1st February 2016
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to edition no.19 of The Willow in the WIndies.
This week a sleepy Reds and I gathered to discuss the following:
West Indies’ progress in the U19 World Cup; and the early upsets in the tournament, including South Africa’s elimination by Namibia, & New Zealand’s ‘nepalling’ loss.
We discussed the make up of WIndies’ selected squad for the T20 World Cup; Reds was surprised by the selections of Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine (who seems to be making some progress in remodelling his suspect bowling action); while I wondered whether they would miss the retired Krishmar Santokie who has joined the Masters circuit.
We looked at the speculation surrounding the appointment of the WIndies Team Manager to succeed Sir Richie Richardson – with the Trinidad Guardian indicating that Lockhart Sebastien will get the nod.
We made a note of the names announced this week as marquee players for the CPL – which is likely to overlap with India’s tour of the Caribbean.
Also in the Caribbean in 2016 will be South Africa and Australia for an ODI tri-series. WICB CEO Michael Muirhead has indicated that players who featured in the Big Bash rather than the recent Nagico Super 50 tournament will be ineligible for selection.
We also touched upon the news that Muirhead has received the report into the allegations made by Phil Simmons about selection interference, but has been yet to share those findings.
We also noted the umpire exchange programme which sees a couple of WIndies umpires gaining valuable experience in Bangladesh and England.
And we concluded by recalling fifty years since the beginning of the West Indies Shell Shield domestic first-class tournament.