The West Indies have received relentless criticisms from former cricketers after Jason Holder’s side crushed into a worse defeat in the first ever day-night Test match held in England. The hosts crumbled the Caribbean team within three days at Birmingham to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Writing in his column in Daily Telegraph former English star Jeoffrey Boycott explicitly defined West Indies as the worst ever Test team in last fifty years.
“This West Indies lot are the worst Test match team I have seen in more than 50 years of watching, playing and commentating on cricket,” he wrote.
“They can’t bat and can’t bowl. I take no pleasure out of saying this as I played against some of the greatest players the world has ever seen wearing the maroon cap of the West Indies. It is a cricketing tragedy to see the West Indies like this and there is no gloating over them losing,” Boycott delivered.
“We all want England to win Test matches but we should not be euphoric about this. It is just sad to see a once-proud cricket Test team lower than any I have ever seen before,” he added.
“I was with the team for two years as bowling coach and we tried to educate them about our heritage. I tried to tell them what West Indies cricket meant. I talked about the pride and passion in representing the region and our people,” he wrote.
“I could talk to them all day but once they stepped over that rope they were on their own and if they were not prepared to listen, it was simply a waste of time. It does hurt. And it has reached a point where it is very embarrassing,” Boycott added.