West Indies chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, is confident that he has found the right formula to produce desirable results within the West Indies team over the next couple of years.
West Indies are set to play India and Bangladesh away later this year, before hosting England and India next year, followed by the 50-over World Cup in England the same year. The year 2020 will see West Indies play two more ICC events – the World T20 and the U-19 World Cup.
“When a player reveals they are reading more and that they are committed to self-motivation training and you have seen improved performances, that tells you that some of our players are committing themselves to play the best cricket for West Indies,” said Browne in a CWI release.
“Ideally, a selector wants a player that is a self-starter and while that mostly is not the case.” “Provided the right approach is used, there will be a marked improvement in performances of the players within the team,” added Browne.
Browne also emphasised on 'research.' “The obvious thing to collect is current data on the players; however, an important part of the overall process includes: history of players, venues the players play on, teams the players play against, the tour the team/player is about to play in, attitude of the player, commitment, dedication and discipline, and fitness."
Browne highlighted the importance of having a second tier of well-prepared players to put pressure on the current pool of players, which could lead to better and more consistent performances. Due to the frequency of matches coming up in the next months and years, the chairman of selectors is adamant that every player will have a fair chance of prove his worth. "This would complement the amount of cricket being played, in different formats, by increasing the quality of play by the pool of players that are available," according to the press release.
West Indies’ performance in the T20I format since the end of the World T20 has not been something to be proud of. The current World T20 champions have just managed to win two series out of the seven they have played in that period. In the 50-over format, their performance has been even worse. Placed at no. 9 in the latest ODI rankings, which is also their lowest in the three formats, they won their last bilateral series more than four years ago, when they defeated Bangladesh 3-0 in 2014.
However, their performances in Test cricket of late have displayed them as a totally different side as compared to the other formats. West Indies have only lost one match out of the five they have played this year, winning three and whitewashing Bangladesh 2-0 last month in the process.