Coach: Batting let us down
That’s how coach Emmerson Trotman described Barbados Pride’s recent six-wicket defeat by defending champions Guyana Jaguars in the Regional Fourday Cricket Championship at Kensington Oval.
Trotman said he was not going to point any fingers, but acknowledged being hurt by the defeat.
“This hurts. I expected better. Shane Dowrich had a good match, Jason Holder played well in the first innings, Roston [Chase] had a good knock in the second innings, so you can’t really point fingers at the senior players. Everyone needed to contribute and take on some responsibility.
“It is a painful loss. We can’t hide from that. Guyana Jaguars scored too many runs. We should have restricted them for a lot less. Unfortunately, we didn’t,” he said.
Trotman defended the decision to bowl first.
“The surface was patchy. There was some grass, so we figured that a team with three West Indian fast bowlers would be able to utilise it but that wasn’t case. It turned out to be a very flat
pitch. In my entire career, I have never seen anything like it before.”
Trotman said Barbados Pride should have scored more than 360 in their first innings.
Needed a good start
“Our batting let us down. We should have applied ourselves better and shown more determination. We should have gotten more than 360. We needed to get a good start and build from there.
“It is unfortunate that we didn’t pull it off. We needed to get some good starts. I think that is where we fell down,” he said.
Trotman said he was disappointed to see the team collapse in the second innings.
“We collapsed in the second innings after being over 200 for four. The middle and lower order just folded.that is one of the things that went wrong. If we had given them 150 to win, we would have beaten them.”
Trotman said the team was good enough to bounce back and do well in their next match in Trinidad and Tobago.
“We have to move on. I am sure the boys will bounce back” he said.
Man Of The Match was lefthanded opener Chandrapaul Hemraj, who made an impressive 144 off an attack comprising Kemar Roach, Miguel Cummins, Holder, and Jomel Warrican, all of whom have Test experience.
Trotman said if he were a selector, he would pick Hemraj for the opening Test against England at starting on January 23 ahead of Nevisian Kieran Powell, who averages just 26 after 40 matches.
“Hemraj is worth a try. He looks a very confident player. Powell has had plenty of chances and hasn’t made much of a contribution. There is an opportunity for someone else.
“West Indies could benefit from bringing in Hemraj.
“I have him in my team,” Trotman added.
Hemraj, 25, is averaging 30.08 in 20 first-class matches after making his debut in 2012. Legendary former captain Clive Lloyd has lamented the snubbing of fellow West Indies icon, Desmond Haynes, for the post of men’s head coach.
Speaking in the wake of the controversial appointment of Englishman Richard Pybus, Lloyd said Cricket West Indies had tried foreign coaches over the years without much success, and should tap into the talents of home-grown stars.
“I heard about it but I thought they were quite a few names put forward and I think somebody had said that Desmond was one of those names,” Lloyd told the popular cricket radio show, Mason
“What I would like to see in the future of our cricket that people like Gordon Greenidge, who has coached all over the place, and Desmond Haynes [given a chance]. These guys know about cricket and our cricketers and they are not getting a chance to show what talents they have, and I think it is about time we start to do something of that nature.”
“We’ve tried a lot of overseas coaches and we’re still at number eight [in Tests] and number nine [in one-dayers]. “
Haynes was one of several regional coaches identified by director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, to fill the post left vacant by the resignation of Australian Stuart Law.
Barbadian, who played 116 Tests and 238 ODIS, worked with the Windies side as a batting consultant eight years ago.
However, he was overlooked in favour of
South African Nic
Pothas, who had also been shortlisted, before Pybus – who was not among the shortlisted group – was controversially approved by CWI.
CWI director Enoch Lewis lambasted the decision, accusing president Dave Cameron of “hand-picking” the high performance director, when he had not even applied for the position.
Lloyd, a former manager and chief selector, said West Indies cricket was suffering from a lack of strategic planning.
“I think what should happen is that we should have 12 or 14 people discussing West Indies cricket and how we can take it forward,” said the Guyanese, credited for moulding the great Caribbean sides of the late 1970s and 80s.
“Australia had a problem and what did they do? They took about four, five of their successful captains, they sat down and they tried to get it sorted out. India did the same thing and I think it is about time.
“We ruled the world for 18 years or more we played 29 Test matches without losing.
We have a lot going for us, we cannot sit back and just hope for the best. We have to put things in place so that our cricket can go forward. That is what I would like to see.
“We have some very good players – make no bones about that – but we have to get them playing together.”
West Indies are preparing to take on England in a full series of three Tests, five One-day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
The opening Test starts on January 23 at Kensington Oval. (CMC) . . .
Chandrapaul Hemraj playing an on drive during his maiden first-class century, watched by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.
Overlooked: Desmond Haynes