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Everyone expects West Indies to do infi-
nitely better in T20s against Pakistan this
weekend at Arnos Vale, St Vincent, than
in the 50-overs games.
Not only should West Indies play with
more fervor, they must. After all, the home
team are proud defending World Champions
in the game s shortest format.
Having lost the 50-overs series to Pak-
istan, 3-1, West Indies pride and perform-
ance must come through to beat the excel-
lent tourists. Expect mercurial cricket from
As I mentioned before they started their
tour here, all world teams must always
beware of Pakistan.
Encouragingly, West Indies has not lost
a T-20 game since excitingly winning ICC
WT-20 in Sri Lanka last year. Hopefully,
that knowledge will bring them through,
but it will not be easy at all.
Also, as a final preparation preamble for
inaugural Caribbean Premier League, fran-
chised and fringe players will want to
demonstrate that they actually deserve their
individual selective statuses.
Realistically, as aptly shown over the last
several months, in Champions Trophy 2013,
then in the series featuring India and Sri
Lanka, and now also in this very recently
concluded series v Pakistan, West Indies
team personnel are easily more adaptable
and effective in T-20 s than in any other
form of the game.
Why that is so is obviously quite debat-
able, but that is simply pure fact.
Disappointingly, West Indies have really
struggled to come to terms with the attitude
and fortitude required for longevity at the
crease and focus required over 100 overs of
a normal One-Day International.
Ironically, England, where T-20 cricket
was initially encouraged and popularized,
if not altogether invented, but whose major
players do not fully engage as often or as
extensively as other teams personnel in T20
cricket, is showing such longevity and effec-
tiveness in Tests v Australia.
England seems unbeatable.
Conversely, Australia, already 2-0 down
in that five-Test series, like West Indies, is
also suffering quite badly from its deluge
of 20-overs cricket.
If Australia s batsmen do not up their
game considerably, immediately re-adjusting
thinking and batting for lengthy periods at
the crease, they could really lose 5-0.
International Cricket Council has openly
suggested that its premier tournament, the
one they consider a true test, at least until
the real Test Championship takes shape in
two years, is the 50-overs World Cup.
West Indian supporters, though, recog-
nizing their players relative abilities, aptitude
and attitudes, have grudgingly come to
understand, appreciate and accept too, that
our representatives forte is T20 cricket.
Reviewing the recent 50-overs series,
adaptable Pakistan, especially its much
admired and touted captain, Misbah-Ul-
Haq, has been quite special in that last 50-
overs series. They played so very well.
Misbah has, justifiably, been named "Man
of the Series," and has been so impressive
that he has also been incorporated in CT-
20 2013 for the team based in St Lucia, "The
Not bad for a player whose real strength
is his eternal presence at the crease, more
eking out runs over time than blasting
boundaries helter skelter. Misbah has shown
great adaptability in the 50-overs series.
That Marlon Samuels scored a century
in that 2nd game at Beasejour, ODI #4,
pleased me personally, as most would know
that I consider him the best West Indies
batsman presently playing.
Unfortunately for him and team, and West
Indies supporters, that was not enough to
even produce a win.
More disappointingly is that in five games v Pak-
istan, West Indian batsmen scored only two fifties
-- Darren Bravo, 54 in ODI # 2, and Lendyl Simmons,
75 in ODI # 3 -- to go with Samuels losing effort
of 106 no.
West Indies batting, overall, was abysmal, with
Kieron Pollard and Devon Smith the worst failures.
Pollard made 33 runs in three games, while Smith,
whose continued presence is quite confusing, made
15 in two.
On the other hand, Pakistan scored nine half cen-
turies in the series; Shahid Afridi, Nazir Jamshed,
Umar Akmal, Mohammed Haffeez and Ahmed She-
hzad each scoring one, Misbah alone scoring four.
Misbah might have been named "Man of the Series",
but in no way was Pakistan a one-man team.
Except for Afridi s stunning 7-12 when West Indies
were bowled out for 98 in ODI # 1, no Pakistani
bowler had more than three wickets in any other
innings, thus indicating a team-focused bowling per-
West Indies bowlers Jason Holder had 4-14, ODI
# 1, and Sunil Narine 4-26, ODI # 2. Captain Dwayne
Bravo, three times, had two wickets, and Kemar
Roach, once. In the last game Tino Best had three
But Bravo as bowler was ineffective, and so expen-
sive, his 29.5 overs costing 201 runs, for seven wickets;
economy rate (RPO) 6.8 and avg. 28.7. His use of
normally more frugal Darren Sammy was quite poor.
Captains must be flexible for momentous deci-
sions, not playing from a paper plan, as was aptly
displayed by Pakistan. Misbah changed his bowlers
around admirably when, at times, he found them
Anyway, with Chris Gayle returning to the T-20
team, and his recent failures, expect him to fire. Also,
expect the enterprising Pakistanis, perhaps Afridi,
to do similarly too. Enjoy.
T20s offer redemption for Windies players
COLIN EH CROFT
Marlon Samuels cuts the ball during the first T20
in St Vincent, yesterday.
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