What is it with Wisden ? Why do they have such a grudge against
WI cricket. On my way to work I browsed the latest edition
to see on the letters page (taking up more than half the
letters section) theor feature letter from some *** called
James Singh who lives in Canada who (seriously) suggested
that WI cricket achievements for the last twenty years be wiped
out because of non inclusion of White/Indian wi players.
The funny thing about this is that letter I think was printed by
Wisden because they thought (their print run preceded Trini) that
WI would lose the series, and thought this was a good way of
twisting it in at a bad time. The letter raised a lot of spurious
nonsense, namely that Guyanese Asian players were being
discriminated against so badly that at least 5 non-black
players should be taken to England. I have no doubt that
this guy is nuts. He also states that black WI have
kept Asians/Guyanese out of the cricket hierarchy,
(and here he gets really wacky) naming Kanhai being
replaced by Wes Hall (actually Kanhai was replaced
by Andy Roberts - coach, Hall replaced Holford as manager.
A most important thing this joker forgets is that both
Peter Short, and Steve Camacho who are the most powerful
men in regional cricket are WHITE WI. Or probably he
doesn't even know this. Lets look at who has been
ignored lately. Hmm. Dhanraj has not played alot. Well
there's a better case for Robert Haynes, the JA leggie
who has been around for longer than Dhanraj, and actually has
a better regional record. Chanderpaul is in the team, and
is a good player, but how many people could have predicted
it. (I did on grounds of parochialism, but have been proven
wrong, though this can be argued as politics working out
In the recent Board 11, Ramnarine and Ragoonath were played,
and they were really the only two players of East Indian
descent who deserved inclusion. I do not doubt that
Guyanese/Asian players have been badly treated at
some points in WI cricket, but it happens to everyone.
Ask Barbados how they feel now. They would probably
put forward a case for disbanding the WI team.
I hope the English netters study Wisden, (and today's)
Telegraph, with due interest. Every now and then
Wisden goes a puritanical campaign against the vagrancies
of WI cricket championed by that fine purveyor of
cricket as it was in the good old days
David 'Ireally have black friends' Frith.
Lastly let me give you a joke I heard whilst in Trini.
On the last Indian tour of the WI, in Trini, a section
of Trinis of Asian descent were cheering wildly for
everything the Indians did. When the Indian fielders
came to the boundary a group tried to engage them in
conversation, and they ignored them. One other
Trini (of Asian descent also), stodd up in fron and said
to them " all you think all you is Indian", "You is not
They shut up immediately. Crude but very true.
The problem with the rat race is even if you win you're still a rat