Holding Your Catches, Your Position & Your Liquor

12th January 2014

Quick Singles – news round-up

Recent events in Caribbean Cricket & beyond.

A New Zealand cricket fan grabbed a NZ$1,000 prize – for bucketing a one-handed catch during the final ODI between NZ and WI. That works out at about US$82,800 or BDS$165,000. And with West Indies still yet to complete their tour of New Zealand, reports suggest the players are homesick.

After the completion of the tour, ODI captain, Dwayne Bravo will be heading down under to appear briefly for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, before heading back to the Caribbean for the Nagico Super50 Cup. Bravo will replace wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin as Trinidad & Tobago’s skipper for the competition.

Staying with T&T, Kieran Pollard has been ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, while Sunil Narine will miss the first game because of commitments to the Cape Cobras in South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge.

Meanwhile, in Jamaica, Chris Gayle is set to return as captain for the Super50, injury allowing. Gayle recently pulled out of appearing for the Dolphins in the Ram Slam T20. There is also a recall to the squad for Jerome Taylor, who has not appeared for Jamaica since March 2011.

Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings), Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders), Kieran Pollard (Mumbai Indians) and Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore) are the 4 West Indians retained by sides ahead of the upcoming IPL 2014 auctions.

In Barbados, successful skipper of last season’s 4-day Regional competition triumph, Kirk Edwards has been relieved of his duties. His successor leading the 4-day side will be Kraigg Brathwaite, while in the upcoming Nagico Super50 Cup, Kevin Stoute will take the reigns. Hendy Springer was confirmed as Head Coach.

The demotion of both Kirk Edwards and Test team vice-captain Denesh Ramdin from national leadership duties must reduce their chances of succeeding Darren Sammy to the Test captaincy if he steps down.

Elsewhere, West Indies’ first great all-rounder Learie, later Sir and eventually Lord Constantine has been commemorated in London’s Earls Court with a blue plaque on his former home in Lexham Gardens.

Former President of the WICB, Julian Hunte is to be knighted. Current President Dave Cameron sent Dr Hunte his congratulations on behalf of the WICB.

Finally, in Bermuda a woman has pleaded guilty to charges relating to a fight at Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club in the early hours of December 27 2013. The accused admitted she had been drinking that night. Sentencing her, Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said: “I take it that this is an embarrassment for you standing here in front of me today. At least you should be embarrassed. If you can’t hold your liquor, don’t drink it. Leave it alone. It clouds your judgement and bad decision making affects your whole life ahead of you.”

Yes, not being able to hold your liquor is truly something to be embarrassed about in the Caribbean.

David Oram


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