The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 29

1st May 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 29 – The ICC Reprimands the West Indies players

Welcome to edition no. 29 of The Willow in the WIndies.

Reds are I kicked off by discussing the ICC’s press release which condemned the West Indies players for their behaviour after the T20 World Cup final. Sir Viv Richards accused the ICC of double standards; while Philo Wallace on the Line & Length show endorsed the reprimand.

Presumably, Marlon Samuels was one of those the ICC had in mind in its comments; and this week Ben Stokes suggested Samuels should have been more magnanimous in victory. Meanwhile, Andre Russell said that Samuels was ‘a little different’ from his team-mates.

Much of the West Indies players’ disquiet arises from their stand-off with the WICB, in which they have appeared to have been supported by the Prime Ministers of Caricom. However, Barbados PM, Freundel Stuart seemed to distance himself from his fellow outspoken PMs who have called for the Board’s immediate dissolution. Clearly, the Caricom leaders are not unanimous in their opinions where the WICB is concerned.

Seemingly similar was Sir Andy Roberts (who was among the group of Legends supporting that call in Grenada recently), who seemed to backtrack in an interview with the Mason & Guests show. He said their call is for restructure, not dissolution. 

We moved on to discuss women’s cricket in the region: during the World T20 the pay disparity between the sexes was highlighted – some going so far as to demand equal pay for women. But progress and opportunities are increasing in the women’s game: three Caribbean ladies, Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor have been signed up for the women’s Super League in England.

Each of them have made public comments about the women’s game since returning to the region from the T20 triumph: Taylor said she hoped the win would help to redress the pay imbalance; while in a Cricbuzz interview, Matthews encouraged the WICB to get more girls playing cricket in schools.

Elsewhere, Kyshona Knight called for more corporate sponsors for the women’s game; while on Sportsmax, Merrisa Aguillera called for more women’s cricket on TV; while Dottin in a Barbados Today interview said the pay differences might lead her to leave cricket. In that same interview she outlined the pay differences between the WIndies men and women: the men received a cheque for USD$1.6m for winning the World Cup, while the women got USD$100,000. She also said that women’s retainer contracts for the West Indies were USD1,500-3,000 per month, while the men was USD$100,000-USD$140,000. Meantime, in Trinidad, streets or recreation grounds will be named after Anisa Mohammed and Stacy Ann King.

Looking ahead to the West Indies summer, Dale Steyn is replacing Lasith Malinga for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL; Faf du Plessis may be out injured of the T20 tournament and the preceding ODI tri-series for South Africa; while Kieron Powell has indicated he is ready to return to international duty for the West Indies.

Sticking with the CPL, CEO Damien Donohue has indicated that the travails of Dr Vijay Mallya will not effect the Barbados Tridents participation in the tournament – although we still don’t know who will be hosting the final. The Guyana government had announced that they were, but have since seemed to back off.

Reds also disclosed that in Jamaica there is concern that the Tallawahs owners are demanding that the JCA and members will have to pay extra money to utilise facilities, including the hospitality boxes, during the competition.

Further afield, day/night Test Matches are very much in the news. South Africa seem to be resistant to play one in Australia; while India are keen to host one versus New Zealand. While Pakistan want to host West Indies in one in the UAE. Some reports suggest the WICB have already agreed.

Elsewhere, Tino Best has replaced the injured Fidel Edwards at Hampshire; Ravi Rampaul took another five wicket haul for Surrey; and Jerome Taylor has signed for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

One news story did amuse me – Darren Sammy was reported to have been given Pakistani citizenship, although IrieFM news then revealed that the approval was a hoax from a fake Twitter account.

In the Leeward Islands, Alzarri Joseph has been showing impressive form for Antigua & Barbuda, with a pair of seven wicket hauls; while Keemo Paul hit 156no in Guyana; and in T&T a young 23-year-old, Iraq Thomas hit a 21-ball century.

In the closing moments, I flagged up the 87th birthday of Sonny Ramadhin, and the 86th anniversary of the birth of the late Alf Valentine – ‘those little pals of mine’ who are in a way this show’s patrons. And we also recalled the centenary in April of the 1916 birth of Peter Bayley, who was a first-class cricketer, a West Indies tourist, and an early pioneer of radio commentary in the region. He died in 1996.

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David Oram


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