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Tony Becca: Gayle guilty as charged, but …

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first_img Indiscretions West Indies cricket has always been, or mostly been, controlled by the territories who have the big boys on the team. It has oftentimes been a case where the respective politician moves to the music of the big boys, and it has always been a case where the big boys get away with almost anything, and whatever they want. Remember when a West Indies captain did not take his place in the field one morning during the Test match against England in Antigua, remember the time, late in the evening, when a West Indies captain ran down the pitch and bellowed an appeal for a leg before wicket decision in a Test match against England at Kensington Oval? Remember when Courtney Walsh, captain of Jamaica and the West Indies, refused to spin the toss at Chedwin Park with another territory’s player who was the captain of his team and wanted the captaincy of the West Indies team, and do you remember the final of the regional four-day competition, when a Jamaican player did not play the match between Jamaica and Guyana at Kensington Oval because he played a benefit match in Antigua? Remember also the time when the West Indies team went to South Africa, went back to London, and called the president to a meeting over fees? There were many other times when West Indies cricketers played the wrong stroke without correcting it, and got away with it. There was also the time during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, on a morning flight from Kimberley to Johannesburg, with the Kenya and West Indies teams on board, and a West Indian player opened up, loud and clear for all to hear, against the West Indies manager. It was nasty. I was sitting beside the manager. Respective politician Not expected For years now, some other journalists and I have been talking about grooming potential territorial and West Indies cricketers, talking to them about things they are likely to expect on and off the field, and how to deal with them. From my experience, some West Indies players have always behaved like they are better than the people who pay to watch them play and their attitude has been way below expectations, some West Indies players’ behaviour, their language, in public places like airports, have been embarrassing, their appearance, their dress, in restaurants at home and abroad, have been disgraceful, and their general behaviour, their attitude, towards women, have sometimes been deplorable. West Indies players, some of them, have always behaved like they should dress how they want to dress, speak how they want to speak, go where they want to go, and do whatever they want to do whenever they want to. My experience Gayle’s behaviour on Australian television was outrageous and appalling, but I dare say, not criminal, not by any means whatsoever. It was simply the sort of behaviour not expected from any well-thinking young man, and certainly not one coming from a co-educational school as Gayle does, certainly not one coming from a family, including a mother and a sister, and not coming from a sportsman and from one who has been so good and so great that he has travelled the world, or a great part of it, many, many times. Gayle’s problem, it seems, is that, as a cricketer, he is great, he is famous and popular, he is rich and attractive, and he knows it. More than that, however, he probably feels that he has a right, or the right, because of who he is, to behave like he is better than other ordinary mortals. Probably, when all is said done, Gayle believes, based on my experience with many cricket stars, that cricket is so important to the West Indian people and to the world that, because of their prowess in the game, because of their contribution to victories from time to time, they are not only sports stars of the people, but heroes of the people. Sometimes this leads to obnoxious behaviour by those who are treated in this way because they know no better, or simply because they feel they have a right to act that way. Maybe both reasons apply to Gayle, maybe sports stars move to a different beat. While Gayle is guilty of conduct contrary to good behaviour, however, or to accepted good behaviour, and must pay the price, he is not alone in soiling his name, his family’s name, his school’s name, and his country’s name. Cricket West Indies should share some of the fallout of the Gayle issue. There are two kinds of people in this world: there are those who think of others in whatever they are doing, and there are those who simply do not. Recently, Chris Gayle got himself in hot water way Down Under, in far-away Australia, when, during an interview with a beautiful television reporter, he misread the situation, the time and the place, spoke too openly, too flirtingly, and too invitingly to her, and got scalded for doing so. Almost every woman, every man, and every child took on Gayle for his lack of respect to the woman, a professional woman; and he did so while she was doing her job, and on the air, and in public at that. Gayle’s timing was impeccable, as usual, on that day, and he got what he deserved for his atrocious behaviour. What is a joke to one man is something else to another man. On another day, and in another setting, it may also have been complimentary. On that day, however, it was totally disrespectful, regardless of Gayle’s popularity, or of his own inflated ego, and whether he realised it or not. It was not funny at all. For whatever it was worth, and whether he meant it or not, Gayle apologised for his flirtation with Mel McLaughlin. Following reports of previous transgressions, or like transgressions, however, some people followed up the so-called apology and a fine of US$10,000 with calls for him to be fired from his job as a member of the Melbourne Renegades Big Bash T20 cricket team. As a man, a son of a woman, a brother of sisters, a husband, and a father of daughters, I do not and cannot condone Gayle’s behaviour. I, however, would not go as far as to try and interfere with his employment as Ian Chappell has done, not for this blunder. West Indies Board members and others knew about these and other things that were done by West Indies players, but nothing was ever done or said about them, not to anyone’s knowledge. They happened and they were brushed aside without even a word of caution, or remorse. Gayle’s action was poor, to say the least, but had some attention been paid to similar or other indiscretions in the past, it may not have happened this time around. Ian Chappell, the legendary Ian Chappell, has called for a ban on Gayle, and he may be right in doing so, but he is the last one who should make such a call. Ian Chappell was the Australian captain who hit Guyanese Vic Insanally on the steps of the members pavilion at Bourda one early morning during the Super Test in 1979. Ian Chappell even appeared before the court to answer charges for assault. I was there, and I reported on it. I was one of the few people who saw it.last_img read more

GCB slams CWI over selection flaws

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first_imgThe Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) lambasted Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Committee for what it deemed as “totally illogical selection decisions” during the Caribbean side’s home series.Shimron HetmyerVia a press release, the GCB highlighted numerous areas where it felt the CWI had been administering injustice to its players. “Our franchise has invested heavily in our youths and has created an Academy program whereby the Academy players practice daily with our contracted Franchise players”.“As a result of these successes, one would have thought that most of our players should have been featuring heavily in the entire CWI representative red ball teams. That is yet to happen”.“In the past month or so, CWI hosted Sri Lanka in a three- Test series that unfortunately ended in a 1-1 draw at home. For the very first time in a long time, our team won the first Test of a series most convincingly.”The release further questioned the CWI’s move to have Guyanese Keemo Paul sit out the third Test versus Sri Lanka as well as Shimron Hetmyer, who returned to the side against Bangladesh but failed to start in the XI.“We strongly feel that had the correct team been selected to represent us in the Third Test of that series, we would have won that series easily by a 2 to nil margin. Keemo Paul was named as a replacement for Shimron Hetmyer and plucked out from a touring team in England to return here in the Caribbean to sit on the bench.“The GCB held its collective breath and refrained from making a statement in this regard with the hope that these mistakes would have been corrected at the commencement of this Bangladesh series.“We were heartened when Shimron Hetmyer recovered from his recent illness and was able to participate in the tour match last week where he cracked a brilliant century against the tourists for the CWI President’s XI. Yet still this was not enough to warrant his return to the starting XI in the first Test of this Bangladesh series. Keemo Paul was made to sit out this match again,” stated the release.Furthermore, the GCB strongly pointed out that it believes it was critical for the Windies to test their bench strength, given the short nature of the series. “We strongly feel that with these short two and three matches Test series now, our bench strength has to be tested regularly, so that our supposedly ‘entrenched’ players are placed on notice that their places are not guaranteed throughout the series.“Our teams and its players will not develop if players continue to fail and are selected and players who perform well are not selected in the final XI. Our policy in this regard has to be clearly outlined and defined. It is noteworthy that four CWI teams have been selected in the last month or so, and some of our top performers in the [Professional Cricket League] PCL over the years could not find favour with the selectors,” ended the release.last_img read more

Clannad star Moya talks faith, losing her dad, her sister Enya and housework!

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first_imgClannad star Moya Brennan has revealed her famous family band have always very happy at the success of her enigmatic superstar sister, Enya, who has sold 80 million albums around the globe.Her fame-shy younger sister has amazed industry experts by becoming Ireland’s successful solo artist without ever going on a concert tour and making rare public appearances.In a new BBC series, Beart is Briathar, Moya explains that her Grammy-winning sibling always wanted to go her own way. She said: “She has done so well and is a superstar. People see that she is special.“She toured with us after she left school and she stayed for two and a half or three years. She wanted to do her own thing. She had a more classical than traditional leaning.“She worked so hard on finding her own sound, the way she sings, the way she plays everything on her recordings and it is special and people love it.“We are very happy for her. Her style was self-contained. We respect her for that because that’s how she wants to be known. “We are very close of course but she has her way and we have our way. I have other brothers and sisters too and we all have our own way of going on.”The new Irish language series, fronted by Eamonn Mallie, is set to feature a string of well-known Irish-speaking personalities who have made an impact culturally, politically, religiously or musically.In the series, Moya Brennan reveals how all of her siblings were around her father, Leo Brennan, last year in Donegal in the weeks before he passed away last June.“It was tough but he died at home and we were all there.“We had a few weeks with him, singing, and crying and praying. It was really lovely but we will certainly miss him.” She said the death of her uncle Padraig Duggan, the founder of Clannad, just weeks later was devastating.She said: “People say to me they were sorry about my uncle.“I have to pause because he wasn’t like an uncle to me, he was more like a brother. He was only a few years older than me.“Because he was in Clannad for 46 years we spent a lot of time together so I grieved when my father died but maybe because both deaths happened together I was terribly upset about Padraig. “He was only 67. This was the first member of Clannad to die.”Padraig Duggan was involved in composing the first Irish-language song to feature in the UK charts, the 1982 theme from Harry’s Game.Moya said they were amazed at the success of the song they performed on Top of the Pops.She said: “When we started Clannad we had no plans to make it big or make a lot of money or find a new sound. The sound that merged for Harrys Game was natural and I think that’s what everyone liked.”She also spoke about the band being naïve and being ripped off during their early days.“There were very few people especially at that time who didn’t have people take advantage of them. There are people like Elton John and Sting who all suffered. It happens, but as long as we have our music that is the important thing.”She also opened up about her well-documented battle with drink and drugs when she first shot to fame in Clannad.“You can get into a bad routine and it can happen easily. I was drinking too much and taking drugs. I didn’t look for them. There were always people approaching you and asking you what you wanted. I was always careful of what I took as well. I was always afraid of harder drugs, I followed the wrong path for a while.”But the 64 year also spoke about the years of agony over her abortion at 19 in London which she wrote about in her memoir.“It was very difficult. That is probably why I wrote the book ad why I wrote about it. Perhaps to let other girls know that it isn’t an easy thing to do. I thought I could do it and forget about it. That was part of the reason I took the path that I did afterwards because I didn’t have any respect for myself. I don’t think I had any other option, I was from Donegal and I was very young.”But she said she finally found solace years later during a visit to a chapel in Donegal when she felt she had been forgiven by God.She said: “It may well have been the first time I spoke to God. We are always praying but we don’t actually talk to Him. I had an experience where I knew He forgave me.”It set her on a path of deep spirituality for the rest of her life.“I couldn’t get up in the morning if I didn’t know God was on my side. Of course, I have questions but I believe in God. Faith is a very special thing. Everyone needs spirituality. I believe in Jesus Christ and I know when I get up in the morning He is with me.”She said she has found happiness with her husband and their two children, Aisling and Paul, in the last three decades.She said it was love at first sight when she met the photographer, Tim Jarvis.She said: “He is an amazing man. We fell in love the first time we met. We now have a son and a daughter and I’m very content and proud.”And she said one of her favourites pastimes is housework when she returns from tours around the globe.“When you are off on tour, you’re in and out of hotels, you are on stage in green rooms, in make-up, tuning the harp and doing other things.“I don’t do it every week so I enjoy housework. I enjoy doing, laundry, the ironing, everything, Isn’t that boring? It is therapeutic to me.”Clannad star Moya talks faith, losing her dad, her sister Enya and housework! was last modified: April 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ClannadEnyaMoya Brennanlast_img read more