Calypso Cricket, My Arse

What an embarrassment the West Indies cricket team currently are, they didn’t even put up a fight of Audley Harrison proportions against Pakistan on Wednesday, it looked like they were just playing in a meaningless match to me.

The recalled, yes, recalled Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the only man who bothered to make any sort of fist of things. I know Shiv hasn’t been in the best form of his career lately, but the West Indies having the cheek to leave him out is just astonishing.

It’s a shame for Shiv, he is nearly 37 now and this obviously is going to be his last world cup. This performance basically sums up his West Indies career since Brian Lara retired. Where Shiv digs in and fights hard, but ultimately the task of trying to carry 10 bags of shite on his shoulders proves to be too much.

I don’t wish to take anything away from Pakistan today, they played well and thoroughly deserved their win. I’ve stated before that I think they are a dangerous side, from No.3 onwards they look strong and they always looked like a good outside bet to me.

But for West Indies to capitulate in the manner they did, in the small matter of a world cup quarter-final, is a total embarrassment.

In the betting, Pakistan are now into 3rd favourites to win the world cup. They are a general 7/2 with most bookies, with a best price of 4/1 available with Paddy Power.