Looking Back with Pleasure

24th January 2014

Picking the Spin from the Rough – stuff well worth reading

A selection of items I’ve recently come across I think you might enjoy.

Kieron Pollard was in the UK this week, and was kept busy with both TV appearances and giving interviews. Sky Sports did a Q&A with him as part of their promotion of England’s upcoming ODI & T20 tour of the Caribbean. Pollard also gave an interview to ESPN Cricinfo.

Earlier this month, Cricinfo was also the place to find a very enjoyable item on West Indies’ pace bowling support cast of the glory years by Stuart Wark. Plus, from last December, here’s the curious tale of the ball Garry Sobers hit for six sixes, and here’s a marvellous article by Jarrod Kimber on one of Sir Garfield’s greatest innings.

Cricinfo also carries Tony Cozier’s latest weekly article on issues within West Indies cricket, which is always worth reading; while in the February edition of The Cricketer magazine he has contributed an excellent feature on the strength of the Caribbean’s domestic first-class cricket structure in the great years. You can sample a taster of the article here.

Also looking back was Paul Lewis in the New Zealand Herald on Sunday, who preferred to recall the former majesty of Viv Richards rather than dwell on the tourists’ poor performances in NZ.

As usual, Cricket Country has run a few profiles this week well worth a read: Abhishek Mukherjee recalls the infamous Dean Jones/Curtly Ambrose wristbands incident; Bharath Ramaraj recalls the career of Junior Murray; Shubham Nag levels a charge of sexism against Chris Gayle; and finally Abhishek Mukherjee once again provides a pen portrait of Andy Ganteaume, who was 93 this week.

Finally, another great of West Indian cricket commentary was featured in the St Lucia Star – the ever-insightful and ever-young Reds Perreira.

David Oram

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