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LIVE RADIO | West Indies v Australia | 1st CG Insurance ODI – July 20. 2021 @ 2.15 pm EST

Game #1 of 3 One Day Internationals (ODI) being played at Kensington Oval, Barbados 

SCORECARD: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/australia-tour-of-west-indies-2021-/1st-odi-/full-scorecard

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  • Ron Saywack.  On 07/22/2021 at 6:20 pm

    I was very much looking forward to the second ODI this afternoon (July 22, 2021) at the Kensington Oval in Barbados – West Indies vs. Australia.

    Initially, there was an unusually-long delay to the start of play not related to weather or playing conditions, as the skies were blue with blazing sunshine all around. The world was on edge waiting and guessing as to what was causing the holdup. It seemed strange since Australia had won the toss and elected to bat.

    I had a sneaking suspicion that it might have been Covid-related. The radio commentators were equally baffled and guessing. Turns out, I was right. A non-playing member of the West Indies contingent tested positive, Cricinfo revealed some 45 minutes past the scheduled start of play – 2:30 EST. As a result, the match has been suspended pending PCR-test results of all players and related staff. There are the troubled times we live, unfortunately.

    Now to team selection. I cannot understand for the life of me why they’d drop the highly-talented Shimron Hetmyer (24) for the underachiever Jason Mohammed (34). It is outrageous and unfathomable and smacks of nepotism. Captain Kieron Pollard and coach Phil Simmons would have much explaining to do for this stunner — rancid Trini bias reeks to the high heavens.

    In the first ODI at the aforementioned venue two days ago, Mohammed had no impact on the match. But, to be fair, so too did most of the other players. At one point in their reply to the target of 253, WI were reeling at 27/6. Pollard’s 56 was the reason they weren’t bowled out for less than a hundred — 123 all out.

    If the West Indies are to ever reclaim the lofty plateau they once proudly owned in world cricket, they have to improve selection standards. The best team must always be selected and nepotism kept out!


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