The world of cricket just wouldn’t be the same without the West Indies. No other sporting culture blends skill and individual heroics with the same easy appreciation of the game. Watching a crucial session of a match can be an intense experience: a blend of heat, noise, music and local pride. For true cricket lovers from overseas, it’s the kind of trip you promise yourself at least once in a lifetime. So take a look at the fixtures and take your seat in the crowd with West Indies Cricket Tickets here on StubHub.
The heart of West Indies Cricket
The thrill of cricket, which took the game around the world, also saw it adopted on the shores of the Caribbean. Here, the fine sandy beaches, washed smooth by the sea and baked by the sun, have proved the perfect surface for the best fast bowlers to develop their skills. This image of carefree beach cricket overlooks a more complex relationship – one brilliantly explored by Trinidadian philosopher and cricket writer CLR James – in which its colonial roots play a part. It’s an important side of a passionate and changing relationship with the Caribbean’s most-loved game.
Despite competition from big-earning US sport to the north, the West Indies still nurture their grassroots talent, helped by the appeal of T20 leagues and one day competitions. The West Indies also boasts some of the great cricketing venues, including Sabina Park, at the foot of the Blue Mountains; St John’s Antigua, the scene of two record-setting innings by Brian Lara; and the Kensington Oval, cricket’s spiritual home. Where better to bask in the sun, open a beer and enjoy the good things in life with West Indies Cricket Tickets?
Glory days of West Indies Cricket
A golden generation formed perhaps the greatest ever Test team in the 1970s and 80s, brought together under the gentle authority of Clive Lloyd. Four-man pace attacks – brilliantly accurate and unplayably fast – included the likes of Colin Croft and Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner, Courtney Walsh and Curtley Ambrose. There was little respite in the field, with consummate run-scorers like Greenidge, Richardson and Lloyd himself able to exploit the game situation to the maximum. Greatest of all was Viv Richards, a pugnacious competitor whose batting style mixed confidence, fearlessness and brilliant instinct.
As West Indies Test fortunes declined, a new generation were preparing to storm the world of the ODI and T20. With the flamboyance of all-rounder Chris Gayle, the shrewd and prolific Shivnarine Chanderpaul and all-rounder Darren Sammy, they built a limited-overs game that brought them World T20 and ICC Trophy success