PORT-OF-SPAIN: Former manager of the West Indies cricket team Omar Khan says that the investment being made by Cricket West Indies (CWI)
into the development of the A Team cricketers is paying off well.
Khan who has been the manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors since the inception of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) said the signs
for a better Windies team is clear. He remembered :”When the English A teams and other A teams were coming into the Caribbean in the early nineties and winning matches that was the sign that we as West Indies would struggle soon and it did happen.
“The performances of the Windies ‘A’ team against the English ‘A’ team gives one great hope, as they dominated the unofficial Tests, as well as the ODIs. Our team was way ahead on quality and it tells me that CWI is doing a wonderful job in developing these cricketers.”
Khan said the people of the Caribbean must understand that before the team wins matches, they must first become competitive. “Only those in the kitchen feel the heat, so it is easy for fans out there to condemn. However, if you are associated with cricket and want to make an informed comment, then it is not hard to see that progress is being made.
“I look at the Windies ‘A’ team as the marker for development progress and they are really doing well. The resources put out by the board is worth it at the moment and I am sure when these players go across to the senior team they will be better prepared that many of those who have been making the team in recent times.”