Cape Town - Legendary West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose has slammed
the "terrible" playing surfaces in the Carribean, saying it is one of
the reasons the Windies' players are struggling at international level.
The West Indies have just returned home from a tour to New
Zealand where they didn't win a single game across all three formats, losing
the Test series 2-0 before being whitewashed 3-0 in the ODIs and then going
down 2-0 in the T20Is.
The Carribean side have also struggled to produce fast
bowlers like they have in the past, and Ambrose, who admits that he did not
watch much of the games in New Zealand, blames the state of the pitches across
Ambrose, who took 405 wickets in 98 Tests, told the Trinidad
& Tobago Guardian: "A disastrous tour, nothing really went well.
"I'm just hoping that the players and the coaching
staff can go back to the drawing board, do some soul searching and figure out a
way to start winning.
"It is not so much about coaching, in my opinion,
because the guys have got the skills. We just need the coaching staff to instil
certain discipline, and passion and pride and commitment in order to get
"We need to get back to the days when we were the best
team in the world where we had good cricket pitches, where there is a little
bit in it for the fast-bowlers, a bit for the spinners and if you're a good
enough batsman, you can score runs.
"The pitches in the Caribbean are terrible, and that's
why when we go overseas and the pitches are bouncing, the players are all at
sea. We need to get back quick, bouncy pitches in the Caribbean."