Monthly Archives: October 2014


31st October 2014


The BCCI has put in a claim of USD$42m to the WICB, with a 15-day deadline to respond or face court action.

ANDREW MASON, the Caribbean’s leading cricket commentator, and host of the weekly talk show, Mason & Guests has got hold of that letter – which I reproduce here, without further comment, for the international cricket community’s consumption:

Letter to WICB – 31.10.2014

David Oram

David Oram is the resident ‘statto’, and sometime presenter of ‘Mason & Guests’ – Voice of Barbados’ weekly cricket talk show, the leading cricket radio show in the West Indies – hosted by the Caribbean’s principal radio commentator, Andrew Mason. You can tweet me at DavidOram@colblimp1983.


Lemons in Need of Aid

27th October 2014

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

“That’s the way to do it!”

Reaction and opinion to the WI players’ strike crisis has been in abundant supply, even if any tangible developments haven’t. I do intend to compile a blog piece collecting up all the best writing on the issue, together with links, from the last couple of days or so – alongside all the feedback and reactions I’ve had to my previous two articles on the crisis, which includes a piece sent to me by John Holder. You can still read my earlier items here and here if you haven’t already done so.

In addition to intelligent views in print within the Caribbean from Tony Cozier, Tony Becca, Keith Holder, Colin Croft (amongst several others) there’s also been some good stuff from beyond the boundary by Simon Barnes, Ed Smith, Vic Marks etc. If I weren’t being pressed by the dear lady wife to get changed to go out for dinner I’d gather that all up this evening – but as it is it’ll have to wait another day or so.

I do want to take a moment to thank a couple of people who’ve spread my views out to a wider readership, promoting this site by providing links to it via their own far more polished, and popular blogs. Many thanks to Dmitri Old at How Did We Lose in Adelaide, and Dennis Freedman at Dennis Does Cricket. I’d also like to thank Clivejw who directed people to Roland Butcher’s Hook via the comments section of Vic Marks’ article. Ta folks! You’ve all been very kind. As I say, I’ll gather up all of this material in an easily accessible, user-friendly round-up piece anon.

Time now to get to the point:

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Just the Facts, Ma’am

25th October 2014

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

Dragging the net for the truth

Marlon Samuels yesterday rejected the notion that the strike by West Indies’ ODI team was unanimous. He may not be the last member of the returned tour party to reveal that he wanted to ‘play on’. In response, Dwayne Bravo has published his latest missive, in which he insists that he was unaware of Samuels’ position, but that he was the ONLY squad member not wholly supportive of the strike stance. This may be news to the likes of Jason Holder and Leon Johnson, who would have been understandably quiet, submissive and compliant in the circumstances.

It does appear that Dwayne Bravo is the main antagonist on behalf of the players (though several people have commented to me that his epistles have the heavy whiff in language and style of Wavell Hinds’ predecessor at the helm of WIPA – if not his literal signature or fingerprints) – although Bravo has reminded people that all three West Indies captains were on the India tour, and were fully cooperative parties in opting to take strike action.

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More Links and Some Feedback re the WI Players’ Strike

24th October 2014

Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights

Clips to the on-side

I’ve had some great feedback re my piece on the WI players’ strike, and the international coverage of the story.

George Dobell was kind enough to retweet it to his audience of ‘followers’, giving it a potential wider readership, describing it as ‘an interesting reaction piece’. Cheers, George!

Dennis Freedman of Dennis Does Cricket and Can’t Bowl, Can’t Throw fame said it was the ‘definitive guide to the West Indies crisis… it is world class.‘ All hyperbole gratefully received and accepted, Dennis!

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A Pistol Full of Bullets

23rd October 2014

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

Handling the smoking gun

This has not been a period to inspire me to write. The awful events, and then non-events in India have knocked the stuffing out of me. I’m not the only one in the Caribbean right now asking myself ‘do I really care anymore?’ If the players don’t, then why should I? Why can’t everyone just get on and play some cricket?

West Indies cricket is staring into the abyss. Fred Trueman used to famously summarise for the BBC’s Test Match Special with the comments: “I just don’t know what’s going off out there.” Well, he’d be right at the moment. Most of what has been happening in the Caribbean has been going ‘off’, rather than going ‘on’. This is thanks first and foremost to the dictate of Dwayne Bravo. The man commonly known in the region as the ‘show-pony’ has led his villainous cohorts away from the cricket field, and has dragged with him the asinine, spineless and vacuous WICB; and the moronically compliant WIPA – but along with millions of other innocents too, and possibly an entire cricketing ‘nation’.

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