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Why? Why? Why? Why is the West
Indies cricketing nation being subjected
to such a display of reckless and dotish
cricket? Why is the nation being afflicted
with the present captain who is ab-
solutely clueless and most certainly not
a fit and proper person to lead our team.
Look at his field placement---allowing
so many runs through the point area and
so many singles without plugging the
holes. Look at his body language---com-
pletely out of his depth.
Too much has already been said and
the time is right to make a change and,
without too much fanfare, flush out this
rubbish and start afresh by appointing
Kieran Powell as he presents a clean,
I dare submit he has some qualities
similar to that of Graeme Smith of South
Africa who was thrust into a leadership
role at a very early age.
I put it to the cricketing public that we
need a confident, able strategist a la
Graeme Smith. And boy, if only Virat
Kohli was a West Indian!
We sent this group to a one-week
team-building session in Florida before
this Indian series and look at what has
resulted. It was a total waste of scarce
finances and effort. Absolutely no sense
of team, no fighting spirit, no mental
toughness, only weak and abject humilia-
Is it that the West Indian cricketing
sportsmen have a limited mental
strength and intelligence level that they
must go on the world stage and embar-
rass our people? What is wrong with
these young men? Is their mental condi-
tioning only short-term for T20 and I
would not even venture to say 50-overs?
Let's revamp this team now and look
to the youngsters starting with fresh de-
cisive and confident leadership.
West Indies cricket
in WICB wonderland
If anyone on the Government s
side at Wednesday s Parliament
session might have felt its
weeks-old electoral losses were for-
gotten, they had another thought
Literally, that is, via the figure of
PNM whip Marlene McDonald
who confronted UNC Couva South
MP Rudy Indarsingh immediately
as he entered the Parliament cham-
"Aaaaayee! Couva South! Licks!"
McDonald bellowed gleefully from
her seat, prior to the start of pro-
ceedings in which PNM s new St
Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh
debuted as PNM s 13th MP.
Indarsingh muttered something
about PNM being a minority party
"...when you examined all the
"...You still revelling in that mar-
ginal victory?" Indarsingh respond-
Unknown to both, however, an
hour before, political analyst Sel-
wyn Ryan had told a UWI forum
the PNM should put its house in
order rather than embark on tan-
The People s Partnership (PP),
which occupied slippery political
slopes since January and July,
worked to put its own in order, as---
close---local government and St
Joseph election results showed, and
are obviously intensifying efforts,
as MP Glenn Ramadharsingh s re-
election campaign launch confirms.
Caroni Central MP Ramdharsingh
has clearly taken the advent of the
ILP in heartland areas seriously.
Jack Warner s ILP, however, has
fallen onto the same slopes which
Warner s Chaguanas West victory
pitched the PP.
Haemorrhaging within its once
highly-touted youth arm was com-
pounded by loss of face, not only
with Wednesday s UWI audience
where Ryan spoke but also regard-
ing Ryan s final rites pronounce-
ment on ILP.
At Wednesday s Parliament ses-
sion, though, Warner, occupying
the politically ill-fated Herbert Vol-
ney s last seat on the backbench,
showed no signs of inertia when
came time for his contribution---
another blistering attack on the PP.
Tuesday s upcoming meeting of
the Chaguanas borough council
and Thursday s meeting of the first
committee chaired by expelled ILP
councillor Faaiq Mohammed will
test whether the ILP and PNM s
failed bid to control the council
may have repercussions in the form
of any attempt by them to block
issues via veto vote.
That would rebound on their
already impacted image in that par-
ticular area, since Chaguanas
burgesses would suffer---something
the PP would capitalise on.
Mohammed is still wondering
under what section of ILP s con-
stitution he was expelled, since the
constitution is yet to be seen. ILP s
Om Lalla confirmed it s still being
UNC sources claim some within
the Government would like Warner
back. But they acknowledge any
gains by such volte-face would have
to be balanced---in the heightened
scrutiny of an election year ---with
the lack of credibility and distrust
arising from the Prime Minister s
statement not to negotiate with
groups supporting criminals and
considering three campaigns of
acrimonious ILP/PP exchanges.
Indeed, support which has "come
home" to UNC may have maxed
out in the last election---which took
T&T to election saturation point---
and others unheeding are simply
disenchanted with the PP and not
necessarily PNM inclined either.
(Telling point being that even the
colour yellow elicits swift hostile
response from some quarters.)
ILP s Lalla says the electorate on
both sides "seems to want" a
mending: "That s a call only Jack
can make, but I feel from now and
ahead (2015) will be a fluid period,
The debut of PNM s Deyalsingh
has shifted former leader Patrick
Manning s seat to backbench, lit-
erally leaving the recuperating MP
By January, Manning would have
been on sick leave for two years.
If he extends his leave---as expect-
ed---that may be necessary only a
couple more times before May
2014. PNM officials said no by-
election for the seat can be held
after that date, which begins the
lead-up to general elections. Prob-
ably the reason for Warner s urgent
call for a Sando East by-election.
Deyalsingh, between the PP and
Warner---symbolising how PNM s
position between benefited from
their split---and as the only Indo-
Trini on PNM s bench, advertises
the Rowley leadership s "advances"
in broadening PNM s base. His per-
formance Wednesday, disregarding
maiden speech protocol for dra-
matic "attack" impact, confirmed
his bid to strengthen PNM s Lower
House team. As for internal PNM
strength, how several issues ahead
play out, will reveal that.
BYGONE AND TO COME...
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