Cricket historian says Windies ‘tide is turning’

Sir Hilary Beckles.
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Cricket historian Professor Sir Hilary Beckles believes the “tide is turning” in West Indies cricket.

He is contending that the excellence of the “Jason Holder generation” could lead to a revival of the former World Champions.

Speaking during a public lecture series in Barbados titled “Fire in Babylon: Cricket as Popular Culture,” Sir Hilary noted that a new consciousness existed in the young generation of current West Indies cricketers and as a result, they were now attempting to reconstruct previous high standards of excellence.

He also argued that the development of Caribbean society and West Indies success were intertwined and once societal issues in the region were addressed, he could foresee the emergence of a strong West Indies in “seven and eight years.”

“I believe that the current generation of young cricketers who are coming up — I call them the Jason Holder generation,” he said.

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