27th October 2015
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to edition no.12 of The Willow in the WIndies.
After a week’s hiatus Reds and I convened again to review WIndies’ 2-0 defeat in the Tests with Sri Lanka – a series of missed opportunities, some good bowling performances and poor batting.
We discussed whether there will be any team changes, and I asked if the Caribbean had anyone better available? And could we see anyone force their way into the squad with good performances in the early stages of the regional 4-day tournament which gets underway shortly?
We reflected on Sir Garfield Sobers’ recent tearful comments about the current state of WI cricket and his implication that many players are not appearing with a love and passion for the region, but purely for fame and monetary gain.
On a happier note we saluted the success of WIndies’ Women’s team in the ODI series v Pakistan and elevation to joint top of the ICC’s rankings table alongside Australia.
We noted the news that Australia and South Africa are set to tour the Caribbean for a ODI tri-series next year; and that India are expected to fulfill their Test tour of the region in 2016 – and that presumably an understanding has been reached between the two Boards over the question of the USD$42m debt demand.
Reds expressed his worries over the absence of any news resolving the issues surrounding the suspension of Phil Simmons; and he highlighted the potential difficulty regarding Antigua’s labour laws.
Reds also spoke about the recent memorial service for Steve Camacho which he and many other important figures in WIndies cricket were able to attend.
And finally Reds and I shared our reservations about the use of the pink ball in cricket.