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West Indies coach Roddy Estwick was highly disappointed after the no-ball errors by his boys in the ongoing 2nd Test against Pakistan at the Kennington Oval Barbados. Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad was offered two lives by the West Indians in the second session on Monday. The missed chances proved slightly bad for the bowling team and left the frustrated in the dressing room.
Estwick termed the behaviour as ‘Ill-disciplined’ and called for punishment for players who repeatedly commit such mistakes.
West Indies were denied the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad due to a bowler bowling no-balls two time – first off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel and later off Roston Chase’s bowling. In the first instance, Gabriel trapped Shehzad plumb in front of the stumps but the review revealed that it was a no-ball.
Shehzad was on 21 at the time. A few overs later, off-spinner Roston Chase got Shehzad, who was on 32 at that time, stumped out for 32. But, he also committed the same error that robbed Gabriel his chance to remove Shehzad.
It was the kind of performance that West Indies’ bowling coach Roddy Estwick said was a sign of “ill-discipline”, and prompted him to suggest some sort of penalty so that bowlers would start taking responsibility for these mistakes on the field.
Overall, West Indies conceded nine runs in no-balls in Pakistan’s innings on the second day with eight of them coming from Gabriel. They did something similar in the first Test as well in Jamaica where they gave away 12 runs in no –ball out of the 27 extras they conceded.
“We have to make sure there is some kind of action starting from the nets, people have to be penalised for it,” Estwick said. “Because you can’t continue at the international level to be bowling no-balls. For me, it’s ill-disciplined because you can go through ODIs and T20Is and not bowl no-balls, and then you come into Test matches and you are bowling a cluster of them. To make it even worse, the spinners are bowling no-balls and that is not acceptable at all.
“They could be fines, they could be any punishments – for every no-ball that you bowl, you have to do 10 sprints, whatever. But there must be some way that people will take accountability for what’s happening. You have to accept the responsibility, it’s you bowling no-balls. I can only help you prepare but when you go out in the middle you have to be as disciplined as possible.
“Just like, if a person plays a bad shot, there is nothing a batting coach can do about it. If someone drops a catch, they blame the fielding coach but I think it’s all down to discipline, everybody making sure that on the field of play he is as disciplined as possible. I will try and correct it in the nets but it is up to the players to take ownership when they walk out on the field.”
West Indies did fight back in the final session in Bridgetown on Monday, taking three wickets in a space of five over. Shehzad, riding in his piece of luck, was the first to fall at the score of 70 runs before falling to Bishoo. Later, Babar Azam and Younis Khan were bundled out for a 2-ball and a 9-ball duck respectively.
With the opportunity now wide open, Estwick stressed they couldn’t allow Pakistan to run away with a big first-innings lead. The visitors are 140 runs behind of West Indies’s first innings total of 312 with Azhar Ali and Misbah ul Haq at the crease.
“We were very sloppy between lunch and tea,” he said. “That’s the area that we have got to improve. We dropped one or two catches. We got wickets off no-balls. That’s the focus we have to try and improve on because you can’t afford, on an unresponsive pitch like this for seam bowlers, to make the kind of mistakes we did during lunch and tea. We came back nicely between tea and close of play but before tea, it was disheartening to see the performance.
“We have to correct it and correct it quickly because we can’t allow Pakistan to get a lead. Because once they get a lead, going into day three or four, that is going to be very, very difficult.”