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Noted Trinidadian Marxist critic C.L.R. James must have turned in his grave when at a meeting of Caribbean ministers on the state of cricket in the Caribbean, one minister said that the time had come for society to move on, to turn its back on the game, because it had served its purpose. The context of the statement was one of popular social distress caused by yet another defeat at the hands of the Australians. The English had also inflicted a painful defeat upon the West Indian team now considered among the three weakest teams playing the international game. The social traumas caused by persistent defeat were to be found everywhere. In the workplace, references to falling productivity were commonly made; in the domestic space, family relations were made miserable by the general social anxiety that followed the humiliating defeat. In the Caribbean, for sure, cricket is no sporting matter.