Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies middle-order batsman believes the Windies need to return to a format where West Indies-born coaches take charge of the side’s fortunes. 

As the Windies cricket team continues to struggle on tour in Bangladesh, Jamaica’s Sports Minister Olivia Grange has repeated her call for West Indies cricket to be protected as it is part of the region’s cultural heritage.

Another match, another poor performance from the Windies who lost the first of their three ODI’s against Bangladesh by five wickets at Dhaka on Sunday.

The Windies lost to a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI by 51 runs courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Savar Cricket Ground on on Thursday.

The Windies, choosing to bat first, amassed a good-looking 331-8 from their 50 overs, with Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, Roston Chase, and Fabian Allen getting among the runs, but were blown out of the water, as the board XI raced to 314-6 off just 41 overs.

Powell started steadily, scoring 43 as he was partnered for the first time in the opening slot by Hope. Hope was even more certain in his strokeplay and scored 81 from 84 deliveries, while the returning Darren Bravo, batting at three, scored 24 from 33 deliveries.

Batting has continued to prove a struggle for veteran batsman Marlon Samuels, who, coming in at four, could only manage five.

Shimron Hetmyer, as has come to be expected, added some impetus to the innings, smashing 33 from just 26 deliveries before he was out caught by Soumya Sarkar off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

Skipper Rovman Powell did not have a good outing in his first attempt at captaining a Windies side, the allrounder going for nought. However, the lower-order batting of Allen, 48 from just 32 deliveries, and Chase, 65 from 51, gave the Windies what should have been a very defendable total.

That was until centuries from Tamim Iqbal, 107, and Sarkar, 103 not out, took the game away from the Windies in no uncertain terms.

Iqbal smashed his 107 from just 73 deliveries and after Imrul Kayes, his opening partner got out for 27 from 25, Sarkar proved just as savage, his unbeaten ton, coming from just 83 balls.

Sarkar had begun to lose partners toward the end of the innings, with Mohammad Mithun, 5, Ariful Haque, 21, Towhid Hridoy, 0, and Shamim Patwari, nine, all fell victim before skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, scored an unbeaten 22 from 18 balls.

Pacer Kemar Roach came in for a fair amount of stick, ending with figures of 0-49 from just five overs, while Oshane Thomas, had 1-57 from seven overs. Chase was the best of the bowlers, grabbing 2-57 from 10 overs, while Devendra Bishoo, who also had two wickets, leaked 81 runs from his 10 overs.

Allen was also good, bowling five overs for a wicket that cost just 19 runs.

The Windies are preparing for their first ODI against Bangladesh after being swept 2-0 in a Test series last week. There will be three ODIs, two in Dhaka, and one in Sylhet. Three T20Is are also to follow.

Rovman Powell will captain the Windies side for their three-match ODI series against Bangladesh on December 9, 11, and 14.

Johnny Grave, Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Officer, is not pleased with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) who revised their eligibility criteria in a bid to make sure that Barbadian paceman Jofra Archer can turn out for the country.

According to Grave, the concern is not just over Archer, but that other talented Caribbean players could be lured away from playing for their region, using the same ‘long-term county contracts’ that have paved the way for Archer.

The Windies were hoping they would have had Archer for the World Cup in 2019, but the exciting 23-year-old, one of the brightest prospects in world cricket today, made it clear, his intentions to turn out for England whenever eligibility requirements were met.

The ECB had previously required that for a player to be eligible to turn out for England, they must have seven years of residency under their belt, however, last week that was reduced to just three.

“We respect Jofra’s decision, the rules allow him to [switch country]. But on a personal level, and as an Englishman, I don’t like the concept of the ECB poaching players who have been part of another system up to the age of 19,” said Graves.

“I hope no other West Indian cricketers follow that path and hope it doesn’t lead to counties doing their talent ID in the Caribbean, taking our players into the public school system and then on to offering them lucrative long-term county contracts and then possibly on to playing for England.”

Interestingly, Archer’s first game for England could very well be in the Caribbean next year when England tour the region for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s from January 23 to March 10. Archer would become eligible to play for England in March, right in time for the T20 fixtures.

The Windies duo of Rovman Powell and Andre Russell powered fired the Northern Warriors to a 22-run win over Pakhtoons and the 2018 T10 League title on Sunday.

Five West Indians have been retained to their various teams for the Indian Premier League’s 2019 season. 

 Windies middle order batsman Nicholas Pooran has admitted he is hoping to make up for lost opportunities after a productive recent spell at the crease.

Coming off a strong performance in the T20 series against India, Pooran has continued his powerful hitting going into the T10 League.  In five matches, the Trinidad and Tobago native has plundered 213 runs. 

Pooran, who represents the Northern Warriors, is second on the runs scoring list behind compatriot Andre Fletcher who has scored 225 runs for the Pakhtoons.  On Thursday, Pooran’s 43 enabled the Warriors to rout defending champions Kerala Knights by eight wickets.

"I've been opening the batting so I get more time in the middle. I'm just happy now that I can perform for my team,” Pooran said.

"I feel when things are going your way you need to capitalise and that's what I'm doing. I'm happy that I've been consistent,” he added.

"The game is changing every day. Batsmen are not afraid to try different things. It's just become tougher and tougher for the bowlers. I'm happy I'm not a bowler. But there is Wahab (Riaz) who did excellently well for us last year and this year. Also today (Thursday) our bowlers bowled well against the Kerala Knights, credit to them."

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