'We can't let this happen to the WI'
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):
Former Australia Test captain Steve Waugh is appealing for some form of intervention to rescue West Indies cricket from its downward spiral.
Waugh issued his appeal in the aftermath of West Indies' heavy 2-0 loss to Australia in the three-match Test series which ended recently.
While the regional outfit moved up to the top of the ICC T20 chart earlier this month, they are languishing at the bottom in Tests and one-day internationals.
"We have to ensure the West Indies are a force to be reckoned with, because you can't play Test cricket between three or four decent nations," said Waugh, who led Australia in 15 of their world-record 16 consecutive Test wins.
"Someone must ensure they get back to the level they were [once] at."
Waugh has likened the International Cricket Council's apparent failure to pull West Indies out of its hole to a scenario in the sport of rugby.
"Someone has to step up and say: 'We can't let this happen to the West Indies'," said Waugh, who played 168 Test matches and scored 32 centuries.
However, the former Australian skipper says the biggest issue was the failure of crowds to attend Test matches. He is suggesting a uniform payment for all Test teams, saying that was something the ICC could impose.
"I think the ICC needs to put a fee on Tests and ensure everyone is paid equally," he said.
"They have to do that if they want to save Test cricket."