Rumblings of Discontent

8th February 2014

Quick Singles – news round-up

Recent events in Caribbean Cricket & beyond.

Bits rumble on in the Kirk Edwards story. He gave his ‘shocked’ reaction earlier this week, and the Barbados Advocate initially signalled a ‘no response’ stance from the BCA. This did not stop readers from expressing their own opinion. However, yesterday the WICB did announce that Edwards was still eligible for West Indies selection.

The not dissimilar fall-out in England from Kevin Pietersen’s exile has thundered on. Nick Hoult in the UK’s Daily Telegraph reveals the ‘real’ reasons for his expulsion. While the ECB has spent subsequent days obfuscating on the issue, we are promised a statement of clarification on Sunday. In the UK’s Daily Mail, Charles Sale has highlighted some of the collateral damage from the situation.

A Pietersen-less England side was announced on Thursday for the limited overs tour of the West Indies, while Steven Jacobs has been announced as the skipper for the UWI Vice-Chancellor’s XI in the pre-series warm up game v England.

Before WI play England, they have 2 T20s & 1 ODI to play v Ireland in Jamaica, and James Shannon has been called up to the Ireland squad to replace John Mooney. Fellow Irish tourists, Niall and Kevin O’Brien have talked about their Test Match aspirations on ESPN Cricinfo.

Ireland have been out in the Caribbean currently, where they have underperformed in the Nagico Super50 tournament. But at least they’ve done better than the Leewards Islands, whose coach, Ridley Jacobs expresses his disappointment here.

Daniel Vettori is someone else who hopes to be coming to the WI in 2014, having targeted a return to the New Zealand side for their tour of the Caribbean later this year.

Also later this year will be the 2nd CPL T20 tournament. Garth Wattley in the Trinidad Express reveals that this year’s salary cap is likely to be reduced.

Before then the World T20 tournament is to be held in Bangladesh, but with the political situation there still unsettled, Vinode Mamchan in the Trinidad Guardian recently gave air to the WICB’s misgivings.

Also unclear because of the political landscape, is whether this year’s IPL will take place in India. ESPN Cricinfo considered the alternatives.

And finally, news has emerged today that the deal is done: the shake up of the ICC is to ratified.

David Oram

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