As the Windies Women prepare for their tour of Pakistan later this month, Cricket West Indies said they have confirmed the dates for the ODI leg of the tour but are still working out details for the T20 matches.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Jahmar Hamilton is to captain a CWI President’s XI squad to face off against the visiting England team for two two-day matches, the first of which begins on January 15 at the 3W’s Oval in Barbados.

Discussions are ongoing for the Windies Women to embark on a tour of Pakistan and Dubai in early 2019.

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.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) boss Dave Cameron has chided the regional team’s cricketers regarding their overall fitness, an issue he believes has to be addressed if the team is to improve.

 “I am not happy with the fitness level of our players. There are some who have passed the grade but others who have a lot of work to do. So generally I am not happy with the level of fit­ness of our teams,” Cameron said.

The CWI boss praised the overall talent of the region’s players but believes their progress continues to be hampered due to lagging behind the rest of the cricketing world in terms of their overall fitness levels.

“The players have to take responsibility for their own fitness and put in the work that will lead to them being better cricketers. Fitness is a key part of the game and they must understand that once they are fitter, they will get better results,” Cameron added.

“We have great talent in the West Indies and this has been clear all the time. The board has put a framework in place so that players can develop on this but it is all up to the player. When you look around the world at the top teams, you no­tice just how fit the players are.”

Wavell Hinds, President and CEO of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) believes the newly introduced insurance plan for retained players will help players focus on improving themselves as professionals.

Former West Indies player turned pundit Daren Ganga has accused the territorial cricket boards of being archaic and a blight on the development of the regional game.

Cricket West Indies has expressed its gratitude for several Caribbean countries for what they said is for “their partnerships and investment in the upcoming England tour of the Caribbean.”

Coming off what could have been considered two of the best months on the field for West Indies Cricket in a long time, President of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Dave Cameron, thinks this “should create important motivation for the team and the region as the Cricket World Cup 2019 gets closer.”

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