'Hope and Chase'

Friday, November 08, 2019

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Dear Editor,

In October, Phil Simmons was appointed coach of the West Indies cricket team by Cricket West Indies (CWI). A month prior, Kieron Pollard was announced as the new captain of West Indies 50 over and T20 teams. The changes in leadership meant a new dawn in West Indies cricket.

Simmons had shown signs of his capability to revive West Indies cricket in his previous stint as coach, now back at the helm with Pollard as captain, who himself has shown good captaincy skills in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), will be looking to chart the course for this West Indies team in white ball cricket.

As refreshing as the change in leadership may be, an immediate change in fortunes is not expected; however, a new thinking and more attacking leadership is anticipated and the ongoing tour to India to face off against Afghanistan provides the first opportunity.

The tour began on a disappointing note when West Indies lost to Afghanistan in a warm-up encounter; however, they immediately brushed that loss aside and rebounded to comprehensively defeat the same opponent in the first of three One-Day Internationals. Afghanistan batted first and were bowled out for a below par score of 194 inside 46 overs. Afghanistan harboured hopes the West Indies would falter in the chase, but Windies batsmen Hope and Chase had other ideas. Windies began poorly and were struggling at 25-2 and praying for hope in this tricky chase. Their prayers were answered in the form of Hope and Chase, in a partnership of 163, the Bajan pair ensured victory for the Windies. Their display left Afghanistan with no hope, as the chase ended up being a stroll in the park for Hope and Chase.

The victory represents the winning start the new leadership desired and whilst it's only Afghanistan, 'a win is a win' and no doubt the team will be looking for a clean sweep in this series, building confidence for much tougher opponents.

Kemar Bogle

knb800@yahoo.com


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