Former bowling great Curtly Ambrose says West Indies may never get its glory back – West Indies are now best known for power-hitters who take the T20 tournaments by storm. The likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard amongst others have made their name in T20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, in doing so West Indies have lost its charm of Test cricket that it was most successful in during the 80s and 90s. Former fast bowling great Curtly Ambrose said West Indies may not get its glorious days back as the current players do not understand what cricket means for West Indies and the people of the region like Brian Lara, Vivian Richards and others.
“Most of the youngsters we have now probably don’t quite understand what cricket means to West Indians in the West Indies and abroad because cricket is the only sport that really unites Caribbean people,” Curtly Ambrose said while speaking on the Talk Sports Live show in Antigua.
While players like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer have had success in international and franchise cricket like the Indian Premier League (IPL), Curtly Ambrose feels it will be difficult to find players like Brian Lara, Viv Richards or Courtney Walsh.
“This is no disrespect to the players we have now because we have a couple of guys who have some quality in them and can become great, but what we have to understand is that I don’t think we will ever see those great, exceptional glory days again,” Curtly Ambrose said.
“It’s going to be difficult to find another Viv Richards or a Haynes and Greenidge, a Brian Lara, Richie Richardson, you know, a Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, and the list goes on and on, Clive Lloyd. It’s going to be extremely difficult to find those quality players again,” he added.
Ambrose, who bagged 405 wickets in 98 Tests between 1988 and 2000, said while West Indies have the potential to climb up the ICC rankings, they will be far from achieving what the West Indies of his generation did. West Indies also won the T20 World Cup twice — in 2012 and 2016 — under their current generation of players.
“When we were the best team in the world, West Indians all over the globe could walk and boast about how good we were because we were the best, so it’s going to be difficult to see those glory days again. Yes, we can be competitive and climb up the ICC rankings and be a force to be reckoned with again, but those glory days, I don’t think we will see them again,” Curtly Ambrose said.