Not so simple, Kraigg
Who else is there left to embarrass West Indies at cricket? Tuvalu, Kiribati, China? Twenty-20 has destroyed our ability to concentrate. Now, the United Arab Emirates have come up with T-10 cricket!
Pakistani all-rounder Mushtaq Mohammad said a few years ago: “Twenty-20 is harming cricket technically. Batting does not require any technique and bowlers suffer even more, as their priority is to avoid being hit out of the ground”.
Another Pakistani, fast bowler Khan Mohammad, observed: “Cricket is the most intellectual of all outdoor sports. It demands observation, calculation and judgement. It brings out qualities like courage, concentration, self-restraint and brotherly teamwork”.
Young Barbadian opener and stand-by captain Kraigg Brathwaite was heard with this poignant observation after Bangladesh humiliated us: “Test cricket is a mental game. Mentally we probably weren’t there . . . we have to do better as batsmen, even myself. We can’t consistently be 30 for three. Test cricket is never easy. We have to hold up our hand and do the job. Simple.”
Not so simple, Mr Brathwaite.
Concentration demands the expenditure of large amounts of mental energy. That’s not happening these days in many aspects of West Indian life.
A detachment of the Barbados Defence Force marching in quick time on soaked grounds at Kensington Oval for the Independence Parade.