West Indies cricket is nothing but an old memorabilia. The golden era of Caribbean calypso in cricket has drifted away.
The clamour of players and West Indies Cricket Board for a share of profit disrupted the heritage of West Indies cricket. Talented players like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell ply their trade in franchise-based Twenty20 league across the world while Keiron Pollard and Dawayne Bravo were banned for refusing to play against India during 2014 tour of India.
Now the visiting West Indies team lead by Jason Holder already suffered two humiliation in Australia. They first lost the tour to Cricket Australia XI by 10 wickets and in the first Test Australia humbled them inside three days at Hobart.
Captain Holder after the match said, they need inspiration. His words reflected that West Indies can’t play as a unit.
Now an Australia-born West Indies cricketer Brendon Nash is prepared to play for West Indies again. Nash, who celebrated his 38th birthday on last Monday (December 14), said he will be available for struggling West Indies in Australia.
Nash grew up in Australia but qualified to play for the Carribean side thanks to his Jamaican father Paul, a former Olympic swimmer.
The left-handed batsman played for The West indies between 2008 and 2011. He has two centuries playing for West Indies. But, his first-class debut had happened in Australia in early 2000 for Queensland.
Since he was dropped from the team after 2011, he plies his trade in English county cricket, He has since been plying his trade in English county cricket, but he is willing to back in international cricket for West Indies if WICB slectors call him back for duty.
“Yeah, I’m still available,” Nash told News Limited.
“I’d like to think I can still move around the field quite well and I’ve been playing county cricket, which has its challenges over there, and done pretty well in the last four seasons.
“They (the West Indies) still need that mix of experience and youth, but they need the right kind of experienced players.”
Nash has been playing for County side Kent which has been relegated to their second division this year after a lean patch in English domestic league. However, Nash managed a centuiry in his last match for the side in June.
Having made his Test debut against New Zealand in 2008, Nash notched his two Test tons on his adopted home soil; he posted his maiden Test century against England in 2009 before scoring against South Africa the following year.
He was eight run short from his third century against his birth place Australia at Adelaide Oval, six years ago.
Since Nash played his last match for The West indies in 2011 he has seen the Carribean team slump to deteriotaion owing to internal disputes and poor funding.
“I’ve been out of it for two or three years but from an outsider looking in that there is just no trust between either party,” Nash said of the split between the players and the Windies board.