Courtney Browne retires to help create full side
West Indies wicket-keeper Courtney Browne has hung up his boots
as well as other accessories such as his wicket-keeping gloves (inner and outer) as well as his batting gloves (plus a few other unmentionables as well). One of his best moments in international cricket would surely be his partnership with Ian Bradshaw which ensured that the thrilling chase in dim light
against England at The Oval culimnated in West Indies winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004. Browne was recalled out of the blue
for the tournament.
He hasn't been part of the West Indies side of late because young Denesh Ramdin
has done a fairly decent job. I don't know if he has also been affected by the wrangling over sponsorship in West Indies cricket
With Browne's retirement, we now have a full side which the ICC should look at for future Super Series
, only for book cricket though. Admittedly the side is heavy on wicket-keepers, so one of Jacobs, Mongia and Browne will have to sit out. Of the three, Mongia was the best keeper while Jacobs is the best batsman. So the newest entrant to the book cricket league
will have to sit out, unless someone gets injured and/or retires from the book cricket league as well.
The batting order: Mark Richardson
, Craig Wishart
, Stuart Carlisle
, Graham Thorpe
, Heath Streak
(c), Phil DeFreitas
, Ridley Jacobs
, Nayan Mongia
(wk), Venkatesh Prasad
, Lucy Pearson
and Allan Donald
I am absolutely sure that this squad will beat Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and possibly the West Indies as well. There're two all-rounders in Streak and DeFreitas who provide the balance while Donald, Pearson and Prasad would be the frontline seamers. There is no spinner though. So we earnestly look forward to Warne's retirement
to make this side almost unbeatable.
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