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Decline of West Indies cricket 

The West Indies cricket team was one of the strongest team in the world in both Test matches and One-day Internationals from the mid-1970s to 1990. A number of great cricketers have come from West Indies which have ruled world cricket from 19070’s to 1990. These includes Sir Garfield Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Vivan Richards, Rohan Kanhai, Jeff Dujon, and Brian Lara. The bowling looked one of strongest in those times which comprised of Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, Micheal Holding, Joel Garner, Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose. During the period of 1980-1994, the West Indies team has played 117 Tests winning 59 and losing 16 only with a 50% win percentage. The West Indies team had won two World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979. West Indies became the first team to win back to back world cup titles which was surpassed by Australia winning three titles in 1999, 2003 and 2007. 

West Indies also became the first team to appear in three consecutive finals (1975,1979 and 1983) which was surpassed by Australia appearing in four consecutive finals in 1996,1999,2003 and 2007). West Indies had bowlers which were tall and gave the batsmen a tough life from 1970 to 1990.

But the fall of West Indies cricket team is evident from 1995 as they have played 202 Test matches winning 44 and losing 102. The West Indies team had won the Champions Trophy in 2004. They are not a great side in the Test matches as they do not have quality players to make sure that they are the best in the world. The current Test team does not have a Chanderpaul who has done so much for West Indies cricket. Their current rankings in test matches is 8th which shows how their cricket has declined. In ODIs their performances in major tournaments has been poor. In the 2011 and 2015 World Cup, they struggled to reach the quarter-finals. In the 2015 World Cup, the West Indies team did not have 3 quality players in the squad which were Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine. Their biggest disappointment came against when they lost to Ireland in the 2015 World Cup. Things got worse as they failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy to be held in 2017. The current bowling unit consists of Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, and Jason Holder the captain of the team while the batting lacks experience.  They are number 9th in ODI rankings.

West Indies are a strong unit in T20 format. The team comprises of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard. West Indies need to have good solid players in test matches and One-day Internationals to again become a force. In T20 format, they are number 4th in the rankings. They have won the T20 title once in 2012.

Champions Trophy is one of the big tournaments and not seeing West Indies in this prestigious tournament shows the decline in West Indies cricket.

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