New Delhi: With West Indies failing to make the cut for the 2017 Champions Trophy, it presents a sad scenario for the 2004 edition winners who have fizzled out in recent times. West Indies, who missed out on top 8 in the ICC rankings released on Wednesday, find themselves in a murky situation both internally and externally.
The current low of West Indian cricket has hit the fans hard. Once boasting of some of the most entertaining players in limited-overs game, the flair and zeal seems gone by a distant margin. West Indies' struggle in recent years have been deepened further by chaotic mismanagement and rows over player contracts.
West Indies have just managed to win three ODI series since their 2012 ICC T20 World Cup win. Interestingly, their series victory have come against sides like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Ireland. Against the top teams like India, England, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan they have fared poorly.
West Indies need to get back their form in limited-overs game especially in the ODIs and therefore a lot of responsibility lies with skipper Jason Holder to pave a way ahead for the future. Missing top names have hit them hard and the board needs to include the outcast players to provide much-needed experience for the youngsters.
The decision to suspend coach Phil Simmons seemed to be another misfortunate event and the board needs to put its ego behind and work together with the players and management for the better of the nation.
The decision to call Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard back for the T20 series against Lanka was a positive one but their omission alongside Darren Sammy for the ODIs presents a familiar distaste of affairs.
With two important series against Sri Lanka and Australia on its way, West Indies will hope to put uncertainities behind and get some much-needed shine.