The Games Begin
By Orin Davidson
The anxiety is finally over and the excruciating wait is at
The West Indies team is in New York finally to honor an obligation
New Yorkers and the entire American fraternity fully deserve.
The West Indies versus United States games are on at Floyd
Bennett Park this weekend and both teams have promised the
fans the show of their cricket lives.
According to double world record holder Brian Lara, the opportunity
to play again in New York is a longing he had within for some
“I have not played cricket there (New York) for sometime,
so I personally am looking forward to getting there,”
The West Indies captain said. “ It is always good to
spread your wings and get across
to a different sort of audience,” he added, confirming
the responsibility a player his stature should have for smaller
Fast bowler Ian Bradshaw also displayed a sense of responsibility
and while the other team members Fidel Edwards, Dinesh Ramdin,
Dwayne Smith and Rawle Lewis all promised exciting displays
for the cricket starved fans here on their arrival in the
city Thursday night, it all boiled down to these top professionals
going the extra mile to give something back to United States
The fact remains many of the Windian squad utilized portions
of their careers playing in New York, thus the gesture is
It is a pity though that bad -minded detractors here cannot
appreciate the actions of the visiting stars.
Despite all the overwhelming evidence found in sections of
the media and advertisement in the boroughs, to the contrary,
some people still thought it was sensible to spread malicious
tales of the games being called off.
Clearly though, those actions backfired as the ringing off
the hook of the Cricket International telephone lines this
week caused by fans desiring information for the games today
and tomorrow, was indicative of an overwhelming response to
the biggest weekend of cricket New York will have experienced
Lara, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Gayle, Ganga, Edwards, Collymore
and Bradshaw are some of the bigger names in world cricket
and we should all be grateful for their presence in the country.
They could have easily passed up this opportunity, as the
stress of a torrid series of Tests and One-day games against
India could’ve provided valid excuses. Also the upcoming
Standford 20/20 series is an important one for West Indies
cricket and all of these players will be looking to cash on
the biggest money tournament ever held in the Region.
But this 12-man team of players could not be bothered, they
wanted to give something to America’s cricket and they
put their best feet forward.
Many hats off to them and the organizers from the Floyd Bennett
club, Cricket International and all the groups and individuals
who made this weekend’s activities a reality.
Let the games begin.
Orin Davidson Column