Before the Women's World T20 final, Dwayne Bravo had a message for Stafanie Taylor. He complained that Taylor's West Indies Women side were not doing the "champion dance" enough. She vowed to put that right. Jamaica schools cricket is a notoriously macho environment. Fast bowling and fast pitches dominate. The best girl cricketers are often intimidated to join in. "Females are reluctant to get into cricket," says Leon Campbell, a long-time youth coach in Jamaica. Taylor was different. When Campbell spotted her as a nine-year-old, initially it was the easy athleticism of her fielding that attracted him. "I realised that she could catch. I drafted her in the team based on that." She soon showed that she could do much else besides. In her early years Taylor considered herself a fast bowler, but it was her calmness and technique with the bat, allied to her quick learning and an insatiable appetite for self-improvement, that impressed Campbell. "From day one I was telling her, 'You are going to be the No. 1 female cricketer in the world,'" he recalls. Campbell emphasised one thing. "I advised her, 'Do not get out.' In any team if you get out, they will want to blame you." Especially a player who was the only girl in the side. Out of this foundation, Campbell consciously tried to model Taylor upon former West Indies batsman Lawrence Rowe, between whom and Taylor he detects some resemblance. Straight hitting became a particular forte: "I told her that you can't put a fielder behind the bowler."
Open letter to ICC following decisions on West Indies and Nepal
Thu, Apr 28, '16
First things first, cricket fraternity stands in unison to applause all your Board members for finally taking out time for a meeting that had some of the most derisory decisions being arrived at, after the T20 World Cup that ended three weeks ago. It will be safe to say that the Council hit new lows with a few of its decisions, with the highlight being the cancellation of Nepal’s membership and your resentment against truth that was put forth by the brave Darren Sammy. The West Indies captain — and the first captain ever to win two ICC World T20 tournaments spoke nothing but truth — but your dissent proved that the game has a very tough time ahead. ALSO READ: Simmons, Badree’s sacrifice and hapless state of WICB
In case if you are not aware, cricket in Nepal is being taken by its fans even more passionately than in India. If passion was the parameter, a handful of Nepal cricket fans can easily thrash the thousands in India, and may be even those in Bangladesh. But a certain clause in your Articles of Association now carries the danger of hampering the growth of cricket in a country which has just started to pick up.
Coming back to West Indies, it looks like you were not completely aware of the battles those ‘15 match-winners’ fought everyday, ever since they got together for a special journey. You do not seem to be aware that West Indies cricketers had no contracts in place — no guarantee of income by their cricket board — before it all began. West Indies cricketers had no uniforms, they were ridiculed by their own cricket board, critics, and even fans. Anyone who needed to take out his frustration had West Indies as the sitting duck. You do not look like being aware of any of this.
Mumbai Indians have signed West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor as a replacement for the injured Lasith Malinga for the remainder of IPL 2016. Taylor trained with Mumbai on Wednesday, and will be available for selection for their game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.
A knee injury has kept Malinga out of action since February this year; he last played competitive cricket in the Asia Cup and missed out on the subsequent World T20. His participation in the IPL was always doubtful, but Mumbai had decided to wait until their first five matches were completed to give him time to recover before looking for a replacement. The highest wicket-taker across IPL seasons, Malinga was eventually ruled out of the 2016 tournament on April 17.
CPL banks on Caribbean diaspora for T20 success in Lauderhill
Wed, Apr 27, '16
Chief Operating Officer of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 (T20) tournament Pete Russell says hosting matches in Florida is an effective way of tapping into cricket-loving markets in the United States.
This year’s HERO CPL, the fourth edition of the tournament, is set to stage games outside of the Caribbean for the first time.
Six matches are scheduled for Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida between July 28 and 31.
CPL T20 organisers believe the move is a recipe for success.
They are banking on grabbing the attention of some of the hundreds of thousands of people with Caribbean heritage living in Florida, especially with the heavy concentration in and around the city of Fort Lauderdale.
Pakistan hoping to play day-night Test against West Indies in UAE
Tue, Apr 26, '16
Pakistan are hoping to play a day-night Test against West Indies ahead of their tour to Australia, according to a report in cricket.com.au on Tuesday (April 26). West Indies are scheduled to play two Tests and six One-Day Internationals in October this year in the United Arab Emirates.
The move is aimed at helping the players get accustomed to the challenges of day-night Tests before the crucial tour. "It was one of the things discussed in the cricket committee's previous meeting," said Misbah-ul-Haq. "If you don't have match practice it will become difficult to play at Test level.