Tony Cozier

Mitchell means well

— but time for Legends to up the ante

GRENADA prime minister Keith Mitchell’s passion for cricket long preceded his passion for politics.

Widening cracks!

-Legends (or mere pawns) join CARICOM in battle against WICB

THE divisions within West Indies cricket that have transformed the once dominant force in the world game into one of the weakest are ever widening.

A more significant achievement

  HIS unforgettable six-hitting spectacle that sealed the West Indies’ unlikely last over conquest of England in the men’s final of the World T20 in Kolkata transformed Carlos Brathwaite into an overnight superstar.

No stopping the West Indies teams….. and Cameron

THE euphoria that swept through the cricketing Caribbean following last Sunday’s men’s team’s victory snatched from the jaws of defeat in the World T20 final in Kolkata has been accompanied by the heated, long-running debate over the future of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Inspired Windies on a mission

IT IS a formula for T20 cricket ideally suited to their game. As they have done since the International Cricket Council (ICC) added the shortest version of the game to its list of Cup tournaments, in South Africa in 2007, the West Indies again rely in today’s final of the fifth World T20 on audacious boundary-hitting batsmen supported, not so much by fast bowling on which their once exceptional record in Tests and One-Day Internationals was built, but now by stingy spinners.

No U-turn only name change

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirmed at its annual general meeting in Jamaica last weekend that its name was to be changed to Cricket West Indies.

FIFA reforms and the WICB’s obstinacy

THE lawyers advising delegates of the 41 member states of football’s North, Central America and the Caribbean Confederation (Concacaf) on the need for change might just as well have been Caribbean Community (Caricom) governments addressing the directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on the same theme.

Mallya’s companies declared willful defaulters by PNB

VIJAY MALLYA, the Indian entrepreneur who recently paid the reported franchise fee of US$2 for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and United Breweries Holdings (UBHL), the company he heads, have been declared ‘wilful defaulters’ by three Indian three state-owned banks.

Taking the plunge

CONCERNED that prevalence of spin was ‘impacting negatively’ on pace, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) directed its cricket committee last June “to make further recommendations to prioritize the development of fast bowlers in the region and for the West Indies team.” Whether or not purely coincidental, Alzarri Joseph, a powerfully built, 6 foot, 4 inches of genuine pace, has suddenly emerged to unsettle batsmen and ease the WICB’s anxiety.

Chanderpaul will be missed

By Tony Cozier It is typical of the present state of West Indies cricket that Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s retirement from the game he mastered in his peculiar style for 21 years, 164 Tests and 268 ODIs should have been inappropriately shrouded in controversy.

Mixed memories

Allen Stanford’s rare interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) from his cell at the high-security jail in Florida last week revived mixed memories of the Texan billionaire’s involvement in West Indies cricket.

Fantasy versus reality

By Tony Cozier   Steve Smith’s proposed deal to Jason Holder to enliven the last day of the water-logged Test in Sydney was strictly fantasy.

WICB approach differs to that of CA, CNZ

-Nanthan’s comments suggest WICB preparing for head-to-head clash with Caricom governments

EMMANUEL NANTHAN just doesn’t get it. In an interview with experienced Guyanese cricket writer Sean Devers last week, the vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) reminded us that ‘only the shareholders’ (the individual boards of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands) can dissolve the company WICB Inc., registered in the British Virgin Islands.

Hobart humiliation

-time to split?

“A raft of post-mortems has inevitably followed yet it remains difficult to foresee where to next for West Indies cricket.

WI Cricket: In need of an overhaul

By inadvertent, yet timely coincidence, the directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) hold their quarterly meeting in St Lucia on December 12 and 13, in the middle of the first Test against Australia in a series long written off as embarrassingly one-sided.

Interference from above

Cameron’s high-handedness exposed in Simmons saga

SIX WEEKS after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) suspended him as head coach for “inappropriately commenting” on the selection of the ODI squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, Phil Simmons finally laid out his case last week.