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West Indies needs many more world-class players - Roger Harper

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09 Apr 2020 12:13 #381276 by chairman
Roger Harper, the Chairman of the West Indies selectors believes the team needs many more world-class players if it is going to be able to consistently compete with the best teams in the world. He also believes the individual territories need to a better job of creating those types of players.

The 57-year-old former West Indies spinner made the points while he was a guest on Isports on i95.5fm with host Andre Errol Baptiste on Saturday.

“We need to have World Class players in our West Indies teams, players who will compete in terms of performance and in terms of the world teams and that is how our cricket and our teams will get to the top of the pile,” Harper said.

“What we have to encourage our players to do is think bigger, aim higher and think of putting in World Class performances to match with World Class players.”

However, for this to happen the regional territories need to take more responsibility.

“The West Indies team comes from the territories, they don’t fall out of the sky so we are always pointing to the West Indies board but I think the territories have a serious responsibility as well, they are the ones who need to take responsibility,” he said.

He said that perhaps the time has come to go back to the past to move forward.

“You need to get back to what was done in the past and take the responsibility to develop quality and World Class players. We have several World Class players, we have a number of them in the shortest format of the game and shortest format in particular but we also have World Class players in the Test format. You just look at the Test captain Jason Holder, who has been ranked the number one all-rounder in Test cricket for a while and then Kemar Roach up there for a while, and Shannon Gabriel whose has been doing pretty well but we need to have a team of World Class players not a scattering of World Class players."

Roger Harper, the Chairman of the West Indies selectors believes the team needs many more world-class players if it is going to be able to consistently compete with the best teams in the world. He also believes the individual territories need to a better job of creating those types of players.

The 57-year-old former West Indies spinner made the points while he was a guest on Isports on i95.5fm with host Andre Errol Baptiste on Saturday.

“We need to have World Class players in our West Indies teams, players who will compete in terms of performance and in terms of the world teams and that is how our cricket and our teams will get to the top of the pile,” Harper said.

“What we have to encourage our players to do is think bigger, aim higher and think of putting in World Class performances to match with World Class players.”

However, for this to happen the regional territories need to take more responsibility.

“The West Indies team comes from the territories, they don’t fall out of the sky so we are always pointing to the West Indies board but I think the territories have a serious responsibility as well, they are the ones who need to take responsibility,” he said.

He said that perhaps the time has come to go back to the past to move forward.

“You need to get back to what was done in the past and take the responsibility to develop quality and World Class players. We have several World Class players, we have a number of them in the shortest format of the game and shortest format in particular but we also have World Class players in the Test format. You just look at the Test captain Jason Holder, who has been ranked the number one all-rounder in Test cricket for a while and then Kemar Roach up there for a while, and Shannon Gabriel whose has been doing pretty well but we need to have a team of World Class players not a scattering of World Class players."

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10 Apr 2020 19:52 - 10 Apr 2020 19:55 #381308 by ketchim
Wishful thinking my Guyana bretheren....
how about the insular Selections you are aiding and abetting ??????????????

You, Dowlin and all whom became Selectors from Guyana
acquiesced to the status quo ~

SO spare us the sanctimonious bullsh!t ..........
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11 Apr 2020 14:47 #381315 by chairman
Been about 3 Months now WI hasn't lost a Test Match !
Bally can we go out on a limb and say WI Finally turned the corner ?

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14 Apr 2020 13:14 #381395 by chairman
‘Hopefully I will be a replacement player’ – Carlos Brathwaite reacts after going unsold in IPL 2020 auction

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23 Apr 2020 14:40 #381588 by chairman
If Clive Lloyd was such a great cricket tactician and leader, how come he was such a monumental failure as an administrator, when left to think on his own....?

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