Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Willow in the WIndies – bat no. 1

31st July 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 1 – CPL 2015 review with Reds Perreira

Introducing the inaugural episode of the new Caribbean cricket podcast, The Willow in the WIndies.

Joining me for this first show is the great Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira, and we look back at the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League, won by the T&T Red Steel.

We review the competition; the crowds; the commentators; and the possible exclusion of the Barbados Tridents from next year’s tournament.

We also look at West Indies’ fall to 9th in the ICC ODI rankings; Michael Holding’s comment that ‘Test cricket is dying’; the death of Clive Rice; and England’s victory in the 3rd Ashes Test Match v Australia.

You can listen to the podcast here:

David Oram


John Holder on Reds Perreira’s commentary ban

4th July 2015

Overthrows  – backing up strong returns

I have said for some time that the two most incompetent boards in cricket are Pakistan and the Windies. It is also clear that the president is a muppet. For him to object to valid comments on the state of cricket in the Caribbean is a prime example of burying one’s head in the sand. The performance of the Test team is indicative of the state of play in the region.

With a combination of poor performance on field and equally poor decisions by the Board, West Indies cricket has for some time become the laughing stock of world cricket. Despite Cameron’s narrow minded, self serving decisions, there will be no improvement until attitudes change.

John Holder

John Holder is a highly respected former international umpire, who stood in Tests & ODIs between 1988-2001, and in 1st-class cricket from 1982-2009. He was also the innovative mind behind the introduction of the ‘bowl-out’ to settle washed out one-day games.

Reds Perreira talks about his blacklisting by the WICB

3rd July 2015

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

“Retired, Reds?” – “No, banned by the Board”

Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira and I spoke over the phone yesterday, which is a delightful, regular occurrence.

He and I became good friends during my time in Barbados – and I was fortunate, indeed privileged that on cricketing issues, both public and private, he frequently turned to me as a sounding-board. What an honour!

But yesterday he was not happy.

I’ve been privy to his personal disquiet at his ousting as an international cricket commentator – a matter which has upset him a great deal, divorcing him from his great love of more than forty years – but of which, up until now, he has not spoken publicly.

But after many months of mis/disinformation from the West Indies Cricket Board, Reds has decided to give his version of what has effectively been a blacklisting and broadcasting ban by the Board.

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