« on: August 08, 2012, 07:01:04 PM »
International cricket is a funny sport. The "country" for those purposes is the West Indies and since international players come from the "club" level the clubs in the West Indies make up the island territories. Obviously we understand that the island territories are sovereign states, rather than actual clubs, but we would be remiss not to pay attention to the "cricket circumstance" that is present because of the existence of the West Indies.
The IPL is a club tournament, plain and simple. The IPL CL is also a club tournament. The IPL decided to invite the winner of the West Indian T20 competition as they represented the best "club" in the region. Roberts gone hyping up the situation mentioning Indian cricketers representing their country when all of them are available for their clubs. He should have left it as a club arrangement and tried to "buy out" their contractual obligations rather than publicly brow-beat the IPL clubs. If the clubs agree to let them play for us, great, if not then we use the opportunity to expose more cricketers. Cooper, Badree and Narine stepped up in the absence of Pollard and Bravo. Otherwise we negotiate for the right to have the player represent T&T first should their IPL team qualify for the CL. Again, if it works, great, if not at least there would be the understanding early on that they play for their IPL team first.
We need to stop operating like 3rd world country bush men if we want to be taken seriously internationally. With no economic power, it is our intelligence and diplomacy that will get us what we want, not insensitive and inflexible rants.