Philo Wallace says focusing on the future should priority for the West Indies

By December 09, 2021

Former West Indies batsman, Philo Wallace, says the Caribbean side should look to the future instead of the past in order to return West Indies cricket to what it once was.

Wallace, speaking on the Mason & Guest radio show Barbados on Tuesday, said the process of transformation should begin with rallying around Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope, the stand-in captains for the upcoming limited-overs tour of Pakistan.

Pooran has been selected to captain the T20 side while Hope will captain the ODI team after the regular white-ball captain, Kieron Pollard, was ruled out of the tour with injury.

“I hope that something good can come out of Pakistan. Our captain Pollard is not going. The selectors have decided that they’re going to try two young men. We want them to rally around these young men,” said Wallace.

The former Barbados and West Indies opening batsman also reiterated that the future has to be the focus for West Indies cricket to progress.

“We have to start looking at our future in cricket. If we don’t, we’re going to forget the future and keep looking at our past. We have to aim our structure going forward. I know a lot of former cricketers don’t speak about it but I know they’re hurt,” he said.

At the end of the day, all cricket lovers in the Caribbean want the same thing, according to Wallace.

“We all have the same desire to see this great West Indies cricket product rise again but it can only rise if we in the Caribbean help lift it. Those who have ideas, come forward. There’s no secret about it, we’re struggling,” Wallace said.

 

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