Brutal beginning for Holder

Sun, Jan 25, '15

by TONY COZIER

Commentary

THROUGHOUT two decades of disputes and decline, the West Indies captaincy has been an unbearable burden, even for its most prominent holders.

Under pressure as the team began its downward slide from its indisputable No.1 position of the 1980s, Richie Richardson stepped aside for a year midway during his tenure.

Brian Lara quit in 2000 “after two years of moderate success and devastating failures” to seek “professional” help. He subsequently returned for two stints that were no less turbulent.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul resigned in 2006 after 14 Tests, declaring that he did not have the full support of his players. Nine years on he remains in the rank and file.

Such instances put into context the unreasonable task of captaincy now placed on Jason Holder at a period as unsettling as any the West Indies have ever endured.

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Stats sum up sickly Windies

Sat, Jan 24, '15

 

Windies vs RSA

Cape Town – Considering how long once-mighty Caribbean cricket has been in the doldrums for, perhaps it is futile to believe the “real” West Indies will stand up against South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Sunday (10:00 start).

We knew the gulf between the one-day international sides was acute even before hostilities began; the Proteas’ big wins in all of the first three games in the five-match series have only underlined that.

Perhaps some of the Windies’ players who have seen service throughout the broader summer tour are suffering from the one-foot-on-the-plane-home syndrome ... and if they are, that isn’t a great sign considering that the visit ends with the fifth ODI at Centurion on Wednesday (January 28) yet they are back in action with their first warm-up game for the six-week Australasian-staged World Cup as quickly as February 9.

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Lack of pride hobbling West Indies cricket

Sat, Jan 24, '15

 

Media Watch

 The two Jamaica Observer headlines accompanying our report of the West Indies' humiliating defeat to South Africa in the third One-Day International (ODI) this week were most appropriate. 'Clueless', splashed across the back page with a photo and a caption, and 'Disgrace', which introduced the story on Page 38, perfectly reflect the state of West Indies cricket and current crop of jokers who make up the team.

Given the team's current form, as well as the controversy surrounding its abandoned tour of India late last year, we did not expect the West Indies to win this tour.

However, we would have been encouraged by a show of grit and determination.

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T&T in final after winning rain-hit game

Sat, Jan 24, '15

 

NAGICO Super 50

 Trinidad & Tobago's bowlers shot out Combined Campuses and Colleges in 30.4 overs to win a rain-hit semi-final at Queen's Park Oval and set up a title clash against Guyana.

T&T were sent in to bat and were 2 for 1 in 1.3 overs - Evin Lewis caught behind off Kyle Mayers for a duck - when it began to rain and the match was curtailed to 32 overs a side. The Bravo brothers - Darren and Dwayne - fell of successive deliveries after the resumption and T&T were 34 for 3 in 6.4 overs. They were the first two of Christopher Powell's five wickets; the 35-year old bowler completing his maiden five-for in his second List A game.

scorecard and report at ESPNcricinfo

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BCCI gives WICB final Tuesday deadline for US$41.97m claim

Fri, Jan 23, '15

 

WICB Under Scrutiny

STATING that it could no longer hold off on its claims for US$41.97 millions in losses from the premature abandonment of the contracted tour of India last October, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) until next Tuesday to respond to its demands for compensation.

In a joint e-mail addressed to WICB president Whycliffe Cameron and Caricom Secretary-General Irwin Laroque on Tuesday, honorary secretary Sanjay Patel warned that if the WICB failed to comply within seven days to the requisitions set out in the original letter of October 31 last year, the BCCI would “initiate legal proceedings in the appropriate forum (identified as the courts of India) against the WICB without further intimation”.
He referred to Caricom’s request for the BCCI to hold off for 40 days on its initial deadline of 15 days.

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