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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 11 March, 2003, 14:19 GMT
Harper highlights problems
Roger Harper
Harper has been coaching West Indies since 2000
West Indies will never regain their supremacy in international cricket until the various regional factions work for a common good, according to team coach Roger Harper.

The former spin-bowling all-rounder believes "insularity at all levels" is hampering attempts to revive Caribbean cricket.

Harper made his comments following the team's arrival in Barbados following their first round exit from the World Cup.

They won three of their five completed matches, but missed out on a place in the Super Sixes after the game with Bangladesh was ruined by rain and they had to share the points.

Harper's contract expires at the end of the month and former South African coach Bob Woolmer is believed to be the leading candidate to take over.

But Harper believes whoever is in charge faces a tough task.

"Everyone wants the West Indies to win but they all want their own people to play.

"Until we get rid of that, until we start thinking as one, until we have common ideals and common goals and stop filling our territorial players with nonsense then we're not going to get anywhere because we are creating monsters."

He added: "The associations locally have a responsibility to the players and to the region, and it is time they start doing it."

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