KINGSTON, Jamaica Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has called for a coming together of all stakeholders to fix Test cricket in the West Indies.
The minister, speaking to a Jamaica Tallawahs Team Breakfast at the Melbourne Cricket Club this morning said Test Cricket in the West Indies is facing a catastrophic situation and requires immediate action to pull it back from the abyss into which it seems destined to fall.
While I am happy to say that CPL and Twenty20 cricket are growing and doing well across the Caribbean, I am saddened that I cannot truly say the same about Test Cricket in our region.
Ladies and gentlemen, today I make a special plea, echoing those who might have gone ahead of me: it is time for all West Indies cricketing interests to come together; it is time to forget the egos, to get over ourselves and to focus on West Indies cricket, she said.
I am not here to lay blame this morning. Frankly, there's enough to go around. What I am here to say is that the solution will require a coming together of all the stakeholders. And therefore I urge our administrators, players, governments, and others knowledgeable about and interested in West Indies cricket, including our journalists, to let us come together in a grand coalition to save West Indies cricket.
At this time, I am not prescribing how the coming together should be operationalised but I daresay that our decline is proportionate to our disunity. No one remains on top forever. But, we've been down for far too long, said Grange.