Chairman of selectors Henderson Wallace and his selection panel selected the wrong players to represent Barbados in the Regional Super50 tournament, says former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Tino Best.
Barbados Pride won the tournament two years ago and finished second in 2017. This year they were missing key players Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Kemar Roach and Shane Dowrich who were all in India with the West Indies team.
As a result, the Barbados Pride team that took part in this year’s Super50 tournament was made up of several young cricketers and failed to qualify for the semifinals of the competition.
According to Best, even though most of the leading cricketers who played for the Pride were away in India, there were a number of experienced players left to fill the void. He also questioned the omission of several players.
“I think the chairman and his panel have to mix youth with experience, I think it was a huge mistake to have two debutants in Shayne Moseley and Lenkio Boucher in the opening positions.
“I do not want to be too harsh on Leniko, it was his first opportunity to play for Barbados but to have him opening with Shayne just did not make sense. I think selectors went for the wrong Boucher. They dropped the ball by omitting to play a more experienced batsman like Rashidi Boucher who has played several List A matches. I thought that Rashidi and young Moseley would have complimented each other. Here was an opportunity to bring Rashidi back into the national team, I am disappointed that this did not happen,” Best told Barbados TODAY.
Best said the selectors have to decide if they are developing young players or selecting a team to win the tournament.
“If the reason for participating in the Super50 is to expose young cricketers that is okay. But if it is the intention of Barbados Pride to win the tournament, they got to play guys with experience in this form of cricket. I don’t think that the makeup of the squad was right, in my view it was a bad squad. It was lacking an experienced player at the top of the order and in the middle order. I wonder why Fidel Edwards was not considered? He is home in St Peter sitting down after playing the English County season. Why was he not selected? It seems like the Barbados selectors have cast aside some of the older players,” Best said.
He said the Pride were always a batsman short in the middle-order throughout the tournament and suggested that position could have been filled with one of three young batsmen.
“I thought that Zacary McCaskie could have been considered to bat in the middle-order, even though he is a natural opener. But he is a good batsman who can bat in the middle. Craig St Hill or Aaron Jones are two batsmen who I thought could have added strength to the middle order,” Best said.
The former fiery fast bowler also called on the Barbados Cricket Association to review the job of the head coach which is currently held by Emmerson Trotman.
“I think they got to look at the job of the head coach which is a very serious position in Barbados’ cricket. We had Henderson Springer who has been very successful over the years, and I feel if Springer is not the head coach Vasbert Drakes is the person to fill the position or they appoint someone like Shirley Clarke to the post. I don’t know if Trotman’s hands are tied or what but I do not think he brings energy to the team. The players are a reflection of their coaching and those who are in charge of them. In my view, Trotman is not a dynamic coach,” Best said.
The former pacer who did broadcast commentary on the tournament for ESPN said he was a bit disappointed with the captaincy of Shamarh Brooks.
“I think Brooks had a decent tournament in terms of his captaincy, but the games that he really fell down were the two matches against the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners. I think he was reactive rather than proactive in those games. For example, in the second match which Barbados lost by 135 runs, he kept on bowling Miguel Cummins after he had a bad opening spell. As the captain, Brooks should have understood that if his leading bowler bowled his first two overs badly he should have pulled him out of the attack, especially in a game where the winner is a footstep away from the semi-finals. Brooks should not have let Miguel bowl four overs for 30 runs,” Best said
Best was disappointed that Barbados Pride would not be in the semifinals and lamented the fact that Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners defeated the Pride twice in the same season.
“It was rather disappointing that CCC which have players that failed to make their national teams defeated Barbados Pride. We have cricketers on this island who are good enough to beat CCC any day,” he asserted.
Best said the Super50 provided the opportunity for some of the younger players to make a statement with the senior players away but the chance went a-begging.