20th April 2016
Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks
Each week for ‘Mason & Guests’ I put together a brief summary of cricket events outside the Caribbean, round-up the week’s notable WI birthdays & anniversaries, & throw in a few ‘Did You Know?’ facts:
“Hello! This is David Oram taking you ‘Around the World in 2‘:
“Dwayne Bravo’s Gujarat Lions are the early leaders in the IPL with a 100% record from 3 games. However, Bravo was fined for dissent after being incorrectly given out ct behind v Mumbai Indians. Lendl Simmons missed that game for Mumbai with a recurrence of his back injury & has been ruled out of the tournament. He’s been replaced by NZ’s Martin Guptill, who was announced as Guyana Amazon Warriors’ capt for this yr’s CPL. Meanwhile, Sunil Narine returned to action for KKR.
“Elsewhere, at Lord’s the prestigious MCC Book of the Yr award went to Simon Lister’s Fire In Babylon, an account of WI’s rise to world cricket supremacy under Clive Lloyd & Viv Richards.
“& Spare a Thought & prayer for the family & friends of young English cricketer, Adrian St John, capt of the Chris Gayle Academy in London who was the tragic victim of a fatal robbery & shooting in Trinidad just over a week ago.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is the 50th birthday of Aus seamer Paul Reiffel. He took 104 wkts in 35 Tests at 26.5 & later joined the ICC Elite Umpires panel – & has so far officiated in 79 intls.
“Fri is the 90th birthday of Arnold Wight. He played 3 times as a batsman for British Guiana in the 1940s before moving to Canada. He had 3 younger brothers who also played for the territory: Norman was an off-spinner, appearing 23 times between 1946-59, & died aged 87 in Florida in Jan. Leslie was a batsman who avgd 66.3 in 1st-class cricket, & played 1 Test for WI in 1953, scoring 21. He passed away in 2004 in Toronto aged 74; & youngest brother, Peter moved to Eng & was a successful batsman for S’set from 1953-65 – & then an umpire, standing in well over a thousand 1st-class & A List matches. Peter passed last New Year’s Eve, aged 85.
“Other birthdays & anniversaries this week include the 1919 birth of former WI capt, John Goddard on Thur; the 23rd birthday of Trinidad’s Akeal Hosein on Sun; the 1930 birth of Barbados’ Roy Marshall next Mon; &, the same day, the 29th birthday of Grenada’a Nelon Pascal who played 3 times for WI in 2009/10.
“Sat is the 80th birthday of NZ’s John D’Arcy, who learned of the death of his father on the eve of the Lord’s Test of 1958 – but still opened the batting & made 2nd top score in the 1st inngs. Unfortunately, it was only 14 as NZ were all out for 47. In the 2nd inngs he top-scored: with 33, as NZ were all out again for 74.
“& finally, Sat is the 30th birthday of Zulqarnain Haider, who’s played 8 times for Pak since 2007. But Did You Know that in Nov 2010 – having just helped his side to a last over, 1 wkt ODI win over SA – he fled the country & made his way to the UK, where he instantly claimed asylum, announced his intl retirement, & reported that he’d received death threats from match-fixing bookmakers. Within 6 months he returned home, having been assured of his safety, & was fined 500,000 rupees by the PCB. Haider subsequently said the whole episode had been a misunderstanding, & he’d been suffering from stress. I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.
“Until next time, this has been ‘Around the World in 2′ with David Oram.”
The Mason & Guests show is broadcast live every Tuesday from 6.15-8pm ECT (10.15pm-midnight GMT) on Voice of Barbados 92.9fm, and can be heard by clicking on ‘LISTEN LIVE’ on the website page via the link provided. To catch up on previous broadcasts, click on this link to the show’s archives.
David Oram is an Englishman following West Indies cricket from Islamabad. When I lived in the region, I was the resident ‘statto’, co-host and sometime presenter of ‘Mason & Guests’ – http://www.vob929.com/ weekly cricket talk-show, the sport’s leading radio show in the WIndies – hosted by the Caribbean’s principal radio commentator, Andrew Mason. You can tweet me at DavidOram@colblimp1983.