Cricket stats book launched
By JOEL BAILEY Monday, April 23 2012
BARBADIAN CRICKET statistician Harold Eastmond recently launched The History of West Indian Cricket Statistics, a compilation of regional cricket records and scoreboards.
The 425-page publication, sponsored by Guardian General, pays particular attention to detailed information on regional cricket over the past two decades.
According to Eastmond, “compiling statistics on West Indies cricket is never an easy task. It requires great amounts of concentration and commitment, and calls for a fair deal of research to ensure that the information presented is accurate.”
Stating that “the pundits usually always find a burning issue or hot topic to engage their attention,” Eastmond stressed, “in many cases, statistical information on the players can be a handy tool in solving many of these friendly arguments.”
He noted, “a missing link ever since the end of the 1980s has been getting detailed scoreboards of all major matches at their finger tips, this publication should fill that void with scoreboards during the last two decades from the period between 1990 and 2011.”
One of the greats of West Indies cricket, Michael Holding, wrote the foreword for the book.
“For those who know of Harold’s writing exploits, you will know this is not his first venture but perhaps his biggest,” said Holding.
“Unfortunately, we in the Caribbean do not do enough to record for future generations, the exploits of our people and in particular the sporting field.”
Referring to a publication done by two well-known statisticians, the late Mervyn “Pee Wee” Wong (Trinidad) and Jimmy Richards (Jamaica), entitled Statistics of West Indies Cricket: 1865 to 1989, Holding said, “Harold is now seeking to take up the baton and take us forward to be as current as possible but also to include other forms of the game that were either not in existence then or were not included in the previous work.
“This will, of course, mean the inclusion of both domestic and international limited-over games and the newest format Twenty20, again domestic and international.”
Also commenting on the book was West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Julian Hunte, who wrote, “it should provide followers with the statistical evidence to settle the countless arguments that erupt almost on a daily basis about the success and the failure of the players that have had the privilege to play at the senior levels.”
And Richard Espinet, group president, Caribbean Property and Casualty of Guardian General, noted, “Guardian General has been committed to the sponsorship of this highly sought-after publication and ensuring that important dates and facts are documented for real cricket aficionados.”