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Jamaica’s Sports Minister Voices Concerns Over Windies Performance

According to a JIS report, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, while speaking at a cricket awards ceremony expressed her satisfaction with the local cricket program but voiced her concerns over the status of Windies cricket.

“Let me say, straight up, that I am a lifelong supporter of West Indies cricket.  I cannot think of a reason to ever withdraw my support from the West Indies. The Windies represent us.  They are a part of who we are.  They are a part of me. So, you know exactly how I feel when I saw the recent results against Bangladesh,” said Grange.

Bangladesh completed a series sweep against the West Indies in the recent two test series — each time defeating the Windies within three days.

“West Indies cricket, the men’s game, is into a time of intense difficulty and a proud part of our heritage — our cricket — is in danger.  And it needs protection,” added Minister Grange.

She contrasted the performance of both the men and the women’s team and asked, “Why do the women look so good — even without adequate support?  And why aren’t the men doing better? Is it leadership?  Is it talent?  Is it commitment?”

Minister Grange said it was now urgent for all stakeholders in West Indies cricket to come together to protect the people’s game.

She further argued that “It is time to forget the egos, to get over ourselves and to focus on fixing and bringing back West Indies cricket.  There is enough blame to go around. Let us end the blame game and show our commitment to eliminating the problems that prevent West Indies men from consistently producing good results. We must all remember, that for our people, cricket is not just a game.  It is part of our heritage.  It is part of who we are.”

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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