AT LAST someone with stature in Australian cricket has spoken out against the arrogance of the Australian captain, who has had to apologise for his own misconduct on the field of play, but still seeks to minimise the unsportsmanlike behaviour of a member of his team. Ian Chappell has said what the current captain and coach have refused to do, that is, to acknowledge that Smith’s action was unacceptable.

To suggest that the actions of Steve Smith in scuffing the batsman’s mark were innocuous is as dishonest as the act itself. Especially coming from a captain who has lowered the bar of sportsmanship. It is intolerable that he could seek to reduce Smith’s action to innocent behaviour in which he has engaged before.

Where is the evidence that Smith is a habitual pitch scuffer or, as has been asked by Michael Vaughan, that he will do the same at the “Gabba”.

Has he done this when his team is at the wicket, or is it only when the opposing team is batting? How stupid does Paine think the viewing public is?

Ian Chappell’s advice is very appropriate: “Stop talking and start thinking.”

That is what the Indian captain, Ajinkya Rahane, does, which is why India won the previous match and salvaged a draw in this one, and received accolades for his masterful leadership.

With all the injuries affecting the Indian team, its performance in the final test will continue to be of the standard expected of world class players.

Karan Mahabirsingh


IN one of her recent speeches, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she had been attending meetings on the Estimates. That was a stark reminder that even while dealing with the Covid-19 virus, the business of governance still has to go on and Cabinet still does much business apart from managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

THE effort that has been put by the Ministry of Health in managing the Covid-19 pandemic now needs to be put into fixing the national public health system.

In responding to the global pandemic, the Government and public health managers have shown that when required they can summon the will, skill and resources to confront a major public health challenge. Yet, they seem chronically unable to address the health system’s basic needs.

Your recent editorials around the coronavirus have been both thoughtful and appropriate.

The policy of allowing international travel only with a ministerial exemption is inequitable and unsustainable. Clearly a new policy based on vaccination, tests and quarantines is badly needed to allow the airport to reopen.

Some few of us appear to lack the same amount of care for the lives of Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) and Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) children as expressed for the plight of young Venezuelan illegals.

I would like to express my gratitude to Judy Kublalsingh for her column “Hypocritical Democrats” in the Express on Thursday (Page 13). Amidst the cheap rhetoric masquerading as political analysis, it was refreshing to see such level-headed discourse from someone among the local intelligentsia.

Please have pity on our doctors and nurses (our heroes). Over the past few months I have been speaking to two friends, one a doctor, the other a nurse. In each case on enquiring about “how they were doing?”, their response invariably was, “Tired!”

I write this in the context of numerous reports of breaches of the Covid-19 Health Regulations, especially the non-wearing of masks and the urge to gather at fetes.