22nd March 2016
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to edition no. 25 of The Willow in the WIndies.
With the World T20 well underway and West Indies enjoying victories in their first two matches, Reds and I began by looking at the competition thus far – in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
We discussed the make-up of Darren Sammy’s side, and voiced some concerns about the batting line-up; and I wondered whether they might consider including Ashley Nurse as a third spinner on these pitches that appear to be turning a great deal.
Moving on to the women, we felt the ladies are good enough to win the competition, but needed to score more runs, more quickly.
Looking at domestic cricket, Guyana have regained the 4-day regional title with a win over Jamaica. We were pleased to see several members of WIndies’ U19 winning team feature in the final round of matches, including Shimron Hetmyer who hit a hundred for Guyana.
Fellow Guyana youngster, Gudakesh Motie is also an exciting prospect, and he took 40 wickets in the season. Reds feels that the young players need more opportunities via ‘A’ tours.
Guyana’s captain, Leon Johnson gained a lot of praise for his leadership of the side, and had a good season with the bat. Both of us feel he deserves a recall to the Test side – and Reds feels at the expense of Marlon Samuels.
Elsewhere, we were both shocked by the statement by Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that he’d have liked to have seen the BCCI call in its USD42m demand against the WICB and bankrupt West Indies cricket. One of our listeners wrote to say the statement demonstrated why Caricom should have no role in the restructuring of WICB. The stand-off between Caricom and the Board seems to have reached an impasse, and Tony Cozier has written that he is very sceptical that the WICB will initiate change. Meanwhile, St Kitts’ PM Timothy Harris appeared to lend his voice to the regional PMs.
We also briefly noted that the beleagured Dr Vijay Mallya had stepped down as the head of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, and wondered whether this had implications to his involvement with the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League; and a report suggests that former Minister of Tourism in Barbados, Noel Lynch may be set to be the new CEO of the Barbados Cricket Association.
We ended the show with Reds’ reflections upon former Jamaica opener and WICB CEO, Teddy Griffith, who has just turned 80.