The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 18

25th January 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 18 –T&T Win the Nagico Super 50 & Shiv Retires

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.

We moved on to look at the retirement of Shiv Chanderpaul, and his likely move into Masters cricket. We also wondered whether Fidel Edwards was also heading in that direction?

Chanderpaul was one of several people lauded by the WICB this week, including Sir Richie Richardson, umpire Peter Nero, and Andy Ganteaume, who has turned 95.

We naturally touched upon Chris Gayle and his latest unsavoury outbursts, which came only a day or two after an appeal for support for him from Sir Hilary Beckles.

And we closed with memories of the cricket player, administrator and broadcaster, Jack Bannister who has died aged 85.

You can listen to the podcast here:

https://soundcloud.com/david-oram-2/18-willow-in-the-windies-24-jan-2016

David Oram

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