Chetty Critical of Chanders, Lloyd

Date Published: 
26-Jan-2000
Source: 
Stabroek News
Author: 
Stabroek News Staff

Cricket Board president Chetram Singh had critical words for national captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a Caribbean News Agency report out of Trinidad stated yesterday.

The report which attributed its story from the Trinidad Express newspaper stated that Singh said the batsman has lost his edge and needs to be more mentally sharp for his responsibilities in the West Indies team.

"He is really not looking like the player we all know. It seems that his mind is not on the game at the moment and this is affecting him and impacting on the overall performance of the team," Singh said.

Chanderpaul along with his teammates had a lacklustre tour of New Zealand where the team failed to win any of two Tests and five one-day internationals in New Zealand. The left-handed batsman is currently leading Guyana in the Busta Cup competition.

Singh also was reportedly critical of West Indies manager Clive Lloyd and stated that a change of management should reverse the fortunes of the struggling team.

"Maybe Clive Lloyd (manager) did not achieve what he wanted, perhaps because he wanted more authority, but he at times appeared to be too laid back in his approach," Singh charged. The GCB president however, felt that West Indies captain Brian Lara should not be blamed for the team's disastrous performance.

"We are only looking for a scapegoat when we all go around talking about getting rid of Lara as it is not his fault that West Indies are playing poorly," Singh was quoted. "We have to examine all the available options and at the moment Jimmy Adams is not certain to be on the next test team and cannot be considered for the captaincy job," said Singh.

He stated that the current problem in Caribbean cricket stems from a lack of quality players as the same players star in the regional cricket competitions.

"When they step into the Test arena they are not doing well. So we have to say that basically we do not have a high level of players of Test calibre in the West Indies," Singh told the Express. "We are looking for players and we have to admit that we are not seeing any sign that the current players can do the job at the highest level," Singh said.

Singh also said that he was disappointed that Jamaican fast bowler Franklyn Rose has not developed fully to replace veteran Curtly Ambrose now in the twilight of his illustrious test career.