Prominent Caribbean cricket commentator, Fazeer Mohammed, is standing by comments in made in a controversial article published in a Trinidadian newspapers where he referred to Dominican spin sensation, Shane Shillingford, as “a pelter.”
In the article, he ridiculed the omission of Sunil Narine on the West Indies team. “When jokers like Shane Shillingford and Veerasammy Permaul” he wrote, “go be in Barbados getting ready for the first Test against Zimbabwe….”
Questioned by reporters on the matter at the end of the second West Indies/Zimbabwe Test at the Windsor Park on Friday, he labeled his comments as “satirical” and said he was standing by what he wrote.
“I have heard a lot of opinion and comments about the piece that I wrote, but it’s a satirical piece but people are entitled to their opinion … I leave it for the public to judge and I don’t think that there is anything to apologize for as a satirical piece,” the outspoken Mohammed said.
In literature satire uses wit as a weapon to ridicule or expose vice and shortcomings with the intent of shaming individuals and society into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism.
Mohammed had high praise for Shillingford who was named Man of the Match for the second consecutive time and Man of the Series for grabbing a record 19 wickets in the two-Test series.
“Shane Shillingford’s 19 wickets in two Test matches has eclipsed the record of Courtney Walsh’s 16 in 1995, he has bowled well and you have to give him credit along with Otis Gibson, Sammy and all those associated with the team for such a splendid performance,” he said.
In the just concluded second Test Shillingford bagged 10 wickets and helped secure a major victory for the Windies. The team has experimented with five specialist batsmen during the series and the renowned Caribbean journalist and sports writer says it is one which needs revisiting as the Caribbean side gears up to face “tougher opposition.”
“He (Shillingford) has collected 10 wickets in a match in Dominica twice, last year and this year it tells you that the West Indies are improving but they need to face tougher opposition … they have to test themselves against tougher opposition,” the commentator stated in cautioning against complacency.
The West Indies team led by Darren Sammy defeated the lowly placed Zimbabwe team inside three days at the Windsor Park to win the two-Test series 2-nil.