Editorial

Partnership good for West Indies cricket

Saturday, June 22, 2013    

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The dismal run by the Reggae Boyz in their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying campaign and the adverse analytical finding on a drug test involving Mrs Veronica Campbell Brown have dominated Jamaican sports pages lately.

But also, the West Indies cricket team's short-lived campaign in the rain-hit Champions Trophy tournament in England got fair coverage.

Cricket fans would have been disappointed that the West Indies did not make it past the group stage. But those who paid close attention via cable television, Internet feed or on radio will feel, we suspect, that the regional team played relatively well in very wet and cold weather.

In the end, it was the Duckworth-Lewis mathematical method which decided West Indies' fate in a rain-ruined game against South Africa. As it turned out, the dismissal of Mr Kieron Pollard, immediately before the umpires decided conditions were too wet to continue, resulted in a tie, according to the Duckworth-Lewis formula.

Cricket watchers will recall that the mathematical formula was devised in the late 1990s to determine results in rain-spoilt limited overs games.

The tied game meant South Africa went through to the next round ahead of West Indies because they had a superior net run rate in the campaign up to then.

Had Mr Pollard not been dismissed, West Indies would have won the game and advanced ahead of the South Africans who went on to lose to home side England in the semi-final round.

Overall, we feel that notwithstanding their first-round elimination, the West Indies continued to show that upward curve detected in their cricket recently.

West Indians will get more opportunities to assess their team in the 50-over version of the game in a triangular tournament which begins at Sabina Park late next week.

India, with an exciting array of hugely talented young batsmen, and Sri Lanka will join West Indies in the first such tournament of its type in the Caribbean.

Happily, the triangular tournament comes amidst growing evidence of harmony and consensus at the leadership level in West Indies cricket.

We refer, of course, to news that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) have joined in "a historic partnership to stage an awards ceremony honouring the best performances by West Indian players, in both regional and international cricket, for the 2012 calendar year".

For nine years previously, WIPA had run the awards ceremony on its own.

The new initiative, we believe, is a direct result of changes in leadership in both WIPA and the WICB over the past year. With the exit of several personalities, the acrimony — much of which seemed to have been of a deeply personal nature — has apparently also gone through the door.

Partnership, rather than enmity and hostility, will work for the greater good of West Indies cricket, we believe.

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