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Selecting any cricket team
anywhere is very difficult.
When it comes to West Indian
teams, the process becomes so
fraught with insinuations, innu-
endoes, even insider politics,
that an already thankless job
becomes almost impossible.
Whatever selectors do, they will
never please everyone every-
Like predicting stock markets,
selectors should follow their
intuition and reliance on situa-
tions which are not always obvi-
ous or even existent. They have
to take bold chances and choices,
mostly believing heads more than
hearts, using foresight, very hard
But the changes published by
West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) that former WI captain
Clive Lloyd will head a revamped
WICB selection panel, as I had
predicted, is cause for reserved
That panel will also include
two former WI opening bowlers
Courtney Walsh and Eldine Bap-
tiste, vastly experienced cam-
paigners, along with retained for-
mer wicket-keeper Courtney
Brown, which gives a tantalising
taste that the process will be
handled much differently than
has transpired over recent years.
It also shows that fast bowlers
are not as dumb as many think.
Those spinner selectors were ter-
Head coach Ottis Gibson, also
a former fast bowler, has a vote
on this panel, while team cap-
tains will contribute opinions
but no actual vote.
That latter part of that equa-
tion is seriously flawed, back-
wards even. Captains must have
a vote too.
Cricket is not like football,
where a coach alone selects
teams, sending them out with
nominal captains, outfield players
doing their only job, kicking balls
around, nothing significantly dif-
ferent by any of them.
Like only goal-keepers, cricket
is a game of individual special-
ists. Each bowler is unique, bats-
men s functionality all-together
different, while all-rounders can
do both. Wicket-keepers, like
goal-keepers, are a breed apart.
Necessary bowling changes
can only come from captains on
the field, not coaches on side-
lines. Since active substitutions
are not yet allowed in cricket,
cricket coaches jobs are super-
fluous; that is expendable.
Meanwhile, cricket captains
always lead from the front.
Only cricket captains on the
field could use those unexplain-
able inner feelings, based on
present assessments, to manip-
ulate and make appropriate
bowling changes to secure wick-
ets, hopefully, ultimately, gaining
Therefore, captains must have
much more than just an input.
They must have active votes on
players they want as company
on the field, with the under-
standing that confidence in, and
chemistry with especially
bowlers, make tremendous allies
in getting the best performances
out of those who trundle.
Ironically, it was Lloyd himself,
appointed WI captain for
1974/5 s tour to India, who
brought that neo-modern belief
that captains must have final
words as to whom should be
selected. Also, there is no doubt-
ing Lloyd s excellent eye for
His first out-of-the-box selec-
tions, on his first tour as captain,
were young, aggressive, untried
batsmen Sir Vivian Richards and
Gordon Greenidge, now batting
legends in our cricketing firma-
Greenidge made 93 and 107
on debut, Richards made 192 not
out in his second Test, history
eventually confirming Lloyd s
brilliant vision on that duo.
Lloyd, singularly focused as
captain-cum-selector, also saw
a young, speedy, relatively raw
Sir Andy Roberts emerge.
Roberts had played only one Test
before somehow bowling so
quickly and so well that he got
32 wickets in five Tests, in India
1974/75; a stupendous statistic!
With maturing captaincy,
Lloyd understood that he needed
players he could depend on to
always give 100 percent, that
armor and ammunition neces-
sary to win. Luckily, he got those
too. He unearthed the diabolical
pace of 21 year old Michael Hold-
ing, only three First Class match-
es for WI s tour to Australia
1975/6. West Indies lost that
series badly but not before cool
"Mr T" had shown his budding
greatness, immediately combin-
ing with "Fruit T" Roberts to
form half of a great pace quar-
tet.The skipper was responsible
for the other half of that still
talked about quartet too, with
inclusions and emergence of Joel
"Big Bird" Garner, after three
First Class matches and myself
nicknamed "Bomber", after four
First Class matches, completing
"The Four Horsemen of the
Apocalypse", the best pace attack
ever. Obviously, with those
superlative selections, Lloyd
knows talent when he sees it.
One hopes that he is allowed to
parlay with present players, only
as head selector, as was done
when he was also captain.
However, his biggest problem
in this modern era is not if there
are enough cricketers playing the
game here, for there are thou-
sands more now plying their
game in the Caribbean than 35-
40 years ago.
The problem is that, mostly,
our regional cricketers have been
ordinary, with few luminescent
slags sufficiently striking enough,
right now, to warrant suggestions
that they will become supreme.
Knowing our manipulative
Caribbean, that gnawing gut also
feeling remains that this
appointment is slightly more
politically adroit than meets the
eye; pigeon-holed, silhouetted
shadows for the future.
It is obvious that, having pre-
viously had ambitions to be pres-
ident of WICB, Lloyd expects,
perhaps even deserves more clout
in WI cricket than this appoint-
ment of being just chairman of
So, we shall see how things go
these next two years of the
appointments. It will not be easy!
Clive Lloyd...named head of WI
Changes to WI selection
panel show promise
COLIN EH CROFT
Cricket is not like football, where a coach alone selects teams, sending them out
with nominal captains, outfield players doing their only job, kicking balls around,
nothing significantly different by any of them.
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