West Indies cricket is in terrible state: Ambrose

Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 1:00 [IST]
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Antigua, Jun 12: Legendary fast bowler Curtly Ambrose made no bones about the fact that West Indies cricket is in a "terrible" state and would require lot of effort to regain its part glory.

"The present standard is very, very bad and the only way interest can be revived is if we start winning some matches," said Ambrose, who took 405 wickets from his 98 Tests.

The giant fast bowler who terrorised the best in the world throughout the 90's feels that slow pitches have contributed a lot to the decline in the breed of fast bowlers.

"Two things have contributed to the downfall of West Indies cricket. Firstly, the pitches in the Caribbean have really slowed down and secondly, there is no deal of great experience which is being passed around in the dressing room," he lamented.

He recollected his early playing days when interaction with Malcolm Marshall helped him finetune his skills.

"When I joined the team, I learnt a lot just interacting with Malcolm Marshall, and later with Courtney Walsh. Now these guys (the present team) have nobody to talk to; they are just sharing between them whatever little they have learnt from international cricket."

Ambrose is also disappointed with the fact that West Indian fast bowlers have forgotten the art of intimidating batsmen.

"I think it's very important for a fast bowler to be intimidating. He must intimidate batsmen. I used to do it. I liked to soften them up," said the towering fast bowler.


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