Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 1st 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, May 1, 2015
After all the problems
which have surrounded the
WI cricket team since their
refusal to continue their
tour to India, many of the
local scribes were heavily
critical as to whom was
responsible for the deba-
cle.The finger pointing began
with the players because
they were the group that
made the ultimate decision, until the real issues brought
into focus the WICB and Wipa.
The delay in dealing with the matter incited an
angry response by the Indian authorities, correctly
so, and the call for repayment of over $40 million
became the amount which India requested.
Giving way to the World Cup in Australia/New
Zealand, it allowed the various stakeholders to seek
solutions which could have the minimal effect on all
Even the Caricom heads of Government jumped
into the fray, causing many of the Caribbean people
to believe that they would come together and finance
the amount sought by India.
Now, it is the turn of the former president of the
ICC, Ishan Bani, arguably the most influential figure
in world cricket administration.
The multimillionaire decided to make statements
which he claimed will help to restore the previous
quality of West indies cricket.
Some claimed that the now president of the BCCI
may have advised some of the top WI players who
were all super stars in the IPL, one way or anoth-
er.Insufficient information regarding his input was
disregarded and maybe the strength of his present
advice can cause the WICB to lend an ear.
However, I do not share the view of the former
president that the return to top quality of our cricket
will be solved if the ruling be put into place for the
cricketing countries to control the movement of their
cricketers, especially those whose presence in the Test
team will surely bring some form of improvement to
the structure, an implication that the players will now
be available to play Test cricket as a priority over all
and sundry, whether it be IPL, CPL or any other.
He holds money as the main reason why these
players are making choices which have brought
mediocre quality to the Test squad.
I beg to differ on this one. Our new brand of young
Test players has failed to make the necessary adjust-
ments to facilitate the type of game they should play
when they switch from one form of cricket to anoth-
er.The results are seen and realistically the pendulum
swung heavily against those who were showing stability
and reliabilty before the satellite cricket became a
I could think of a number of excellent young players
like Adrian Bharath, for instance, whose early innings
startled the Australians in the early stages and made
him a marquee batsman.
Suddenly, his technically sound cover drives and
orthodox on drives, were turned into some reckless
open-faced slashes outside his off stump, without
the foot movement which brought his competence
and high scores previously.
He jumped upon the money wagon by invitation,
but failed to change his tactics without losing his solid
Mr Bani may not have understood the reasons for
the West Indies failure and proposed that money be
given to Test players by the franchises that wished
to use their services. That will not solve the prob-
Any type of adjustment could have been recognised
by the strategy utilised by the Australians, who made
sensible judgments in order to have Test players sep-
arated from the swashbuckling batters.
It is strange that many West Indian players like
Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, to
name a few, got caught in the middle of both styles
Former ICC boss Bani may help WICB cause
and have lost their places.
There is no shortcut to an improved state
of our cricket, other than taking the realistic
approach by assessing every player, analysing
their strengths and weaknesses, correcting
their faults, technical or tactical, and having
some of our finest former players like Andy
Roberts, Ian Bishop, Curtly Ambrose, Gordon
Greenidge, Gus Logie, work in tandem with
head coach Phil Simmons to recreate the
original talent which we have seen in players
like Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite and
Lendl Simmons, as well as young Jermaine
Blackwood and Jonathan Carter who add to
the exciting potential images of many youth
Each territory should be conscious of their
commitment to developing the young players
into Test match quality. Of course, there
must also be the realistic review of players
like Chanderpaul, Sulieman Benn, Chris
Gayle, and to a lesser extent, Marlon Samuels.
There are many kinks in their armoury, ageing
in some cases. A repair seems vastly difficult,
if not impossible.
Thanks for your advice Mr Bani, and may
I suggest that you recommend the fix for
the financial situation which our country
created and have difficulty in finding a solu-
Finally, I am interested in hearing from
the international experts about the banning
of Sunil Narine s off-breaks.
Forgive me, but many bowlers have dif-
ferent ways of delivering off breaks. Some
are actually appearing to be legal, while the
others do not look quite the same.
Does that give the ICC or the IPL the right
to stop Narine from bowling the off break
or will the experts be aware that he may be
capable of bowling legal off breaks.
Is this a war against Narine? If not, what
is wrong with giving the umpires the right
to call "no ball" when they see it fit. Think
about it, Mr Bani.
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