Six weeks after the West Indies Cricket Board suspended him as head coach for "inappropriately commenting" on the selection of the ODI squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, Phil Simmons finally laid out his case last week. In the interim, he was engaged in composing the apology demanded of him by the board for his angry words in an interview with the media, while the WICB itself had been distracted by its unrelated, complex confrontation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) sub-committee on cricket over the conclusions of the latest review committee on its governance. In the spillover of his mounting frustration in the post he took up last March, Simmons, who is one of five national selectors, spoke of "people [who] would use their position to get people into a squad or… get people left out of a squad". In a lengthy and detailed statement presented to the WICB's chief executive officer, Michael Muirhead, Simmons left no doubt he was referring to the two most powerful men in West Indies cricket at present, board president Dave Cameron and director of cricket Richard Pybus, the Englishman who was hired in October 2013 after brief international stints in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Simmons' account, accompanied by copies of relevant emails, followed the WICB's decision to reinstate him for the current tour of Australia. The board said that it would "immediately investigate" his charges after which it would take "the necessary and appropriate action". A copy of his statement has been made available to me by a trusted source.
The International Cricket Council today confirmed that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of West Indies Sunil Narine to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
In accordance with Article 6.1 of the regulations, Narine’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations within domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of the West Indies Cricket Board, Narine may be able to play in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the West Indies Cricket Board.
The assessment revealed that all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
Narine was reported after the third ODI match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in November.
The player can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.
The test was performed on Tuesday, 17 November at the ICC’s accredited testing centre in Loughborough University.
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.