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BEYOND THE GOALPOSTS by Rae Samuel

posted 14 Nov 2011, 06:32 by Gerry Kangalee
Cricket, they say, is a game of glorious uncertainties which, in the West Indies, goes beyond the goalposts. 

Our recently resigned national cricket captain proved this when following a defeat in a FOOTBALL game, the CRICKET captain resigns. We could google for two weeks straight and not find such a precedent anywhere in sporting history. Thank god most of us were not driving when that announcement was made. 

We know that there have been many mystery spinners in the game but that ball tops Hirwani, Harbhajan, Warne Muralitharan, Mendis and Sunil Narine combined. A man score a goal in Guyana and it land on…Ganga? 

Sobers, Worrell, Lara: none of them could have played such a timely shot; walking off the pitch when a goal is scored, in another country. 

One could argue that there are similarities in the games. Both use nets at some point, whether in training or competition. At times some or all players use gloves, the winning team is the one with the highest aggregate of runs or goals, only eleven players from a team are allowed on the pitch and both are ball games though you could bowl our national or regional teams with a basketball and the results would not change whether in Bangladesh, Australia or Balmain. 

Maybe our biggest concern should be contagion. What happens when our Calypso girl cricketers lose their next game? Will our Soca Princesses call it a day? If our 2011 Olympic team fails to win gold is that the end of horse racing? Your guess is as good as mine. 

In this new age of "crickball" and "footkit" maybe both teams will 'turn the corner' or 'come away with positives’, the new language for failure, underachievement and serial poor performances. After all, they say if you cannot dazzle them with brilliance baffle them with b......t. Ask Darren Sammy. 

 
Am still hopeful though, why else would I be singing:

"A man score a goal in Guyana
And knockdown a man quite over here
Aha…aha...."
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