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The Invincibles

July 26, 2010 : When you count the number of greats who had to be omitted from this XI, you realise the wealth of talent West Indies possessed

Those two pals, and Toothpick

July 20, 2010 : West Indies may not have produced as many top-notch spinners as fast bowlers, but the ones that did come through were world-beaters

Lean, mean pace machines

July 12, 2010 : West Indies All-Time XI: Their fast-bowling reservoir was so deep, they could have had an XI full of quick men and still have to leave some out

Safe, solid, sometimes spectacular

July 6, 2010 : The West Indies side has been blessed down the years with keepers who could bat, and bat well

Four of a rare breed

June 28, 2010 : The Caribbean produced plenty of great specialists, but not too many top allrounders. Still, the choice in this segment is not a difficult one

Thirteen problems

June 21, 2010 : West Indies all-time XI: How do you pick just three from a middle-order list that includes Richards, Lara, Lloyd, Rowe, and the three Ws?

Top-heavy

June 14, 2010 : One of the most feared opening combinations, and three other aggressive opening batsmen, are on this power-packed list

West Indies Jury

Jimmy Adams
Jimmy Adams
Played 54 Tests for West Indies between 1992 and 2001, and captained them in 15. Has served as manager of the Under-19 side, as president of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations, and technical director of Jamaica's cricket development programme.
XI: Greenidge, Hunte, Headley, Richards, Weekes, Sobers, Hendriks (wk), Marshall, Garner, Ambrose, Gibbs
Tony Becca
Tony Becca
Former sports editor of the Jamaica Gleaner and the Daily News. Former president of the Caribbean and Jamaican sportswriters associations. Award-winning writer who covered West Indies cricket around the world for 30 years.
XI: Greenidge, Hunte, Headley, Lara, Richards, Sobers, Hendriks, Marshall, Holding, Roberts, Gibbs
Hilary Beckles
Hilary Beckles
Professor of History at the University of West Indies, and Director of the Centre for Cricket Research. Author of The Development of West Indies Cricket and Liberation Cricket; West Indies Cricket Culture among other books.
XI: Worrell, Greenidge, Headley, Weekes, Richards, Sobers, Walcott, Marshall, Hall, Holding, Gibbs
Frank Birbalsingh
Frank Birbalsingh
Cricket writer and author and editor of several books, among them The Rise of West Indian Cricket: From Colony to Nation. Professor of English at York University in Toronto.
XI: Greenidge, Haynes, Headley, Richards, Worrell, Walcott, Sobers, Dujon, Holding, Roberts, Gibbs
Imran Khan
Imran Khan
West Indies team sponsor Digicel's media manager. Former West Indies team media manager and communications manager of the Stanford 20/20. Has been writing on West Indies cricket for 10 years.
XI: Kanhai, Hunte, Headley, Richards, Lara, Sobers, Murray, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Gibbs
Ian McDonald
Ian McDonald
Novelist, poet and cricket writer in Guyana. Delivered the inaugural Sir Frank Worrell lecture in 2005. Sat on a panel set up by the WICB in 2007 to make recommendations on the governance of West Indies cricket.
XI: Greenidge, Kanhai, Headley, Lara, Richards, Sobers, Worrell, Dujon, Holding, Ambrose, Gibbs
Fazeer Mohammed
Fazeer Mohammed
Journalist and broadcaster from Trinidad and Tobago who has been covering West Indies cricket, at home and abroad, for over 20 years.
XI: Greenidge, Hunte, Headley, Lara, Richards, Sobers, Walcott, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Gibbs
Joseph Perreira
Joseph Perreira
Veteran radio commentator; has covered 145 Test matches over 30 years for the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, and all the World Cups save for one.
XI: Greenidge, Fredericks, Richards, Lara, Headley, Sobers, Walcott, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Gibbs
Garth Wattley
Garth Wattley
Chief cricket writer and assistant sports editor at the Trinidad Express. Has been writing on sport in general and West Indies cricket in particular for the last 17 years.
XI: Hunte, Greenidge, Richards, Headley, Lara, Sobers, Worrell, Hendriks, Marshall, Roberts, Ambrose
Rudi Webster
Rudi Webster
Played first-class cricket for Warwickshire, Otago and Scotland in the sixties. A scholar, medical doctor and a pioneer in performance enhancement in sport, he has worked with many of Australia's best athletes and sports teams.
XI: Greenidge, Haynes, Headley, Richards, Weekes, Sobers, Worrell, Hendriks, Marshall, Roberts, Gibbs

    Clarke's weaknesses against spin

Aakash Chopra: The Australian captain is considered world-class against spin, but his numbers in Asia suggest he has some chinks in his armour

Two sides to the Haddin case

Russell Jackson: For all the emotion tied to his family situation and the depth of his contribution to the Test side, he was seriously out of form with the bat

The cult of Sanga

The Cricket Monthly: Few Sri Lankans have been as widely adored. None has so painstakingly chiselled his way to greatness
TCM August issue

    'I've always wanted to help others improve their game'

New Zealand women's coach Haidee Tiffen on her mentoring philosophy, winning the 2000 World Cup final, and retiring young

Is sporting fandom a set of rituals or a relationship?

Ahmer Naqvi: Do you have to be obsessive in your love for the game to qualify as a true fan?

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Succession issues prompt hard questions

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Mustafizur and the art of the cutter

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Headbanders

Dale Steyn sported a headband in the Test series against Bangladesh. Who's your favourite bowler with a headband?

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