IT has become rather perplexing that, in spite of the jelling of the West Indies cricket team, the nations of the Caribbean refuse to use this model for all sports. This issue has been mooted from time to time in various Caribbean media starting almost two decades ago but has never been addressed by Caribbean governments, sporting bodies and Caricom. In the 2016 Olympics, the English speaking Caribbean tallied 17 medals. In 2012 that number was 43.
A West Indies football team stands a chance of competing internationally and possibly winning medals in a way that none of the territorial teams do. Ditto for any other team sports. In athletics a West Indies team can bring home a ignificant number of medals from various world games, the Olympics and so on, especially given that powerhouse Jamaica will be supplemented by the best of Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and the other nations.