‘From awesome to awful’ – Beckles concerned about ‘collapsing’ WI cricket

first_imgUniversity of the West Indies Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles, in speaking of the role the institution’s new Faculty of Sport will play, has criticised the state of Test cricket in the region, saying it has collapsed. Speaking recently at the launch of the faculty, Beckles said that cricket is suffering because enough has not been done to maintain the standards of the game in the region. “We must make sure that when we achieve excellence, we must not lose it. We are here on the cusp of a predicament,” he said. “For 20 years, we were the best Test cricket team in the world. We were invincible. No one could have imagined 20 years ago that our Test culture would collapse from awesome to awful. No one could have imagined it, but it happened.” Beckles said that it should not be accepted that the West Indies cricket team had its era and now that it is over, it should be accepted that it was just a phase of dominance. “I’m not a believer in the notion that what goes up must come down,” he said. “The Swiss have been making the best watches for 500 years. They are determined for the next 1,000 years to always be making the best watches – because their communities are committed to maintaining the excellence they have achieved. Every time you achieve excellence and you lose it, someone has to take account of that.” Beckles will also soon be launching a book titled Cricket without a cause – The rise and fall of West Indian cricket.last_img read more

Pioneer Marine BaltNav End Ship Management Deal

first_imgzoomIllustration/Image Courtesy: Pxhere under Public Domain license Singapore-based dry bulk shipping company Pioneer Marine has ended the commercial management agreement with Danish charter operator BaltNav A/S.The company said that the parties mutually agreed to cease their cooperation on an amicable basis on April 18, 2018.The commercial management of the eight vessels performed by BaltNav will be undertaken gradually by Pioneer Marine and is expected to be completed by June 2018.Under the cooperation deal, which Pioneer Marine and BaltNav signed in October 2017, a part of Pioneer Marine’s bulk carrier fleet was to be commercially operated by BaltNav.In early April 2018, Pioneer Marine entered into an agreement with clients of Interorient Navigation Company Limited of Cyprus, to acquire three 37,000 dwt bulk carriers built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.Built in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the ships are scheduled to join the company within June 2018, pushing Pioneer Marine’s fleet to 19 owned units.last_img read more