18th September 2015
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to edition no.8 of The Willow in the WIndies.
Up for discussion this week in my regular conversation with Reds were:
Reaction to Jason Holder’s press conference, including comments from former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, former West Indies captain Brian Lara, and journalists Tony Becca, Tony Cozier, Garth Wattley and Andre Baptiste.
Matters arising from the WICB’s quarterly Directors’ meeting, including news of a USD$2m surplus and the announcement that January’s Nagico Super 50 tournament will be held in Trinidad & Tobago and St Kitts.
Continuing uncertainty over the WICB’s USD$42m debt to the BCCI; concerns over the health of the financing of the regional 4-day competition the Professional Cricket League; and news of player movements and contracts, including the reasoning behind Ryan Hinds’ rejection of a move to Guyana; the ‘swap’ of Guyana’s Narsingh Deonarine and Jamaica’s Nkrumah Bonner between the two franchises that had signed them in the player auction – namely Deonarine moving to T&T from the Leeward Islands and Bonner going in the opposite direction; the news that Ronnie Sarwan will not now be seeking to play for Jamaica this season; and the news that the Leeward’s Devon Thomas does not have a contract, but is still hoping to gain selection for the region’s team.
Chris Gayle’s revelation of a strip-club in his bedroom; and the news that his name is among those penciled in to play in the upcoming Pakistan Super League T20 competition in February.
Brian Lara was globe-trotting: he was in Dominica as a special envoy of the T&T government visiting scenes and offering support at areas of devastation in Dominica; he headed on to England where he met UK Prime Minister David Cameron and then appeared in a charity cricket match at The Oval; and he will be featuring in another charity game in Barbados later this month in aid of Dominica.
Elsewhere around the region it was announced that Jamaica’s multi-purpose Trelawney sports stadium will be renamed after Usain Bolt; we looked at Suriname’s success in the recent ICC World Cricket League Division 6 tournament; and the Cayman Islands’ failure at the same event; and the distressing scenes of violence on the cricket field in Bermuda’s Champion of Champions final.
Reds endorsed my idea that the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy contested between Australia and West Indies should be renamed the Worrell/Benaud Trophy to honour the great Richie Benaud, and the lasting friendship and sportsmanship of these two iconic figures.
And Reds gave his view on whether the disgraced former Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif should be allowed to resume their international careers.