by Brian Davis
Cricket West Indies (CWI) has now reduced cricket in the Caribbean to fete-match status (called ‘Currie goat games’ in Jamaica). This has to do with the input of foreigners into the cricket administration of the region. These gentlemen, with the best intentions, do not understand or appreciate the history, geography or culture of our ‘islands in the sun.’ And the West Indian people who manage, co-ordinate, develop and otherwise organise the sport of cricket in these Caribbean islands, did not think it wise to educate these newcomers on our customs; or they themselves do not know what it really means to be a product of these beautiful yet disparate islands, in order to impress upon these temporary administrators, how genuine and sincere West Indians view their heritage.
Stuck in my imagination and fixed in my motivation were the words of my father to all his friends and cronies hanging around our yard while he was bowling underarm to me: “one day this boy will play for Trinidad and the West Indies”. I was no more than five or six and as the years unfolded I sensed my Dad’s pride and love for his native land. My mother was no different and the Davis family grew up with passion and fierce loyalty for Trinidad and Tobago!