25th January 2016
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to edition no.18 of The Willow in the WIndies.
This week Reds and I gathered to discuss the following:
Trinidad & Tobago’s victory over Barbados in the final of the Nagico Super50 tournament; the umpiring, & the review system for the competition; the quality of the pitches, as pointed out by Jason Holder; and the size of the boundaries.
We looked at emerging stories from the CPL, including news that the T&T Red Steel are to be renamed the T&T Knight Riders; and that Sunil Narine is leaving the Guyana Jaguars to join his native T&T franchise.
We also discussed the continuing confusion surrounding Narine, and his work on re-modelling his bowling action. Some reports suggested that he was to be denied playing for his local club while those doubts remained; while he is still keen to make the selected squad for WIndies’ World T20 campaign. I also queried whether Darren Sammy’s current form merited his inclusion in that squad.
We then discussed the success of the Big Bash T20 tournament in Australia – and especially the popularity of the women’s version of the competition. We wondered whether there might be a female element for the CPL? We noted the news that the Barbados Cricket Association has given eight women cricketers contracts; and Reds also looked wider at the development of the women’s game in the Caribbean.
And we closed with memories of the cricket player, administrator and broadcaster, Jack Bannister who has died aged 85.