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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Leave cricket to the players, board

Rev Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Leave cricket to the players, board

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“And he said to the vinedresses, ‘Lo, these years I have come seeking fruit on this tree, and I find none. Cut it down, why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him “Let it alone, Sir, this year also till I dig about it and put some manure. “And if it bears fruit next year, well and good, but if not, you can cut it down’.”  – Luke 13: verses 7 & 8.

WHAT IS WRONG with West Indies Cricket?

One does not have to be a university lecturer, High Court judge or any academic, to know what the problem is. The ordinary man in the street knows.

The answer is very a simple one.

“The team is no good” (the sooner that is accepted the better it would be for us) and those players who are selected to the test team, their eyes are focused on the shorter form of the game (20/20), where the big money is.

Secondly, pride is lacking among the players. There are some players who re IPL players and who should be playing Test cricket and until we realise such we will continue to set up committee after committee to search for the problem and reason that is well known.

The Eudene Barriteau Committee was the third over the past eight years with a similar mandate as the team plunged from No. 1 to near the bottom of the international rankings.

The first headed by the former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, and the other by St Kitts-Nevis Queen’s Council Charles Wilkin. What did we get from those committees?

Talk and a waste of money that is being spent on them. Or are they just like CARICOM meetings? The players of today are too money-centred.

The recent committee is calling for the abandonment of the WICB. How would the Heads of Government feel if they were all asked to resign? Tell me what you are going to replace it with and what the result will be cricket-wise?

I have said before that politicians in the Caribbean must keep out of the West Indies Cricket and look after the countries they are elected to manage.

I support WICB president Dave Cameron for not allowing the governments of the Caribbean to dictate to the board what to do.

Let us remember that cricket is not played in lecture rooms, law courts, and government headquarters or committee rooms. It is played on the field and it is not just talk.

Please leave the cricket to those who are elected to do so and stop wasting money on these committees!

What Is Independence?

CHRIST CHURCH PARISH CHURCH presents What is Independence? – An Independence Concert and Dance on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ivan Harewood Centre, Christ Church Parish Church, Church Hill, Christ Church featuring artistes – Classic, Adrian Green, Christ Church Chorale, Pompey, SerenaderDe Doctor and many more.

Bajan evening

FULNEC MORAVIAN CHURCH, Watts Village, St. George invites the public to  its Independence Day Bajan Evening & Back In Time on Monday, November from noon.

Moravian Christingle

UNDER THE BATON of Captain Alfred Taylor of the Barbados Defence Force Band and

organist Roger Worrell, the Moramus Singers/Moravian Church presents Christingle 2015 on Sunday, December 6, at 5 p.m. at the Bethlehem Moravian Church, Maxwell, Christ Church.

Flea Market

JAMES STREET METHODIST CHURCH will be holding a grand flea market on Saturday, on the church grounds from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On sale will be new and used clothing, fishcakes, conkies, Bajan coconut bread and pudding and souse.

Patronal Festival

ST CATHERINE’S Anglican Church’s Patronal Festival continues on Sunday.

• 9:15 a.m. – Sung Eucharist, sermon and procession; with preacher: Rev. David Yarde. Church family in attendance.

•6 p.m. – Choir night, all choirs in attendance.

Procession With Carols

ST MICHAEL’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR, under the direction of John Bryan, organist and choirmaster, presents A Procession With Carols on Sunday, Advent Sunday, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral.

Feast Of Title

ST ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCH will be celebrating its Feast of Title from Sunday to December 6. The theme for this celebration is Equipping The Saints For The Work Of Ministry.

• Sunday – 8 a.m., Sung Mass

• 6 p.m. – Festal Evensong with procession; choir in attendance along with eucharistic ministers and servers.

•Monday – 9 a.m.– Sung Mass with Procession – Feast of St. Andrew.

•Tuesday, December 1 7:30 p.m. – Solemn Evensong with procession; in attendance. Mothers’ Union and Men’s Fellowship

•Thursday, December 3 – 7:30 p.m. – Service Of The Word. Ushers Guild, Health Guild, PCC, Bereavement Support Group, Readers and Intercessors Group, Bible Study and Prayer Group and Altar Guild in attendance.

•Friday, December 4 – 7:30 p.m.– Service Of The Word – Youth Group and Sunday School in attendance.

•Saturday, December 5 – 5 p.m. – Healing Service – Community family in attendance

•Sunday, December 6 – 8 a.m. – Sung Mass with Te Deum

•12:30 p.m.– annual luncheon, Sunbury Great House, St Philip


THE Michah Fellowship and Help Guild of St Barnabas Church will be holding a flea market and car boot sale on Saturday on the church grounds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.