BFP reader “Mr. Barbados” tells us that he wants to purchase some Windies sportswear, but finds that his money will be going to Britain, or maybe Switzerland, for clothing probably made in China or thereabouts.
In 2000, a quasi-British company, Admiral, became the Official Kit Supplier to the West Indies Cricket Board. According to Admiral’s website, the company is a huge supplier of soccer and cricket kit around the world – but the big business of licensing and royalty is done through a Swiss company.
I guess that is just the way of the world these days – but like Mr. Barbados, we find it too bad that our cricket teams cannot or will not find suppliers in the region…. especially since the teams are heavilly dependent upon public monies. Using regional suppliers for kit would be a way of giving something back.