Lost Legacy: The Decline of West Indies ODI Cricket on the World Stage

image-lkoaajamWest Indies failed to qualify for the World Cup 2023 in India (Source: Twitter)

West Indies will not be a part of the ODI World Cup for the first time in history. Their cricketing history is filled with iconic names who have left a lasting impact on the game. From the legendary Sir Vivian Richards, and Brian Lara to the more recent stars like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, West Indies cricket has been graced by some of the finest talents.

The West Indies cricket team has achieved great success, including winning the ODI World Cup twice, in 1975 and 1979, displaying their dominance on the global stage. However, in recent years, the West Indies team has faced challenges and struggles to consistently perform at the highest level, particularly in ODI cricket.

Delving into the Downfall: Financial Challenges & Inconsistent Performances

Due to the board's struggle to offer competitive pay cheques to their players, the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine have forced themselves to prioritise franchise cricket over representing their national team.

Lastly, the current generation of players haven't stepped up to the occasion according to the expectations. Losses against Scotland, the Netherlands, and Zimbabwe show that their issues are far deeper than the face value.

Taming the Spin: West Indies' Top-Order Woes Exposed

image-lknw9q3pTop Order Average against spin since 2022

The struggles of the West Indies batters against spin bowling, particularly since 2022, have been evident in their statistics. With the lowest average of 31.42 against spinners among the top 10 teams in international cricket, it's clear that they have faced challenges in handling spin bowling effectively.

On the other hand, Pakistan's top-order batters have showcased a significantly higher average of 60.84 against spinners, highlighting the stark contrast in their ability to play spin. Pakistan's success against spin can be attributed to their experienced players and the skill level of their batters in handling top-quality spinners.

One of the primary reasons for West Indies' struggles against spin could be the relative inexperience of their top-order batters. Young and new players might find it challenging to read and adapt to different spin variations, especially in international cricket where the quality of spinners is top-notch.

Fielding has indeed been a significant area of concern for the West Indies cricket team, and it has been highlighted by their poor performances in the recently concluded World Cup Qualifiers. The team's fielding lapses, including dropping simple catches, have cost them badly in crucial matches, leading to criticism from their coach, Darren Sammy.

For a team like West Indies, which prides itself on its flair and athleticism, their fielding standards have not been up to par in recent times. It is vital for the players to recognize the importance of their roles in the field and take responsibility for executing their fielding skills to the best of their abilities.


Participating in the ODI World Cup has always been a matter of pride for West Indies cricket. The fact that they will not be a part of the prestigious tournament is a reflection of the competitive nature of modern cricket and the rising standards of other cricketing nations.

Nonetheless, the journey of cricket has its ups and downs, and every team goes through phases of rebuilding and resurgence. West Indies cricket enthusiasts and fans will hope that their team can learn from this experience, regroup, and work towards reclaiming their position as a formidable force in ODI cricket.