Just a couple weeks before the start of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, West Indies must be concerned about certain aspects of their batting and bowling which were exposed in the 4-1 loss to South Africa in the just concluded One-Day International series.
The consolation win by one wicket with nine balls to spare in the penultimate match at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth was a big relief for Jason Holder, the 23-year-old fast bowling all-rounder in his first series as captain. One only had to look at the expressions of the players after Andre Russell smashed the winning shot with his fifth six, along with five fours in a fine, unbeaten 64, to realise how much the victory meant to the team.
But let us be honest. The West Indies bowling got a battering for the most part and Scores of 439 for two off 50 overs in the second match at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and 361 for five off 42 overs in the final match at SuperSport Park in Centurion are perfect examples of the ball-beating they suffered.
Emphasis must be placed on developing Guyana’s cricket first – Kallicharran
Sun, Feb 1, '15
FORMER Guyana and West Indies captain Alvin Kallicharran said that the time has come for him to play an active role in helping to develop the game of cricket in his homeland.
The now 65 year-old Kallicharran scored 12 centuries in his 66 Tests played for the West Indies, with 187 his highest score.. He also played 31 ODIs during his 1972-1981 stretch of his playing career, after making his debut against New Zealand at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground Bourda in 1972.. While the focus is on developing West Indies Cricket, Kallicharran said that emphasis should be placed on developing Guyana’s cricket first. Speaking at a Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) press conference on Friday at the Grand Coastal Inn, Kallicharran said his aim is to work with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) from the grassroots level of the game; something he had even written to the Government of Guyana about approximately three years ago.
Dwayne Bravo's Retirement Speaks Volumes of the State of West Indies Cricket
Sat, Jan 31, '15
by ANTOINETTE MULLER ,
Dwayne Bravo has retired from Test cricket at the tender age of 31 years. In a statement, he spoke of the “difficult time” cricket in the Caribbean is currently experiencing and reiterated his desire to represent the West Indies in the limited overs format.
As per ESPNCricinfo he said:
Today I am announcing my retirement from Test cricket. I have already informed the [West Indies Cricket Board] of this decision and also indicated my desire to continue to represent the West Indies in the shorter formats of the game.
Over the years, with the greatest enthusiasm, I have done my best with the deep awareness that I am ultimately representing the people of the game.
I recognise that this is a difficult time for all of us. Our people of the region have seen and enjoyed great cricketing days but we will not return to glory until we agree to go forward with our love for the game and the respect of the administrators, players and the public.
Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies allrounder, has announced his retirement from Test cricket, but wants to continue representing the side in limited-overs games. Bravo had not played Tests since December 2010, and his decision comes after he lost the ODI captaincy to Jason Holder and was then axed from the one-day side for the tour of South Africa and also the World Cup.
West Indies had pulled out from their tour of India last year under Bravo's leadership over a payment dispute with their board and players association. His subsequent removal from the squad had led to allegations of victimization from his lawyer, but chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd had said there was no axe to grind. Bravo was picked for the T20 internationals against South Africa and was also given a central contract by the board.