West Indies performed satisfactorily in the three-match Test series against England, settling for a 1-1 draw © Getty Images
West Indies performed satisfactorily in the three-match Test series against England, settling for a 1-1 draw © Getty Images

West Indies, marauders of the past, have spent more than last two decades in international cricket languishing at the bottom. The long wait seems to be over, as they finally seem to be addressing the decline. The recent performances, along with the determination in players and the officials, look to be upright, signalling bright future for the Caribbean cricket, Devarchit Varma explains.

It is not often that you mercilessly butcher big names from your national cricket team because they are not living up to the expectations, especially when there are no other men crying out loud for their chances. The arrival of Clive Lloyd as head of the selection panel, the involvement of a character as vivified as Curtly Ambrose, and the fight and the intent shown by West Indies cricketers, both young and experienced, has increased the hopes that finally the time has come for them to get things right. READ: We need to stand up and be counted, says Denesh Ramdin

The past couple of months may have not yielded the results that Lloyd and his West Indies cricket would have liked, but the fact that the emphasis that has been laid on young blood over name and fame has certainly helped them to finally break the shackles, breathe in fresh air and think the right things in order to take West Indies ahead. The forgettable tour of South Africa and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 were dampeners, but West Indies did well to prove their mettle against England and it will be a shame if they are not able to live up to the expectations.

Lloyd could not have been more right when he said that the West Indies cricket needed players like Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and others to do more for their cricket, rather than for the others. After all, the West Indies players have not done anything immense on the international circuit, apart from featuring in Twenty20 leagues that have mushroomed all over the world, dazzling sporadically. READ: West Indies will not hold back punches against Australia, warns Jason Holder

Lloyd was right in his assessment that West Indies needed their men to make their cricket better, and if the price had to be paid for it, they must be ready. The axing of Bravo and Pollard was the first move in the right direction — after all no international team in such competitive atmosphere can afford passengers for long. The recent, unfortunate episode surrounding the axing of Shivnarine Chanderpaul was again a strong move — a heavy price paid — in a hope that a young batsman would stand up and grab the offer. Preview: West Indies vs Australia, 1st Test at Dominica

The way Ambrose marshals his troops — the fast bowlers — is a huge blessing for the West Indies cricket. Unfortunately, the pitches are not helpful to the pacers in the Caribbean and if West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are able to address the issue, they have a good chance to provide a strong boost to their efforts in resurrecting the cricketing conditions.

West Indies are looking at The Frank Worrell series against Australia with a lot of hope. They played some really good cricket against England and there is no reason which tells it cannot be repeated against Australia. The series will give the hosts an excellent chance to assess where they stand in comparison to one of the best Test sides in the world, and they should not leave any stone unturned in order to get their A game forward. READ: Chris Rogers to miss first Test against West Indies due to concussion

All that has transpired in the West Indies cricket certainly signals that these are the winds of change. Lloyd’s belief in young blood has opened the door of opportunities for both cricketers and management, who should do everything it takes to get their cricket back on track.

 (Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)