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Missing Ambris Puts Windies Selectors Under Scrutiny

Everyone is crying out for peace, yes
None is crying out for justice
Everyone is crying out for peace, yes
None is crying out for justice

I don’t want no peace
I need equal rights and justice
I need equal rights and justice
I need equal rights and justice
Got to get it, equal rights and justice

Peter Tosh – Equal Rights And Justice

It is not only a tradition, but also a general principle in sports that if one does well in any game at the lower level, one earns the right to be promoted to the higher level or what some will say – earns the right to a higher calling!

Now, pundits and fans are chomping at the bit to see whether or not young Windward Islands batsman Sunil Walford Ambris will be ignored by Windies Selectors for that all important call to the higher level.

In light of the evidence of his excellent performance at the lower level this and the past season, many people have argued that he should have been selected to the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI to play against the Pakistan touring team in in the three-day game starting in Jamaica next weekend at Sabina Park.

The question now occupying the minds of aficionados is will the 24-year-old born Vincentian get his call and be added to the Windies Test team when they take on Pakistan in the three match Test series.

That said, no one is guaranteed a pick on any team , yet alone a Windies team. However, a team enters a competition to win and in order to win one must put the best team in play.

There is no doubt that Ambris is one of the rising cricket stars in the Caribbean who certainly deserves a look in at the highest level.

In fact, some people have argued that he cannot and should not be ignored or snubbed, not after:

1. Scoring a double hundred last month
2. Compiling 571 runs in the regional domestic competition
3. Having an average of 47 in the ongoing first class competition
4. Scoring six half-centuries in garnering 423 runs at an average of 70 in the Regional Super50
5. Playing for the President XI’s in the one-day game against England in February
6. Achieving a debut season of 468 runs

The truth is Ambris has shown time and again that like any of the other young guns he is just as good, if not better. Cricket among other things is a numbers game, particularly for a batsman – Ambris has the numbers.

There is no doubt that this young man has great potential and when the Test roll is called up yonder, he should be there.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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