4th February 2014
Quick Singles – news round-up
Recent events in Caribbean Cricket & beyond.
The main event in the Caribbean at the moment is the Nagico Super50 tournament, and a good first week of competition has been enjoyed by those who can view it on ESPN Caribbean (a few), listen to it via yourcss.net (some), or have gone along to watch (next to none).
Among those who didn’t turn up was Barbados’ ex-captain, Kirk Edwards, who decided to report for duty in Trinidad without his kit, and was promptly sent home by management. The resulting furore has gained plenty of reaction and coverage – although one hopes it will all blow over.
Edwards’ suspension came only a few days before the higher profile termination of Kevin Pietersen’s international England career. He will obviously not now be coming to play in the Caribbean in February/March’s ODIs & T20s, having followed his former coach and protagonist, Andy Flower into the British unemployment queue.
One man who is coming to the Caribbean is Australia’s Tom Moody, who has been named as Director of Cricket for the CPL, and has also been linked with the vacant England Head Coach position.
Also visiting the Caribbean from England is Moody’s former county team, Warwickshire who have confirmed they will be with us here in Barbados in March. And Barbados is also the intended location for this bunch from Bucks.
A few departures to follow: former West Indies captain, Floyd Reifer has confirmed he will be retiring at the end of the current season; while Jamaica’s 4-day skipper, Tamar Lambert has said he’ll probably be following the same path at the end of next season.
Also departing the West Indies was John Mooney, who left his Ireland colleagues to head back home after suffering a stress-related illness. Team-mate, Gary Wilson has contributed a column for the Belfast Newsletter, reporting on Ireland’s progress in the Super50, which you can read here.
In the Trinidad Guardian, Colin Croft, who is covering the competition as a radio summariser, has enjoyed the splendid start to the tournament; while Barbados coach, Hendy Springer hailed his side’s victory over their Trinidad & Tobago hosts.
Sunil Narine missed T&T’s defeat to Barbados in their opening game of the Super50, being on duty in South Africa for the Cape Cobras in the Ram Slam T20 – where he took 10 wickets in 6 games, and helped them to a place in the semi-final. Narine should be back in time to feature in T&T’s 2nd game v Leeward Islands tomorrow.
Elsewhere, Barbados’ Ryan Hinds has been enjoying a successful time in the United Arab Emirates; and compatriot Justin Brathwaite has been signed to play for Clipstone in the Bassetlaw League in this coming English summer; Ramnaresh Sarwan has confirmed he will be appearing for Leicestershire again in the 2014 English County Championship; and Durham and Jamaica’s Gareth Breese hopes to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity in his upcoming benefit year.
And finally, the WICB revealed that it is looking for a new sponsor for the Sagicor High Performance Centre; and it also announced it was ‘charting a way forward’ and it would “soon concretize and unveil its ‘game-plan’ to ensure the continued growth and survival of the most popular sport in the region.” We must wait with baited breath to find out what on Earth all that means.