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CRICKET: West Indies Revival: win Second Test vs England by 10 wickets

A Caribbean triumph that the cricket world can rejoice in witnessing

It was probably fitting that the series should be clinched with a six.

It was probably reflective of the balance of power that John Campbell, playing his second Test, should thrash a delivery from James Anderson, playing his 147th, over wide mid-on to wrap up a three-day victory. It underlined the dominance of West Indies and illustrated the confidence they have in their themselves. It was the young and strong mauling the ageing and decaying.

It’s taken seven days to settle this series. One week to prick the bubble of this ‘new’ England and the silly talk of ‘total cricket’. One week to revive hopes in the Caribbean game.

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ICC considers radical plan to curb power of Twenty20 and save Test cricket

ICC considers radical plan to curb power of Twenty20 and save Test cricket

March 5, 2018. – By Ali Martin – The Guardian UK

 New suggestions aim to regulate rapid spread of T20
 West Indies, England and Australia all support push for change

The International Cricket Council is set to consider a series of radical proposals designed to stem the talent drain caused by domestic Twenty20 and protect the sport from being cannibalised at all levels.    Continue reading

Tony Cozier: Painting Cricket Pictures with Words – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Tony Cozier: Painting Cricket Pictures with Words – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Tony Cozier

Tony Cozier

Tony Cozier: He was the chap next door, the neighbor you could trust. But there is more. He was armed with a wealth of statistics that were stored in his memory bank. Each fragment contained bowlers, batsmen and fielders. We knew through him who kept the bowling tight and who were the master blasters. This icon gave life to dry numbers and left us wanting more. The passing of Tony Cozier has created a gash, a dent in the already deep wound that is West Indies cricket. In his final days he had become a trenchant critic of the administration of the game in the West Indies.

His writings ruffled the feathers and he dared to express what the ordinary person thought about the game. Tony wrote with fl air and an elegance that could only be derived as a student that sat at the feet of the cricket sages and was unafraid to speak his mind. For the fans cricket heaven was to have John Arlott, Brian Johnston, Trevor Bailey and Tony Cozier in the same box and with Freddie Trueman chiming in with ‘ I don’t know what is going on out there!’ For those that followed the fortunes of West Indies cricket it was Tony that told it in his unique style.

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Cricket: West Indies name squad for first four matches of tri nation ODI series

West Indies name squad for first four matches of tri nation ODI series

West Indies cricketPublished on May 20, 2016 – Caribbean News Now

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The West Indies Selection Panel has named the 14-man squad for the first four matches of the upcoming Tri Nation One-Day International Series.
The squad includes two players who are yet to play in ODIs for the West Indies. These are: off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who was a member of the West Indies team that won the ICC World T20 last month; and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who has played 16 Test matches.

The Tri Series will feature West Indies, South Africa and Australia and all matches will be day/night. The series starts in at the Guyana National Stadium (June 3-7), then moves to Warner Park, St Kitts (June 11-15); and concludes at Kensington Oval, Barbados (June 19-26).
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West Indies Stafanie Taylor wins ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award

West Indies Stafanie Taylor wins ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award
Published on December 24, 2015 – CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW

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Stafanie Taylor during the home series against Pakistan. (WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — West Indies women’s captain Stafanie Taylor has been named the International Cricket Council’s Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year, at the ICC Annual Awards announced for the period September 18, 2014, to September 13, 2015.

This is the third time the 24-year-old top-order batter and off-spinner has won a major international award. She previously won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award in 2011 and 2012.
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Dire in Babylon- The sad decline of West Indies cricket

Dire in Babylon- The sad decline of West Indies cricket

PERHAPS no cricket team in history is as revered as the West Indies side of the 1980s. From 1980 to 1995, the team did not lose a single Test series. The Caribbean cocktail of ferocious fast bowling and aggressive batting resonated far beyond the field. “I have 5m West Indians depending on me to perform at my best so they can walk the streets and be proud,” Michael Holding (pictured), one of the greatest West Indian fast bowlers, recalled in “Fire in Babylon”, a new book on Caribbean cricket.

On September 30th, West Indies cricket hit a new low. For the first time ever, the side failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, a one-day international (ODI) tournament played between the top eight ranked sides in the world. Two days earlier coach Phil Simmons had been suspended for expressing his disapproval with the team selected for the current ODI series in Sri Lanka.    Continue reading

Cricket: The Game is Bigger Than Us – Sir Garfield Sobers – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Cricket-The Game is Bigger Than Us – Sir Garfield Sobers – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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Sir Garfield Sobers

The captain of the West Indies Test team is more powerful that many Presidents and Prime Ministers. The West Indies is the only place on the planet where eleven players are chosen from different countries to represent a nation.

This creates its own problems and also has its advantages. In the old days insularity and individualism were common themes in West Indies cricket. But a smart captain was able to bring out the best in the players and to instill in them the importance of playing for country.

Frank Worrell articulated this vision. The Caribbean was more than a geographical expression, a collection of territories separated by the Caribbean Sea and trapped by the tides of insularity. Eric Williams argued that the
destiny of the far-flung territories lay in its ability to speak with a common voice.   Continue reading

Cricket: Shivnarine Chanderpaul – The “Tiger” Will Be Back

Shivnarine Chanderpaul – The “Tiger” Will Be Back

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Forbes Burnham was right. He said in 1973 that the Caribbean should devise a policy to honor its heroes. The problem, according to Burnham, ‘is that we don’t know how to do it.’

When Clive Lloyd was omitted from the West Indies team to play against Australia in 1973 the Burnham government brought Lloyd to the Caribbean and as they say the rest is history. Lloyd went on to become one of the greatest players in world cricket. Burnham looked beyond the boundary and saw a future in which Lloyd would play a prominent role. The present controversy surrounding Shivnarine Chanderpaul brings Burnham’s adage into focus. We don’t know how to honor a player that has given his heart and soul to West Indies cricket.  Continue reading

Cricket: West Indies defeat England in 3rd Test – draw series 1-1

West Indies v England, 3rd Test, Barbados, 3rd day

Windies defeat England, draw series 1-1

Darren Bravo

Darren Bravo

BRIDGETOWN, (Reuters) – A century partnership between Darren Bravo and Jermaine helped West Indies to win the third and final test against England at Barbados’ Kensington Oval by five wickets today to draw the series 1-1.

Set a target of 192 to win on the third day, after bowling England out for 123, the home side knocked off the total thanks mainly to a 108 run fifth wicket partnership between Bravo (82) and Blackwood (47 not out). Continue reading

T20 Destroys West Indies Cricket? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

T20 Destroys West Indies Cricket?

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Isn’t is amazing that cricketers that are injured for Test matches suddenly get fit for the T20’s? They probably reason that it’s too much stress playing a five-day match when they can play for four hours and make more money.

As far as Test cricket is concerned West Indies should take a break from it. The players would then have the time to rethink their game and embrace discipline. They may also want to look at the role of cricket in the social structure of the Caribbean.

The performance of West Indies against South Africa in the Tests was abysmal. We can’t change the results but what we can do is to learn from them and hopefully use the mistakes to construct a team with a fighting spirit.  Continue reading

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