Rose calls for patience with Windies

first_imgFormer Jamaica and Windies fast bowler Franklyn Rose said that while he is disappointed with the performance of the team at the ongoing ICC World Cup tournament in England and Wales, he is calling on the regional supporters to exercise patience. The Windies have had a poor showing at the World Cup, so far, which has resulted in their recording one win in eight matches and are now out of contention for a spot in the semi-finals. Rose told The Gleaner that the Windies team does not have the quality of players, compared to 1980s and early 1990s, when they dominated world cricket, so the regional spectators should support the players instead of tearing them down.“As a past player, I am very disappointed with their performance, because we had a very good start and we destroyed the Pakistan team, but things just went downhill for us from there,” Rose said. “As West Indians, we need to have patience with the team, because there are teams around the world that have invested billions (of dollars), that we don’t have, into their sport,” he said. “I remember in 1996 when Kenya beat the West Indies and we had that big star team, no one criticised them,” Rose said. The 47-year-old Rose, who represented the Windies in 19 Test matches, picked up 53 wickets at an average 30.88. He also participated in 27 one-day internationals, collecting 29 wickets at an average of 36.06. He said that people should rally around the regional side and ensure that they give the players all the support that they need to become world-beaters again. “I think that people just sit and wait for West Indies cricket to fail these days and then just criticise them. People need to give the guys a break,” he said. “We are not as good as before, and we don’t have the quality. Hopefully, before I die, I will see West Indies on top dominating world cricket again.”“Hopefully, Cricket West Indies is putting a programme in place to find the quality players to rebuild.”last_img