5th October 2015
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to edition no.10 of The Willow in the WIndies.
This week’s Reds and I focused on the suspension of WIndies coach Phil Simmons, with Eldine Baptiste stepping into the role for the tour of Sri Lanka. We looked at the general reaction to the events in the Caribbean, the WICB’s handling of the matter and considered what effect it would have on the WI tour party in SL.
We also noted it was a bad week for the Simmons family, with nephew Lendl hitting the headlines in Trinidad in a lurid front-page sex-scandal court-case.
We looked ahead to West Indies Women’s upcoming home series v Pakistan Women, who are currently playing Bangladesh; and the publication of a new ICC Women’s Rankings table. We noted the contribution of coach Vasbert Drakes, who has recently been travelling around the region as part of his role with the WICB’s High Performance Centre (which has recently undergone a restructuring) with the HPC Head Coach, Graeme West to work with young players ahead of the U19 World Cup in the New Year.
Reds and I also discussed the recent MCC amendment to the law enabling ‘intelligent fielding’; the cancellation of Australia’s tour of Bangladesh (for which I recommend you listen to Dennis Freedman’s podcast on the subject); the death of Australia’s Lindsay Kline; and our hopes that the upcoming Australia v West Indies series can invoke the sportsmanship and spirit of Sir Frank Worrell and Richie Benaud and consider playing for a revamped Worrell/Benaud Trophy.