Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Willow in the WIndies – Reviewing West Indies’ Tour of Sri Lanka with Aruna Amirthanayagam

18th November 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Midweek Edition: Talking to Aruna Amirthanayagam – Reviewing West Indies’ tour of Sri Lanka.

Welcome to this extra edition of The Willow in the WIndies.

I was joined once again by Aruna Amirthanayagam to look back on yet another unsuccessful overseas venture for the West Indies. They lost convincingly in the Tests, ODIS, and only managed to share the T20 spoils by winning their very first game of the tour, in their last game.

Aruna and I looked at the performances of players on both sides; the encouraging development of the new generation of Sri Lanka cricketers; and looked towards the immediate future for both sides, including the upcoming World T20 championship.

Aruna also shared with me his first hand observations upon the success of the Shane Warne/Sachin Tendulkar T20 exhibition matches in the USA.

You can listen to the podcast here:

David Oram


Dr Rudi Webster responds to our podcast on the Caricom Review Panel’s Caribbean Cricket Governance Report

16th November 2015

Overthrows  – backing up strong returns

I’ve been delighted by the response I’ve received, both supportive and critical, of the recent podcast I recorded with Dr Andrew Forde about the report submitted by Caricom’s Cricket Governance Review Panel into the state of West Indies cricket, and its recommendation for the immediate dissolution of the WICB.

You can still listen to that extra edition of ‘The Willow in the WIndies’ here.

I’ve had a number of emails on the subject, and have sought the permission of my correspondents to share publicly their feedback, where possible, within the forum of this blog.

One such expert opinion I’ve received came from Dr Rudi Webster, and he has consented for me to publish his observations.

In the podcast I stated my own personal reservations about the probity and neutrality of the panel, and the political personalities behind its inception and chairing – especially with regard to the previous enmity between the Board and some senior Caribbean politicians.

In particular, I was reflecting back upon the perceived reneging on the understanding reached within the Hyatt Hotel Accord – in which the WICB through President Dave Cameron was reported to have guaranteed Prime Ministers Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent & the Grenadines a position of ‘no victimisation’ towards the players (especially captain Dwayne Bravo and team-mate Kieron Pollard) believed to be the ring-leaders of the West Indies ODI team’s withdrawal of labour from the tour of India in October last year.

This agreement was apparently overturned  when both players were omitted by the WI selectors from WIndies’ squad for the 2015 World Cup in Australasia, ostensibly for reasons of poor form – although this reasoning did not really bear close scrutiny.

Understandably, both Prime Ministers were angered at this about-turn-of events. I would not have been surprised therefore if there lingered within them some grounds for animosity towards Dave Cameron and the Board.

Dr Webster has refuted this, and indicated they are bigger and better than that, and do not fall easy prey to the sort of petty squabbles and vindictiveness which might beset lesser men. I am happy to be put right by Rudi.

You can read our correspondence below:  Continue reading

The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 15

15th November 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 15 – West Indies Conclude their Tour of Sri Lanka

Welcome to edition no.15 of The Willow in the WIndies.

This week Reds and I gathered to discuss the following:

The T20 matches that marked the conclusion of WI’s tour of Sri Lanka;

The announcement of WI’s Test squad for the tour of Australia;

The recent scores and performances in the Caribbean’s regional 4-day competition;

The continuing reaction to the Caricom Review Panel’s report into regional cricket governance and the WICB;

The success of the Sachin Tendulkar/Shane Warne matches in the USA, and the potential for growth of the game in the country;

The news that the BCCI has NOT as yet resolved the issue of the claim for USD$42m from the WICB, or confirmed India’s tour of West Indies in 2016;

And the promotion of female umpires into first-class cricket in the region.

You can listen to the podcast here:

David Oram

The Willow in the WIndies – The Caricom Review Panel’s Report on Cricket Governance

14th November 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Extra Edition: Talking to Dr Andrew Forde about the Caricom Review Panel’s Report on Cricket Governance in the Caribbean

Welcome to this special edition of The Willow in the WIndies.

With me for this extra programme is Dr Andrew Forde, who is a cricket writer, analyst and broadcaster, and a regular featured panelist on ‘Mason & Guests’, the weekly Caribbean radio cricket talkshow on VoB in Barbados.

He joined me to discuss the report on cricket governance in the Caribbean, commissioned by Caricom, who’s Review Panel has concluded and demanded the immediate resignation of the West Indies Cricket Board’s membership and the dissolution of the WICB (the panel’s report can be read here).

Dr Forde and I discussed the report, looked at the findings of the review, and asked if its conclusions were sound. We also examined whether the Review Panel and its report had actually addressed the most pressing concerns of cricket in the region, and whether it offered any solutions or merely voiced accusations.

You can listen to our discussion here:

David Oram

The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 14

9th November 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 14 – Caricom Calls for Dissolution of WICB

Welcome to edition no.14 of The Willow in the WIndies.

Reds and I looked back this week at WIndies’ woeful 3-0 series defeat in the ODIs with Sri Lanka and ahead to the T20s – but worried that the weather will interfere further.

We looked at the initial skirmishes in the first round of the regional 4-day competition which included success for Rajendra Chandrika, Shane Shillingford and Kraigg Brathwaite; and agreed upon the unsatisfactoriness of player’s opting out of the competition to go and play in the Bangladesh Premier League.

We then discussed our initial reactions to the report by Caricom’s sub-committee on cricket governance in the region, and its recommendation that the WICB be immediately dissolved. We questioned whether this overhaul would, or should also include the regional governing cricket boards? I also queried the appropriateness of the involvement of Caribbean politicians within this review process (contrary to ICC guidance) – two of whom have publicly been at loggerheads with the President of the WICB. Reds and I also doubted whether the WICB would embrace the panel’s recommendations, and would be willing turkeys voting for Christmas.

Reds then shared with me his recollections of the late Tom Graveney, who had great success against the West Indies in Test cricket, and rated his elegance higher than either Peter May or Colin Cowdrey.

We then included a brief review of this week’s Tests matches featuring India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Finally, I asked Reds whether he felt whether WIndies’ bowling coach, Curtly Ambrose and selector, Courtney Walsh should be playing in the Shane Warne/Sachin Tendulkar exhibition matches in the USA when WIndies are still on tour in Sri Lanka and the regional 4-day tournament is underway?

You can listen to our podcast here:

David Oram