For First Post during the West Indies v India Test series I’m providing comment pieces on the WIndies.
West Indies mounted a brave and frankly, highly unexpected rear-guard action to save the 2nd Test in Jamaica – with Roston Chase the hero with a wonderful unbeaten hundred in only his second Test Match. I reflect on his heroics – and the ‘excitement’ of the hard-fought draw in cricket.
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.
The subject of contention was the ongoing crisis in Caribbean cricket between the international players and the WICB: murky waters into which some Caricom political leaders have waded, and some West Indies cricket Legends too.
Terry and I looked at the issues in the dispute, its background, and likely outcomes.
We also took time to look at the Barbados Tridents, and in particular the implications of Dr Vijay Mallya’s ongoing travails – and whether they would impact upon the Tridents’ involvement in this season’s CPL competition.
An immensely busy week for West Indies cricket – almost exclusively off the field.
The biggest news was the report that the BCCI had waived its claim to USD$42m against the WICB, coming out of the ODI players’ strike of October 2014. I wondered if this counted as a triumph for the WIndies Board?
India are visiting the Caribbean for a Test series later this year – but Reds broke the news that the prospective dates for the St Lucia Test have already been moved. Reds is part of a big promotion of the Test there on his island of residence.
After a two-week gap, due in the main to the sudden, untimely death of my computer, Reds and I reunite to record a pair of programmes to bring us back up to date.
In Part One we focus upon West Indies’ wonderful victories in the ICC World T20 competitons, for both the men and the women.
We began with the ladies, and reviewed their progress through the tournament – and looked at how they’ve potentially done a great deal to spread interest in the women’s game throughout the Caribbean.
The men’s triumph was sealed by Carlos Brathwaite, but the Man of the Match in the final was Marlon Samuels – who Reds would not have included in the WIndies’ squad! They lost to Afghanistan (which I had predicted before the competition) – but won every other game. Continue reading →