Sir Viv: Windies affected mentally

Thu, Oct 27, '16


Viv Richards

Former West Indies captain, Sir Vivian Richards believes players are being affected by some administrative decisions that have resulted in the team’s poor performances against Pakistan in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE).

Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show on Wednesday from the UAE, Sir Viv dubbed the situation “sad”.

“Everyone seems to be of the belief that the administration in some way has become totally dictatorial, and is not a process that I believe some of the individuals feel totally comfortable playing under. I don’t know whether this can go on for much longer, but it was just sad, to a degree, to see some of the guys who were not quite in it,” he said.

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An Interview with Gordon Greenidge

Thu, Oct 27, '16



Gordon Greenidge talks about batting, opening the batting, playing in the West Indies, and limping between the wickets

What were Barbados wickets like when you played?
Quick, with more bounce than, say, in the UK, where I played a lot with Hampshire. There would be a light tinge of green on the pitch, rolled in to bind it.

In Australia, pitches were even bouncier.

Guyana and Trinidad weren't bouncy pitches. Antigua was. Barbados was the quickest of the West Indies pitches when I played. The ball steepled more, which mean a lot of back-foot play.

Your second Test tour was the 1975-76 Test series against Australia, when West Indies lost 5-1? What did you learn from it?
It was a real eye-opener. The way the Australians played the game - verbals, bouncers, batsmen standing their ground until the umpire gave them out, which he often didn't, sometimes even when it was pretty obvious that they were out… It was the sort of tour where either you crack and give up the game or you put your head down and say, no, this will not beat me.

What was the toughest thing about playing against Australia back then?
The Australians were seasoned professionals, hardcore players who didn't give an inch, whereas a lot of us [West Indians] were on our first or second tours. We'd been in India the year before, playing on slow, low pitches. We had to grow up pretty quickly. The feeling was that this lashing we got would never happen to this group of players again.

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Knight, Selman return to women’s squad for India trip

Wed, Oct 26, '16


Team Selection

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board has announced a 14-member West Indies Women’s squad for the Tour of India next month.

The Windies Women, the reigning ICC Women’s World Twenty20 champions, will play three T20 Internationals in addition to three One-day Internationals which all form part of the ICC Women’s Championship, leading to automatic qualification for next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup to be hosted by the England & Wales Cricket Board,.

Stafanie Taylor (Captain)
Anisa Mohammed (Vice Captain)
Merissa Aguilleira
Shemaine Campbelle
Shamilia Connell
Britney Cooper
Deandra Dottin
Afy Fletcher
Kycia Knight
Hayley Matthews
Chedean Nation
Shaquana Quintyne
Shakera Selman
Tremayne Smartt

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Pollard hits back

Wed, Oct 26, '16



Kieron Pollard has challenged the West Indies selectors’ rationale for dropping him for the tri-series in Zimbabwe in November. Pollard said he was told that he had not been “committed to batting” during the recent limited-overs games against Pakistan in UAE.

Calling the decision “funny”, Pollard said he would not “campaign or do anything to convince them” to select him and instead focus on looking after himself in the future.
What confused Pollard about his axing for the Zimbabwe tri-series was that, according to him, the West Indies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne had agreed during a conversation in the UAE that his experience would be good in a young squad.

“When chairman of selectors Courtney Browne notified me via email of my axing, I reminded him of why my exclusion was funny because during the Twenty20 and one-day series, the two of us had a long conversation, speaking about wanting to have guys such as myself around going forward in West Indies cricket,” Pollard told ESPNcricinfo.

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Tue, Oct 25, '16



DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka, CMC – A combined batting and bowling effort by West Indies A propelled them to a commanding 165 run victory over Sri Lanka A in the first unofficial One Day International (ODI) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here Tuesday.

Offspinner Jon-Russ Jaggesar , with a career best four wicket haul, led the demolition of Sri Lanka A for 102 in 32.3 overs after Kyle Pope posted a career best 81 and shared in three important partnerships that spurred West Indies A to 267 for six.

New ball pair of Ronsford Beaton who picked up three wickets and Delorn Johnson two, set up the victory with early wickets that ripped the fight out of the home side.

Captain Jason Mohammed and Rovman Powell triggered late momentum by slamming half centuries as West Indies A cruised to a one nil lead in the three match series.

Mohammed’s men resumed the reserve day on 69 for two after rain intervened with the game just 12.5 overs into the innings.

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