UNHAPPY SELECTORS ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): A report into alleged interference in the selection process has determined that the two highest ranking officials of the West Indies Cricket Board, spoke without “approval” when they backed the retention of Shiv Chanderpaul for the Australia series. WICB president Dave Cameron and his vice-president, Emmanuel Nanthan, had supported Chanderpaul’s selection last May after the Clive Lloyd-led selection panel had decided to drop the veteran left-hander. In a media release on Saturday, the WICB said the findings of the report showed that both Cameron and Nanthan had spoken in personal capacities. “The findings stated that the actions of the president and vice-president to support the selection of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the home series in May last year, were personal statements and were done without approval of the Board of Directors,” the release said. Chanderpaul was controversially left out of the squad for Australia series following a run of low scores in previous series against South Africa and England. According to media reports at the time, Cameron attempted to have Chanderpaul included against the will of selectors. The report, conducted by human resource specialist Colin Barnett, was commissioned by the WICB after head coach Phil Simmons controversially claimed last September that there had been “outside interference” in the selection of the one-day squad to tour Sri Lanka. Two other selection cases came under scrutiny of the report, namely the Test squad to Australia last December and the cancelled one-day international series against Zimbabwe. According to the release, the report found no discrepancies in these cases. “The other findings reported support the roles of the director of cricket (Richard Pybus) and the selectors and that they were following the existing selection policies and guidelines.” The report also put forward a list of recommendations to improve the overall selection process, among these the refining of selection policies, updating the terms of reference for selectors and advising the public on selection criteria. Simmons stunned the cricket fraternity ahead of the Test tour of Sri Lanka last year when he told a media conference that the selection of the tour had suffered from “outside interference”. The Trinidadian, who had then been only recently appointed, said he and chairman Lloyd had agreed on the need for Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard to be recalled to the ODI squad only to be outvoted by the three other selectors Eldine Baptiste, Courtney Walsh and Courtney Browne. Simmons said those with influence had interfered to ensure the two players remained sidelined. He was subsequently suspended for the Sri Lanka tour, but reinstated for the Australia series following an inquiry.
JOHANNESBURG (CMC):Captain Stafanie Taylor struck an invaluable half-century as part of a solid all-roundperformance to power West Indies Women to a convincing series-levelling 45-run victory over South Africa Women in the second Twenty20 International here yesterday.Sent in at the New Wanderers Stadium, the Windies Women marched to 143 for six off their 20 overs with Taylor top-scoring with an attractive 63.The Jamaican then captured two for 17 from four overs of off-spin as the Proteas Women crashed to a paltry 98 all out in the 19th over.The third and final game is set for Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.West Indies Women had a poor start, losing openers Kycia Knight (4) and Hayley Matthews (1) cheaply to seamer Shabnim Ismail (3-25) to slip to 17 for two in the third over.Knight top-edged a pull to point off the fourth delivery of the opening over while Matthews was taken at mid-off off a leading edge.Taylor and Deandra Dottin, who scored 19, then put on 68 for the third wicket to put the innings back on course.The right-handed Taylor faced 53 balls and struck seven fours and one six, while Dottin once again looked in good touch in gathering two fours off 27 deliveries.In reply, the Proteas Women struggled from the outset, fell further and further behind the run rate and failed to find a way back.No player reached 20 as Marizanne Kapp top-scored with 17 to be one of only four players in double figures.Taylor was supported by off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-16) and Matthews (2-17), who finished with two wickets apiece.