The Emergence of the 3

Sun, Apr 26, '15

by DALE GONSALVES

Commentary

After 20 years of free falling in test cricket, is it possible that the West Indies are finally setting a solid foundation to compete against the top 7 test nations?

There's an undercurrent of excitement among ardent West Indians fans, who relished the 4th innings fight put up to ensure an unlikely draw in the first test match against England in the current home series. Fuel is being added to the fire with another fightback currently underway in the 2nd test match.

The backbone of the resistance have been Kraig Brathwaite (22 years, 145 days), Darren Bravo (26 years, 78 days), Jermaine Blackwood (23 years, 156 days), Jason Holder (23 years, 171 days) alongside veteran Marlon Samuels. The bowling department has not been as consistent with Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach and a returning Devendra Bishoo struggling on flat and lifeless pitches.

Brathwaite average (36.96), a dour batsman who's prepared to grind out an inning is in contrast to those that have gone before him - Greenidge, Hunte, Gayle, Haynes,Frederick, has provided stability at the top. The search for the 2nd opener seems destined to continue as a half century by veteran Devon Smith seems unlikely to lead to continued consistency.

Darren Bravo (42.78) has not been at his fluent best so far, but his 6 centuries, average of 42 and highest score of 218 is nothing to scoff at.

Jermaine Blackwood (48.25) progressed quickly into the West Indies team and impressed many with his tenacity and ability to successfully take on a challenge. A tightening of his technique will only make him better.

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Matters Cricket: Runs? What runs?

Sun, Apr 26, '15

by RAY FORD

Commentary

 I tip my hat to the West Indies, for putting up a good fight. And so, I'll without reservation, give them an F - as in, 'fighting'.

Be that as I will, I remember once, being in court, as one Mr. Ian Chappell, held court. Chappelli to me, has always appeared to be a down-to-earth chap, not afraid to speak his mind. And in one of his open briefs, I remember him identifying, which batsman he would want to have, bat for him, to save his life. "That little fellow Doug Walters," the former Australian captain said, "if there's any batsman I'd want to bat for my life, it's him."

 
Granted, Mr. Walters has not always showed-up in a condition, ready to work for Mr. Chappell, his Australian captain. Once he overslept, and showed up late for a Test match, shall we just say, (quote): " under the weather?" Ian chose not to make a big deal out of it. He only had Doug, stationed at third-man, and at both ends of the cricket ground. Walking back-and-forth he presumed, would dry-out the misbehaving batting genius, fast. Doug figured out quickly, what was going on, and so, borrowed a spectator's bicycle, and began to ride, from one end of the cricket ground to the other. "I may be
drunk," Walters might have said, "but, I'm no fool."
 

Anderson inspires England to memorable win

Sat, Apr 25, '15

 

Windies v England

England produced a remarkable victory in the second Test after a seemingly moribund contest was brought to life by the brilliance of James Anderson and the seemingly ineradicable flaws in West Indies' game. Anderson was the inspiration during a helter-skelter morning session in which England ripped out six wickets and Alastair Cook was there at the end to complete a run chase that was as sedate as it would have seemed unlikely 24 hours earlier.

West Indies lost 8 for 83 in 30.4 overs either side of lunch, surrendering a position of relative security with indecent haste and undoing four days of hard work. England, who seemed to have been blunted on the fourth evening as Kraigg Brathwaite compiled a determined century, seized the moment with alacrity after Anderson took three quick wickets with the new ball.

Victory, one reminiscent of their one-session mugging of Sri Lanka at Cardiff in 2011, put England 1-0 up in the series. The prospect seemed a distant one at the start of the day, with West Indies having erased their 165-run first-innings deficit only two down. There was little in the pitch to help England's bowlers and it was appropriate that Anderson was the catalyst, as he was during their last overseas Test victory, at Kolkata in 2012.

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Joint statement by CARICOM and WICB

Sat, Apr 25, '15

 

WICB Under Scrutiny

CARICOM and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have agreed to establish a panel to conduct a review of the governance structure of the Board.

This was the key outcome of a near five-hour long meeting between the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee and the Directors and Management of the WICB. The Chairman of CARICOM, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas and CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, also attended the meeting which took place last Monday, April 20, at the Spice Island Beach Resort.

President of the WICB Mr. Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron led the Board’s team which included the Vice President, Directors, as well as the Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Secretary.

The Cricket Governance Committee, which initiated the meeting, was established by the Heads of Government to review the administrative and governance structure of WICB with a view to involving greater stakeholder participation. It comprises the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell as Chairman, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Gaston Brown and the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves.

It was agreed that the Prime Minister of Grenada, as Chairman of the Cricket Governance Committee, will consult with the President of the WICB on the composition of the five-member panel.

The CARICOM Secretary General will prepare the Terms of Reference for the work of the panel and submit them to Prime Minister Mitchell who will also consult with the President of the WICB on the matter.

The Cricket Governance Committee and the WICB have also agreed that the panel will submit its recommendations within three months of the commencement of its evaluation. Upon receipt of the report, both sides are intent on collaborating with each other with a view to reversing the current negative trends in the sport and its governance.

The panel will comprise a member of the legal profession, a West Indies cricket legend, someone from academia, a member of the private sector and an individual with intimate knowledge of the work of the WICB.

Both parties expressed satisfaction at the outcome. “I think the meeting was very productive and very positive. We have agreed on a way forward. I think we have a shared vision and all of us want to see West Indies perform at the highest standard. We are committed to making this happen,” said Mr. Cameron.

In brief remarks after the meeting, Prime Minister Mitchell said, “We were able to meet with the Directors of the WICB to express the view of the necessity for change and I think we have reached a conclusion in that respect…which will chart the way forward. We will be working together with the WICB and all concerned to move West Indies cricket forward.”

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Narine to undergo test in Chennai again

Sat, Apr 25, '15

 

Media Watch

Kolkata Knight Riders have decided to send Sunil Narine for another test of his bowling action after match officials expressed “concerns” over “fair amount” of deliveries the offspinner bowled in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday in Visakhapatnam. If Narine is called a second time, he will be out of the IPL and hence the franchise wants to play it safe and not risk playing him in the upcoming matches without the test.
It is understood that the franchise is trying hard to get an appointment at the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Science Centre in Chennai, an ICC accredited testing centre.
Narine will travel with former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram, who is Knight Riders’ bowling consultant, and team analyst AR Srikkanth.
This will be the second time Narine will be travelling to Chennai this month having already received a clearance from the BCCI’s sub-committee on suspect action days before the IPL started. The panel, comprising former India captain S Venkataraghavan, former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath and former international umpire AV Jayaprakash, had no issues with Narine’s remodelled action and gave him a clean chit.

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