Why the silence?

 I return to a subject I have long abandoned out of sheer frustration—the continuing tenure of West Indies selectors and their main selectees, namely the coach and the captain, despite the repeated mauling of the team and the embarrassment of West Indies supporters.

I do so because of Raymond Hackshaw’s incisive letter on the issue in one of the dailies of September 29, which urges me to add my voice against the ultimate in illogic and good sense in which managers of the team fail to acknowledge their responsibility for its performance and, to add insult to injury, continue to mouth off on its future prospects, without doing the honourable thing and resigning. 

Well, pardner, people only become wolves because we are sheep! And how else can we describe the many icons of West Indies cricket, especially those in Trinidad, who sit idly by and talk cricket on the podium and the talk-shows and don’t take specific proactive steps to right this terrible wrong?

How are these selectors appointed, and what accountability mechanisms are in place to determine performance and reinstatement? 

How is it that not a single Trinidadian seems to be in a position to question the poli­cy decisions of these selectors, which often go beyond logic into small-island insularity and even into ethnic considerations.

The cumulative evidence is there about gross incompetence under this watch. And for these men to continue is not only marker of their lack of character as much as a violation of good management etiquette, but also our own ineptitude to see such evil prevail and remain silent.

I am tired of this acceptance of wrongdoing in this part of the world as if it is our way as Third World countries. Here, the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) issue and that of other false qualifications are now forgotten, and the oil spill is everybody else’s responsibility except the main players, inter alia, but we can make a beginning of showing we possess some spunk as a people to right this terrible wrong in a game we have come to love.

Dr Errol Benjamin

via e-mail

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