8th February 2016
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to edition no. 20 of The Willow in the WIndies.
This week Reds and I gathered to discuss the following:
The ‘Mankading’ incident in West Indies U19’s match v Zimbabwe, and whether it was, or is in the ‘spirit of the game’.
We looked at the emerging prospects in the WI U19 side, including pace bowler, Alzarri Joseph, whom Ian Bishop feels ought to be introduced into the WIndies senior squad.
The WICB sent out a press release regarding the investigation into allegations of ‘outside influences’ upon the WIndies’ selection committee, but did not publish the report itself, by Colin Barnett of the WICB’s HR Committee – and made no mention of Phil Simmons or the supposed interference over the omitting of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard. Simmons himself made ‘no comment’. The release did, however list seven recommendation points for improvement in the process.
In cricket politics, we noted that Fritz Harris. the Secretary of the Jamaican Cricket Association will stand against current President, Billy Heaven for the role in the forthcoming election; and we touched upon the recent ICC meeting, which indicated that the power of the ‘Big 3’ would be diminished – although I remain sceptical.
With the ICC T20 World Cup on the horizon, WIndies have lost their no. 1 ranking to India, who handsomely beat Australia in their recent series, and must be among the favourites. WI will play Warwickshire as part of their build-up; and key player Sunil Narine appears to be making progress with his bowling action. Narine was among those WIndies players retained or signed up for this season’s IPL, with Carlos Brathwaite the most interesting new name.
In other T20 news, Shiv Chanderpaul said in an interview with ESPN Cricinfo’s George Dobell that the WICB forced him to retire in order to play in the Masters Champions League – an allegation that the WICB refuted.
And it was confirmed (after previous denials) that the Barbados Tridents have been bought by Dr Vijay Mallya (in collaboration with the Barbados government), owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, but that they will retain their Tridents moniker. Both Reds and I did feel that the CPL needs to provide some clarification about the ownership of all teams. The CPL’s Chief Operations Officer Pete Russell has disclosed that three countries are currently bidding to host the later stages of the 2016 CPL, and that some matches will take place in Florida.
And we closed with Reds’ memories of former Australia coach and captain, Bobby Simpson, who has turned 80.