9th November 2015
The Caribbean cricket podcast
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?