by clairmont chung
Those were the final moments of the 2016 World Twenty/20 Cup
Final on April 3, 2016: four consecutive sixes to win a world tournament.
Victory for the West Indies over England meant joy all over the cricket world,
maybe not as much in England, everyone’s old rival. No cricket fan had
witnessed anything like that before. No West Indies fan had felt like that for
a long time. Earlier that day WI Women defeated Australia for their first world
title. Both games had all the elements of an epic; adversity, triumph, fear, fearlessness,
good, evil, war and peace, and the impossible. Our women beat a team they had
never beaten. These children of the enslaved and indentured had triumphed over
the old center of empire and its satellites. But this battle seemed less about
empire and more about the future of what empire left in place, the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB). These ‘mercenaries’, as a prominent WICB director had
described some players, turned heroes, competed despite the unfair terms of the
contracts the WICB offered; and won for country. The Women’s team would also challenge
the gender disparity in salaries. Now the spectacle was over, it was time. It
was time to get paid: a reckoning. And now the ‘B’oard in the words of Rihanna,
'.... better ha ma money'. #bbhmm.
“Carlos Brathwaite! Carlos Brathwaite! Carlos Brathwaite!” screamed a hoarse Ian Bishop, as Brathwaite’s fourth successive and winning six landed somewhere. Bishop urged we recognize Brathwaite as a star of the future. Co-commentator, David Lloyd philosophized that ‘the future is right here, right now!” Bishop, emotional like never before, suggested history had been created. I half expected Lloyd to counter, “history is right here, right now". And history is.
|Darren Sammy (C) Getty Images|
Rihanna the superstar performer, feminist, culture icon and symbol of Caribbean unity, of a sort, Barbadian father and Guyanese mother, told the story in her hit song and video of being close to bankruptcy as a result of her accountant’s financial mismanagement and what to do about it. This is the story of so many stolen souls and their descendants; artistes from Jimi Hendrix to Sly Stone to Lord Creator, and without a good ending. They slaved on the road with little to show. Many of our Caribbean cricketers suffered and suffer the same fate. Not only their careers were mismanaged but the game itself. Some were then dropped without any recourse. Rihanna sued and won. But this current bunch, like Rihanna with her lawsuit, song, and explicit video seemed inclined to take things into their own hands; a kind of reparation.