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The Absence Of Gayle, Russell Hurting Windies

The Former Pakistan speedster, Waqar Younis, has posited the view that the sacking of inspirational Captain Darren Sammy and Head Coach Phil Simmons on the eve of the ongoing tour, has had a negative impact on the Caribbean side’s performance.

The Tale Of Burnham, Lloyd, And WI Cricket CaptaincyThe general retort by cynics and aficionados to that view given the West Indies performance over the past ten years or more would be — really, Mr. Younis?

Waqar was indeed a great bowler, after all, he took 373 wickets in 87 Tests which one would argue for the most part had to do with his own internal locus control, not any coach or captain but his belief in his own skills set and abilities.

Now, to attribute West Indies failure to the sacking of Simmons and Sammy are not only short sighted but balderdash.

The fact is managers, workers, and coaches get fired from time to time in all forms of businesses and sports.

And to cite the well-known phrase, “the show must go on” is certainly apt as it has always been the case in all instances when leaders have been dismissed or fired for one reason or another.

West Indies players are professionals; at least they are being paid that way, so one expects them to perform at their pay scale.

Of course, that is not to say when a leader is fired in some instances it does not affect the morale of the team or work environment.

The truth, however, the West Indies team has not played good cricket over the years regardless of coach or captain.

According to Waqar, there are plenty of loopholes in the West Indies team and that is a point to which one could easily and readily agree, however, to attribute West Indies poor performance to a fired coach and captain is a stretch.

Truth be told, the Windies is not only missing some of their known performers on this tour, but also most of the current players are a little wet behind the ears.

Moreover, the selectors tend to do a poor job in team selection and for the most part, display a lack of strategic thinking.

The fact of the matter is, the Windies is handicapped on the pitch without the presence of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and to  a lesser extent Lendl Simmons.

These players to a large extent are responsible for West Indies West Indies being the reigning T20 World champions, yet Waqar failed to mention this as part of his critique.

Waqar, who has served as a Pakistan head coach in the past, but is now a television analyst for the current series, may be right in his assertion that West Indies faced the humiliation of losing every game on tour — including the three Tests later this month, but his rationale for such conclusion is faulty at best.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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