In the 1930s professionals were not allowed to play in the inter-territorial tournaments in the West Indies. So for a number of years, Learie Constantine, plying his trade in English league cricket, could not play in the regional competition. Yes, there was a time when the word “professional” was like a dirty word in cricket. Now everyone aspires to be a professional. In fact, one of the benchmarks by which excellence in cricket is measured is the level of professionalism players and teams display. Therefore for our common understanding, dear reader, here is one dictionary definition of the word professionalism: The standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur.