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COLIN EH CROFT
There was a rumour, con-
firmed as such by West Indies
Cricket Board, that Sir
Richard "Richie Rich"
Richardson, present West
Indies team manager, has
been ousted and replaced by
former West Indies fast
bowler and former manager
Joel "Big Bird" Garner. That
change would make no sense
Approaching cricket from
different angles, both have
been extremely professional,
erstwhile managers of WI
teams, and are, more-or-less,
cut from the same cloth.
I sincerely hope that it was
indeed just a rumour but let
us get back to what got us here
in the first place. Someone,
somewhere in WI cricket, is
trying really hard to sow des-
perate discord in the organi-
Anyway, all that could have
been said or written about WI s
aborted tour to India has
already been said or written.
Whom-so-ever, which entity,
was wrong, should be held
accountable or was stubborn
or just stupid in handling the
ineptness of the aborted tour
last month, will eventually be
found out too.
Meanwhile, let us just get
on with the damned cricket
on the field of play. Nothing
that we can write or say, for
now, will change much but
West Indies needs to be
focused on playing cricket
Whatever happened in India
recently and in times past too,
from Sir Frank Worrell in 1948,
to World Series Cricket in 1978, to the snafu of WI
tour to South Africa, 1998, and onwards to last month,
please note this:
Similar situations will occur again in WI cricket s
future. You can bet your house on that!
So, instead of crying over blown fuses, trying to
reach back into the future on things that we cannot
change at this very moment, let us deal with what
we have right now; revamp and renew our thinking
to move speedily into the future; even if we will even-
tually, when time becomes right, review the past.
The present has already just become the past, with
the future beckoning to become present. Let s go!
This is like a failed marriage. You either move on
with your life, hopefully to better things or simply
pine and die. Nothing is ever guaranteed but at least
new horizons are available. Let us try to exploit those.
WI cricket, as it has always done, as we all have
suggested and lived through, will survive this too, in
some form or fashion. Just let the clouds blow away
to show blue skies. That is what life is all about!
When people think that they have conquered, those
supposedly conquered could emerge as very differ-
ently-abled persons or entities, managing surprisingly
well, despite what happens around them.
I have great respect and admiration for Sir Richie,
former WI captain. Perhaps he is just too nice and
decent a guy but believe me, he has great toughness
in his belly, blazing bazookas in his very analytical
brain, to shrug off all flowing blowhards. "Richie
Rich" is as steely as they come; a silent assassin!
One does not survive the onslaught of being elected
captain, a winning captain too, after Desmond Haynes
was supposedly earmarked to be Sir Vivian Richards
successor, then playing 86 Tests and 224 ODI s,
scoring over 12,000 international runs, without being
able to withstand heavy thunderbolts.
The 1995 WI tour to England, for example, Sir
Richie nearly lost his team and its captaincy. He was
openly told by then senior players who now hold leg-
endary status in WI cricket histories that: "Your cap-
taincy is now over. We are not playing under your
Very true. I was actually there, listening to the
abuses and diatribes aimed at Sir Richie. His resilience
then and his continued inclusions and involvements
to this day, could also be called legendary.
Some of those same 1995 senior players have them-
selves become captains of subsequent WI teams.
Upheavals in their following teams have also shown
that everything that goes around does eventually
come back around. Remember that aforementioned
WI 1998 tour of SA?
It was not Sir Richie s fault that WI players went
to India without properly signed contracts. Surely
his purview should only be that his players are relaxed,
ready and rearing to go, making sure that all things
non-cricket are in place for successful tours.
My former fast bowling partner, who started his
Test career the same day that I did, "Big Bird" Garner,
has been a good WI manager in the past too but at
this time, that change is not at all necessary.
Joel s international bowling was meanness person-
ified - 58 Tests and 98 ODI s - at unbelievable averages
of 20.97 and 18.84 runs per wicket, telling their own
frugal stories. Only Sir Curtly Ambrose could compare.
Joel s management style is similar to his bowling;
respect all, take no stupidity from none.
WI s present senior players know their strengths,
on and off the field, yet I know that they could not
push either Sir Richie or Joel around. Both have always
been trench-fighters who would battle to the end
for what they believe; no quarter asked, no intention
to give any.
"Richie Rich" and "Big Bird" are mean and tough,
manifesting those qualities in different ways! Enjoy!
Sir Richie, Garner extremely
Sir Richie Richardson
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