The players of west Indies are slowly emerging for one of their two nets daily. I’m hiding in the parking lot of the building next to the ground and squint my eyes through the railings in the style of the anorak. I see caps brown, a coach wearing a mask making the throws and I hear the sound of the bat on the turf, then the ball on the lawn. A delivery arises unexpectedly – “Jesus, Lord, have mercy”, blew the drummer in the morning air.
The west Indies arrived in the Uk on the morning of 9 June, arriving in the VIP area of Manchester airport, and then heading straight for the buses disinfected. A week later, they walk, taking advantage of the games room, provided by the England and Wales Cricket Board, which includes a swimming pool, basketball hoops, a golf simulator, an Xbox, a PlayStation, dominoes, cards and ping-pong – Shamarh Brooks is the defending champion of the table, closely followed by fellow batsman Kraigg Brathwaite.
A chief caribbean has been brought in and the ackee and the salt fish on Sunday (national dish of jamaica) have been particularly appreciated. The bowlers fast working on a way to use their sweat to make them move the ball now that the saliva was prohibited as a substance of cricket approved, and everyone connects to the drive. Almost every Caribbean island had a kind of lock, therefore, while the statistics of Covid be much, much worse in the Uk – the players are accustomed to the isolation.
Brathwaite was brought to the house in Barbados before flying to the United Kingdom. “It is sure that it will be weird to play in front of stadiums empty in England, but I’m used to play cricket first-class in the Caribbean. We know that this will not be an easy job to win the series, but we are here to do our work and we are ready to play cricket. Perhaps it is because of the restrictions, some guys have a little more concentration. ”
And what have you felt in arriving in the United Kingdom during the events of Black Lives Matter? “We’ve had great discussions as a team, we support the unity and education – they are essential. We support the motion, while the world bleeds. ”
The team has not yet decided how she will show solidarity, and it is not the only one to look to the future and to ask how the future could be treated. After that Tom Harrison has mentioned “the huge debt of gratitude” that the ECB should be to the west Indies to have chosen to do a tour and save the ECB from near-financial ruin, more than a few eyebrows have been raised as to the exact manner in which this debt could be repaid.
Despite the collegial discussions of the “big three” (India, Australia and England) in recent years, they have continued to plan for the future in order to fulfil mainly their own pockets. At the end of last year, Sourav Ganguly, the chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has proposed a Super Series, an annual event of one day involving – surprise, surprise – India, Australia and England, as well as another nation, a tournament that would not fall within the jurisdiction of the International Cricket Council, so that councils competitors would be able to keep all their own profits rather than distribute among the member countries.
The BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB had previously poo poo an idea ICC for another one-day tournament because there was no time in the schedule. During this time, the west Indies, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe to enter into agreements seven years with Sony, Ten Sports, in the face of further uncertainty until they are able to renew agreements with the television, with the additional complication that Sony was the host broadcaster of paying for the cost of production as well as the owner of the rights in all markets. The financial situation of the west Indies is precarious – they have finished the 2018-2019 fiscal year without reservations.
Johnny Severe, the CEO of Cricket West Indies, hope is an attitude that is more comprehensive and generous on the part of the ECB and the rest of the Big Three. “The west Indies do not expect special favours on the part of the ECB, in return, have fulfilled our obligation to visit England this summer. We hope that the world of cricket will become a good player of cricket now and in the future. However, CWI is lobbying all the international boards and the ICC for a more equitable distribution of income for some time now.
“We would like not only the ECB, but all the boards the more well-off financially, recognize that we are all in this situation and that we must help each other if we want to overcome this global crisis. We hope that a positive change of Covid-19 will be a new attitude of solidarity and a new long-term change in the way in which the ICC and the boards share the revenue, so that everyone can have sustainability teams competitive on the field, save Test cricket and develop the game. We desperately need the big three to understand the need for a significant change in the long term in the way in which the ICC and the income bilateral cricket are shared. ”
This is something that we, the cricket lovers, that we reach out on the 8th July, need also to remind ourselves of that.
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