Challenger for the presidency of the Cricket West Indies Ricky Skerritt, is hopping mad over what he calls outdated governance structures within the organization he wants to run. 

Ricky Skerritt, the man who plans on challenging Whycliffe Dave Cameron for presidency of Cricket West Indies (CWI) has reacted to the incumbent’s opinion of his competence in no uncertain terms. 

President of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, has poured cold water on the intentions of Ricky Skerritt, the man who intends to challenge him for the post at the end of March. 

Barbados Pride speed twins Marquino Mindley and Shamar Springer each grabbed four-fors in a devasting performance that floored the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, with a 7 wicket in the West Indies Championship on Saturday.

Forced to follow on after falling short of the Pride first innings total 215, the Red Force were bundled out for 103, falling below even their first innings total of 170.

 In their second stint at the crease, the Red Force batsmen may have dreamt of a big total, but Mindley and Springer clearly had other ideas as they hassled the men at the crease into departing at regular intervals.

In fact, Mindley struck after just 10 balls, removing opener Jeremy Solozano (8) who was caught by Jonathan Carter.  Amir Jango followed soon after, leaving the Red Force at 2 for 10 after being dismissed in identical fashion for 4 runs.  Experienced batsmen Denesh Ramdin and Jason Mohammed did not fare much better.  Mindley had Mohammed caught for 10, with Ramdin just failing to get into double figures when he was gobbled up by Tevin Walcott off the bowling of Kevin Stoute.

Despite barely getting to the century mark, things could have looked a lot worse for the Red Force were it not for a 52-run partnership by Odean Smith and Imran Khan for the 7th wicket.  The resistance ended when Khan was bowled by Stoute for 25 and Smith removed by Springer who had him caught by Jonathan Carter for 28.  Springer went on to tear through the rest of the lower order, ending with figures of 4 for 24.  Mindley captured 4 for 47.

The Pride made quick work of the modest target with Anthony Alleyne (22) and Jonathan Carter (25) getting the majority of the 58 runs needed.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) is standing by its decision to appoint Englishman, Richard Pybus interim Head Coach of the WINDIES Men's team.

Windies cricket analyst Fazeer Mohammed insists it would be difficult to argue against recently recalled batsman Darren Bravo’s spot in the squad, based on merit, due to the lack of quality options available to the regional selectors.

The 29-year old batsman has been called to the team ahead of the Test series against England, his first inclusion in a regional team for the game’s longest format in two years. 

Having been out of the game for an extended period, Bravo, who boasts a Test average of 40, would hardly have had a recent record of form to recommend him to the squad, having only played one match in the ongoing West Indies Championship. 

Following a disastrous tour of Asia, however, a board of selectors looking for changes and experience could hardly be expected to pass over the talented batsman.    

“He has justified it on reputation not performance, as far as first-class cricket is concerned,” Mohammed told the SportsMax Zone.

“If you use the yardstick of having played a lot of first-class cricket to confirm your spot it would be difficult as he has only played the one match for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force the previous weekend,” he added.

“The fact of the matter is that the cupboard is pretty much bare when it comes to West Indies cricket at the moment and therefore you would have expected changes following the embarrassment in India and Bangladesh.”

Bravo ran afoul of the regional body in 2016 after calling Cricket West Indies boss Dave Cameron a ‘big idiot’ in a tweet.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron has extended a warm welcome to USA Cricket after the organisation saw its application to join the ICC officially approved.

The USA, then under the control of the US Cricket Association (USACA), was one of the first ICC associate members.  However, the body was repeatedly suspended for violations of governance and expelled in June 2017.

USA Cricket was formed later in 2017 and facilitated the transition back to autonomous governance following more than three years of oversight from an ICC Americas caretaker administration.  In addition to being able to receive funding in accordance with the ICC development funding policy like other Associates, USA Cricket will also now be able to sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.

"We welcome back USA Cricket to the international community. Cricket West Indies (CWI) stands ready to support efforts to move cricket forward,” Cameron said.

“We have done a tremendous amount of development in this region and we look forward to any reciprocal agreements and arrangements to enhance the current set of programs.”

The West Indies have already committed to playing at least T20Is per year in North America through to 2023.

A four-for from Guyana Jaguars spinner Veerasammy Permaul severely hampered the efforts of Barbados Pride as they struggled in pursuit of a humungous first innings total on day three of the four-day West Indies Champions on Sunday.

At stumps, despite battling half-centuries from Shane Dowrich and Johnathan Carter, Barbados Pride were well short of the total and were all-out for 360, still, some 188 runs short of the Jaguars 548. 

The Pride began the day looking to solidify the innings, following the previous day’s loss of opener Shayne Mosely.  Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamar Brooks put on a partnership of 73 runs but the team was soon in trouble again.

 It was Brooks (34) who would become the first of Permaul’s four victims after being caught by Leon Johnson.  Brathwaite (43) followed did not stay long after and followed five overs later after being bowled by Clinton Pestano. 

With the typically reliable Roston Chase, next to bat, managing to add just one run to the total before being gobbled up by Johnson, again off Permaul, the Pride looked in real danger at 123 for 4.

Carter, who had 68 off 107 balls and Dowrich (81 off 113), however, came together to form the base of the Pride resistance as they put on 131 for the fifth wicket.  Permaul again figured prominently in both dismissals, bowling Carter and catching Dowrich off the bowling of Sherfane Rutherford. 

Barbados captain Jason Holder (44 from 87) and Jomel Warrican (23 of 35) added late runs to push the Pride score, but the team will have its work cut out on Monday’s fourth day.  Permaul ended with overall figures of 4 for 124, with Raymond Reifer and Pestano claiming two wickets each.

President of the Leeward Island Cricket Board (LICB) Enoch Lewis has admonished regional governing body Cricket West Indies (CWI) for not following procedure in the appointment of Richard Pybus.

Pybus, the former director of cricket who returned as head of the high-performance director in February, was appointed interim coach by the body last week.  The official is expected to hold the post for the upcoming England series through to this year’s ICC World Cup in England.

Although the CWI has stressed that the appointment is expected to be a temporary one, the move has drawn criticism in several quarters.

“We feel that due process was not followed and so we have written to Cricket West Indies (CWI) to ask them to take a look at it and we have made certain requests which we are hoping they will come back to us,” Lewis said in a recent interview with the Antigua Observer.

“It is far from the norm and Cricket West Indies is supposed to be a transparent body.  We’re supposed to operate according to protocol, policies, procedures, due process and so that we are saying from LICB standpoint,” he added.

Lewis claimed Pybus’ name had not been mentioned in original meetings regarding the issue and was only appointed after a conversation was had with CWI boss Dave Cameron.  The official also took exception with not being consulted as chairman of the CWI’s Cricket Committee.

Cricket West Indies have clarified its position on new Windies head coach Richard Pybus, saying the appointment is an interim one, as the organization seeks to find a head honcho from within the region. 

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.

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.

Windies opening batsman Evin Lewis will not have a central contract with the regional cricket oversight body for the next 12 months. 

Windies players, Sunil Ambris, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, and Raymon Reifer are the newest names on the Cricket West Indies’ list of players with central contracts. 

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