When in Rome

23rd January 2014

Quick Singles – news round-up

Recent events in Caribbean Cricket & beyond.

With the cricket world shaking from the imminent overthrow of the game’s democracy, and the edifice that was the ICC burning like Rome or the Reichstag, other news does perhaps have as much pertinence as old-fashioned fish & chip paper. Nonetheless, we should keep fiddling like Nero, or the famed string quartet on RMS Titanic.

But to start with the iceberg: ESPN Cricinfo has now devoted a contents page to cover the story, which features links to the best written and video coverage of the story. Despite two days of discussions this week, the WICB has declined to comment ahead of the upcoming ICC meeting at which the scandalous draft proposal will be debated, and one report does suggest they will fall in line with the proposals and ratify them. The most perceptive analysis of events is probably still supplied by Gideon Haigh on his Cuts and Glances blog, which also collects up and provides links to the best of the rest of the coverage.

Meanwhile, the WICB has continued with other business as usual, and announced a fifteen-man squad for the U19 World Cup in UAE in February, and a provisional squad of 30 for the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in March. The senior squad announcement came after we learned that both Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo had returned to the WICB’s central contract list.

Bravo went from West Indies’ tour of New Zealand to Melbourne to play for the Renegades against the Adelaide Strikers, where his performance was of the match-winning variety. Jason Holder stayed on in New Zealand to appear for Otago in the final of NZ’s domestic T20 final, the HRV Cup, where despite a couple of wickets he finished up on the losing side.

Still on T20, Chris Jordan was added to England’s squad for the 3-match series v Australia at the end of the month. With England looking as hapless in ODIs as they did in the Tests, Jordan has performed encouragingly, and Vithushan Ehantharajah profiles the Barbadian here.

Barbados is the destination for four English counties, Hampshire, Northants, Notts and Warwickshire, who will be visiting the island in mid-March for their pre-season ‘warm-ups’.

Guyana and Somerset’s Peter Wight was on hand to call ‘play’ and open Bath Cricket Club’s new indoor school; while Guyana’s Clive Lloyd and Alvin Kallicharran, along with Jamaica’s Michael Holding have joined the honorary advisory board of the American Cricket Federation.

Finally, while many believe the conspiratorial BCCI, CA and ECB ought not to have a leg to stand on, MCC’s members have been up-in-arms about their lack of leg room.

David Oram


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