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WI cheerleader rues attitude of youngsters

Calcutta: There may be an air of decadence looming large over West Indies cricket at present, but one man still stands tall among the ruins, a living link with its glorious past.

Lester Armoogam has been associated with and a witness to Caribbean cricket’s ups and downs in a breathtaking stand of 118 Tests since 1969, when he first started cheering the West Indians from the stands.

“When I see the present it pains me. But I have so many memories to cherish and I believe we must get back to where we were once,” said the 62-year old on Monday, during his maiden visit to Eden Gardens.

“Now the youngsters are only interested in donning the national blazer but they lack the right attitude and discipline to serve the game,” felt the portly man, fondly called Uncle Les by the current Windies cricketers.

Incidentally, he has a grandson, named after Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar. “But he does not play cricket, rather he is interested in basketball,” Armoogam, who has seen Lara’s world record 375, said, smiling.

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