Trinidad and Tobago may not have emerged the technical winners of the Campions League 20/20 Cricket Tournament, but the dominance of both their style and skill was undeniable. In his piece for ESPN CRICINFO, Ian Chappell likens the Trini side to the West Indian cricket of old, grounded more in heart than technique. Yet, this team’s technique was enhanced, rather than compromised, in their approach. You MUST take a read of ‘Two Thumbs Up for T&T. He discusses the unavoidable issue of the persisting West Indian slump in light of this display of exemplary cricket coming from the Region. Some of the comments on the article call for a separation of T&T as its own international cricket team. I ain gettin pun dat bandwagon, not at all. I find it hard to believe that a West Indian would say that. Our cricket team is symbolic of the trans-national culture of the Region. It would be like saying we should knock off St. Philip off of Barbados – yes, they a little far, and we laugh and say they talk funny, but they are an integral part of how we define our very selves. So I say ‘no’ to this idea of Trinidad having it’s own international team. But it’s time for the WICB to wake up, man. Don’t just take a leaf from T&T, just tek de whole book. Fa real.
October 26, 2009