11th July 2016
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Welcome to edition no. 35 of The Willow in the WIndies.
Reds returned from a week covering basketball in Guyana – though our weekly chat was delayed by a day thanks to the latest ‘updates’ for Skype and Voice Notes. After four and a half hours of endeavour, our producer (Mrs Oram) got Skype functioning again – although Voice Notes was pronounced dead.
We begun by looking at the CPL, where Guyana are the early pace-setters, and noted the fine imposed on Krishmar Santokie for on-field misdemeanours. Off the field, the tournament organisers were quick to stamp on illegal pitch side betting.
Denesh Ramdin is now available to play for the Trinbago Knight Riders, having apparently been dropped by the West Indies selectors for the upcoming Test series versus India – as he himself revealed in a series of angry tweets.
The WICB’s President’s XI, led by Leon Johnson, played the Indian tourists in a 2-day warm-up match: Shai Hope hit a hundred, and Jomel Warrican also had a good match. We look forward to the announcement of the squad for the first Test.
Not present for that match will be the new WIndies Manager, expected to be Joel Garner. Michael Muirhead said that contract details have not yet been finalised.
Elsewhere, it was reported that Nikita Miller is to take on the captaincy of Jamaica; while fellow countryman, Marlon Samuels is said to have issued a lawsuit against former Australian fast-bowler, Geoff Lawson.
Meanwhile, after the recent Caricom heads of government meeting, it was announced that the organisation’s two cricket subcommittees will be merged into one, with Dr Ralph Gonsalves to head it. Former head of the cricket governance committee, Dr Keith Mitchell reiterated that Caricom is still committed to the dissolution of the WICB.
Things are busy on the playing front in the Caribbean, with tournaments currently, or about to be held, for men’s U15s, U17s, U19s; and for the women’s competition, including a team from the Leeward Islands for the first time.
In the UK, England are about to face Pakistan in a Test series – and in India’s warm-up match versus Sussex, Barbados’ Jofra Archer took an impressive 4-wicket haul. Archer has dual nationality, so could possibly follow the path of Chris Jordan, and play for England.
In that Tests series, Joel Wilson has been appointed to umpire in two of the four Tests, and also to act as third umpire; while Richie Richardson serves as the Match Referee. The series features the return to cricket of Mohammad Amir.
We ended the show recalling Keith Walcott, brother of Sir Clyde – who was a great servant of Barbados and West Indies cricket as a player and administrator – who died ten years ago this week.
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