The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 30

10th May 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 30 – Good News from the WICB

Welcome to edition no. 30 of The Willow in the WIndies.

In this programme Reds looked at the following:

There appeared to be a fair amount of good news around this week: concerning level 3 coaching courses in Barbados, including one on suspect actions; the readiness of Guyana to host upcoming ODIs in the country; and the news of more money being injected into the region. There was also news of the introduction of a Women’s U19 regional tournament, and the WICB’s desire to play day/night Test cricket, and possibly even introducing some day/night matches in the regional four day competition.

The Guyana Cricket Board was recognised with some awards this week – but there are many who still contest its legitimacy, including this show’s regular contributor, Colin Benjamin who in a letter to the Guyanese press called for a boycott of the nation’s matches.

In Trinidad, Andre Baptiste wrote a damning article about WIndies Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus. One of our listeners responded strongly to the piece. Meanwhile, Samuel Badree called for unity in West Indies cricket. 

We still have no schedule confirmed for the India Test Matches, or for the CPL. Indeed, conflicting reports suggested that Guyana had the final, then Trinidad & Tobago – while the CPL has said they are still in discussions with three parties; although Guyanese minister Rupert Roopnarine said that if they are, they aren’t talking to him! Michael Hall from the CPL has made it clear that there is no clash between the Test series and the CPL. Nonetheless, I find the situation worrying and disturbing – and brings into question the strength of the organistaion and finances of the CPL’s backers.

In English cricket, Fidel Edwards has been ruled out for the season; and there is news that the England v Sri Lanka series will be played under a multi-point system across the three formats. Elsewhere, the early season form of Anguilla’s Chesney Hughes may bring him into West Indies consideration in the future.

In terms of current West Indies selections, Brian Lara has called for the recall of Pollard, Dwayne Bravo etc. for the ODI tri-series, whom he regards as ‘the best players’ – something I disagree with. In some cases these players’ form is on the wain: Chris Gayle has recently been dropped by his IPL side; while Sunil Narine has been described as “not being the bowler he was”. Reds felt we should share the current ODI stats of the players – and for those that are interested they can be found here and here.

In other news, Verdayne Smith will be umpiring in the English county championship; and Leslie Reiffer Jr. has been appointed to the ICC’s international umpire’s panel; Chadwick Walton was named as UWI’s Sportsman of the Year; Stafanie Taylor’s old school in Jamaica is going to name its sports facility after her; and Odean Brown will hear the findings of the inquiry into his ‘whereabouts’ missed drug tests this week – which is a similar case to the one facing Andre Russell.

And finally, we noted the lauding in Antigua of Hugh Gore for his contribution to cricket.

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David Oram


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