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TONY COZIER: WI T20 challenge

06 March 2016

SIR Curtly Ambrose reflects general public confidence that the West Indies can repeat their 2012 triumph in the 2016 World Twenty20 they officially commence against England in Mumbai on Wednesday week. Their bowling consultant based his opinion on the presence in... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Past time to make some changes, WICB

28 February 2016

The lawyers advising delegates of the 41 member states of football’s North and 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... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Push for young pacer

21 February 2016

WORRIED THAT THE predominance of spin in its regional tournaments was “impacting negatively on the production of fast bowlers for the West Indies team”, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) directed its cricket committee last June “to make further recommendations to... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Hope in Under-19s

14 February 2016

THEIR teenaged team has brought a welcome, long overdue whiff of optimism to West Indies cricket. In advancing to today’s final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, they demonstrated a resilience that, for a multiplicity of reasons, has repeatedly been beyond... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Neither saint nor sinner

07 February 2016

IAN BISHOP’S first reaction when Keemo Paul whipped off the bails with Zimbabwe’s No. 11 Richard Ngarva backing up in last Tuesday’s decisive Under-19 World Cup match in Bangladesh was, “Oh, no!” As TV umpire Tim Robinson checked the video replay on whether or not the... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Bravo must step up to the plate

31 January 2016

A LOT has happened in Darren Bravo’s life in the four years since Steve Waugh proclaimed him as “world cricket’s next superstar, no doubt”. His entry into that elusive galaxy has been delayed through injuries and undisclosed personal problems, a combination that... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Etched in history

24 January 2016

JEFFREY STOLLMEYER, a former Test captain, who became board president, regarded it as “probably the most significant development in West Indies cricket”. Allan Rae, Stollmeyer’s one-time opening partner and his successor as president, termed it “the missing link in... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Stanford’s stand

17 January 2016

ALLEN STANFORD’s typically defiant interview with the BBC from his prison cell in Florida last week revived mixed memories of the disgraced Texan billionaire’s involvement in West Indies cricket. An imposing, self-centred individual, he maintained his innocence on... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Smith’s fantasy, Holder’s reality

10 January 2016

STEVE SMITH’S proposed deal to Jason Holder to enliven the last day of the water-logged Test in Sydney was strictly fantasy. The West Indies captain’s rejoinder was reasoned reality. Smith’s plan was for the West Indies to declare at their second day 248 for seven.... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Plenty support but no results to show

03 January 2016

THERE IS MUCH IN COMMON between the team list for the West Indies team presently in Australia and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) itself. The numbers of WICB staff and committees and support personnel for touring teams have both expanded rapidly in recent times;... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Stubborn WICB

27 December 2015

EMMANUEL NANTHAN just doesn’t get it. In an interview with Sean Devers in the Guyana daily, Kaiteur News, 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,... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Time not on West Indies side

20 December 2015

EIGHTEEN years on, the West Indies thrashing by Australia in the first Test in Hobart last weekend bears uncanny similarities to their predecessors’ routs in all three Tests in Pakistan in November and December 1977. It is a case of the more things change, the more... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Capitulations undermining WI unity

13 December 2015

OF all the harrowing days the West Indies have endured on the Test grounds of the world over the past couple of decades, and, heaven knows, they have been plentiful and persistent, none was as horrific as the opening day of the series against Australia in Hobart on... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Cameron, Caricom set for hard ball

22 November 2015

IT WAS INEVITABLE that the high expectations for the latest review committee on the management of West Indies cricket would quickly turn into the turmoil that has typified its sharp decline of the past two decades. The conviction of Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell,... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Countdown to 2019 World Cup starts now

01 November 2015

ALREADY ELIMINATED from the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, the West Indies have less than two years to ensure they don’t endure the same humiliation for the 2019 World Cup from May 31-July 15 in England. The countdown starts with the first of the three ODIs against Sri... Read More

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TONY COZIER: No excuse for sloppy Windies fielding

18 October 2015

WEST INDIES interim coach Eldine Baptiste should endeavour to get his hands on a copy of the 1954 Wisden. As he couldn’t contain his frustration at the five dropped catches, one missed run out and overall fielding repeatedly referred to as “sloppy” by the television... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Sword of BCCI still hanging

23 August 2015

IT HAS BECOME the modern equivalent of a long-forgotten timeless Test. It is ten months since West Indies players, disgruntled over terms of their contracts, packed their kit bags and prematurely ended their scheduled tour of India. Stating that the West Indies Cricket... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Champion of local cricket

16 August 2015

Born and raised in the cricketing hotbed of Holder’s Hill, St James Franklyn Stephenson’s intention has always been the preservation of Barbados’ legacy in the sport that made the island’s name for excellence. Read More

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TONY COZIER: U-19 stint crucial stepping stone

26 July 2015

SIR GARRY SOBERS was at Kensington Oval on Wednesday, presenting awards from the annual international schools competition that carries his name and personal stamp. Over its 29 years, it has attracted schools from neighbouring Caribbean islands, England, Canada, South... Read More

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TONY COZIER: Champions Trophy looms as latest WI crisis

19 July 2015

THE WEST INDIES have gone through harrowing times for two decades now. The real possibility of failure to qualify for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England is the latest worry. Read More

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TONY COZIER: Return to fast lane a priority

05 July 2015

THE PROBLEM has developed unchecked over the past couple of decades. Read More

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