BestXI: How would an all-time West Indies Championship play out? You decide, we couldn’t

By June 06, 2020

Picking an all-time best XI for the different territories that make up the West Indies and compete in the annual West Indies Championship was a six-week challenge of monumental proportions.

It took scores of hours to produce it and on occasion, you the reader had to help us out in compiling what we believe to be the six best teams ever assembled from the Caribbean.

Now there is another monumental task in front of us, you included.

While everybody has a team they would like to see win an all-time best XI West Indies Championship, could you really look at a list of the teams we have been posting for the last six weeks and objectively pick a winner?

Could a Leeward Islands team led by the great Sir Isaac Vivian Richards with bowlers like Sir Andy Roberts and Sir Curtly Ambrose, backed up by the batting of Richie Richardson lift the title?

Or would the all-round power of a Barbados team with the likes of the three Ws, and a bowling attack led by Malcolm Marshall be too much?

Maybe the Jamaicans with the powerful Chris Gayle leading from the first ball and Patrick Patterson scaring the bejesus out of batsmen could surprise everybody.

But there is also a Trinidad and Tobago team led by Brian Lara and backed up by the bowling of Ian Bishop, Sonny Ramhadin, and Tony Gray.

Of course, any team with the powerful batting that Guyana has on display cannot be written off.

The potential for how a competition like this would go are incalculable. In fact, asking around the office, I got many different answers about how a competition of this nature would pan out.

Of course, for most in the office, Barbados were hard to deny but the other positions switched around often.

 

All-Time Best West Indies Championship results, office style

 

Lance Whittaker

Barbados, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Windward Islands

 

Leighton Levy

Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Leeward Islands, Jamaica, Windward Islands

 

Kwesi Mugisa

Barbados, Leeward Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Windward Islands

 

Paul-Andre Walker

Barbados, Leeward Islands, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Windward Islands

 

Donald Oliver

Barbados, Leeward Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Windward Islands

 

Now you get to vote on who would win the championship as well. You can vote by clicking here. As usual, you are invited to discuss the virtual championship and the way it has panned out on Facebook or Twitter.  

The placement of the other teams will depend on how many votes they get as a team that wins. So if Barbados gets the second-most votes, then they will have finished second in the virtual competition and so on and so forth.  

For the purposes of ease, here are the teams once again. You may click on any headline to learn more about the names you may not be familiar with:

 

BestXI: Building an all-time West Indies Championship – Leeward Islands

Kieran Powell, Stuart Williams, Richie Richardson, Viv Richards, Keith Arthurton, Runako Morton, Ridley Jacobs, Andy Roberts, Eldine Baptiste, Kenny Benjamin, and Curtly Ambrose.

 

BestXI: Building an all-time West Indies Championship – Barbados

Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Garry Sobers, Frank Worrell, Conrad Hunte, Clyde Walcott, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Wayne Daniel, and Sylvester Clarke.

 

BestXI: Building an all-time West Indies Championship – Jamaica

Chris Gayle, Easton McMorris, George Headley, Lawrence Rowe, Maurice Foster, Collie Smith, Jeffrey Dujon, Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh, Patrick Patterson, and Nikita Miller.

 

BestXI: Building an all-time West Indies Championship – Windward Islands

Devon Smith, Irvine Shillingford, Lochart Sebastien, Andre Flecher, Dawnley Joseph, Darren Sammy, Junior Murray, Kenroy Peters, Shane Shillingford, Winston Davis, and Nixon McLean.

 

BestXI: Building an all-time West Indies Championship – T&T

Jeffrey Stollmeyer, Joey Carew, Brian Lara, Larry Gomes, Gerry Gomez, Charlie Davis, Denesh Ramdin, Learie Constantine, Tony Gray, Sonny Ramadhin, and Ian Bishop.

 

BestXI: Building an all-time West Indies Championship – Guyana

Roy Fredericks, Rohan Kanhai, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Basil Butcher, Carl Hooper, Clive Lloyd, Alvin Kallicharran, Colin Croft, Roger Harper, Reon King, and Lance Gibbs.  

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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