New selection policy sign of ‘tremendous progress’, says Shallow

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow believes the new administration headed by president Ricky Skerritt has made “tremendous progress” in its first seven months in charge, and has pointed to the new selection policy as proof of the robust work being undertaken.Shallow and Skerritt toppled three-term incumbent Dave Cameron in CWI elections last March, and have since then embarked on sweeping changes in an effort to institute their Cricket First Plan on which they campaigned.One of the major changes has come in the area of selection, where separate selection panels for the men, women and youth teams have been constituted and Shallow said this, along with a new policy to guide the selection of those squads, was a reflection of the enterprise of the administration.“It has been challenging but it was all anticipated,” said Shallow, who recently chaired a CWI Task Force which reviewed regional selection policy.“I think that we have made tremendous progress, particularly in establishing a selection policy which we’ve never had in the past – now having different panels covering our cricket.“One of the complaints we’ve heard over the last few years was that the females were not priorities and selectors were not observing female cricket. So we’re happy that we’re in a place where all our players feel as if they are priority and that they will be observed.”Shallow said one of the key components of the new selection policy was ensuring there was transparency in the process.He also said that selection needed to be driven by performance, based on data, in an effort to bring a more strategic approach to the building of Windies representative teams.“(It is important) to have a selection policy where players will now have confidence that if they perform, they will be selected … they don’t have to perform two, three or four years,” Shallow pointed out.“(If) You come out with an outstanding performance over a period in a tournament you should be given an opportunity while you’re in form. We think that these things are remarkable achievements in our first six months in office.”He added: “There can be someone who has tremendous potential but doesn’t achieve it; and we have seen that over the years in our cricket, persons who have been performing have been sidelined, because this individual (or) this player who we believe have remarkable talent, has to be given an opportunity.“What we are saying now with this system (is that it will) reward performance and both (lead selector) Roger Harper and Miles Bascombe demonstrated their full understanding of that.”Harper, former Windward Islands batsman Bascombe and newly-appointed head coach, Phil Simmons, will comprise the men’s senior panel while Anne Browne-John, former Windies batsman Travis Dowlin and West Indies legend Gus Logie, will constitute the women’s panel.The sweeping changes of selectors and coaching staff have drawn some criticism from various quarters but Shallow said the overhaul had been done strategically and managed professionally.“I think the decisions made so far have been backed by research and have been very calculated,” he stressed.“I can’t think of anything we could have changed or done differently. I’m just happy with the progress and the professionalism. The management team is working tremendously hard.”last_img read more

Woods defends ‘great kid’ Reed after rule-breaking row

first_imgReed acknowledged that he moved sand with both practice swings and therefore violated the rules. Despite the prospect of a volatile reception in Melbourne, Woods insisted Reed would be “fine” when the tournament begins on Thursday. “Pat is a great kid. He’s handled a tough upbringing well, and I just think that he’s one of our best team players and is one of the reasons why all of the guys wanted him on the team,” he said.READ | India’s Kartik Wins Singles But US Beat Fighting Internationals Narrowly’These guys are competitors’International team captain Ernie Els said he had no problem with Smith and Leishman being outspoken on Reed, keen to take any edge they can into the tournament. “Well, I think it’s only natural. These guys are competitors. Obviously they didn’t like what they saw,” he said. But Els added: “Like Tiger, we’re moving on; we’ve got a Cup to play for. “It’s got nothing to do with us. It’s basically what’s happened, and I think Tiger’s dealing with it and Patrick’s dealing with that. “We’re getting ready to play the Presidents Cup. There’s nothing more to be said.” The International team will need to use everything in their arsenal to unsettle Woods’ star-studded team, who are the heavy favourites to win.READ | McIlroy Turns Down Spot In Saudi TournamentThey have clinched all but one edition of the Presidents Cup in its 25-year history. The exception was Melbourne in 1998, where a young Woods played. He admitted the team then was not properly prepared, in contrast to now. Last Updated: 10th December, 2019 10:59 IST Woods Defends ‘great Kid’ Reed After Rule-breaking Row US captain Tiger Woods defended Presidents Cup teammate Patrick Reed as “a great kid” Tuesday after he was penalised for breaking the rules in the Bahamas COMMENT Written By “It was not a lengthy conversation. Pat and I are very good friends. We kept it short and brief, to the point,” said Woods, who is the first playing captain at the Presidents Cup since American Hale Irwin in 1994.”The rules official gave him two shots. He finished at 16-under, two back of Henrik (Stenson), and now we’re on to this week.” Press Trust Of India WATCH US LIVE READ | Patrick Mahomes’s Girlfriend Brittany Matthews Harassed During Chiefs’ Win Over Patriots center_img First Published: 10th December, 2019 10:59 IST “I think our strength is that we are a very deep team. The guys have played well this entire year, and you know, we had 11 out of 12 guys play last week,” he said. “So it was nice for them to shake off some rust. Get a feel for things. “Today is an important day for us to just walk and to stretch our legs a bit,” he added. “Getting in yesterday after a 26-hour ride in a luxurious tin can, it’s nice to actually get out there and feel some fresh air.” LIVE TV US captain Tiger Woods defended Presidents Cup teammate Patrick Reed as “a great kid” Tuesday after he was penalised for breaking the rules in the Bahamas while attempting to draw a line under the controversy. Former US Masters champion Reed was given a two-shot penalty for improving his lie in a waste bunker during the third round of the Hero World Challenge on Friday. His actions were blasted by two of the International team preparing to face the Woods-led United States in the team matchplay showdown at Royal Melbourne this week, potentially opening the door for some barracking by Australian fans. Cameron Smith told reporters at the weekend he had “no sympathy for anyone that cheats” while Marc Leishman called his behaviour “pretty ordinary”. Woods was keen to move on from the row when pressed in Melbourne, admitting the two discussed the matter on the long plane trip to Australia from the Bahamas but it was now over.READ | Hal Steinbrenner’s Net Worth, Earnings, And New York Yankees Brand Value In 2019 SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more