April 21, 2015
“What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?” -CLR James
The West Indies Cricket Team remains the most storied of our federal institutions: the team has survived the Federation (1958-62) – its lamentable demise codified in a Sparrow rendition Federation.
Federation boils down to simply this
It’s dog-eat -dog and the survival of the fittest.
Sparrow’s Federation is Eric Williams’ version of the mash up; there exists many other versions and we may wish to pursue them later on.
Genesis of West Indian Cricket
West Indies cricket is a study in European colonial rivalries, for the game was brought here in the early years of the nineteenth century by British soldiers deployed to protect the British colonies against Napoleon’s forces.
“Our Cricket” was first played between innings of gunfire.