16th April 2016
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to part one of edition no. 27 of The Willow in the WIndies.
After a two-week gap, due in the main to the sudden, untimely death of my computer, Reds and I reunite to record a pair of programmes to bring us back up to date.
In Part One we focus upon West Indies’ wonderful victories in the ICC World T20 competitons, for both the men and the women.
We began with the ladies, and reviewed their progress through the tournament – and looked at how they’ve potentially done a great deal to spread interest in the women’s game throughout the Caribbean.
The men’s triumph was sealed by Carlos Brathwaite, but the Man of the Match in the final was Marlon Samuels – who Reds would not have included in the WIndies’ squad! They lost to Afghanistan (which I had predicted before the competition) – but won every other game.
After the win, much furore surrounded Darren Sammy’s comments about his side’s ‘disrespect’ by the WICB. Reds and I discussed his comments; whether or not we agreed with them; and whether or not it was appropriate for Sammy to make his observations in such a public way, at the moment of celebration. A huge number of fans in the Caribbean have endorsed the skipper’s views; but there have been several too who have taken issue with his stance.
Sammy alleged that the players’ kit was not ready for the tournament, and that they received no emails from the WICB in encouragement or congratulations. Conde Riley and Richard Pybus have since refuted these claims.
What is agreed, is that communication between the players and the Board is absolutely appalling – and we encourage both sides to sit down properly and discuss the issues like adults.
A great deal of misinformation is circulating about the major bone of contention between the two parties – the change in pay levels for the international players. Reds was extremely impressed by an interview given on Sportsmax by the head of WIPA, Wavell Hinds – and you can can watch a series of excerpts from this interview here, here, here, here, here, and here. Extracts from the channel’s previous interview with Marlon Samuels can be viewed here, and here. Samuels is not alone in his dissatisfaction with Hinds and WIPA – Denesh Ramdin took to Twitter this week to call for his resignation.
Both Reds and I do not see this situation ending well – and fear there are many members of West Indies’ victorious World T20 side who have played their last game for the team.
Doubtless there’s a lot more to come on this issue – and there’s Part Two of this edition of The Willow in the WIndies to come tomorrow.
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