West Indies must put aside distractions and defy the odds
Sat, Nov 28, '15
by JAMAICA OBSERVER
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.
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.
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.