“Why do we still have ‘‘Caribbean” this, and “Caribbean that’? he asked. “Why not just forget all about this “Caribbean thing” and simply get things International?” Of course, those of us who appreciate all that The Caribbean Current puts forward daily, understand the answer to this question. Nonetheless, in the remote event that some of us are just being introduced to the idea of The Caribbean Current, let’s consider it. Eons ago when sugar was king; though some claim it still is, the current in the Caribbean was unidirectional. Most of us can appreciate that if things simply keep flowing out of something without mutual return, eventually there would be a deficit, a drainage. The other Caribbean current that I talk about in this article, is the ability of our region to attract foreign exchange, interest, and investments. So, “why not simply get all things International?” No more to be said, is there?
However, given that we are currently experiencing one of our ‘Caribbean’ things in the form of Caribbean Premier League T20 Series, maybe we can explore. We already have the T20 World Cup Tournament where we participate as a region. Here the question can be asked, “Why Caribbean then?” While in a previous article the grand achievement of the creation of a West Indies Cricket team that once dominated the sport. There remains a gap. A gap in terms of the current, attracting force of West Indies Cricket.
This gap is in gross domestic product (GDP). Firstly, the T20 World Cup does not originate from within the Caribbean collective and so is not domestic, to begin with. GDP is the market value of all final goods and services produced in the country. In this case, we are considering the collective countries known as the Caribbean.
Our Caribbean Premier League is a domestic affair with potential for international reach. However, it is a domestic affair with a strong current to draw others into Caribbean countries. A live example is an investment of Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan, in the Trinbago Knight Riders who incidentally, visited Trinidad for the initial CPL matches.
Furthermore, our Caribbean Premier League allows for that mutual domestic give-take relationship among our countries. Thus, we have created a domestic GDP-building system for regional support, and all this while bonding, engaging in healthy competition, applauding our sportsmen and having fun too.
Returning to the idea of being unidimensional, it is well known that Caribbean Carnival is one of our active currents. Similar to the many currents surrounding our regional shores, would it not be worthwhile to also tune in to other currents? Every four years the World is reminded of the global football current, a current that lies within the larger sporting current.
It is through our Caribbean Premier League that we can stir up our sports tourism currents. We already have had small successes in this area. We have, over time, the opportunity to keep stirring as we individually upgrade our related offering of products and services during the CPL T20 Series. This though would be an ongoing process. Even so, we have in the interim the ongoing Caribbean comrade.
What of the actual CPL T20 Series, thus far? We’ve had six games played with Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors, starting out victorious. However, Trinbago Knight Riders then got hit for a six from Andre Russell to suffer defeat. This trend continued for Trinbago Knight Riders as they met with St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots. However, Guyana Amazon Warriors continued their winning streak against St. Lucia Stars, but Guyana Amazon Warriors were eventually halted as Barbados Tridents bettered their play to secure a victory. Jamaica Tallawahs, however, were not able to maintain their winning streak as they met with St. Lucia Stars. This might have been due in part, to the St. Lucia Stars being determined to ensure they did not suffer a third defeat.
If you are yet to tune into this happening Caribbean current, there are lots more matches to come up until September 9. 2018. Also, if ever that thought arises, “why do ‘Caribbean’ when there is already the International?” simply consider for one moment the underlying currents around our Caribbean Premier League T20 Series.
By Kerriann Toby
Kerriann Toby holds a Master of Counselling and Bachelor of Psychology. She is a dynamic therapist, trained mediator; and educator since 2000. In addition to being a trained educator, mediator, and therapist, she is a certified Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Professional. Kerriann has also trained in cyber counseling and holds clinical registration with Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) & Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
In mid-October 2015 she initiated operations of KarryOn geared toward the provision of a variety of enhancement and developmental services for the individual, groups and the organization; e-Coaching/Counseling, Mediation, EAP Services and the creative presentation of psycho-social information. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.