23rd June 2015
Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights
Clips to the on-side
It’s been far too long since I had a little round-up of quality TV/radio/internet items with a WIndies flavour – and these highlights are well worth an hour or so of your viewing/listening time:
Last month Voice of Barbados broadcast an evening show devoted to several of its island cricketing legends, in a programme hosted by David Ellis entitled Conversing with Our Legends. It featured interviews with Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Peter Lashley and Rawle Brancker. You can enjoy it here.
Sir Wes Hall was also recently the guest speaker at the WICB/WIPA Awards evening in Jamaica, just prior to the Sabina Park Test Match v Australia. He spoke amusingly, and reflectively to the gathered throng, looking back upon his own career and forward to the future of Caribbean cricket. You can hear his speech here.
Another Caribbean knight was interviewed this week on the excellent Couch Talk show. Sir Andy Roberts had the privilege of settling back onto Subash’s davenport to air his views, and you can listen to the interview here, and read a transcript of their conversation here.
20th June 2015
Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights
Clips to the on-side.
Can’t Bowl, Can’t Throw is the most amusing cricket podcast around.
It has a large and admiring listenership, enjoying the show’s irreverence and delight in the cricketing absurd. It’s put together in Australia by Dennis Freedman and his regular co-host, Cat Jones.
Dennis also does more serious-minded cricket news podcasts and interviews (his most recent was an exclusive conversation with the Indian cricket mogul, Lalit Modi which you can listen to here). I’ve been fortunate enough to do a couple of such podcasts with Dennis before about issues in the Caribbean, but this was my debut on the main show.
17th June 2015
Quick Singles – Caribbean cricket comment, news & views
WICB PRESS RELEASE –
Experienced six headline Player Draft
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Half dozen players with Test match experience have been included in the list of 90 entered in the Player Draft of the West Indies Cricket Board Professional Cricket League.
The Player Draft, which has been organised with the goal of achieving an equitable distribution of the available player talent in the Regional 4-Day and NAGICO Super50 tournaments, takes place tomorrow, Thursday, June 18, at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados, starting at 1 p.m.
The WICB announced today the pool of players who will be in the Draft and fast bowler Tino Best, wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baugh Jr, batsman Kirk Edwards, left-arm spin bowling all-rounder Ryan Hinds, opener Xavier Marshall and left-handed opener Omar Phillips head the list, which also includes five other players with international playing experience. (See the full lists below). Continue reading
16th June 2015
Patrolling the Boundary – a view from the outfield
The Australians predictably hammered the inexperienced West Indies team.
Our boys seemed totally intimidated facing the aggressive, clinical Australian team. That was not suprising as most of them had never faced such quality opposition. The English dropped catches and batted and bowled badly at times, but the Aussies never provided such respite.
They were at our boys all the time and supported their bowling with excellent fielding and brilliant catching. In addition, one has to admire the way Michael Clarke manages his team. The Ashes should be very interesting to watch.
8th June 2015
Overthrows – backing up strong returns
This guy has analyzed the situation very well.
I believe that having two other wicket-keepers in the side has placed immense pressure on Ramdin.
Even before this added pressure, he has shown a tendency to fail miserably with the bat when the chips are down and the team needs him. His previous significant contributions have been mainly with carefree batting in dead matches or lost causes, where defeat is obvious and inevitable. In situations when a half century can make a difference with the game in the balance and the team needing him, he is MIA. All we get is the disappointed look as he returns to the pavilion.
What makes this worse, is the fear in his eyes when the pressure in on and the transparency of mood which does not engender confidence or inspiration. Tactically, he is like a stuck record allowing the game to meander until the second new-ball while under and over-bowling bowlers in an illogical fashion.