Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 11th 2013 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 11, 2013
WELLINGTON---West Indies captain Dar-
ren Sammy said his side will be looking
to shift the balance of power in their three-
Test series against New Zealand.
The second Test between the two sides
opens today at the Basin Reserve here with
the series level 0-0.
This follows a high-scoring draw in the
first Test which ended last Saturday at
University Oval in Dunedin, where per-
sistent rain after the scheduled tea break
on the final day formalised the result.
A sensational, maiden double-hundred
from Darren Bravo helped the Windies
recover from a first innings deficit of 396
and set the New Zealanders 112 for victo-
ry.The visitors had restricted the home
team to 79 for four when rain prompted
an early tea and the players never returned
to the field due to the weather.
Sammy said his side had fought hard to
get back into the first Test---and now they
hoped to ride the wave of that confidence
to put New Zealand on the back-foot.
"(The performance in the first Test) has
done a lot for the team," said Sammy on
the eve of the Test. "It was good to see us
batting for long periods. It s been a long
time since we have batted more than 150
overs in any innings, much less the second
"It will give the individual players con-
fidence that they can go out there and get
the job done when they have been put
under some serious pressure. We handled
it quite well and it has given us more con-
fidence going into this Test."
West Indies have lost their last two Tests
at this venue, but the New Zealanders have
had a hard time playing in their capital
city---failing to win on the last seven occa-
sions, dating back to third Test of their
2008-9 home series against India.
The Windies previous victory at this
venue by an innings and 322 runs was
under the captaincy of fast bowling legend
Courtney Walsh. It was nearly two decades
ago and was also the last time they won
a Test---and consequently, a Test series---
in this country.
The ground-staff have prepared a pitch
which is hardly recognisable from the lush
green outfield and has become the major
talking point ahead of the Test.
Sammy said he expected the pace-based
bowling attack of the Black Caps to revel
in the conditions and try to make life dif-
ficult for his side.
"The good thing is that we have seen
what they have and now that we are on
their home turf and they put pressure on
us, we were good enough to respond," he
said. "I think they played their best cricket
in the first Test and yet they failed to get
the victory they desired, so this time around
we will be looking to put pressure on them.
"The pitch looks like the matting they
are using in the indoor nets here. I don t
think many of our players would have
played on a surface so green before, unless
they played league cricket in England. If
it is anything like the pitch in Dunedin, it
will still be a good batting surface."
Sammy said his side had tried to get the
best local knowledge of the pitch and it
seemed to suggest that the pitch usually
offers good bounce and pace and the extra
grass should provide some sideways move-
"We will have to approach it with an
open mind and look to have a good game,"
he said. "I think we left Dunedin with a
bit of confidence. Although we did not
play our best cricket, we salvaged a draw,
and now we are looking to improve further
from that performance.
"When you see a pitch like this, 99 times
out of 100 you bowl first if you win the
toss. Hopefully, the grass does not trick us
and I can win the toss."
Sammy said: "Before we came here, we
were told the pitches would be very flat.
We know New Zealand is a very lush coun-
try, but to see a pitch like this, I could not
see New Zealand playing West Indies in
the past and preparing a pitch like this.
"It shows things have changed over the
years and I think the threat of Sunil Narine
and Shane Shillingford bowling on a worn
fourth and fifth day pitch against them is
in the back of their minds. They are at
home and their attack is pace-oriented, so
no one can fault them for this." (CMC)
Ireland has confirmed participation in the Region-
al Super50 cricket series that will be played in T&T
from the end of January next year. The West Indies
Cricket Board has also indicated that the Combine
Campuses and Colleges will be taking part in the
competition, after the United States failed to accept
an invitation to compete.
This was revealed by Board director Baldath Mahabir
yesterday. He said that while the Irish was confirmed,
the other foreign team which was expected to play
in the tournament, the United States of America did
"Ireland has been able to get a sponsor for their
team for the tournament and they have confirmed
that they will be taking part. The US, the other team
that we looked at, has not."
Mahabir further noted that the West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) will assemble the Combined Campuses
and Colleges (CCC). "The tournament is fast
approaching and we cannot get another foreign team
at this late stage wo we will re-visit the idea of the
Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) team."
The tournament is being sponsored by the Ministry
of Tourism and this weighed heavily in favour of
having two foreign teams, so that the country can
be showcased to foreigners from those countries
because the matches will be beamed live in those
Meanwhile, the T&T team has already started
preparations, and national team hopefuls have been
assembling at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in
Couva on a daily basis working with coach Kelvin
WELLINGTON---Manager of the West
Indies cricket team Richie Richardson
says the regional side has lost its warrior
spirit and desire to be the best in the
"As soon as you get on the (bus) you
need to be ready. The opposition needs to
know you re serious and ready for business,"
said Richardson in an interview with New
Zealand Web site, stuff.co.nz.
"You put on your game face and you re
ready for action, ready for business, ready
to work, ready to go to war. I think we ve
lost a little bit of that in our cricket and
we need to get that back."
The former Windies player criticised the
attitude of the current crop, but said the
system in which they operate needs to share
the blame for the prolonged slide of the
"It s very easy to blame the players, but
I don t blame them for everything. You
have to blame the system," he said.
"If people are allowed to do certain things
and get away with it then you can t blame
them. It s tough for me; that s not what
I m accustomed to."
The former West Indies captain says
while the batting is worrisome the talent
is still there.
He says the issues facing regional cricket
are not just at the senior level.
"...It s at all levels. We really need to do
a proper study to look at what we need to
do," said Richardson.
"We re not going to get any quick fixes.
There s a lot of experts and people who
know exactly what to do, but nothing is
There will be seven day/night matches in the 2014
Regional four-day First Class cricket tournament.
This was one of the major decisions taken on the
weekend as the Board of Directors of the West Indies
Cricket Board convened its final meeting for 2013 at
the Marriott Hotel in St Kitts.
While approving a draft schedule for the tourna-
ment, the directors were thrilled by the fact that the
fixtures committee were able to card seven of the
matches as day/night games. This was a move pri-
marily to boost attendance at the games, which has
been poor over the recent past.
Another major decision made was the recall of the
Combined Campuses and Colleges to the Regional
Super-50 to be staged in Trinidad. The other team
coming in to join the six regional territorries and the
CCC will be Ireland. The Board approved the draft
schedule for the WICB Super50 Tournament and
also announced that they had secured a major sponsor
for the WICB Regional Super50.
Other decisions taken at the meeting included the
appointment of two new directors, in Billy Heaven
and Dr Donovan Bennett. Heaven and Bennett were
recently elected president and vice president respec-
tively of the Jamaica Cricket Association.
The Board also received a presentation from newly
appointed director of cricket Richard Pybus. His pres-
entation concentrated on the historical context of
West Indies player production and where the system
He will be implementing a system review from
feeder systems at grassroots level all the way through
first class cricket to the international side. It will
include an overall plan for development and school s
cricket through to the West Indies senior team.
Also coming on stream is a new training programme
for umpires and match referees. The directors also
received an update on progress of the West Indies
retired players foundation.
On the women s side of things, WICB president
Whycliffe Dave Cameron advised the Board of the
ICC decision to play an international Women s Cham-
pionship. The board approved the request from the
ICC to participate in the International Women s
Ireland, CCC for Super50
Seven day/night matches
in Regional 4-day series
Richie says Windies have lost warrior spirit
close to the
left, and Kraigg
Sammy aims to turn
screws on Kiwis
WEST INDIES: Darren Sammy (captain),
Tino Best, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo,
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell,
Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Shannon
Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Veersammy Permaul,
Kieron Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon
Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick
NEW ZEALAND: Brendon McCullum
(captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult,
Doug Bracewell, Peter Fulton, Aaron
Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi,
Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner,
Bradley-John Watling, Kane Williamson
UMPIRES: Ian Gould (England), Paul Reiffel
TV UMPIRE: Nigel Llong (England)
Links Archive December 10th 2013 December 12th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page