Tony Becca: The Echoes Of Distant Drums


cricket bat & ballAt a time when three-day cricket is important for their development towards playing Test cricket, it has stopped the three-day game and is now playing 50-over games alone at the Under 19 level.

The 2015 version of the exciting CPLT20 has come and gone. The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel have won the title in a blazing finish, and the people of the Caribbean wait anxiously for next year’s renewal.

In my opinion, a few of the people are waiting for the fast, exciting play of T20 cricket, with balls flying in every direction and over the boundary.

Most of the people, however, are waiting for the return of the entertainment, the carnival of music-makers, half-naked, sweaty drum beaters, attractive and beautifully clad dancing girls, painted fire-eaters, and the constant cacophony of noise which follows them around the islands, and Guyana.

There is also the “I love this place” man, Danny Morrison, the former cricketer who, seemingly, loses control of himself every time the bat connects with the ball, or the ball hits the stumps, or each time the ball goes up in the air. Whether to sail into the stands or to be caught, by the simplest of catches, many of them transformed into things of real beauty by the excited commentators.

The Hero CPLT20 was exciting, no doubt about it.

The Hero CPLT20, however, was certainly unlike the West Indies Under-19 competitive tournament.

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