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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 25, 2013
AUCKLAND---West Indies One Day inter-
national (ODI) Captain Dwayne Bravo is
lamenting the absence of Chris Gayle,
Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels from
the regional side as it prepares to go into
battle against New Zealand in an ODI series
starting on Boxing Day (today 6 pm TT
The three players have been injured and
will be unavailable for the five-match ODI
series which opens at Eden Park on Thurs-
Gayle is suffering from a hamstring, Pollard
a knee injury and Samuels a chronic right-
"Christ Gayle, Samuels and Pollard, three
of our better players we can t hide that. We
are definitely going to miss them because
they are three world class players," said Bravo.
"Despite the talent we have I don t think
any of us can actually fit in those shoes and
definitely for me as a captain I am going to
miss their ability and also their experience".
Wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton
will remain in New Zealand and replace
Samuels in the 15-member squad for the
"It s a good opportunity for other players
to get the opportunity now and make a name
for themselves and try to stamp their author-
ity," said Bravo.
"So, they are definitely going to be missed
we don t play well.. I think if we play to our
true potential we are going to do well".
The West Indies are trying to recover from
disappointing test tours of India and New
Zealand and a crisis meeting planned for
early January in the Caribbean is aimed at
plotting the way forward.
Test captain Darren Sammy has already
said publicly that players career including
his, may be on the line as a result of the
embarrassing defeats in the recent Test
Speaking to reporters on his arrival in New
Zealand Bravo says players must take full
responsibility for the current state of West
"If we are all honest with ourselves it has
been very embarrassing to see the state our
cricket has come to and we all as players
take full responsibility and full blame," said
the West Indies skipper.
"We have decided to take it upon our self,
we have to do something different, its impor-
tant. If not those who are in charge do some-
thing different. If it means that some changes
need to be made so be it".
Newly appointed director of cricket Richard
Pybus, coach Ottis Gibson and cricketer
selectors are among those who will be part
of the crucial meeting in January examining
the state of the regional team.
"We can t keep playing the same players,
the same team the same squad same result.
The way our cricket is being shown at the
moment is very embarrassing," said Bravo.
"We really need to take a look into ourselves
and do something about it.. our fans are
Bravo laments absence
of Gayle, Pollard, Samuels AUCKLAND---Marlon Samuels has been ruled out
of the remainder of the West Indies tour of New
West Indies team physiotherapist CJ Clark con-
firmed that Samuels is returning home with an
exacerbation of a chronic right-wrist injury.
"It will require surgery management and he
returns home to seek that surgical opinion and
advice from the West Indies Cricket Board s medical
panel, headed by Dr Akshai Mansingh," said Clark.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton will
remain in New Zealand and replace Samuels in the
15-member squad for the series of five One-day
Internationals against the Black Caps which opens
on Thursday (today 6 pm TT time), Boxing Day,
at Eden Park.
West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson said losing
Samuels was a major setback for the side as it looks
to restore faith.
"Marlon s injury is unfortunate at such a tough
time for the team, but it gives another player the
opportunity to make a name for themselves in this
series," said Gibson.
The 28-year-old Walton previously played two
ODIs for West Indies during the 2009 ICC Cham-
pions Trophy in South Africa.
Walton, a Jamaican, has played most of his first-
class and domestic limited-overs matches for the
Combined Campuses & Colleges over the last five
years, when he was pursuing studies at the University
of the West Indies Cave Hill campus in Barbados.
to return home
President of the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) Dave
Cameron in his Christmas message
has praised the efforts of the durable
Cameron chosen as president ear-
lier this year said his tenure was tough
so far but the WICB has made sig-
nificant strides and will continue to
do so in the coming year.
His message reads as follows: "Dear
West Indies cricket fans, sponsors,
stakeholders, officials, media and gen-
eral public. On behalf of the board
of directors, the players and the man-
agement and staff of West Indies
cricket I take this opportunity to
extend warm and blessed holiday
greetings to each of you, your families
and friends and loved ones.
"We thank you for your resolute
and unyielding support of our noble
game throughout 2013. Cricket is
what binds and unifies us and you
have demonstrated this in so many
ways this year. We look forward to
your continued support and rallying
in 2014 and onwards.
"This year has been a challenging
one for West Indies cricket on the
field but it has been one which we
have seen some significant successes
and made some marked strides on
the field and off it as well.
"I must salute Shivnarine Chan-
derpaul for achieving 150 Test appear-
ances and 11,000 runs in Test cricket.
Shiv continues to be a shining cham-
pion of whom we are all proud. We
have also seen several others players
making strides in their world rankings
even as our team performances have
not always been as strong as we
would all like them to be.
"We believe that once we put in
the hard work necessary, successes
in all formats for both the men s and
women s teams are not far off. At the
Board of Directors and management
levels we continue to be committed
to the hard task of the redevelopment
of the game for future successes. We
are doing the critical work behind
the scenes to ensure that we continue
to produce world class players and
to help to improve the team perform-
ance in all formats.
"2014 promises to be a most excit-
ing year for West Indies cricket. We
will commence regionally with the
NAGICO Super50 before heading into
a home limited overs series with Ire-
land and England. The West Indies
men s team will defend the World
Twenty20 title, the West Indies Under
19 will challenge for the Youth World
Cup and the Windies Women will
battle for the World T20 title as well.
Your support of the game and our
teams is as vital as it has ever been."
WICB pres praises Chanders in Christmas message
Kingston---The West Indies Players Association
(Wipa) today announced the resignation of its
chief executive officer, Michael Hall. Hall, who
has served the sport in several capacities for
more than a decade, has resigned to pursue other
opportunities, although he will remain as a direc-
tor of Wipa.
"We are sorry to see Michael leave his role as
the CEO of the Association," said Wipa s president
Wavell Hinds. "He is a more than capable admin-
istrator, who provided a steady, level-headed
approach to the handling of the players business
during his tenure. We are pleased that he will con-
tinue to serve the region s players by remaining
as a member of Wipa s board."
Hall s role in cricket administration began in
2001, when he was appointed Chief Cricket Oper-
ations Officer at the West Indies Cricket Board
In 2004 he was named executive director of
Jamaica Cricket 2007 Ltd, where he spearheaded
Jamaica s successful bid response which led to the
award of their 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup pack-
as Wipa CEO
As the West Indies cricket team contin-
ues to bring in less than desired results,
director Baldath Mahabir is saying that
one of the major reasons is the fact that
we just don t have the talent in the region.
Mahabir was responding to questions
based on the teams similar 2-0 losses in
their last two Test series against India and
New Zealand. He said: "You always hear
about there is talent in the region. I think
that we don t have the talent or if I am
wrong and we have the talent, then we are
not harnessing it well.
"Look at the averages of Marlon Samuels
and Keiran Powell. There are others as well
that average less than 40. Even an average
of 40 in Test cricket these days is not that
great. We have two players in Shivnarine
Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo doing well
but the others are not coming up to scratch.
"When you compare these averages to
those of the other international players, you
realise that they are lagging behind." With
former cricketers and officials all giving
their reasons for the sudden decline again
after an initial period of growth, Mahabir
says the buck stops with the selectors and
the development unit." The selectors have
to take some responsibility and see whether
they are not looking deep enough to find
the right players. Also, the development
unit have to look at ways to bring the team
out of the current situation...We need to
forget about age and pick the players that
would bring the results. We cannot continue
to way we are going because the frustration
among the fans will grow."
WICB director: Talent is just not there
West Indies batsman Darren Bravo bats during a training session on Christmas Eve,
yesterday at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. PHOTO: WICB WEB SITE
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