“Cricket is not simply the play out in the middle. It is not only the cricket itself that we enjoy with such keenness and delight. It is the long discussions, the great arguments over the selection of teams and the comparison of heroes. It is the spectacle of the ground - the crowds full of good humour, the tingle of excitement in the air, the sun blazing and the flags flying. It is the cool beer and the iced rum and the tall stories told of long ago days. It is the tension growing and the hum of the noise dying away as the field is set for the first ball of a new Test series.”

Extract from The Rise of West Indian Cricket by Frank Birbalsingh