Dhaka - The senior West Indies players came under strong
criticism from their coach on Wednesday after the Caribbean team crashed out of
the World Cup on the back of its third straight batting collapse.
The West Indies team was bowled out for 112 on Wednesday,
and Pakistan cruised to a 10-wicket win in an embarrassingly lopsided
The result means the West Indies, winners of the first two
World Cups, are without a limited-overs international win over a higher-ranked
team in more than two years.
Coach Ottis Gibson said senior players had to take their
share of the blame. Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan
didn't live up to expectations during the tournament.
"It's hard to say whether they've played their last
game," Gibson said. "We've got four or five weeks (until a home
series against Pakistan) to sit down and decide which direction we're heading,
whether we're going to continue to pin our hopes on some of those senior guys
or move some on and get some youngsters in."
Gayle, 31, returned from injury to open the batting against
Pakistan on Wednesday but fell for eight. The 36-year-old Chanderpaul, recalled
after his poor form led to him being dropped for the final two game of the
group stage, was not out 44 from 106 balls.
Sarwan, 30, added 24, but none of the players could inspire
their younger teammates to dig in against Pakistan's spin attack.
"I don't think it's strong criticism, it's the
facts," Gibson said. "The fact is that the senior players haven't
performed. I'm not criticising anyone, I'm just saying what happened.
"What happened was that when the going got tough, we
didn't stand up to it."
Gibson highlighted the fact that while three players made
their international debut at this World Cup, Chanderpaul was at his fifth World
Cup, and Gayle and Sarwan at their third.
However, Gibson said abandoning all the senior players would
be unwise. The Windies coach said he wanted at least one of his more
experienced players to play the role Sachin Tendulkar performs for India.
"A lot of our players need only to look at someone like
Sachin Tendulkar," he said. "He's the sort of senior statesman in the
Indian team but he also seems to be the hungriest guy of the lot.
"He gets runs every time almost he goes out to bat and
India can rely on him. We need to be able to rely on our players the way India
rely on him."
West Indies was a perennial contender at the World Cup in
the 1970s and the 1980s, when players like Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards struck
fear into the hearts of the opposition.
Against Pakistan on Wednesday, the team's batting collapsed
alarmingly for the third straight game. At one stage, they were 71-8 after
losing four wickets in nine balls.
"The wicket didn't get anybody out. It wasn't a bad
wicket. It was a combination of poor batsmanship and perhaps very low
confidence," Gibson said. "You can do so much in the nets to build
"It comes down to individuals taking responsibility and
having the belief in themselves and in their preparation and going out and
Gibson said the West Indies selectors would take some
"serious decisions" before the series against Pakistan.
"West Indies cricket for the last 10 years has been
pretty much the same. And also they've been the same players," he said.
"This tournament has seen the emergence of a quite a few good young
players and those young players are the players we will build our future