The essential discussions about WI Cricket

Thu, Sep 3, '15

by ALVIN CORNEAL

Commentary

Nothing ever goes smoothly with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in recent times, regardless of how insignificant the issue may be. We could recall the foot dragging process which took place when the Board had to approach India to discuss the incident which was caused by our players leaving the field during a Test series against India at home.

In an effort to find a solution as to the restructuring of the game in the region, the board seemed to have decided to open some form of dialogue in the various countries, in order to get maximum contribution as to ways and means of improving cricket in the region.

For some unknown reason, many of the other countries have been scheduled for meetings, with the exception of T&T.

Even something as simple as arranging a meeting for such an important task, the board has not been able to handle the organisation professionally.

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BCA must unite to achieve goals

Thu, Sep 3, '15

 

Barbados

I LIKEN the running of an institution to that of a relay team.

Teamwork has to be at the forefront to achieve the goals that have been set.

You don’t necessarily need to have equal strength on each leg to succeed but you do need every runner to perform the role he’s been assigned to the best of his ability. The synchronisation of effort could deliver the designated results.

As the just re-elected president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) for his fifth term, I believe job number one for Joel Garner is to unite his organisation so that cricket’s best interest will be served.

It won’t happen if the deep divisions that come with elections are allowed to continue and fester like a terminal illness.

Listening to his post-election interview, I got the feeling he is very conscious that there might still be dark shadows which could pose a threat to good and stable governance of the association.

In stating he is prepared to work with anyone, he was also wary of those who would take to the media to leak sensitive and confidential information to the public, which could only serve to damage the image of the organisation even if that type of manoeuvring is intended to undermine a particular individual.
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Jamaica Gleaner Apologizes to Michael Holding

Wed, Sep 2, '15

 

Michael Holding

Today's version of the Jamaica Gleaner is carrying an apology to cricket commentator Michael Holding with regard to comments made in an article written by Oral Tracey.

The article, published in the Gleaner and on the newspaper's website on January 20 2015, was entitled 'Victimisation, or consequence of action?' referred to and made certain statements about Mr. Michael Holding.

The Gleaner states "The Gleaner and Mr. Tracey apologize to Mr. Holding for having published the words in the article which referred to Mr. Holding and state unequivocally that there was no intention to suggest that Mr. Holding was either dishonest, irrational, had no honest belief in his own opinions or had any improper motive."

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Narine not ready for Test return

Wed, Sep 2, '15

 

Media Watch

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has confirmed he is in a much clearer position over the status of high profile players Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell, regarding their availability to play Test cricket and other formats for the Caribbean side going forward.

Simmons was giving an update on his talks with the aforementioned players after revealing exclusively to Newsday his plans to do so in May.
Since Simmons made that revelation, players such as Bravo and Simmons’ nephew Lendl have confirmed in the media that they don’t want to play Tests because of the pay structure in the new MOU/ CBA that was signed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies Players Association (WIPA). Russell also stated he can’t play the longer format because of a persistent knee problem.

“I have had good discussions speaking with all the players. Yes, Bravo and Lendl said they don’t want to play Tests for reasons you mentioned, but I’m happy that they were honest about that,” said Simmons.

 

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Kallicharan learns from testing regional season

Wed, Sep 2, '15

 

Trinidad & Tobago

National youth cricketer, Kirstan Kallicharan is confident that the trials and tribulations he faced representing the West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago at various youth levels will help him grow as a cricketer.

“It’s been a tough year for me and I am hoping that I can make up for my shortcomings next year. I am hoping this makes me a stronger cricketer and helps improve my cricketing and mental skills,” said Kallicharan.

He continued, “I hope this experience helps my cricket and does not break me down. I am trying to acquire as much experience as I can to incorporate into my cricket so it can make me a more complete player.”

 

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