Steve Waugh said that the Caribbean cricket have been suffering from a lack of leadership for the past 10 years © Getty Images
Steve Waugh said that the Caribbean cricket have been suffering from a lack of leadership for the past 10 years © Getty Images

Sydney: Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has attributed the decline of once dominant West Indies cricket to a lack of leadership and money-driven Twenty-20 tournaments. The 50-year-old, who made his Test debut in 1985 when the West Indies dominated the world cricket, said that the Caribbean cricket have been suffering from a lack of leadership for the past 10 years. While addressing a youth forum in Thailand, Waugh opined that a lot of their current players value T20 cricket and making money rather than representing the West Indies, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Steve Waugh suggests Steven Smith to follow instincts to become successful captain

Asserting that Australia’s period of success was based on the blueprint of the former powerhouse of world cricket, Waugh expressed that he would love to see the West Indies strong again. West Indies’ premium cricketers like Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Samuel Badree, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo have preferred to play in the Big Bash League rather than for their nation. West Indies, which are currently ranked the world’s eighth-best Test team, will tour Australia in a three-match series starting on December 10. Steve Waugh: Australia should give extended run to players over the summer

Steve Waugh has asked new skipper Steven Smith his own instincts if he wants to be a successful captain in future. The 50-year-old advised Smith that he can’t please everyone, but added that he should listen to one or more close advisers, news.com.au reported. Speaking on the common theory that the best batsman should bat at number three, Waugh felt the idea has become outdated and the batsman should bat at a position where he feels comfortable.