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Two events marred last week,
one about West Indies team, the
other was about its past play-
Firstly, West Indies Cricket
Board confirmed what I had pre-
viously mentioned; that the only
Tests that West Indies would play
in 2013 would be against Zim-
babwe and New Zealand.
West Indies thrashed Zimbab-
we last March.
According to reports from
WICB s meeting in Trinidad &
Tobago, regular Test players, those
who do not normally participate
in T-20 s or ODI s, must wait to
December next, to play interna-
News came that Pakistan will
tentatively tour West Indies in
July-August, but only for ODI s
and T-20 s, due to scheduling
That is unfortunate.
It means that West Indies,
while trying to improve its posi-
tion in International Cricket
Council s Test standings from No
7, of nine countries, will have
played only four Tests in 2013.
Two were against Zimbabwe,
a team not yet in the rankings,
having not played enough Test
cricket in the last year, and two
will be v New Zealand, who are
How is West Indies to improve
What happens to regular Test
players like Windward Islands
Shane Shillingford, Leeward
Islands Kieran Powell, Trinidad
& Tobago s Shannon Gabriel or
Barbados Tino Best?
West Indies present interna-
tional cricketers fall into three,
maybe four categories.
Some, like Shivnarine Chan-
derpaul and Shillingford, play Test
cricket almost exclusively.
Several, like Dwayne Bravo and
Darren Sammy, play all formats,
while players like Kieron Pollard
and Dwayne Smith almost exclu-
sively play T-20 s, maybe ODI s.
Others, like Denesh Ramdin
and Chanderpaul, play County
Cricket in England etc, or Cham-
pions League, for respective
But what is a player like Powell,
who only plays Tests, occasionally
ODI s, to do for that duration
after ICC s Champion Trophy in
England in June?
Granted, it is a real tight rope
for WICB, balancing international
cricket, especially with lucrative
T-20 s dominating world cricket.
Like everyone else, West Indies
must cash in too! Nothing wrong
I expect that upcoming
Caribbean Premier League will,
even from its inception in August,
become as much a part of inter-
national schedules as Australia s
However, as noted recently,
Australia still manages to meet
that balance well, making sure
that outings in Tests, ODI s and
T-20 s, international and domes-
tic, are sufficiently dispersed so
that players get chances to fully
produce in each relative format!
The second concern has been
in the worry chambers even
before I played Test cricket in
How, exactly, are past, present
and eventually former, West
Indies cricketers to be treated,
once their professional cricketing
careers are over and they move
into "real life"?
Last week s head-line in
Jamaica s Observer newspapers
was eye-opening, even embar-
rassing: "Jamaica Cricket Asso-
ciation apologises to Courtney
Former West Indies captain
"Cuddy" Walsh, a Sporting
Ambassador too, was stopped, by
security, from entering certain
parts of Sabina Park, where his
name is blazoned on one of its
The security person was not
wrong. The guy or girl was only
doing his or her job, as directed;
to stop anyone at all who did not
have proper accreditation from
entering specific enclosures.
I blame West Indies Players
Association and West Indies
Cricket Board directly. Second-
arily, I blame Jamaica s Cricket
Association and all other
Caribbean Cricket Boards too.
Either they are lazy or do not
care! Or is it about ultimate power
Many might think this is funny;
even that it is no big thing. I dis-
agree. This has soured commu-
nications of our cricket and our
cricketers for ages!
No ex-West Indies player has
suffered more stresses and abuse
than I have had around the
Caribbean as regards going into
cricket grounds, even as I always
have the correct accreditation.
Who knows, maybe I am hated
most, for whatever reasons!
Bourda, New Garden Street,
for a past New Zealand tour, even
as I was 50 metres away, the
security guard, in full uniform,
screamed: "Kraff, if yuh ent gat
a f.....g pass, yuh ent passin
Sir Gary Sobers was denied
admittance to the stand at Bar-
bados Kensington Oval which
has his name.
I was in the company of anoth-
er Knight, my own hero, Sir Ever-
ton Weeks, also at Kensington
Oval, when we both completed
media duties, when Sir Everton
was asked for accreditation.
He had none, and was refused
entry, even though the security
person knew who he was: "Sir
Everton, I kno who yuh is, but
if yuh don t ha a pass, you can t
come in hay!"
I cried that day!
We are "Heroes?" Yeah, right!
Most do not know stresses that
former West Indies players get to
attend games. Some have to beg.
Only about 400 played for
West Indies. Not even ten per
cent will attend at any one time.
This could be alleviated.
We are always treated better
when we travel around the cricket
All that WIPA, WICB and
respective cricket boards have to
do is to have a master list of past
players, issue each with a yearly
pass, if needed, also providing
positions to be seated.
Simple! But, common sense
is not always common! Enjoy!
'Going the full circle in
cricket, as common
sense is not common!'
The security person was not wrong. The guy or girl was only doing his or her job, as
directed; to stop anyone at all who did not have proper accreditation from entering
specific enclosures. I blame West Indies Players Association and West Indies Cricket
Board directly. Secondarily, I blame Jamaica's Cricket Association and all other
Caribbean Cricket Boards too.
COLIN EH CROFT
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