Cow Corner

T&T set the example

Cow Corner

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Beaten but unbowed, that is what the local press should be writing about a Trinidad & Tobago team who went so close to Champions League glory.

T&T travelled to India for the Champions League Twenty20 and they were accompanied by all the baggage of the shambles that is West Indies cricket.

Politics is a murky world and Cow Corner has no intention of digging into the row between the West Indies board and their star names.

But it cannot go unnoticed that T&T performed above expectations shortly after West Indies sent a reserve side to the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

The West Indies game may be in a shocking state, but T&T cricket is not as they played with a spring in their step and a smile on their face. This attitude won them fans aplenty in India and played no small part in the success of the Champions League.

They may have found New South Wales too strong in the final, but they produced some of the great moments of a competition that had been crabbed before it started but shone through in spite of the Indian sides underperforming.

T&T skipper Daren Ganga carried himself superbly and led his team superbly, ably supported by star man Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and co.

With Ganga showing great leadership skills, Chris Gayle took time out from the Jamaican party scene to suggest that he is ready to lead West Indies on their upcoming tour of Australia - hinting at a thawing of relations between players and board.

Far be it from Cow Corner to question Gayle's motives, but the timing of his announcement raised an eyebrow or two rather than the rum and coke or two that Gayle has spent much of the summer raising.

Ganga has had a chance to lead West Indies in the past and did not convince with the bat, but great captains can overcome their shortcomings if they can inspire greatness around them.

Ganga has spoken of the immense pride the players have in playing for Trinidad & Tobago and that is the problem West Indies cricket will always have. There is great pride among the islands but the board have always struggled to instil a sense of pride when representing West Indies.

West Indies have some great players, Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul among them, but leadership, commitment and desire is a must at the highest level.

In recent years West Indies have shown the backbone of a jellyfish and maybe it is time for sweeping changes - and they could probably do worse than pick the whole of the T&T side.

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