Monthly Archives: May 2015

First Among Unequals – a response by a contributor

12th May 2015

Overthrows  – backing up strong returns

I applaud your well written, balanced article. Your clear articulation of the necessity and responsibility for proper representation by our cricketers is the essential point that Don Marshall misses or chooses to miss.

The notion that cricketers must maximize their earnings is well understood but WI cricketers are not poorly paid and there is no similarity whatsoever to their lowly status during the Packer years. Therefore, Don overstates the issue of income security and Webster mounts an intellectually lazy argument with his reference to the Packer years.

WICB should make all efforts to schedule games outside of the IPL period. But our weather patterns and the availability of other teams means a lot of our cricket cannot be played at home between June to October. Therefore trying to isolate the IPL period is challenging for WICB. However an honest effort at scheduling must be made.

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First Among Unequals

11th May 2015

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

Joy has not abated in the rum shops of the Caribbean.

Triumph at the Kensington Oval last week has been toasted with liberal amounts of Mount Gay, Angostura and Appletons.

And through our half-full glasses of Eldorado can we see the not-so-far-off glint of a new golden age? Does this new generation give promise of more than one golden day?

I sincerely believe so.

The Caribbean cannot get carried away by success in one match – equally it must not fail to capitalise on the moment.

Victory was based around youth – and these young players are good.

They are West Indies’ future. And the Caribbean needs to invest in them. Equally, they need to invest in the West Indies.

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The ‘West Indies First’ Policy – a response by Dr Don Marshall

10th May 2015

Overthrows  – backing up strong returns

Earlier this week I circulated an editorial from Barbados Today (which you can read here) that took a firm line, urging the WICB to strictly enforce its ‘West Indies First’ policy – a sentiment I entirely endorse.

My former colleague on the Mason & Guests show in Barbados, Dr Don Marshall has responded with his own thoughts, arguing that the issue is not as simple as some might consider:  Continue reading

Turning the Corner? by John Holder

9th May 2015

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

Like every cricket lover from the Caribbean, I was pleasantly surprised at the performance of the West Indies team against England in the recently completed series.

But talk of turning the corner are total rubbish and unrealistic. There were hopeful signs but if the players show similar commitment and application over the coming years, there will be improvement.

I have maintained over the past 20 years that only when attitudes change will there be an improvement in the fortunes of cricket in the Caribbean. Continue reading

WI Must Enforce the ‘West Indies First’ Policy

7th May 2015

Picking the Spin from the Rough – stuff well worth reading

Barbados Today has this morning featured an editorial in which it outlines the need for the Caribbean authorities to enforce the ‘West Indies First’ policy for the continuing good of its regional cricket.

It is an excellent and convincing article – which I wholeheartedly agree with. As I commented in response to the piece on the publication’s website:

“The sooner WI can focus around players who are committed to the cricket of the region, and the people of the region – rather than the cricket of the IPL and the people of India – the better.”

I urge you to read the piece here:

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