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head-coach Philip Verant
on April 18, must hit the
ground sprinting, with a
plan of trying to instill
attitudes and applica-
tions which he success-
fully used, from 2007, to
drive Cricket Ireland and
its players forward in his
spell there as head-
most are optimistic,
after Ottis Gibson s
chaotic tenure, just
appreciate that there are
no guarantees that Simmons will be successful here.
One can only hope for positive results.
As suggested to me; "If Simmons really wants suc-
cess in his new job, he had better bring some Irish
players with him too, because present WI cricketers
have no discipline and adhere to none!"
Of course, "Simmo" was born in Arima, Trinidad
& Tobago, so he must know that there are two main,
continuing obstacles to achieving any real progress
in these parts, even before he can think about using
skills to assist players---(a) polarising insularity and
(b) incessant, direct victimisation.
It really would be some achievement if Simmons
could even slightly dent those dastardly aberrations
which continue to permeate almost universally in our
Having regularly experienced both, with documented
and telephone-recorded proof too, I know that those
two elements still openly exist in WI s cricket façade,
from the top right down to the open savannahs where
youths play, even if few are prepared to acknowledge
that it is indeed so.
I would even challenge anyone to go, as I have reg-
ularly done, to cricket grounds and arenas in the
Caribbean, and, un-noticed or un-recognised, take
stock of what transpires at coaching sessions.
If one is objective in thought, hopeful and open in
mind, then that experience would make you cringe.
Just try it, then please report back honestly!
But Phil is nobody s fool. Having taken Ireland as
far as possible but disappointingly and quite unfor-
tunately not sufficiently forward in ICC s minds to
achieve Test status, an honour long overdue, he must
know exactly what he is getting into here in the
I have known him since 1994 when he played for
WI v touring England, so I am sure that he must have
told his interviewing panel that while he really wanted
this assignment and to badly help WI s cricket, he
would not allow any interruptions or intrusions what-
soever into his work.
Those developments will have to be seen to be
believed, but this is a tough, worldly, no-nonsense
guy who walked away with head held high when Zim-
babwe s cricket, where he was head-coach; 2008/2009;
fell into disrepair, a cricketing entity in well publicised
political and financial disarray.
Urgent, if not immediate, on Simmons plans must
be to eliminate dead-wood embarrassingly masquerad-
ing as international cricketers now inhabiting especially
WI s senior ODI cricket team.
Fortunately for him, he has only Tests in the next
few months; three Tests starting next week, against
England, then two Tests in June against Australia.
Therefore, ODI players can wait, as he will not have
to assist in selecting those for some time.
Johnson Charles, Andre Russell, Dwayne Smith,
Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Chris Gayle, Sulieman
Benn, Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, passengers
Nikita Miller and Sheldon Cottrell, all corpses to ambi-
tions WI may have for future ODI s, especially for
CWC 2019, should all be entombed now!
None of those can get better or help WI further
in ODI s. Newer players could not do worse and would
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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training
The Ministry of Tertiary
Education and Skills Training
partnered with SERVOL
to pay tribute to the life of Fr
Gerry Pantin, the late SERVOL
founder who passed away last
year. A Brick Laying Ceremony
was held on Wednesday the 25th
March, 2015 to commemorate
the construction of a signature
project in his name; the Fr. Gerry
Pantin Servol Life Centre to be
located at Lot D Julien Street,
Strikers Village, Pt. Fortin.
The Minstry and SERVOL
collaborated to source funds for
the construction of the Centre
after the Housing Development
Corporation (HDC) gave the
training organization 13,000
square feet of land with a 99
year lease. In October, 2014
Cabinet approved $5.5 million
to support the construction
of this development. Sr. Ruth
Montrichard, Chairman of Servol,
in her remarks, described the
Ministry's intervention as "an
angel coming to us in the form of
The new Life Centre will have
the capacity for 40 persons
between the ages of 16-19 for
its Adolescent Development
Programme (ADP), computer lab
for training youth and adults in
the community, Day Care Centre,
Pre-School and Junior Life Centre.
The building will also be used
for other programmes such as
beauty culture, parent education,
volunteer health/drug, and
environmental importance for
parents and children.
Servol as "being a great success
story from the day they opened
Estate. Blending Christian vocation
with educational vocation,
Servol has made a pronounced
difference to our nation. From
and girls in their early childhood
care and education centres to the
vocational training centres for
He also had words of praise
the late founder, "Fr. Gerry's
belief was that through attentive
listening, respectful intervention,
and lack of cultural ignorance, he
could be the rallying call for the
poor and oppressed. Therefore
we are very proud that we can
assist in the continuation of such
great work to provide increased
access to opportunities for our
MTEST Honours Fr. Gerry Pantin
COLIN EH CROFT
be better groomed for future ODI s. Only
Denesh Ramdin, wicket-keeper-Test captain,
and Jason Holder, ODI captain-bowling all-
rounder, should be retained for future ODI s.
Simply, have a team built around those
two for the next ODI tour, starting "from
In reviewing WI at CWC 2015, two quite
distasteful, nonsensical cricket situations
occurred in which WI seemed cranially dead
or at least comatose; games v India and v
United Arab Emirates.
There should be investigations into these
situations, but I doubt that would happen!
I first listened to international cricket, aged
7, in 1960/1, saw my first Test aged 12, when
Australia toured WI in 1965, followed by
playing for WI, then to Sports Journalism.
Yet, I have never experienced a team so thor-
oughly inflexible and lacking in game-sense
as was evident v India.
Needing 50 to win, six wickets down, with
only Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the crease of
any batting consequence, WI s best bowlers
were, for some reason, removed from the
attack, eventually allowing part-timers Mar-
lon Samuels and Dwayne Smith to be bowling
at the death.
Unbelievably, Taylor, Holder, Russell and
Roach collectively still had nine overs remain-
ing!Similarly, WI looked so uninterested when
they played UAE. Tortoises running back-
wards would have moved quicker, as UAE
somehow made 175 after being 46-6 at one
Former fast bowling partner Michael Hold-
ing reacted angrily, verbal guns firing, sug-
gesting that if WI did not want to play, then
they should have just gone home.
What a terribly shambolic effort that was
'Hopefully, 'Simmo' will help West Indies!'
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