21st August 2015
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to edition no.4 of The Willow in the WIndies.
My guest this week is once again the highly regarded and highly knowledgable Mr Reds Perreira.
We discussed the recent victory of Barbados’ Women’s team in the regional 50 over tournament; and the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) foresight in allowing them to prepare by taking part in the island’s men’s competition.
Conversely, we also discussed the worrying lack of foresight of the BCA if, as suggested by Conde Riley, the Kensington Oval is currently uninsured against major accident or damage (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes etc.).
We looked at the current concerns for the WICB regarding finances: including loss of revenue from the cancelled Champions League T20 tournament; and failure to qualify for the Champions Trophy 50 over competition in England in 2017.
We spoke about the challenges for both the WICB and the regional territorial boards as they prepare for the second edition of the domestic regional 4-day competition, ‘The Professional Cricket League’ – including the withdrawal of Guyana franchise draft selection, Barbadian Ryan Hinds, from their squad. We also spoke about the travel challenges players face in the Caribbean island region.
We also looked ahead to the upcoming report into the WICB’s governance; discussed Dave Cameron’s support of cricket featuring in the Olympic Games; and former ICC President Ehsan Mani’s observation that Pakistan’s withdrawal from the ODI tri-series with West Indies and Zimbabwe was “not cricket”.