Reasons For West Indies failure in the World Cup Qualifiers 2023

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This is the year every cricket fan waits for; ODI World Cup year. With less than 100 days left for the big event to begin, we will soon have qualified teams from the qualifiers that are currently going on in Zimbabwe.

West Indies, Sri Lanka, Ireland, and Zimbabwe were a few among the teams who contested in the qualifiers. Everyone thought that West Indies would easily qualify for the World Cup, but with the issues they have it was difficult for them to climb that ladder. And now, West Indies lost three of their matches after reaching the super six round. They were nothing but helpless in three of the losses.

It’s a hard pill to swallow for a cricket fan who has seen the Caribbeans lifting the World Cup twice. And why won’t it be? Having a World Cup without the West Indies team may have seemed impossible a few years back, but it is happening now.

There are some major concerns for the Caribbeans to address if they want to survive in the cricket world.

Significant Reasons for West Indies Failure

Things aren’t going well for the Caribbeans for quite a while now. They couldn’t qualify for the T20 World Cup last year, and now they have been eliminated from the qualifiers for the World Cup 2023 as well. Let’s look at some of the major reasons which resulted in West Indies failure:

Lack of Intent

Even after posting a mammoth total against the Netherlands, the men in Maroon were bowling loose spells. It seems like even after playing 5-6 years of international cricket, they don’t have any experience. A player like Jason Holder, who has led the team as well, was taken by the lower-order batters for 30 runs in a super over. But if there was no intent, he would not have taken that brilliant catch on the last ball which took the game to the Super Over.

A team that once had players like Brian Lara, Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Keiron Pollard, Darren Sammy, and many more is now struggling to survive against the associate nations. These guys would have done anything to get a win. But now, it does not seem to be the case with Shai Hope and the company.

Fast Bowlers, Not So Fast

The team West Indies was all about pace in the early days. The Caribbean bowlers could shake the legs of the batters by just marking their run-ups. Can you imagine the pressure of a guy facing Michael Holding or Malcolm Marshall or Joel Garner or even Kemar Roach? Is it happening with Romario Shephard or Keemo Paul or even Jason Holder now? The answer is simple, No it’s not.

Jason Holder, a three-format player, and a former captain, went for 30 runs in a Super Over by Logan Van Beek, a number seven batter. This is not the West Indies team we have been seeing for a while.

Board Disputes & Team Combinations

Players like Kieron Pollard, DJ Bravo, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and many more were avoided in their prime when there were some disputes among players and the Board. Even now Shimron Hetmyer wasn’t allowed to board the flight to Australia for the T20 World Cup qualifiers, which eventually cost them a spot in the tournament.

Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, and a few others are still ignored for the national selections. West Indies have been failing to pick the right choices for the games and eventually losing the matches. Now they have hit rock bottom and should regroup to make a comeback in international cricket.

Batting Woes

Apart from Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran, no batter scored runs in the qualifiers. Pooran was having his best time in the middle as he smashed two hundred. Hope did what he does best, being an anchor, and smashed a ton as well. Having the likes of Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, J Charles, and Blackwood, no one could take the opposition even once as Hope and Pooran did.

Rovman Powell, the vice-captain of the team had a disappointing run in the qualifiers. A team cannot win championship games with just one or two performances. Early wickets have cost them their style of play, which puts the Windies on the back foot.

These are the major reasons or problems for the West Indies failure. To make a difference in the cricket world, they need to address these problems as soon as possible. They should draw inspiration from teams like Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. These teams were nowhere near the Caribbeans a few back and now they dominate them. West Indies failure is indeed a shocking moment for everyone. But was necessary for them to regroup and make a comeback. With two games left in the qualifiers, Windies would look to win both of them by huge margins and wish for other teams to work in their favor.

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