West Indies must put aside distractions and defy the odds

Sat, Nov 28, '15



FOR cricket followers, this weekend there is much to hear and read about the first officially sanctioned day-night Test match, using a pink ball.

However, there is very little about the arrival in Australia earlier this week of a West Indies cricket squad for a three-Test series.

Caribbean cricket lovers of an older vintage, with memories of the glory days, find it galling in the extreme that for the international, regional and local media, a West Indies touring team in Australia deserves no more than a polite after thought.

The fact that the current West Indies team loses far more than it wins is obviously a major contribution to the current situation. Yet, that is not the whole story.

Just as crucially, shambolic management, which has led to a succession of debilitating crises over a period of many years, has demoralised the psyche and undermined the credibility of West Indies cricket. Indeed, there is a direct link between poor cricket management and on-field performances.

Many, who were once die-hard West Indies cricket fans, now angrily declare that they no longer care.

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Australia v NZ: Twitter explodes after Nathan Lyon survives contentious decision

Sat, Nov 28, '15



CRICKETING greats went into meltdown on Saturday over a third umpiring farce that embarrassed officials and angered New Zealand.

After a delay spanning more than five minutes, Nathan Lyon was given not out despite virtually conceding he was guilty of an edge that appeared to clearly show up on his bat.

The stuff up was immediately costly for the Black Caps who would have had Australia 9-118, with only an injured Mitchell Starc to come.


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Windies arrive for tough Aussie assignment

Fri, Nov 27, '15


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BRISBANE, Australia, CMC – The squad, led by captain Jason Holder, arrived via New York and Los Angeles following two days of travel from the Caribbean.

West Indies will train their attention first on a five-day camp at the Allan Border Field here before taking on a young Cricket Australia XI in a four-day game starting Wednesday at the same venue.

A significant presence in the squad is that of head coach Phil Simmons who missed the recent Test and limited overs tour of Sri Lanka through suspension.

He was pulled from that tour by the West Indies Cricket Board after he bizarrely claimed in a media conference that the selection of the one-day squad had been influenced by “outside interference.”

Simmons, appointed following the ICC World Cup earlier this year, subsequently apologised after appearing before the WICB’s human resources committee, and was promptly reinstated.

The Trinidadian will be leading West Indies for the first time on an overseas tour after presiding over the home tours against England and Australia.

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Five players, one team official penalised under WICB Code of Conduct

Thu, Nov 26, '15



ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board confirmed today that five players and a team official have been penalised under the Code of Conduct, following the third round of matches in the Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament which ended on Monday.

The five players are Jonathan Carter of Barbados Pride, Steven Katwaroo and Imran Khan of Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, and Steve Liburd and Sherwin Peters of Leeward Islands Hurricanes, and the team official is Wendell Coppin, also of Barbados Pride.

Carter was reported by umpires Nandkumar Shivsankar, Christopher Taylor and Guyanand Sukhdeo for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct relating to the abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during the match between the Pride and Guyana Jaguars at the Guyana National Stadium.

The left-handed batting all-rounder was fined 15 per cent of his match fee, after he angrily slammed his bat into a water cooler and the dressing room door in the full public view, when he left the field following his dismissal in the Pride second innings.

The player admitted to the offence and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanction. No further action was taken and no hearing was required.


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Windies to get $10m from ICC

Thu, Nov 26, '15



The ICC will pay seven full-member boards $10 million over the next eight years, as part of the Test Cricket Fund announced during last year’s Big Three takeover of cricket’s governing body. Other than the BCCI, ECB and CA, the remaining full-member boards will each receive $1.25 million annually, beginning January 2016.
The latest figures indicate that each member receiving the Test Match Fund stands to gain $10 million over eight years. This is less than the figure of $12.5 million over eight years announced by ECB president and ICC executive committee member Giles Clarke in February 2014 as each nation’s Test Cricket Fund package.
The ICC plans to make its first Test Cricket Fund payment of $600,000 in early January, before disbursing another $650,000 to the ‘small seven’ member boards in July. Payments are expected to follow this biannual pattern until 2023.


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