Shivnarine Chanderpaul talks about batting long, batting with his son, and batting against Australia

Mon, May 23, '16

by CRISPIN ANDREWS

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My father, Khemraj, put up a net alongside our house, in Unity, a village near Georgetown, Guyana. Our back garden was right next to the local cricket club.

The West Indies selectors asked me to retire from one-day internationals after the 2011 World Cup and then dropped me when I wouldn't. My ODI record was good. Since 2006, I scored 3497 runs at an average of 53. Obviously I was upset about it.

Rotating the strike is one of the most important batting skills, particularly when things are tight, bowlers are on top and it's hard to pierce the field.

Brandon [son] and I put on 256 in a club game in Guyana, and we both scored centuries. Brandon was out there telling me what he would do and what he wouldn't do. I told him to calm down and play the situation, look for the best places to hit the ball.

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India announce squad for 2016 West Indies tour

Mon, May 23, '16

 

Windies v India

The Indian selectors on Monday announced the 15-member squad of India for the upcoming tour of West Indies. India are scheduled to play a four Tests against West Indies, as it will also be the first bilateral affair between the two nations since late 2014. Opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane was named the vice-captain for the side, while the side would be led by regular skipper Virat Kohli. Shardul Thakur was the only new face in the side. Back then, West Indies had left the India tour 2014 midway after the fourth ODI, due to a  payment and contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Since then, bilateral relations between both the nations had been sore, before things normalised earlier in 2016. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suffered financial losses owing to the pull out midway by the West Indies. The exact dates and venues of the upcoming tour in July-August 2016 is yet to be announced by the WICB

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Double standards hurting West Indies' chance to rebuild

Sun, May 22, '16

by COLIN BENJAMIN

Commentary

In a television interview before the announcement of West Indies' squad for the tri-series at home against Australia and South Africa in June, commentator Ian Bishop stressed on the need to focus on white-ball cricket ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

"Let us not burn any more bridges," Bishop told Sportsmax Zone. "We are already missing the Champions Trophy next year. The World Cup is coming up in 2019. Let us start putting pride and ego aside.

"Re-engage those guys who were sidelined in the last year and a half and that will spill over to the Test team, because the bulk of our experience is in white-ball cricket. So while we develop the Test team, let us push hard with the 50-overs and T20 teams."

If you look at the squad named for the tri-series, you will assume the West Indies board and its selectors are not only thinking on totally different lines from Bishop but that they are also contradicting their own policies.

Clive Lloyd, Courtney Walsh and the rest of the selectors have picked a team that has left the majority of the Caribbean media, fans and players flabbergasted.

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It’s time to stop ‘dissing’ our heroes, and get rid of mediocrity

Sun, May 22, '16

by H G HELPS

Commentary

As ridiculous as it sounded, news came last week by way of a badly written news release issued by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) —something that has become common in the last seven months — that legendary retired fast bowler Curtly Ambrose had been sacked as bowling consultant to the West Indies team.

Sprinting alongside that news release was the revelation that a training squad had been named to prepare for international assignments starting with India next month, and Pakistan later on.

The news release regarding Ambrose was as vague as the North Korean Government giving general directions to its nuclear stockpile. It did not say why the great man was being pushed aside and left one to wonder if something had gone amiss with Ambrose, or if he was heading out to more colourful pastures.

It seemed odd though, although nothing coming from the bowels of the WICB should serve as a shocker, that Ambrose was being replaced by one Roddy Estwick, a former Barbados fast bowler who, based upon his harvest of wickets, knew little about the art of fast bowling, and who, as a coach with the Barbados Under 19, West Indies Under 19, and Barbados, was like a man lost at sea.

 

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Media giant Cozier laid to rest

Sun, May 22, '16

 

Media Watch

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados—Cricket media titan Tony Cozier was laid to rest on Friday, following a service at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens which was attended by several dignitaries and influential members of the regional cricket community.

Barbados’ only living National Hero, Sir Garry Sobers, topped the list of mourners along with former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, noted Caribbean jurist Sir Richard Cheltenham, West Indies batting great Sir Everton Weekes and outstanding former West Indies fast bowler ex-government minister, Sir Wes Hall, who conducted the ceremony.

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