Anyone who’s following the official Twitter account of the West Indies Cricket Board might have noticed their recent ‘new look, new attitude, new era’ campaign. It’s hard to miss, since they’ve tweeted the same thing more times than Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards have been injured.
Now I can understand the new look part, since they’ve replaced the classic badge with the island and stumps with what looks like an album cover design rejected by Mylo.
But what is this new attitude? The likes of Pollard and Bravo have gallivanted off to the IPL, while Chris Gayle, who rejected a central contract and then failed to secure an IPL one has been left out of their squad to face Pakistan, along with fellow senior batsmen Chanderpaul and Sarwan. Considering that these three are touted as their best batsmen, it’s an odd decision to drop all three of them.
Furthermore, when you’re declaring a new era, you’d want the person leading you into to inspire the team with either bat or ball, but is Darren Sammy capable of doing either of these? Unless the new attitude is for him to be the leading bits and pieces player in a West Indies bits and pieces cricketers XI, the jury is still out.
At least Fire in Babylon‘s out in cinemas soon, just in case anyone had forgotten about what it was like to see batsmen bricking it at the site of a four pronged Windies pace attack.