Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 11th 2013 Contents Once again, the West Indies
have been booted out of a
tournament because its players
and management have failed to
come to terms with the mathe-
matics of modern-day cricket.
Like it or not, net run rate (NRR)
can play a significant role when
tournaments involve more than
two teams. Teams must be aware
of this and do whatever is neces-
sary to achieve the best NRR
possible from the beginning.
Sadly, time and time again, the
West Indies have been found
wanting in this department of
the modern game, throwing away
simple opportunities to improve
Before the final match (Sri
Lanka v India) of the tri-nation
series involving the West Indies,
our NRR was -0.383 and India s
was -0.524. However, almost any
victory by India in the last match
would have brought them level
on points and made their NRR
better than ours. For instance, a
win off the last ball for any score
up to 321 in a 50-over match
would have sufficed. Of course,
any win before the last ball
would have made their NRR even
In other words, there was no
added pressure on India to win
that last match by a significant
margin. But it did not have to be
so. The West Indies blew two
simple opportunities to improve
their NRR. In the match against
India, Kemar Roach and Sunil
Narine had done remarkably well
bringing the score from 113 for 8
to 171 for 8, with 32 balls
The victory target of 274 was
beyond reach but adding 20
runs, say, for the last 32 balls
would have greatly improved our
NRR. (Sometimes, even 1 run is
enough to take your NRR above
another team.) The fact seemed
totally lost on Narine who, as
usual, threw away his wicket.
Roach followed immediately,
playing a careless shot, perhaps
thinking it did not matter, not
appreciating the importance of
making a few more runs.
In the match against Sri Lanka,
we missed another opportunity
to improve our NRR even when
it was clear we could not win
the match. Adding just another
10 runs to go with the 20 above
would have given us a NRR of
-0.202 (instead of -0.383). To
appreciate its significance, sup-
pose Sri Lanka had batted first
and made 275 off 50 overs. To
beat a NRR of -0.383, India
could afford to win off the very
last ball. However, to beat a NRR
of -0.202, they would have had
to make 276 off 43 overs---a
much more demanding task.
As it turned out, Sri Lanka
needed to score 178 off 26 overs
to win the rain-shortened match
and allow West Indies into the
final. If they reached 168 and
lost, our NRR would have been
better than India s and we would
have progressed. Had our NRR
been -0.202, they would have
needed to score just 138 for our
NRR to be better than India s.
However, they would have had to
score at least 142 to deny India
the bonus point and a place in
the final. Still, it s much easier to
score 142 than 168.
Far too often the West Indies
operate as if they are clueless
about NRR and take notice only
when it hits them squarely in the
face. By then, the missed oppor-
tunities are gone and it s too late
to do anything about it. Perhaps
it s time the WICB hire someone
familiar with mathematics and
cricket to give our team every
possible advantage. Heaven
knows, we need it.
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WI MUST LEARN THE MATHEMATICS OF CRICKET
Rudolph Charles, from his rise to fame in the 60s,
to his passing in the 80s, produced remarkable and
memorable achievements both in the national and
international music arena, as a charismatic and
maximum leader of the Desperadoes Steel Orches-
tra.In 1964 Charles led the band to second place in
the national Panorama competition playing Lord
Kitchener's Mama Dis is Mas.
In 1965 Desperadoes under Charles, won the only
Best Village steelband competition and was the
first steelband to perform in a church.
In 1966 Desperadoes won the triple crown which
were the national Panorama competition, the J'Ou-
vert morning Bomb competition and the Best Play-
ing Band on the Road.
In 1967, under Charles again, Desperadoes won
the Governor's Ball Steelband Competition.
In 1970, 1976, 1977, he led Desperadoes to win
the National Panorama Competition.
He also came up with the superb innovation of
pans: Quadraphonic Pans; The Ying and Yang pans;
the six pans; the nine pans and the 12 pans.
In 1972, Charles and Desperadoes performed at
the Royal Albert Hall in England. They played the
1812 Overture. He was also given a posthumous
award by Pan Trinbago but never a national award.
So we Trinis just have to sit and
continue to suffer blissfully in the
Why is it so hard for someone in
the traffic management branch or in
the Ministry of Works and Transport
to notice that their negligent actions
disrupt entire communities?
The Four Roads road works are
under way and are generally a cause
of great inconvenience as it is, and
only heaven knows how it's really
going to help the Diego Martin traffic,
but we wait in hope.
Every day we sit through frustrat-
ing traffic any time of the day, taking
almost an hour to get to our Diego
Martin destinations due to two cuts
that have been made across the road
by the Four Roads Police Station and
the gas station.
These two channels have been the
cause of tremendous traffic jams
which start from Wrightson Road,
bumper to bumper all the way into
Diego Martin on evenings, as mo-
torists have to slow down to cross
the two ditches to avoid damaging
Could it be possible that no one in
authority has noticed this, or is it that
they just couldn't care less? How dif-
ficult could it be for someone on this
construction team or from the Min-
istry in charge to make it a priority to
fill or repave these two channels to
solve the exasperating traffic prob-
Not to mention what a novel idea it
would be to place police patrols along
the highways to prevent the hun-
dreds of lawless drivers from overtak-
ing on the shoulder to beat the traffic.
Come on, this is not rocket science,
God gave us gifts of sight, logic and
compassion, let's put them to use
people! Please fix the road quickly.
While I am disappointed that we did not get our
money's worth in terms of playing time in the tri-
nation series between WI, Sri Lanka and India, (and
I write this on the eve of the final) I must admit
that I was not in the least bit surprised that rain
played it's hand and caused miserable delays.
After all I am born and bred Trini, so the rain pat-
terns in what we call the "rainy season" is well
known to us all and therefore predictable.
Why then can't the WICB officials think the
same way. Are they foreigners? You don't have to
be a weatherman to work this out.
How can they organise cricket tournaments in
the months of June, July and August and not ex-
pect to get rain?
Maybe it is a case of "we know it going to rain
but the cricket-hungry lovers will still pay in ad-
vance and turn out for the games, anyway."
I hope not, or they heading up the wrong creek.
To make matters worse, apart from the fact that
we have the CPLT20 coming in July-August, they
have already chosen the dates for 2014 and 2015
CPL, and guess when they will be!
Stupid is not the word. Granted there are a lot of
factors that may have forced them to use the dates
that they are using, eg other tournaments, players
not available etc, again the question---how do you
expect it not to rain in rainy/hurricane season? Why
force the point? Don't they know they can't inter-
fere with God's work?
I don't know about the other cricket lovers, but
they eh ketching me again. WICB, juggle your dates
and plan for April, May, June---or not at all.
Cricket and rainy season don't go together
Rudolph Charles deserves national honour
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