Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 8th 2015 Contents After what was certainly an exciting ODI World
Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, some sup-
porters of the game may well have regained their
interest and were actually awaiting plans for the
series coming up for the balance of the year.
Low and behold, the president of the ICC, Mr
Kumar, announced that he had resigned from the
position which he held for the past few years.
Under normal conditions, resignations like these
tend to take place for too much work, illness, or some-
times when performance levels are not satisfactory.
However, the reason handed out for his resignation
stems from the choice of someone else being given
the honour of handing the winning trophy to the Aus-
tralian team. This should make us all wonder why
people fight so hard to be elected into high profile
offices such as the President of the ICC.
I can think of other things which the president can
focus on in order to improve the image of Cricket.
Then rumours indicating that the ICC president
took an umpiring decision to task because of a decision
made against his country, Bangladesh, in their game
Rumour-mongers claimed the outrageous criticism
by the ICC boss was not in keeping with moral ethics
expected from someone in his position. These changes
brought to the game at the highest level is tantamount
to frivolous childlike behavior, bearing little relevance
to the game. But before I was able to shrug off that
professional diatribe, Sunil Narine has been brought
into focus from many angles, such as the ICC, the
IPL, and surely the player himself.
I find myself not understanding the reasons for this
simple problem which relates to a player using a special
type of delivery, considered illegal by the umpires.
This problem is reminiscent of the good old days
when many Caribbean players, such as SM Ali and
Jamil Ali, were accused of throwing. Even the legendary
Sir Curtly Ambrose was called for throwing in a match
when the Islands played against Trinidad and Tobago
at Guaracara Park.
There are many others as well, guilty of throwing
the odd ball, yet never called but they carried on with
Why is Sunil Narine the scapegoat? Is it because
there was previously an issue with the Sri Lankan
spinner Muttiah Muralitharan during his successful
career? My simple question: what is the responsibility
of umpires when they detect a no ball whether it is
done consistently or not?
I ll answer the umpires call a no ball and the game
continues with a penalty for the bowlers having to
bowl a free delivery, which cannot earn the bowler a
Having said that, why does the board or anyone
else have to take the rule any further? If Narine is
seen throwing his "doosra," then the umpire already
has the right to call "no ball."
If the bowler continues to bowl similar deliveries,
then the problem does not lie with the IPL or the
ICC. The bowler has to be dealt with by his skipper
and subsequently his club. If he needs help to correct
his problem, surely there are experts to assist.
Remember these are professional cricketers and
there must be technical issues which coaches or insti-
tutions located in bigger countries of England and
Australia, where measures can be sought.
This is why I am of the belief that the person to
correct the problem is the bowler himself, as it is for
his own good.
What if Narine has decided to exclude the delivery
from his repertoire? Will he not make his best effort
to repair the action in due course?
For the ICC or any other organisation to instruct
a player to stay out of the game until he gets "special"
corrective methods from a particular institute is truly
an unfair move, seeing that he makes a living from
the game and has often been seen as bowling legitimate
deliveries amidst the odd few "doosra."
In days past, the West Indies tended to attract inter-
national opponents when their successful deliveries
started to destroy their batting strength. Remember
Charlie Griffith with his snorting yorkers, which caused
some changes in the foot rules prior
to delivering the ball?
I recall the deceptive India spin-
ner Srinivas Chandrasekar being
challenged, simply because they
could not read his spin.
The ICC needs to address many
more matters and leave the umpires
to do their jobs, in the same way
that they use technology to attempt
appeals by the bowlers and the
batsmen to challenge the umpires
on the field.
The WICB should not accept any
decision by the ICC to remove a
bowler from the game for reasons
over which the umpires have juris-
And finally, the absence of any
Test matches being played at the
Queens Park Oval in Trinidad is
Many years ago in a five test
series at home, the Queens Park
Oval was scheduled with two
matches, plus pre-test matches
against the T&T national team. Has
this matter gone political or has
this ground become unsuitable for
playing a test match?
The present day crowd support
has dwindled in the Caribbean as
a whole, except for Barbados,
Jamaica and possibly Guyana.
No one can challenge our people
on the business of supporting crick-
et. We can afford to pay the price
of tickets requested. For tourists,
we have the hotel accommodation,
the shopping centres, a wide variety
Did someone claim that the
Queens Park Oval is second only
to the MCG in Australia? I have
heard it expressed many times.
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