When the West Indies selection panel meets to name the squads for the three-format series against the Sri Lanka Tigers, there will be an enormous elephant in the room. And such is the interest created by Kraigg Brathwaite’s side’s completely unexpected 2-0 clean sweep in Bangladesh that many a fan …Read More »
Bonner, Cornwall, spinners in spotlight as Brathwaite’s mighty minnows make it 2-0
As expected, Kraig Brathwaite’s second-string West Indies completed a 2-0 win over hosts Bangladesh in four-days with an exciting 17-run win in Dhaka on Sunday. Not at all! Perhaps all the people for whom those first two words belong in that sentence were either on or near the Shere Bangla …Read More »
Dimanche Gras! Not deflated, not defeated, will Brathwaite’s WI double up in Dhaka?
A double-century on debut! And in Asia to boot! That’s the stuff of which West Indian boyhood dreams are made. As well as come-from-behind West Indian victories. Guardian cricket reporter Vinode Mamchan did not seem to know about these dreams. Or to care about them. On television on Friday evening, …Read More »
Bonner the balance, Mayers magnificent as WI minnows mow down Bangladesh
Thanks largely to a double century by Kyle Mayers, the West Indies second string came from behind to register a stunning three-wicket win over hosts Bangladesh in the First Test at Chattogram on Sunday. It was hardly the result many had expected at the end of Day Four yesterday when …Read More »
Stern first test for second-string; what will Brathwaite’s young West Indians be thinking?
Ardent WI cricket fans said a prayer. And continue to pray. Curtly Ambrose made an appeal. Sir Clive Lloyd wrote a letter. Coach Phil Simmons issued a challenge. But the biggest impact on the performance of Kraigg Brathwaite’s second-string unit in Bangladesh over the next couple of weeks is likely …Read More »
Media Monitor: Kalicharan launches attack on WI elite, Skerritt called to defend innocents
In all my years of observing and commenting on West Indies cricket, I have tended to agree rather than disagree with public positions espoused by Dr Noel Kalicharan. Or Ricky Skerritt. But I guess there’s a first time for everything. That’s progress! Progress comes in various forms. For more than …Read More »
Waiting for Wehby action, WI wonders about Pollard’s promotion and the Peter Principle
It’s enough to wipe the smile off your face. Or make you disrespect anyone else who is within earshot. On the radio on Friday morning, the announcer broke the news this way: “As expected, Bangladesh defeated the West Indies by seven wickets in the second ODI earlier today.” That she …Read More »
Walsh Jr ruled out of ODI series, after positive Covid-19 test in Dhaka
The West Indies touring squad to Bangladesh was dealt another blow today as leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr was ruled out for the upcoming three match ODI series, after testing positive for Covid-19. Walsh, an Antiguan leg-spinner, flew to Dhaka last week after two negative PCR tests in the Caribbean. He …Read More »
Best: WI-Bangladesh reality check; can Sir Clive’s statement stand serious scrutiny?
Under normal circumstances, you’d struggle to be well represented if 12 of your top players suddenly announced that they were unavailable for an imminent tour. But with the world in the throes of a global pandemic for the last year, January/February 2021 is anything but normal. So, unsurprisingly, Sir Clive …Read More »
Brathwaite: We’re up for the challenge and know how to play in Bangladesh!
Newly appointed West Indies Test captain Kraigg Brathwaite insisted that his team are flying to Bangladesh in confident spirits, despite missing a dozen senior players including regular captain Jason Holder. The West Indies departed from Barbados in two tranches on Thursday and Friday night. All squad members returned two negative Covid-19 PCR tests, as …Read More »
Harping on the vexed WI Test captaincy question; is Pollard the answer?
Five overs. For an ODI captain, those 30 balls are sometimes a real test. Think West Indies Test captain Jason Holder bidding just to keep the ball in the park when AB De Villiers took a liking to his bowling in the ICC World Cup in Sydney in 2015. Five …Read More »
Best: Happy with Harper? Emotions high, expectations low as WI head for Bangladesh
As the West Indies second-string cricketers prepare to fly out to Bangladesh for a three-ODI, two-Test tour, expectation levels are way, way down. Unsurprisingly, not too many people seem terribly optimistic about the account this depleted bunch will give of itself. And it’s not just the man-in-the-street who’s making little …Read More »