Yes, friends, the mind games have begun!
Two days ago, the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that it has made an offer to West Indies Cricket coach, John Dyson, for him to coach the English cricket team.
As soon as the announcement was made, one member of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Donald Peters, confirmed that an offer had been made.
However, today, the WICB denied that any such offer has been made.
With many West Indian cricket fans speculating the future of West Indies cricket without Dyson, no doubt the ECB thinks it has accomplished what it really wanted to do in the first place - ruffle the feathers of the WICB and the West Indies Cricket team,so that they would be unsettled for the upcoming One Day matches, starting tomorrow. :)
I guess the ECB feels that if they can't beat the West Indies Cricket team (Windies) on the field, that they might as well play mind games to try to beat them mentally on and off the field.
It is my hope that the Windies team will let their batting, bowling and fielding be their response to the ECB, re employing Dyson, whose contract with the WICB is up late 2010.
And that if Dyson is really thinking of leaving...that a decisive win over England, in the One Day matches, will be his means of setting the foundation for negotiating a very high salary with the ECB. :)
As Bob Marley said, in his famous song,"Bad Card": "Them a-go tired fi see wi face", Jamaican (paraphrased), meaning, (the English team) will be tired to see the Windies faces...up in theirs, wining and wining and winning!
Let the games and friendly banter begin!
I would like to thank caribbeancricket,for the use of his Flickr inset picture, above, of John Dyson.
1) Jamaica Gleaner's Letter of the Day, "A renewed attack on WI cricket", by Hopeton Morrison, March 19,2009
2) Article,"WICB confirms England approaches Dyson", CNews Interactive, March 18, 2009.
3) "Bad Card" lyrics by Bob Marley, via Lyricsmode.com