Dear Sir,Now that Cricket World Cup 2019 has ended, I would like to comment on the performance of the West Indies Team.To say that the performance of the West Indies Team was poor would be an understatement; it was more like atrocious and embarrassing, and at times too painful to watch.To begin with, the captaincy of Jason Holder was poor and lacked imagination. He does not possess that killer instinct to go for the jugular when West Indies are on top and their opponents are down and out.For example, against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he was too laid back, and allowed things to drift; he did not seize the crucial moments.Also, his own performance was mediocre, and was the worst of all the captains at the World Cup.I strongly believe Clive Lloyd made a big mistake when he appointed Jason Holder as captain at the age of twenty-two. He should have allowed him to develop as a player first, and gain more experience before offering him the captaincy.As for the batsmen, although most of them are talented, many of them have technical flaws, and lack mental awareness to read the game. In other words, they do not know when to attack, and when to dig in and fight it out when the situation warrants otherwise.Many of them got out consistently by trying to hook balls that would have sailed over their heads, or by trying to pull balls to the leg-side at face height, when they could easily have left those balls alone. It was a question of poor shot selection.And Gayle was a big disappointment. As the most experienced batsman on the team, he should have been the lead batter, with the rest batting around him; but it was not to be, and that also hurt West Indies big time. He was a real let-down. He should go now, and give another young man a chance.And finally, the bowling was up and down; sometimes very good, and other times very poor. Let me say this: it was a shame that Kemar Roach was not selected for the earlier games. He would have made a big difference. He and Cottrell were our best bowlers. Shane Thomas has a serious fitness problem and should not be selected for 50 Over games, only 20/20 games.His pace drops drastically when he has to bowl 10 overs, and his fielding is very poor.We also needed another quality spinner. Nurse and Allen were no good. We desperately needed a Sunil Narine, and Russell should not have been selected with all the injury problems he has. Keemo Paul should have been selected instead.Editor, I cannot end this letter without mentioning the selectors. Until we have selectors who would put West Indies cricket first before their personal and fellow countrymen’s interest, West Indies cricket will continue to be in the doldrums. We must eradicate insularity from West Indies cricket, and to this end, the buck stops with Ricky Skerritt and Emmanuel Nanthan.Yours faithfully,Imtiaz Baccus
6 Armed with supplies, I then watched Palace comfortably go on and win the game 2-0 before seeing Neil Warnock for the first time since May. I know what you’re thinking, how lucky Neil was to avoid me for four months – there, I got it in first before the editor!After speaking to Neil, I noticed Palace’s players coming off after their warm down… There was time for a quick spot of lunch – lasagne – with Ray Houghton (Was there any left for Ray?! – Ed) and then a chat with Leicester defender Danny Simpson. I can’t remember exactly what he said to me (“Clear off and leave me alone?” – Ed) as he made his way to the dressing room, but trust me it wasn’t an angry confrontation (Judging by the look on his face, we’ll have to take your word for that! – Ed). 6 Leicester arrived at about 1.20pm – it’s normal for away teams to arrive about 90 minutes before kick-off. Straight away I caught up with my friend Kevin Phillips, who was making his first return to Selhurst Park since leaving earlier this year. Of course, it was his goal in the 2013 Play-Off Final which earned Palace their Premier League status, so for him it was always going to be a special afternoon. After a watchable first half I was among the first down to the Press Room to dive into the pies and sandwiches. (We pretty much knew that already, didn’t we? You’d beat Usain Bolt to the buffet table! – Ed) 6 Another week, another Premier League press box, and another free feed. It’s the diary of Moose’s season…I used to enjoy the banter with Neil Warnock when he was Alan Brazil’s breakfast co-host on talkSPORT, and on Saturday I got to see his Crystal Palace team in the flesh for the first time since he took over at Selhurst Park.You have to arrive early at Palace to bag a car park spot, and I arrived at the same time as James McArthur, who I’ve known for a while. James has been brilliant since moving to south London and seemed pleased to see a friendly face. 6 6 6 Not sure why so many of the players felt the need to scratch themselves, maybe someone in the press box had given them the itch (insert own Moose allergy joke here…).