Has international cricket begun to break up?

Sat, Oct 25, '14

by SIMON BARNES

Commentary

There are innocents who believe that sport is immune from history. Sport loves to see itself as an ideal pastime, safe from the follies and foibles of a changing world, but sport changes as fast, if not faster, than anything else.

Sometimes this happens with the force of revolution, like the ending of the amateurism regulations in tennis, rugby union and track and field; sometimes it is part of a slow and apparently inevitable process, as with the commercialisation of the Olympic Games that began in Los Angeles in 1984.

And we seem to be at a critical moment in cricket. This could be an incident that future historians of sport will write up as a pivotal chapter in their books: using the date 2014 as historians of larger matters use 1914. For it seems that international cricket is beginning to break up. Cricket has never been stronger in terms of money, audience, power, and (in some places) participation: but it seems that the game's traditional structure is no longer appropriate

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Fudadin ton keeps West Indies A on top

Sat, Oct 25, '14

 

Windies 'A'

Moratuwa, Sri Lanka - A patient century from Assad Fudadin kept the West Indies A on top on Day 1 of the 3rd and final "Test" against Sri Lanka A at the Tyronne Fernando Stadium.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, the opening pair of Kraigg Brathwaite and Fudadin put on 137 runs. Brathwaite struck 75 from 119 balls, hitting seven boundaries. But Fudadin would be the one to carry on.

The Guyanese left-hander hit 103 from 187 ball, striking 11 boundaries along the way. The Windies A then endured a collapse, falling to 178/5. On a rain-hit Day 1 where only 66 overs were bowled, the Windies A ended the day on 239/6.

Chadwick Walton is unbeaten on 16 while Carlos Brathwaite is with him on 18. Tharindu Kaushal was the pick of Sri Lanka A's bowlers, taking 5-94. Sri Lanka A lead the three match series, 1-0.

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West Indies cricket: The end is nigh

Sat, Oct 25, '14

 

Media Watch

"It has been just over a week since last week's dramatic and abrupt end of the West Indies tour to India. In the mean time, thousands of articles have probably appeared on the web talking about the decline in everything related to West Indies cricket. Here is one more on the same.

In my opinion, the time has come for the West Indies as a cricketing team to close down", writes Nishant Kumar in Sportskeeda

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Bravo shocked by Samuels’ statements

Sat, Oct 25, '14

 

West Indies Players Association

West Indies One Day International (ODI) captain Dwayne Bravo yesterday discounted remarks by teammate Marlon Samuels that he wanted no part of the one-day team’s plan to pull out of the tour of India. Yesterday in a letter sent by the T&T allrounder to the media, he expressed his astonishment with remarks made by the Jamaican stroke-maker saying: “I note the comments attributed to Mr Marlon Samuels from media reports and wish to state that Mr Samuels was invited to and did attend the majority of meetings with the players on tour. “We extended an invitation to Mr Marlon Samuels with the full knowledge that he is not a member of WIPA (West Indies Players Association) but was an interested party. “Mr Samuels contributed vigorously to the discussions held and indicated clearly, at that time, that he would stand with any decision taken by the team. I am therefore shocked to see the statements, if true, that have been attributed to Mr Samuels.”

read more at Trinidad Guardian

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An act of final betrayal' - Patterson says players' walkout a collapse of governance

Sat, Oct 25, '14

 

Media Watch

Former Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson has described West Indies' walkout of the India tour as "humiliation" and says it has exposed "a total collapse of a governance system" in the administration of the game by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Patterson was reacting to the decision of the Windies one-day team to abort their tour of India over a contract and pay dispute with the West Indies Players' Association.

However, Patterson said much of the blame resided with the WICB as it had failed to engage the reform needed to streamline its governance of the game.

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