The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 31

16th May 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 31 – Curtly Ambrose Sacked as Bowling Coach

Welcome to edition no. 31 of The Willow in the WIndies.

In this programme I was joined by Dr Andrew Forde, while Reds took a sabbatical following the death of his close friend and colleague, Tony Cozier.

Andrew is a regular panelist on the Mason & Guests cricket talk show in Barbados, and indeed he was one of the panellists on the recent ‘lively’ show that was the subject of the penultimate column by Tony Cozier. In that show, the BCA’s Conde Riley made comments about the involvement of the WIndies ‘Legends’ in the Caricom dispute – and they have since issued a response.

The biggest news of the week was the replacement of Curtly Ambrose as West Indies’ bowling coach by Roddy Estwick – and I wondered if there was any link back to the comments Franklyn Stephenson made about Curtly’s coaching skills earlier in the year? 

Looking ahead to the ODI tri-series, we wondered whether any of the T20 players would be included? All of the games in the series will be day/nighters – but I asked if it is too late for any of the venues for upcoming Tests v India to consider it?

Further ahead, Pakistan are reportedly keen to move their home Test series v West Indies to Sri Lanka from the UAE. While in the Caribbean, we still don’t have fixtures or a schedule confirmed for either the India Tests or the CPL.

Elsewhere, Shashank Manohar has become ICC Chairman after standing down from the BCCI. Reports in India had suggested that some board colleagues were angry that he waived the claim of USD$42m against the West Indies. I wondered whether a new BCCI President could bring it back?

In other news, the Zouks have been re-dubbed the St Lucia Zouks for the first time since the draft; England’s women will be touring the Caribbean in October; and leg-spinner Odean Brown has received a 15-month ban for failing to comply with a ‘whereabouts’ directive in Jamaica. This case is especially interesting because it may have implications for Andre Russell’s similar case.

We finished the programme looking back with further reflections upon the life and contribution of Tony Cozier; but also looked to the future, noting a score of 299 by young Nyeem Young in Barbados.

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David Oram


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