is now prevailing from the gentle brown water and the territory of the low sky.
If Stafanie Taylor lead West Indies women team and Darren Sammy lead West Indies boys on April 3 emerge champion at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata cricket in the Caribbean will fall on the right track that may bring stunning result in 2019 World Cup in England.
West Indies have to give their everything in tri-nation series involving South Africa and Australia in June to get some hefty points that will help them to qualify for ICC 2019 World Cup. If they fail then they have to lock horns with associate nations then their success in World T20 will be proved a farce and overrated. So, World T20 championship will give them a trajectory to test a success and emulate it in two larger formats of the game- ODI and Test.