Lack of Antiguans in the national team is heartbreaking, says Curtly Ambrose

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“When West Indies were at their strongest they had Antiguans on that particular team and I am proud to say that”

Legendary West Indies pace bowler Curtly Ambrose has announced that the lack of Antiguans in the Leeward Islands and national team is heartbreaking.

Ambrose attributed the drop to the fact that there has been a notable demise in the quality of cricketers produced by Antigua.

“I mean, when you look at Antigua national team, Leeward Islands and even the West Indies team, we don’t have any Antiguans really on the West Indies team and that to me is sad because when West Indies were at their strongest they had Antiguans on that particular team and I am proud to say that,” Ambrose said. “I think we need to look after our cricket here in Antigua a bit better and a little more so that we could get a few more international cricketers.”

Ambrose also suggested that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) should consider changing the structure of cricket at the “grassroots level.”

“I believe that the whole structure needs to change from schools level and come right up because you can’t change the top level and the bottom isn’t good,” he said. “You have to start from the grassroots level. “I believe sometimes there are too many teams and you got some teams that are just not ready and I believe we should not just have 12 teams so we have numbers. If it means taking six teams so that you can get quality, then so be it.”

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