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Ramdin, Broad and the anti-West Indies agenda

A white ’ooman name Miss Black, a black ’ooman name Miss White, a red ooman name Miss Green is the funniest ting I’ve seen. A narrow-minded referee name Chris Broad… The calypsonian did not actually sing those lines half-a-century or so ago. But if, like me, he has followed the …

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Captain Caribbean: Bravo’s blueprint for brilliance

Not for nothing were West Indian teams prior to Kerry Packer’s crucial intervention in the late 1970’s ritually called “Calypso Cricketers.” Sparrow’s “Slave” contains a line that perhaps epitomizes the regional attitude to the game. In that classic tune, the Calypso King of the World as first person narrator describes …

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Denesh delusions: Talk to the Shotter, Bravo

The conspiracy theorists are having a field day; according to them, India’s easy win on Tuesday was set up by the two-match ban on West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin. I have heard no suggestions about the use to which the sanctioned wicketkeeper’s match fee has been put but I feel …

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Yea, Denesh, Talk nah!

A still tongue, Denesh Ramdin would have heard over and over after the 2012 Test versus England in Birmingham, keeps a wise head. I confess that, with my “Yea, Denesh, Hush Nah” and “A Right Royal Ramdin Ruckus” articles in the July and August editions of the Trinidad and Tobago …

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T&T first-class cricket success can boost Windies

Two characteristics noticeable in the legendary cricket teams of the post-World War II era were depth and the predominance of one territory in each nation, which usually became the core of their first XI. The first great West Indies team from 1963-68 had a strong Barbadian influence and was captained …

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Thanks and goodbye to Sammy and silent WI selectors

In Charlie’s Angels, an American television series later adapted into a movie, three attractive private investigators work for a boss that they never met and who gives instructions through speaker phone. It is tempting to believe that the West Indies cricket team shares a similar relationship with its selection committee, …

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Stabilising the West Indies cricket team

The West Indies cricket team’s 3-0 One-Day International (ODI) triumph against Zimbabwe marks the 16th time that the regional team has swept an opposing nation since a 1976 whitewash away to England under legendary captain Clive Lloyd. There is little similarity between those two emphatic series. Zimbabwe is clearly a minnow …

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West Indies cricket can still regain footing

On 12 January 1997 at Perth, Brian Lara’s classy innings of 90 runs propelled the West Indies cricket team to a four-wicket win over Australia in the 1996/97 Carlton & United Tri-Nation Series and meant the then dominant Australia failed to qualify for the tri-series finals, which was eventually won …

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Beyond a Boundary

When in 1963 CLR James completed his seminal work on cricket, the title of which I have borrowed for this column, his introduction posed a simple question to readers. ‘‘What do they know of cricket, who only cricket know?’’ James was of the mind that, in order to fully understand …

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Stanford guilty of 13 counts of fraud

Texas tycoon and cricket mogul Allen Stanford was today found guilty of running a $42.5 billion (US$7 billion) international pyramid scheme at a court in Houston, Texas. The jury, which comprised of eight men and four women, heard five weeks of evidence and had announced yesterday that it was “unable …

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