Former English professional and International umpire, John Holder, is alarmed at the call by cricket pundits around the Caribbean region for the return of Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Darren Sammy to the West Indies team.
Holder, in a letter on rolandbutchershook.wordpress.com noted that all three senior West Indies Players have horrendous playing records. He supported his assertion by citing statistics that would make former players and fans gasp in horror at the players’ wretched record.
“Dwayne Bravo has played 64 ODIs. He has scored under 3000 runs at an average of 25.36 and taken 199 wickets at just under 30,” Holder wrote in his letter.
“About six years ago Bravo played for Kent as their overseas player. I umpired him in a county match at Trent Bridge against Notts and was appalled at how mediocre a player he was. His captain, Rob Key told me that he was also disappointed in his attitude and performance,” he added.
One may argue that at best the call for these players could only be on the basis of hope or name recognition because of their longevity around the W.I. setup, but certainly not on their record of performance.
Holder further stated, “Kieron Pollard’s record is poor too. In 91 ODIs he has scored 2050 runs at 25. This is shocking for someone who is regarded as a match winner. He is big and strong and is a big hitter if the ball is pitched up. Bowlers have worked him out and bowl short at his body, where he is like a fish out of water. This was clearly demonstrated when he first played for Somerset in the T20 Final when an ageing Dominic Cork bouncer smashed him over the eye and out of the match.”
He also viewed the former W.I. cricket captain Darren Sammy as a lovely person and a big hearted player, but beyond that one cannot help but conclude that Sammy’s record was also dismal and shameful, if not laughable.
“He [Sammy] is also a mediocre player like the other two. In 115 ODIs he averages 23.61 with the bat and has taken 79 wickets at 44.25,” Holder said.
Holder bemoaned the level at which W.I. cricket has sunken and concluded, “At International level the above statistics are horrendous. The best one can say is that they are mediocre. No wonder the only teams West Indies can beat are Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.”
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