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If you survived oil spills, dead-
ly weather, road rage and gun-
happy situations, Happy New
What we can do is to not simply
hope or pray for the best, but put
things, and right people, into
proper places and positions, to
effect that special change that our
cricket absolutely needs.
Despite limited success, West
Indies cricket cannot continue
with business as usual!
2013 was a strange year, region-
ally, for our cricket, the most pos-
itive highlight being staging of
inaugural Caribbean Premier
League. Joy, excitement and enter-
tainment were to be had!
2013 opened with West Indies
playing Australia, in OZ, in ODI
and T-20 series. West Indies lost
the ODI s 5-0, but, not surpris-
ingly, won T-20 series.
Having won ODI #1 vs New
Zealand to date, at least WI will
not close 2013 as it started, but
that series vs NZ is not yet fin-
ished. Saturday night s (Caribbean
time) 2nd game will continue that
West Indies confirmed, as pre-
viously predicted here, after win-
ning ICC World T-20, in October
2012, that our team is much more
comfortable for shorter forms of
the game than in Tests.
How they will breach that mas-
sive gap to being back in Test con-
tention must be the objective for
But wait! Something has already
gone away with that plan, has it
Does this make any sense?
How could present head coach,
Ottis Gibson, be allowed to inves-
tigate himself, as recently pro-
posed, that he and new director
of cricket, Richard Pybus, are to
plan West Indies resurgence into
Test cricket, after the very dis-
tasteful, disgraceful Test debacles
of India and New Zealand?
Was it not the same Gibson at
the head of the team when WI
badly lost four, rain saving that
fifth loss, of the last five Tests, in
India and New Zealand, late in
And we wonder?
2014 must conjure up better
Where is the West Indies Prime
Minister s Committee on cricket
in all this?
Where are political cricket lovers
like Grenada s Prime Minister
Keith Mitchell, former Jamaican
Prime Minister PJ Patterson, even
Trinidad and Tobago s Sports
Minister, Anil Roberts, in all this?
So, West Indies first home series
for 2013 was an easy 2-0 Test
series win, and 3-0 ODI series
win, vs lowly Zimbabwe, a team
just coming back to international
Off spinner Shane Shillingford,
to also feature in different situ-
ations late in 2013, was unplayable,
19 Test wickets in this series.
Severely dark clouds had already
formed for him!
Shillingford had previously been
instructed by ICC to have his
action corrected a year ago.
This was supposedly done by
the same West Indies coaching
personnel, who allowed him to
bowl on in 2013, only to be severe-
ly embarrassed again, his action
again negated by ICC and its offi-
cials, in NZ.
Is there not something wrong
here, or am I crazy?
I could not care less as to whom
so ever bowler from any other
international teams who may be
"bowling" illegally. My concern
is about West Indies cricketers,
those who represent me!
Initially, after his first assess-
ment in Australia, it was the
responsibility WICB and its
coaches to ensure that Shilling-
ford s bowling action was properly
corrected, so that he could pass
ICC muster. Now that he has
been, again, negated by ICC s
umpires during West Indies tour
of NZ 2013, it is again suggested
that West Indies coaches must be
the ones to correct his action
What! Is this not real full mad-
Per that saying: "If you continue
to do the same thing, then you
can only expect to get the same
Anyway, many West Indies
heads should have rolled after
Champions Trophy, June 2013, in
UK, when our senior batsmen at
the crease, Dwayne Bravo and
Kieron Pollard, and team man-
agement personnel, seemed not
to be able to either read or under-
stand the high-lighted Duck-
Thus the game vs South Africa
was tied, per Duckworth-Lewis,
when, had West Indies not lost
Pollard s wicket on that last deliv-
ery before rain came, West Indies
would have won and progressed
to the semis.
For highlighting this ineptitude,
I received e-mails and telephone
calls, 13 minutes worth, from, sup-
posedly, Grand Pooba of WI crick-
et, suggesting that "now is a new
time for West Indies cricket, and
that he and WICB would not tol-
erate me in West Indies cricket
unless I change my critiquing style
of West Indies cricket!"
Well, you must have heard of
Edward Swowden by now, who
has leaked many of USA s NSA
I know for fact that, since 1989,
all of my telephone calls and e-
mails are always monitored, since
I had worked for USA Federal
Government and defence contrac-
tor United Technologies/Pratt &
Whitney in the past.
Hence, those e-mails and tele-
phone calls made to me, mid-June
2013, still exist in voice and text.
Also, India and Sri Lanka played
tri-ODI series vs WI, and Pakistan
toured WI for ODI s too, our team
faring badly against each, before
going to India and New Zealand
to be further annihilated.
2013 was a poor international
cricket year for WI. Hope for bet-
ter in 2014. Enjoy!
There must always be hope
for the future of our cricket
instore in the
COLIN EH CROFT
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