Sunil Gavaskar, the renowned cricketer, has made a set of proposals in an effort to elevate West Indian cricket and regain its previous grandeur. Gavaskar’s proposals are intended to alleviate the difficulties that West Indies cricket has, notably in Test matches. His recommendations include raising Test match fees, getting rid of central contracts, and emphasising pay-for-performance arrangements.
The ‘laid back temperament’ of the Windies cricketers, according to the former India captain, is to blame for their recent big stage failures.
Never before in cricket history has the West Indies failed to qualify for the Men’s ODI World Cup. They will by 2023. The victors of the first two editions will not compete in the 10-team competition later this year in India due to an early withdrawal from the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe last month.
West Indies cricket has had its share of difficulties in recent years, with the team attempting to reclaim its international dominance. Gavaskar’s suggestions come at an important moment for West Indies cricket, which is looking for new ways to improve its fortunes.
This comes on the heels of a group stage exit from last year’s T20 World Cup in Australia, which they also won twice. All of this, along with another poor Test match performance at home, forces cricket fans of a certain vintage to consider what is causing the collapse in the once-fabled Windies cricket.
On the current scenario, Gavaskar added, “My suggestion would be to increase the Test match fees but don’t give them central contracts. You are paid for your performance. Then probably they will have a different attitude.”
Performances outside of world competitions have been equally troubling for the Windies, who presently trail India 1-0 in the two-Test series after losing the opening match in three days. Since their last ICC title, a T20 World Cup victory in 2016, the squad has only won 12 of 41 bilateral series played at home across all formats.
Sunil Gavaskar’s recommendations offer a fresh perspective and a roadmap to bring West Indies cricket out of its slump. As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the response and actions from the authorities, the hope is that these suggestions will reignite the passion and excellence that were once synonymous with West Indies cricket.