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    BCA boss urges fans to get jab to ensure cricket tour
    By Mike King

    Kensington Oval is almost certain to host a Test and three T20 Internationals against England next year with 10 000 spectators in attendance for the four cricket matches.
    But president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), Conde Riley, told Weekend Sport that it will only become a done deal if there is an increase in the number of Barbadians, especially cricket lovers, who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
    “Government would allow spectators in Kensington Oval if we have about 80 per cent vaccination by year-end. I am hoping that more cricket-loving Barbadians can be vaccinated. We are keen to host these international matches but the numbers, certainly the local numbers, will depend on the vaccination process.
    “I am aware that some people on religious grounds or some people with medical conditions will not be able to take it but all others I am just encouraging so we can have every chance to host international matches. The more people vaccinated, the better,” he said.
    In the wake of COVID-19, England and Wales Cricket Board is keen to have all five T20 Internationals or at least three of them at one venue. Riley says Barbados had been specially mentioned “because it had the hotel rooms to accommodate 10 to 15 000 people, restaurants, hired cars, etcetera.”
    England and West Indies are set to clash in five T20 Internationals from January 28 to February 5, with three Tests to follow from March 8 to 28 where the two teams will play for the first-ever Richards-Botham Trophy, formerly the Wisden Trophy.
    Antigua will host the first Test, Barbados the second and Grenada the third. The Barbados Test is slated for March 16 to 20.
    Cricket West Indies (CWI) has predicted the series could benefit the region to the tune of US$100 million.
    Riley said based on the information he has received from the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) bureau in the United Kingdom, he understands there was huge demand from England to tour the Caribbean, more so Barbados.
    “I am hearing that over 10 000 people want to come down from England to watch the series. The demand for the series is higher than usual because Australia have closed their borders and that will impact on the Ashes series. They have reopened their doors for their people but, to visitors, it seems that is a no-no, so those people that normally go to the Ashes series in Australia will want to get some sun after winter.
    “This is a great opportunity
    for people to get fully vaccinated; let us see how many fans we can get into Kensington Oval next year,” he said.
    The BTMI invited Riley to the Crane Hotel on Tuesday to conduct interviews with six radio stations from England and, according to him, the feedback was very positive.
    “There is a huge clamour for the series in the Caribbean, especially the T20s, which is a format the fans love – that is the crowd-puller. This augurs well for kick-starting our tourist season and sports tourism thrust during the pandemic,” Riley said.
    According to CWI’s independent research, each England Test creates an economic impact of between US$20-25 million for host countries, with T20 Internationals triggering around US$4 million per game.

    Source: Nation

  2. West Indies V England 55 all out. Second lowest score in World cup T20.

    Abysmal batting . Gayle topscored with 13. None of the rest in double figures.

  3. West Indies is not a country. Its time individual countries in the area, that have a solid cricket heritage, leave this loused up group and apply for associate membership.
    I am sure any of them, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados etc etc would be as good as, or better than the present associate members Holland, Ireland and others who have no cricket legacy.
    West Indies as an organised cricket team is a shambles . I think it is corrupt, prejudiced and without direction. In my opinion national teams would perform with pride for their country not like the present bungling disorganisation under a fake flag and diddly anthem.

    • @Hants

      It was an epic season and nail biter today. Sir Lewis deserves one more year to challenge given what transpired this year.

  4. Keep sports promises

    JUDGING BY THE recent pronouncements of Minister of Sports Dwight Sutherland, things should be rosier for sports in 2022 and beyond.
    However, the proverbial proof will be in the pudding, so it is hoped that the promises will be kept once the resources are available to do so.
    I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, but in the past sports have been promised plenty but little has been delivered based on what was set out.
    Both political administrations have been guilty in this regard.
    It might happen just because the general perception of sports in Barbados is that it can wait because it is seen as largely recreational.
    That’s part of our culture, but we can’t continue to raise the expectations of this sector only to disappoint them.
    After all, sports play a significant role in nation building and have always had a role to play economically but have fallen well short of that possibility because there has been very little will to make it a reality. For instance, the authorities go on and on about the benefits of sports tourism, but has this matter been pursued with the vigour that has been espoused?
    The procrastination at all levels in relation to sports development is glaring largely because we don’t have a true sporting culture. Our reaction to the discipline is knee-jer, based on the sporadic successes we have on the international stage.
    It should dawn on those in the right positions to make a difference that if much more is done it is possible that our gifted sportsmen and women can be more successful.
    Still, I know that when money is tight, it is likely that the budget for sports would be among the first to be cut. Were it not for the vigilance of the media and public outcry, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme may have become a skeleton of what we know it to be.
    The state, though, isn’t alone in viewing sports with tunnel vision.
    Even the same media houses might take the same approach if they are forced to make financial adjustments.
    I have experienced it first-hand during my 44 years in the field.
    However, I still believe it’s never too late for a shower of rain, and, on that basis, I remain the eternal optimist.
    It is in this context that Sutherland should be given the benefit of any doubt in moving sports to a much better place.
    Realistically, for him to succeed, his vision must be shared by his Cabinet colleagues, particularly the Minister of Finance. I also think he will need other forms of support from various arteries, including our private sector, foreign countries and even fairy godfathers who understand the holistic values of providing a solid foundation for our youth to stand on.
    To begin with, a strategic national sports policy is required if we are to be sure where we are going.
    I believe consultations with those who represent the interests of athletes or even direct talks with the athletes would be the path to follow as policy will affect them.
    I recognise there is already a major push for road tennis and this is the right thing to do as it is our indigenous sport and has the uniqueness to become an international brand. The recent exposure in Dubai supports this notion.
    There can be a bigger outreach to football as it’s the top participatory sport, and some form of professionalism should be considered.
    We have blueprints of the model it can take through tournaments like the BESS, LIME Pelican Classic and the David Thompson Constituency Councils Memorial.
    It can go further with a national tournament in partnership with the Barbados Football Association and
    its international associates.
    What about an annual international draughts tournament?
    We have enough local quality to justify such an investment.
    Surfing and other water sports should be in the brew and I know leading windsurfer and beach culture entrepreneur Brian Talma would welcome any initiative to create a facility in Silver Sands to encompass the talents of those with a passion for them.
    We are sorely in need of an international track to attract world stars, and does the relaying of the Ryan Brathwaite Track at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex mean that corrective work or an entire upgrade of the National Stadium is out of the equation for the time being?
    I am sure that each association or individual will build a case that suits their agenda, but in everything there are priorities.
    Once again, though, I would like to press the case for boxing in this regard. I would also like the services, skills and experience of former Commonwealth Games featherweight champion Tyrone Downes, who also fought for the world title in 1985, along with other world contenders like Christopher “Shaka” Henry and Shawn Terry Cox to be utilised in an official, paid capacity.
    They would enhance the wonderful work being done by Gary Bowen in the schools’, BDF and national programmes.
    It’s over to you, Minister Sutherland. I believe you can get the job done.
    Andi Thornhill is an experienced award-winning freelance sports journalist.

    Source: Nation


  6. Good stuff,

    ” Shirley Clarke is a Barbadian cricketer. He played in twelve first-class and five List A matches for Barbados and Combined Campuses and Colleges from 1999 to 2008. He is a Level 3 coach and coached his son Kyle Mayers.”

  7. Mercedes drivers cautiously optimistic on Miami GP upgrades, as Hamilton praises ‘Super Bowl’-like build-up

  8. Lets see how hey do in Qualifying.

    “Sainz backs himself after FP2 crash as Leclerc admits ’surprise’ at Mercedes’ Miami pace”

  9. West Indies squad for ODI series against Netherlands and Pakistan:

    Nicholas Pooran (C), Shai Hope (VC), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Anderson Phillip, Rovman Powell, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd, and Hayden Walsh Jr.

    I’ve heard the cricket enthusiasts saying this is a weak team.

    If CWI is concentrating on grooming a ODI squad for the future, and in time for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, then, giving the youngsters an opportunity to perform at the international level is the way forward, rather than selecting the ‘old and tried’ cricketers, hoping to win ‘NOW.’

    Jason Holder is being rested to manage his ‘work load.’

    Is this ‘the end of the line’ for Darren Bravo?

  10. Came here to read a tribute to David Holford but alas

    There are many better equipped to write about Holford but cricket fans of a certain age will remember his game saving innings at Lords in 1966 in partnership with Gary Sobers

    Hail and farewell

    May he RIP

  11. @Hants
    Soccer is also a sports…
    Surprise that Mr Barbados never talks about soccer. A practitioner of “if you cannot say anything good, then say nothing”

    “On return there were renewed calls for the sacking of coach Russell Latapy from pundits and former national players, but shockingly the defeated players made a public stand by declaring they would quit if Latapy was sacked.”

    If you were the coach of a losing team and the players threatened to quit if you were fired would you be please?
    I wouldn’t. Having a bunch of losers giving strong support is not a vote of confidence. In the last ten games the goals are 450 against us to 1 for us.

    Fire the coach, let the losers quit and start with a new team.

  12. https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/07/01/bteditorial-barbados-football-is-still-missing-the-goal/
    I like the opening paragraph “Local football players and fans certainly had an entertaining month of June.”

    I watched every game and l was not entertained. Let me correct that. I tried to watch every game but fled when I started to feel depressed.

    From BT
    “We wonder what will become of the local players who threatened to quit if Latapy was sacked.
    Will Latapy repay the blind loyalty of those players and others by taking them to the A-League with him or will they remain and rally with the new coach when appointed?”

    I can answer that for you. NO.

  13. Sada was impressive in this event. Look like a genuine contender for anything from gold to bronze.

  14. @Hants

    That run came just after Damian Warner ( who also has Bajan roots) went down after leading in the decathlon……….

  15. The Jamaican girls are leading the Aussies in the netball. Barbados has had a decent Commonwealth games. No doubt most of them would have developed their talent outside of the island.

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  16. https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/08/26/barbadians-perform-impressively-at-swimming-competition/
    From BT
    “The team performed relatively well.”
    Why relatively? What was lacking. Is “relatively well” the same thing as “well” or is it the same thing as “scraped by”?

    This is like complimenting someone and adding a but. “You are a fine son, but …”

    Is it just me. But when I hear “Goodwill Games” the first thing that come to mind is the “Special Olympics”. A next phrase that I hate.

    Here is why I dislike the use of the word “Goodwiil”
    From Wikipedia
    “Goodwill Industries International Inc., o𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐞𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 (stylized as goodwill), is an American nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have barriers to their employment.[5] Goodwill Industries also 𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝘃𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗲𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀.”

    Perhaps I am too sensitive.

  17. Another good performance by Sada Williams

    Zurich – Commonwealth Games champion and world bronze medallist Sada Williams clocked 49.98 seconds to finish third in the women’s 400 metres at the World Athletics Diamond League final on Thursday in Switzerland.

  18. A Caribbean Life-Sore (Cricket)
    It appears that the West Indies is now doing some self examination on the poor state of their cricket

    A boast of 17 players selected to play in India (IPL) has now become a lament that 10 were released. See BT – Windies’ brand take big hit

    BT again
    WI at the crossroad: Time to choose the right road – Tony McWatt
    I did not read the full post but it look as if Mc Watt is quite blunt.

    Have a great day…

  19. Teammates pay tribute to ‘jovial’ Murray
    By Adriel Richard

    Four former teammates of deceased former Barbados and West Indies wicketkeeperbatsman David Murray have hailed his quiet confidence and revered ability on the field of play.
    Murray, affectionately known to his contemporaries as “Tuff”, collapsed and died yards away from his home in Station Hill, St Michael, on Friday night. He was 72.
    Murray, son of late West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes and father of former Barbados wicketkeeperbatsman Ricky Hoyte, played 19 Tests and ten One-day Internationals for West Indies between 1973 and 1982.
    He was hailed by the fast bowlers of his era as the finest wicketkeeper with whom they had played, but his career was cut short because of his decision to join the rebel tours of South Africa in the 1980s.
    Former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Wayne Daniel said it was very sad to hear of his passing.
    “From what I remember of David, playing a few matches together for Barbados, he would always be an encouragement to us.
    “He would always get behind you and push you to give of your best, and you will always get a reaction from him, as a bowler, from behind the stumps, if you bowled a bad ball. He had that way of letting you were bowling rubbish. But if you bowled well, he would always be vocal and let you know.
    “He had a really high standard for everybody and he knew his cricket,
    and he would always get a word to the captain about field placements, when it was needed, or to make a change of bowler because he was able to read the game really well.
    “He was quite a relaxed character off the field. I never saw a lot of seriousness from him off the field, but he was very serious on the field. Off the field, he was quiet and light-hearted.”
    Former Barbados captain and West Indies batsman Carlisle Best said Murray was his “favourite cricketing personality”.
    “He was jovial. He was humorous. He would always try to calm you down in whatever the situation might be… Great man, and a nice, decent personality. I am sure he would be sadly missed.”
    “I remember as a youngster in the Barbados team, I had been 12th man for a few home matches, and he came up to me very quietly and very poetically – ’cause that was the way he spoke – let me know that I would not be travelling with the team to the next match, so that when I was told and the manner in which I was told, it did not seem harsh, and I really appreciated that compassion, and I am grateful for him at that early stage of my career.

    “I never questioned his wicketkeeping abilities, but it was his batting that was always what I admired. He batted at No. 3 for Barbados at one stage, and the solidity and certainty with his stay at the crease was absolutely remarkable, and it was that kind of inspiration I drew from in my own career.
    “I saw him play against Andy Roberts (at Kensington Oval), and he made it look so simple, and I saw him against the Trinidad and Tobago spinners, and that he also made look simple. He was one of those complete, compact batsmen, and I am truly grateful to have
    met him and to learn a few things about the game from him.”
    Former Barbados all-rounder Franklyn Stephenson said it was sad to hear of Murray’s sudden passing.
    “He was a fantastic cricketer, of course. He was, perhaps, one of the last natural players that we had. He was so graceful and neat behind the stumps. He was also an important cog in the wheel in the batting too.
    Troubled life
    “He lived a troubled life, but all the time that he was going through what he was going through he always had time to talk to young people about the game, and it was a pleasure knowing the man and watching him play
    the game that we all love so much.”
    Another former Barbados all-rounder, Richard Straker, recalled he and Murray played together for the Barbados youth team in 1969.
    “Then we played together when we were part of the first West Indies Young Cricketers to England. He made the Barbados senior team before me, and we also played together.
    “He was a very knowledgeable cricketer. He was a top-class wicketkeeper . . . . As a batsman, a lot of people may say that he was not that good, but the use of his feet made him one of the guys that could play spin very well. He will be sorely missed. We were very good friends, and when I heard the news about his passing, it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was very sad to hear.”

    Source: Nation

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