Since the introduction of Jason Holder as Captain, we have seem more and more Bajans undeservingly earning places in the squad. While other players sit on the side like and look on or just keep wondering why they weren’t selected.
Jason Holder boasts a poor record as a captain, with 8 victories from 31 matches in ODI and 1 win in 12 Test matches. I for one am not sure if Holder is a bowler who can bat a bit or a batsman who can bowl a bit, maybe neither.
The recent ODI series between England has brought a few questions to fans, pundits and critics. Why wasn’t Rovman Powell given a chance to show case his talents on the big stage? Instead they stuck with Bajan pair Ashely Nurse and Carlos Brathwatie.
Carlos Brathwatie, since his heroics in the World T20 Finals hasn’t done much after, as of now no one remembers the name Carlos Brathwatie. He has been poor since then averaging just 13.50 with the bat and 47.47 with the ball. Ashley Nurse, has played 7 ODI but his List A record are also poor, with an average of 17.08 with bat and 21.25 with ball. But yet he somehow finds himself on the international stage.
The highly rated and talented youngster Rovman Powell had to sit on the bench and watch as Windies crumble to defeat after defeat after defeat. I am sure if giving the chance he would have made an impression. His List A batting average is 37.47 which is better than most players in the West Indies side at the moment.
The series against England was lost after the second ODI defeat but yet they opted to keep Rovman Powell on the sidelines. When will West Indies learn, different year, players and executive same mentality. The mentality to loose, we need to get back the winning mentality.
As to why such players cannot get into the starting eleven it is quite a mystery. They just keep sticking to one set of players who at the end up the day continue to fail. AS noticed they keep on building on youngsters but soon as they start to develop they dispose of them and start with another group.
I think the team needs to be balanced with experience players and youngsters. Players will learn a lot from experience players. But the WICB has chosen to exile these players, while some choose not to represent Winides because of the treatment from the board.
Our pride at the moment is broken and it is currently sinking to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. We need to select the right set of players. We need to stop picking players based on nationality and actually look at stats and performances.