Come together

Bishop calls for 'burying of the hatchet'

Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop is calling for a better relationship to come to the fore between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players.

Bishop, who played 43 Tests in an outstanding but injury-plagued career, said some degree of harmony between players and administrators was a crucial factor in getting West Indies cricket out of the international doldrums. 

“There are many things that must be done to take West Indies cricket forward. In my view, there must be a better relationship between the administration and the players. This is a vital element that is missing from our cricket and it is a key factor that must be fixed,” Bishop told Barbados TODAY during an interview.

Ian Bishop insists that there is great talent to be found among regional cricketers.

He pointed out that currently there were a number of West Indies cricketers such as Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and older players such as Rayad Emrit, who did not play international cricket and younger players like Evin Lewis who were in demand by the various domestic Twenty20 leagues across the globe.

“We obviously have a great talent base and I feel that the good relationship that is lacking between the players and the administrators will be the key in the management of these players. I know that a lot of these guys enjoy playing international cricket for the West Indies. Therefore, how we manage our human resources is going to be very important,” Bishop said.

He explained that the modern West Indian cricketer operated differently from the players of his era and those who played before him.

“Society has changed; the modern player is in many ways more savvy. I think the modern administrator must have an understanding of the mentality of the modern player. I am not saying that every thing the modern player does is right. I can point out a number of things that I would like to see our players do differently. But in order to get them to change the way they operate, the administrators must understand them. They must be able to communicate with them and press the [right] buttons. Which might be different buttons from 15 or 20 years ago,” Bishop said.

The noted cricket commentator and analyst noted that as a parent the way he communicated with his children was different from that of his parents because times had changed.

“Today’s young generation is different. Their lifestyles are different. What they need from society is different. Communications is the key. The administration got to come to terms with modern society,” Bishop stressed.

Former West Indies pacer and cricket commentator Ian Bishop.

He pointed out that there were still several positive factors in West Indies cricket.

Among these he said was the West Indies Twenty20 team winning the International Cricket Council’s Championship in 2016.

Bishop said the West Indies’ lifting of the ICC Twenty20 trophy in India last year was an indication that they could be one of the best teams in the world.

Bishop, who has been a frequent feature on television and radio since his retirement from international cricket in 1998, and regional cricket in 1999, described the regional one-day team as “a work still in progress”.

He suggested that a lot of work had to be done to get the Test team on par with the other top international teams.

He said he was absolutely convinced of the presence of cricket talent in the region.

“When I see Roston Chase, Shai Hope and young Powell (Rovman) from Jamaica, I see talent coming through. How we mature and procure that talent remains a challenge,” Bishop said.

Relationships between the WICB and a number of senior international players have soured in recent years. The proliferation of high-paying Twenty20 leagues across the globe that often clash with regional tournaments and West Indies duties, and the preference of several players to play in those tournaments, has seen the WICB enforce a hardline policy of availability for regional tournaments being linked to West Indies selection.

Disputes related to salaries and WICB president Dave Cameron’s management style have also surfaced in recent years. Cameron has insisted that West Indies cricket does not revolve around only the international players but involves all those playing domestic cricket. He has also been insistent on linking monetary reward and incentives for international players to their on-field performances.

7 Responses to Come together

  1. harry turnover March 29, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Ryad WHO ???? to do WHAT BISHOP ? you see de man curriculum vitae ? or you just calling his name because he IS a TRINI ?
    Bishop it makes NO SENSE in recalling Samuels,Pollard,Simmons,Narine and Badree to play under another skipper BECAUSE they will ONLY perform to PROVE their point and it makes no sense either in naming one of them as skipper BECAUSE the other players are NOT going to support ANY ONE from that group either…it is as SIMPLE as that.
    Remove those and move on after this series because as far as I see it,they were ONLY RECALLED BECAUSE 3 of the matches will be playing in Trinidad.

  2. Alex Alleyne March 29, 2017 at 7:01 am

    “Burying the Hatchet” , Caribbean style,……Deep in each other’s back.

  3. Fan March 29, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I must agree with the President to some degree. It should not matter who you are, if your performances for the West Indies are below the required standard your pay should reflect that. Why should a franchise t20 player be rewarded better than a young player who has outperformed him while playing for the West Indies. His performances while playing for his franchise is rewarded by the franchise and should not be considered when determining his pay as a West Indian player. His performances for West Indies should be the main factor considered.

  4. Walter Prescod March 29, 2017 at 8:23 am

    You have made a good observation there’s talent, but, dealing with this WICB is like dealing D. Trump

  5. orlando March 29, 2017 at 9:27 am

    harry you are so right . all these socall journalist can talk bout is burying the hatchet with these overated guys just so they can control west indies cricket . the now president didnot introduce this policy.he inherited it . this bunch of socall superstars played for west indies . had lots of chances together to make west indies a better team. what did they do .they made us worse . lol you see simmons sweeping while looking at a bird in the sky.i really hope they go on their globe trotting mission after the 2 games and let the young guys play west indies cricket .why dont bishop talk to pooran and tell him come home and learn to play cricket.

    • Donild Trimp March 29, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      @orlando – Can you name any of the current young cricketers with the exception of Rovman Powell any cricket fan will pay money to see playing cricket?

      West Indies cricket is a farce.

  6. orlando March 30, 2017 at 8:28 am

    donald trump . oh what a name lol i watch west indies cricket at the best of times and at the worst of times . and im still watching now . i love rovman powell . but right now he aint no better than shai hope or most of our test contingent. and ill still pay to watch regardless of who play.


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