The decline of the once mighty West Indies side has been an extremely painful journey for the Calypso Kings. Not just the Calypso Kings, but the entire sport of cricket as a whole. A side that was invincible once is now on the verge of being relegated from major ICC tournaments. Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has a piece of advice for West Indies cricket. Clarke says that the men from Caribbean must prioritize test cricket, if they are to revive their spirit in the sport.
“The players that are here playing in the BBL I think it’s really disappointing they’re not part of the West Indies Test team. There’s a number of players in Australia who would be in their No.1 picked Test team. I think it’s disappointing for the game and Test cricket. I’d like to see that getting changed. That will come down to the ICC and the West Indies board trying to get together to make it work,” Clarke said recently.
“I think international cricket has to be the priority. T20 tournaments are important and fantastic to watch, but I think there’s nothing more special than representing your country. I’ve always been a believer Test cricket is the pinnacle, but we need the best players playing as well,” Clarke opined.
“It’s disappointing and deeply painful to be a player and to see the level we have reached. There has been a lot of conjecture about the reasons and I don’t want to get into that – just to say that we need help. Whether it comes from the ICC or whether it comes from the governments of the West Indies, at the end of the day we need some help to get our cricket back on the right track,” he concluded.