The Nation, Barbados
TOURS ONLY have value in the sponsor-driven world if the big names are involved. And if they are, they soak up all the money. That's always been sports administrators' biggest problem: it would be an easy job if it weren't for the players.
Mail & Guardian, South Africa
THE WEST Indies Cricket Board owes the people of the region an apology - either for the manner in which they dealt with the players' protest, or for buckling under pressure and sacrificing discipline on the altar of expediency. In every aspect of society, leadership is of utmost importance, and good leadership is expected of those vested with that responsibility. As the body elected to govern, nothing but good leadership is expected from the WICB.
LARA ACTED in a knee-jerk way for the umpteenth time in his career and acted in a confrontational way when firm diplomacy and tact would have sufficed. Broken bridges will not be mended overnight but at least a compromise seems certain and there is a collective will to get the tour moving forward again. Administrators have ruled and dominated most sports for centuries. Players may now be overreacting as a backlash against that. At least that means that common ground, or middle ground, will be found soon.
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