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Sir Curtly: Windies
HAMILTON, BERMUDA---Legendary former fast
bowler, Sir Curtly Ambrose has urged West
Indies to use the disappointment of missing
out on next month's ICC Champions Trophy,
to return to the top of world cricket.
The tournament, referred to as the mini World
Cup, features the cricket world's top eight sides,
with West Indies missing out on the June 1-18
showpiece in England due to their lowly number
"It's really a shame. It is sad. I never thought the
time would come when we, as a West Indies team,
would miss a Champions Trophy," Sir Curtly told
the Royal Gazette.
"It's not a nice feeling at all, but that's the way
it is. We are not playing as well as we can so it's up
to us as a nation, and the cricketers themselves, to
bring back this tradition we have to get West Indies
cricket near the top again."
West Indies were good enough to win the tour-
nament back in 2004 in England, when they beat
the hosts in a dramatic final at the Oval.
Their fortunes have declined steadily since then,
however, and they now also face the prospect of
failing to qualify automatically for the 2019 Cricket
Only hosts England and the remaining top seven
sides by the September 30 cut-off date will secure
automatic spots with the remaining sides forced
to play a qualifying tournament for a chance at the
remaining two slots.
Sir Curtly, who up until last year served as a bowl-
ing consultant to West Indies, believes consistency
is the big hurdle the regional side has to overcome.
"Potential and talent has never been the ques-
tion. It's just we've not kept the results that we
want. From time to time there have been some good
performances, but we're not consistent enough,"
explained the Antiguan, who took 405 wickets from
98 Tests and 225 scalps from 176 one-dayers.
"To move up the rankings you have to be con-
sistent with both games and with both teams and
until we start to do that we will remain the way
we are at the moment. We just need to be more
NEW DELHI--Factions of the Indian
Cricket Board (BCCI) want pressure
brought to bear on the West Indies
Cricket Board for its lack of support
in the recent vote regarding the Inter-
national Cricket Council's new gov-
ernance structure and revenue sharing
At an ICC Board meeting in Dubai last
month, the BCCI found itself standing alone
as nine other countries voted in support of
the governance structure. On the conten-
tious revenue sharing model, India found
support only from the Sri Lankan Board, as
they lost 8-2 on vote.
Sections of the BCCI now want joint sec-
retary Amitabh Chaudhary to speak to WICB
president Dave Cameron about the recent
ICC votes, as there is a belief the Caribbean
board was not held accountable enough for
the decision of the one-day side to abruptly
abandon the tour here three years ago.
"We let the West Indies Cricket Board
go scot-free back in 2014 after they pulled
Dave Cameron...WICB president
out midway," a senior BCCI official, who requested
anonymity, told the Press Trust of India.
"We claimed damages of US$42 million but that was
also waived by Shashank Manohar after he became
the BCCI president for the second time. Now they
(WICB) have also voted against us at ICC Board. We
need to look at these aspects."
The BCCI suspended bilateral ties with West Indies
and also lodged the multi-million dollar claim against
the WICB back in November, 2014, after the team
walked off the tour earlier the same month following
the fourth ODI, stemming from a players pay dispute
with the board.
However, the matter was settled amicably following
talks between the WICB and the new Manohar-led
BCCI, with the entities agreeing future bilateral tours.
In fact, only yesterday, the BCCI confirmed India's
six-match limited tour of the Caribbean starting next
month, but the senior BCCI official said the only en-
tity benefitting from the arrangement was the WICB.
"There has to be some discussions with Cameron
and WICB as to what their viewpoint is on govern-
ance," the official continued.
"In any case, it's the WICB which gains if we go [on
the tour]. Before the ICC Annual Conference, it would
be great if Amitabh speaks to their cricket board."
India toured the Caribbean last year for four Tests
and also played West Indies in a two-match Twenty20
series in Florida. (CMC)
BCCI miffed by WICB lack
of support on ICC votes
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