CPL 2014 July 29, 2014

Indiscipline could cost West Indies cricket - Roberts


Darren Sammy believes that Tino Best still has a part to play in the St Lucia Zouks' 2014 CPL campaign despite his disciplinary problems. Best and Shoaib Malik were fined following a clash on July 23, with both players pleading guilty to their respective charges.

Sammy maintained that Best had a lot to offer the regional game, but needed to live up to his seniority as a West Indian international after concerns were raised by Best's franchise mentor Andy Roberts.

"Tino is a special character. The more I've played with him, the more I grew to understand him and the person he is," Sammy said. "In any cricket game, you want to play in the true spirit of the game. I hope it gets better because he's not a young man. But he's still integral to our team."

Sammy believes that while Best's reputation precedes him, the bowler is one who can be reined in and utilised to the franchise's advantage.

"Once we control him and use his head a bit more wisely, he's a good asset for us. The cricket is being played on the field. We've spoken to Tino and I see all of you [the media] all pointing towards Tino Best, but there were two guys involved in the incident. It was not just one person.

"Everybody keeps jumping on Tino, Tino, Tino. It takes two hands to clap. We've dealt with it the best way possible and we're moving on now."

The CPL management had also stated that there were investigations into an incident at the hotel stemming from the fall-out of the Best-Malik clash, with sources indicating that the Barbados Tridents captain Kieron Pollard was involved.

Pollard had also exchanged words with Best on the field after the Malik incident. Roberts confirmed that he had spoken to Pollard over the fracas at the hotel. Further speculation was fuelled when Sammy confirmed that the management opted for Best not to travel to Trinidad for the weekend game against Red Steel.

Roberts was worried that the indiscipline in West Indies cricket could erode their talent-pool, and hinted that it may have been Pollard who had instigated the incident.

"Not for a lack of trying, I've spoken to Tino," he said. "Many people have, over and over again. Cricket is also a mental game, not just about talent. After the hotel incident, I spoke to Pollard about it and he was apologetic."

Roberts said that the team needed to focus on consistency and playing well in pressure situations as opposed to sledging and other on-field antics.

"This sort of thing could hurt Tino's career on a regional and international level. It's been happening for years now and he needs to learn. Back when I played, we didn't do much talking. We just did our jobs with the ball and had a glare. You need to be mentally strong and disciplined. You can't be taught that. Either you have it or you don't."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. @RenaldoMatadeen

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  • ESPN on August 2, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Any video evidence for the hotel evidence? Or is it we don't need that in the west indies?

  • kartikeya on August 1, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    If this continues, we will have a very bad reputation. Our players are always involved in such fights. In Big bash it was Samules, in IPL it was Pollard and now in CPL is Tino. We should stop all this and focus on winning the 2015 cricket world cup.

  • Jules on August 1, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    Why is everyone riding on Tino Best, he's not the only one that was involved in the incident but he's the only one bearing the brunt of it all. Stop using him as a scapegoat. Pollard also should of leave the incident where it happened, on the field, but as he's considered one of the best you don't see his character being abused as best. Pollard didn't show any level of maturity either but no one is saying his behavior will hurt his cricketing career regionally and internationall.smh

  • ESPN on July 31, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Pollard has batted bowled and fielded better than.... Hey, Twinkie is Sammy a cricketer? What about Hyatt? Seems there is a lot of self destruction going on... One day the tallalosers will win too ...

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    No details of actual incident for those who missed this game. Pointless....

  • Donna on July 31, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Pollard doesn't need any help from Roberts. He's self- destructing! The only thing he seems good at right now is fielding. Can't bat. Can't bowl. He and Best should concentrate on cricketing skills. Right now to call them cricketers is a stretch.

  • Tajal on July 31, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Tino Best, after all these years (a decade or so), is the exact same player he was when he got his first shot at WI cricket. Still pacy, still wayward, still aggressive as a bull. Its disappointing that he still cant bowl accurately, which hurts any team he plays for. He has always shown over-aggression while bowling, wearing his emotions on his sleeve, allowing opposing players to get into his head. you'd think he'd mature by now. I guess not

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Again Darren Sammy exhibits the role of a true leader who is an encourager. Obviously Best is a difficult player to manage andthat's where leadership is tested. Sammy should have remained the captain of both ODI andT20 teams.

  • Steve on July 30, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Best didn't take advantage of the 2nd life that WI selectors and Captains gave him. Despite his pace, he was quite ineffective due to the waywardness in his bowling. I am afraid he is done with internationals for WI.

  • ESPN on July 30, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Here goes Roberts again trying to destroy another Trinidadian cricketer - if the world could only see the spite and wicked envies that grow and thrive in these beautiful islands....

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