West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has said that disharmony between the Cricket West Indies Board (CWI) and its players are the one cancer that has affected and destroyed West Indies cricket over the last 25 years.
He was at the time delivering the feature address at the 2017 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, England recently.
He used the podium to talk about several things related to West Indies cricket, reminiscing on his young playing career and being in the company of cricketing greats such as Gordon Greenidge and Sir Vivian Richards.
Lara said from as far back as the 1980s, the present and past boards failed to secure the future of the game in the region.
The former West Indies captain also took the International Cricket Council (ICC) and regional officials to task on scheduling the local calendar in the rainy season.
He said West Indies should become a nation that plays cricket on Boxing Day and New Year’s to see if there is a bit of revival.
Lara became only the second West Indian, after Clive Lloyd, to be selected to deliver the lecture at the annual event.