Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Chris Gayle in a Teacup
In all the worldwide mediastorm over Chris Gayle's hissy fit about T-20 vs Test Cricket, it is illustrative of the all pervading political correctness that not one person has come out and pointed to the real 600 pound Gorilla in the room - that Chris Gayle is just plain lazy, and that moreover his laziness is simply representative of the lazy entitlement fuelled attitude that characterizes the entire Caribbean today and is directly responsible for the rot in West Indies Cricket. It is not the loss of athletes to basketball or football - name one NBA or NFL star from Jamaica/Trinidad/Guyana. It is not the much maligned WICB, although they really are bunch of shitheads. It is certainly not the lack of facilities - that's laughable considering they produced a galaxy of prodigies with no facilities in the 50s, 60s, all the way through the 90s. No, it is the defeatist, angry psyche that takes its thought leadership not from local West Indian examples anymore, but from the bling/rhyme/drug/gang fuelled hip-hop culture of America, which never tires of telling men of color that they are victims and are entitled to an easy ride. Viv Richards practiced hours every day and wore his black pride on his sleeve and backed it with performance. Today its all about talk and attitude with no substance, because boys do not want to put in the hard yards necessary for success. It is this generational change that has damaged the Caribbean and Chris Gayle is but a product. If he sees easy money in T20, he will forget all his pride, think nothing of disrespecting the legacy built up by the pantheon of great cricketers before him, and simply piss all over the game that has produced him. Does Gayle really think people take him seriously as a cricketer because he can hit the ball far? No, it is because he comes from a dynasty before him that stretches all the way back to Frank Worrell and George Headley, who were all formidable Test cricketers. Test Cricket is what makes all other forms of Cricket possible. I think if ever a time comes when Cricket subsribes to the Stanfordian doctrine, it will stop being Cricket. If Gayle prefers that, its fine, but at least he could be honest and say that he is in it for the easy money. Laziness and a sense of entitlement are the defining attributes of the modern West Indian, as I have seen first hand from playing Cricket with people from the Caribbean in my years in Miami - the older generation loves the game and are proud of their regional history; the younger generation are only quick to express anger at anything and everything, wearing their pants low on their hips to show their underwear, and have no respect for the game or even for themselves. It needs to be said. So, lets not pay Gayle too much attention, since the reality is that while everyone remembers the era of Lloyd and Richards fondly, if WI cricket were to die out, not many in the Cricket world would shed a tear over it. Its a sad parody as it is. Better for it to pass and let us remember the glory days.