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While Nagico 50-overs West
Indies tournament 2014 has been
positive for our cricket, as it is really
needed at this time, it has also been
a disappointment in two very
Firstly, the tournament is much
too truncated. Any team could only
have played a maximum of three
games in the preliminary stages, and
may only have gotten two additional
games if that team progressed to the
That is certainly not enough crick-
et for a tournament that precedes
our international season.
Staging tournaments depends on
the sponsorship and financing avail-
able. Last year, the parallel compe-
tition was such that each team played
against all other teams in a round-
robin format, which helped with
cricketing production and form, as
batsmen and bowlers settled down
for the long haul.
Also, many would remind that,
as recently as 1990 s, most West
Indian cricketers who did not play
for English counties also only played
in four or five four-day games and
five one-day games in Caribbean
Yet, West Indies did manage, in
that time, to beat the rest of the
cricket world; a much different time!
The WI team that played that last
50-overs game in New Zealand, a
winning effort, to tie that series 2-
2, was as follows: Kieran Powell,
Johnson Charles, Kirk Edwards,
Lendyl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo,
Andre Russell, Chadwick Walton,
Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Jason
Holder and Nikita Miller.
Simmons, Bravo, Ramdin, Narine,
Holder and Miller have distinguished
themselves so far this competition.
Secondly, because of several
injuries, the tournament has been
robbed of many of our recent stal-
warts and stars, players whom West
Indies have come, over recent series,
to depend on. Chris Gayle, Kemar
Roach, Kieron Pollard, Marlon
Samuels and Darren Sammy are all
injured out of their respective teams.
Then, as if that was not enough,
and with so much cricket to come
in 2014, players who have been
recognised to be good enough to
play recently for WI have struggled
to make any mark what-so-ever.
Darren Bravo, Adrian Barath,
Johnson Charles, Andre Russell,
Andre Fletcher, Nkrumah Bonner,
Chadwick Walton, Narsingh Deonar-
ine, Davindra Bishoo, Verasammy
Permaul and Kieran Powell, to name
a few of recent WI players in this
50-overs tournament, have failed to
Kirk Edwards has had a problem
with Barbados Cricket Association
and was sent home for supposed
insubordination. Who knows what
will happen to him for both Barbados
and West Indies.
So, that brings us to the those
players who could be considered for
the series against Ireland, later this
month, in Jamaica---two T20 s and
one ODI---and against England, later
in February and March, featuring
three ODI s in Antigua & Barbuda
and three T20 s in Barbados.
Andre Mc Carthy, tall Jamaican
middle-order batsman, who looked
so organised for his 93 against Wind-
ward Islands, could be one of those.
So too could Windward Islands
Keddy Lesporis, whose excellent 100
not out against Jamaica was classical,
even though in a losing effort.
Delorn Johnson has done good
work for Windward Islands, but his
fitness will have to improve much.
Ramnaresh Sarwan, veteran
Guyanese batsman, looked good after
tentative starts, and has impressed
with diligence and consistency. If
West Indies selectors will call him
back is a very different question.
Leon Johnson, who looks more
like Brian Lara than even Darren
Bravo, has been around for Guyana
for some time, but has only now
looked as assured and confident as
his experiences should have allowed.
Ramdin coming into his own
Shiv Chanderpaul should be play-
ing in WI ODI teams. How does one
not select the best batsman in the
Caribbean, one who is vastly expe-
rienced, with more than twenty years
and eons of runs as proof?
Young Ronsford Beaton has
impressed all with his pace, but his
stamina and fitness would have to
improve immeasurably if he wants
to be a regular member of any team
that represents West Indies in the
Paul Wintz has improved, but at
27, he needs to make massive strides
quickly to be included immediately,
while his captain, Christopher Barn-
well, must take more responsibility
for his performances.
Kyle Corbin and Kyle Mayers, both
Barbadians, but who play for Com-
bined Campuses and Colleges, have
been excellent contributors to their
team s efforts to date. They need
more consistency in the near future.
Jason Holder looked organised as
a fast bowler for Barbados, while
teammate Jonathan Carter must be
included in the next set of probable
players for senior West Indies hon-
ours, so stunningly explosive he is.
His century against T&T will be
talked about for much longer.
Denesh Ramdin, one of the few
successes that WI has had in recent
tours, has looked more complete as
wicketkeeper-batsman over the last
year than any time in his career.
Dwayne Bravo has been touted as
an all-around WI captain. That is
still to be seen, but his all-around
cricket is always pulsating, some-
times mesmerising. He must always
be a certainty if fit.
Sunil Narine has confused every-
one everywhere, so his is No 1 selec-
tion in any WI team.
So, there it is, possible, probable
players for our upcoming tours. I
hope they work well! Enjoy!
COLIN EH CROFT
Darren Bravo... hasn't fired so far in the Nagico 50-overs West Indies tournament 2014.
Denesh Ramdin... seemed to be coming into his own on recent overseas tours.
Players in line to face England, Ireland
Sunil Narine... has confused everyone everywhere, so his is a No 1 selection
in any WI team.
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