Ricky Skerritt

CONGRATS, SKIP: Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt, left, shakes hands with new West Indies One-Day and T20 captain Kieron Pollard at a press conference at the Hilton Trinidad, yesterday.

For Dwayne “DJ” Bravo, the decision to make Kieron Pollard the West Indies’ white ball captain is a “brave” move, but the right one.

Bravo was present yesterday when Cricket West Indies officially confirmed his friend’s appointment as One-Day and T20 skipper at the Hilton Trinidad. Pollard has not played One-Day cricket for the Windies in nearly three years, but Bravo, a former skipper himself said the change was necessary and spot-on.

“For the last five years, this is the lowest we ever see West Indies cricket, especially in the white ball format,” Bravo declared, before saying of Pollard, “He’s a leader, not just a captain. That is what West Indies need, leadership...Hopefully he gets a good run, a good chance to build the team he wants and people allow him to take the team in the direction he wants it and give him that respect.”


The Trinidad and Tobago men’s senior national football team finally broke their winless run, albeit in a friendly international against Anguilla at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, last night.

After two easy wins the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force skipper Imran Khan insists that he won’t let his players become complacent ahead of their next fixture on Wednesday.

Fifteen-year-old Shafali Verma and opening partner Smriti Mandhana pummelled enterprising half-centuries to condemn a listless West Indies Women to an 84-run defeat in the opening Twenty20 International late Saturday night.

Injury has ruled captain Stafanie Taylor out of the remainder of the Twenty20 series against India, dealing a serious blow to West Indies’ chances of making a comeback in the five-match rubber.

It’s a convenient narrative to accept that a dearth of talent, apart from all the other factors, has been a significant contributor to the near-quarter-century of strife that has been the experience of West Indies cricket since Mark Taylor’s Australians brought the 15-year era of Test series invincibility to an end in 1995.