Our friend Satellite John wrote the following comment on one of our articles. We think his words deserve a wider audience….
Here is the beginning of an interesting article on Cricinfo…
Daan van Bunge: is his retirement a sign of things to come?Amid all the World Cup headlines, one piece of news from Holland understandably slipped under the radar. Daan van Bunge, who is destined to be forever introduced as the man who Herschelle Gibbs smashed for six sixes in an over, announced that he was retiring from international cricket.
In itself, that’s not earth-shattering news. He is just one of many players who will choose to bow out after the game’s biggest tournament. The difference is that van Bunge is 24, talented, and represents the future for Netherlands cricket.
The reason he gave for his decision was that he could not commit the necessary time to play for his country as well as pursue a full-time job. That should set alarm bells ringing across all the Associates and within the offices of the ICC. There is a real danger that as the demands on part-time cricketers increase, more will decide that balancing those with other aspects of their lives is not practical.
This is the essence of what has happened with WI Cricket.
West Indies is not a country, it certainly is not in the opinion of Prof. Beckles “a nation imagined”. Even if it were, the collective GDPs of all of the countries cannot compare with India, Pakistan, South Africa or Australia.
These larger countries have the wherewithal to pump large sums into sport we do not.
We were great at cricket in the past because we played for the love of the game. It was an art form for us.
Cricket is no longer a game, or a sport we play for love.
It is all about money. We cannot compete in this game.
We need to realise that cricket has developed into something which is different from the sport at which we excelled long ago …….. and also we have developed into people who are different to those who played for love, ……. long, long ago.
Maybe we should just accept this and move on, with or without cricket.
Our leaders and the ICC have actually done us a favour. They have provided the fiasco which can but only open our eyes.
…. we’ll be paying for it for years, but at least now, unless we are complete idiots, the penny will have dropped and we will know we have to make our way in this world on our own.
Up till now, we have been taken for a ride by people who we believed had our interests at heart.
It is time to wake up!!