Kallicharan's son disappointed with treatment given to father

Rohan Kallicharan, son of legendary West Indian batsman Alvin Kallicharan (above), says the documentary Fire in Babylon is a one-sided and politically romantic appraisal of how the West Indies rose to prominence, littered with inaccuracies. Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 16, 2011

Legendary West Indian cricketer Alvin Kallicahran s son Rohan Kallicharan has expressed his disappointment over the treatment meted out to his father, and other West Indian players of Indian origin.

Pointing out to the recently released documentary on West Indian cricket, Fire in Babylon, Rohan said that the story told in the documentary does not cover every one associated with West Indies rise in world cricket. He believes his father s contribution to West Indian cricket has been ignored.

He was quoted in DNA as saying, “It is a one-sided and ‘politically romantic appraisal of how the West Indies rose to prominence, littered with inaccuracies”

Rohan says that though today West Indian team consists of many players of Indian origin, there were days when Indian origin players were deliberately sidelined.

“Whilst I did not believe there to be a race issue in West Indian cricket at the time, the Indian community were left disengaged over a period of time with none of their players in the side. Certainly now, there is no issue, with the likes of Chanderpaul and Sarwan having been integral, and Bishoo, Deonarine, Rampaul, amongst others playing regularly,” Rohan said.

Rohan also said his father was hurt in 1981 when he was dropped from the national side without being informed. “He did not go to the Packer series for the sake of the West Indies team,” he reminds you. Then, there s this instance which has hurt Kallicharran. He was dropped for the 1981 Australia tour but was never informed.

“Warwickshire played Lancashire in a Sunday League match in August 1981 and Clive did not advise dad that he was to be dropped for the Tour of Australia,” said Rohan.

“The dropping of my father, however, was widely considered to be a slight to the Indian community, and I know of many who found it difficult to support the West Indies without any of their own players present,” he reveals.