‘Tiger’ to play against Australia after being initially dropped
Sun, May 24, '15
It was reported that at least two Directors of the West Indies Cricket (WICB) and its President Dave Cameron managed to override the surprising decision by Chairman of Selectors Clive Lloyd to sack 40-year-old Guyanese Shiv Chanderpaul from the team for the two-Test series against Australia which starts on June 3 in Dominica.
This happened at a WICB retreat at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados yesterday. “The WICB is having a retreat with its players, staff and directors and (Anand) Sanasie and another Director were able to convince enough Directors and the President to override Lloyd and the selection panel to give Chanderpaul his last series”, a well placed source told Kaieteur Sport. Kaieteur Sports’ efforts to make contact with Sanasie all day yesterday proved futile since he was reportedly still in Barbados.
The source also informed that Lloyd is far from pleased that his decision was over ruled. Lloyd, the former Guyana and West Indies Captain, was reportedly told that this is a policy decision to honour Chanderpaul’s contribution to West Indies Cricket over the past 21 years. Only recently Lloyd failed to select Guyanese left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who had the most wickets in the Regional series, for the World Cup and did not pick Leon Johnson or Narsingh Deonarine for the English series after they had both played in the preceding series in South Africa.
When the Frank Worrell Trophy was last contested, in the Caribbean in 2012, Michael Clarke, with praise rare from an Australian captain, credited West Indies with waging a "really hard-fought" series, adding that he hoped they "get a lot of credit for the way they played".
Australia prevailed in two of the three Tests; the weather precluded a result in the other. That West Indies carried each match into the fifth day was something of an accomplishment for a team that had spectacularly plummeted down the rankings after Mark Taylor's Australians ended their 15 years of Test cricket supremacy with a 2-1 triumph before their stunned devotees in 1995.
A split of the ODIs and the two T20s lent credibility to Clarke's comment and to coach Mickey Arthur's "they went toe-to-toe with us".
The outcome hinted at an overdue revival for West Indies as much as it did a waning of Australia's strength.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) — West Indies Women were once again let down by weak batting as they slumped to a five-run defeat to Sri Lanka Women under the Duckworth/Lewis method, in a rain-affected affair here yesterday.
Defending a paltry 110, West Indies allowed the hosts to get away to a healthy start, and found themselves behind on Duckworth/Lewis when rain ended the contest prematurely in the 16th over at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Sri Lanka Women lost Yasoda Mendis without scoring in the second over but rebounded to be 52 for one in the eighth over, thanks to a 46-run stand between Dilani Surangika and captain Chamari Jayangani.