Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks are to lead West Indies ‘A’ Test squad that will host India ‘A’ in three four-day ‘Tests’ starting next month.

The West Indies will begin their bid to become World Test champions when they host India for five weeks starting in August.

Michael Findlay, Attorney Debra Coryat-Patton, and Dr. Akshai Mansingh have been named independent directors to the board of Cricket West Indies for the two-year term 2019 to 2021.

 They join businessman Imran McSood-Amjad, Chairman and Founder of NAGICO, who was appointed at the recent CWI Board of Directors meeting on April 9, 2019.

 Utilizing regional technical expertise and rebuilding stakeholder relationships were two of the 10 points of the “Cricket First Plan” put forward by President Ricky Skerritt and Vice President Dr. Kishore Shallow in the recent CWI election campaign.

Skerritt had promised that the four new Independent directors would all help to strengthen the CWI Board by representing rich and varied backgrounds of cricket and professional interests; and all with solid corporate governance experience.

 “As a former CWI Independent Director myself, I understand the importance of strengthening the Board with eminent and informed professionals who will both advise and challenge the CWI leadership and Board members. Independent and new thinking volunteers are needed at all levels and in all areas of problem-solving in West Indies Cricket,” Skerritt said.

 Michael Findlay is no stranger to Caribbean Cricket ever since he became the first Windward Islands player to represent The West Indies in 1969 and he is pleased to be involved again.

 “It is an honour to be appointed as an Independent Director of Cricket West Indies (CWI) to serve our cricket in another capacity having been a player, and having previously served as Manager of the West Indies Under-19 and Senior Teams, Chairman of Selectors; Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Cricket Committee; the Board Representative on the ICC’s Cricket Committee, and a Cricket West Indies Ambassador,” he said.

“I am humbled by this appointment and will serve in the very best interest of the overall development of West Indies cricket at all levels.”

 Trinidadian attorney, Debra Coryat-Patton, is an experienced legal practitioner in areas of employment law, intellectual property law, anti-money laundering, and diplomatic protocol.

She is Chairperson of the Sport and Culture Fund of the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. She is also a former Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Morehouse School of Medicine, and Political Specialist of the United States Department of State, US Embassy Port of Spain.

She currently holds the position of Attorney at Law with the Office of the Campus Registrar, Legal Department of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

 “I acknowledge that the role of a CWI Independent Director is indeed an important one and I am therefore prepared and determined to offer to such an august organization,” she said.

“All of the expertise and experience my professional background has afforded me, in addition to integrity and the other associated qualities that are synonymous with the legal profession of which I am proud to be part of.”

 Dr. Akshai Mansingh is a Jamaican Sports Medicine Physician and Orthopaedic Surgeon and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Sport at the University of the West Indies.

 He was formerly Chief Medical Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board for over a decade, and of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) since its inception. He was also a member of the inaugural International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Medical Panel and sits on the ICC Therapeutic Exemption Committee.

He was delighted to have been named an independent director.

“I am hoping that my experience in Sports Medicine, as well as my deep involvement in Sports Science and Medicine in Cricket, will be of value,” he said.

“I am also appreciative of having the opportunity of being able to contribute to my passion at the highest level. Knowing what cricket means to the people of the region, I look forward to helping in building back West Indies Cricket to the heights where it belongs.”      

Cricket West Indies and Cricket Canada have agreed to an expanded partnership in the forthcoming months that will see more collaboration and participation of players and administrators in cricket, at CWI and Cricket Canada events.

Barbados allrounder Hayley Matthews and Stacy Ann King have been included in a 14-member Windies Women squad to tour Ireland and England from May 21-June 26.

Cricket West Indies has been appointed Jamaican businessman and government senator Don Wehby chairman of a Task Force on Corporate Governance Reform.

Newly installed CWI President Ricky Skerritt is to create a Selection System Review Task Force, to be chaired by Vice President Dr Kishore Shallow to comprehensively re-evaluate the selection system.

Veteran batsman Devon Smith and all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who were the top individual performers during the recently concluded West Indies Championships, were among several players recognised for their achievements during the season.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) and former Windies coach Mr Phil Simmons have announced an amicable resolution to the claim from Simmons’ dismissal as head coach in 2016.

Former Windies captain, Sir Vivian Richards, arguably one of the greatest batsmen of all time, has thrown his support behind Ricky Skerritt and Dr, Kishore Shallow, in their bid to win the presidency of Cricket West Indies.

 

CWI Vice President Emmanuel Nanthan has lashed out at his critics for what he believes are unfair criticisms of his leadership of the Dominica Cricket Association and Cricket West Indies.

The leadership of Nathan and CWI President Dave Cameron is being challenged by Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow in elections due on March 24 in Jamaica. The associations in the Leeward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago are backing the challengers.

In a recent interview, Dr. Shallow attacked the CWI vice president who is seen as being vulnerable, a weak point for the Cameron presidency.

“Mr Nanthan has had an extended tenure as president of the WICBC, not due to any sterling representation or performance but due to the reluctance of other senior members to challenge the status quo,” Dr Shallow said in a recent interview.

“As a result, the latter period of his tenure has been plagued with inefficiency and ineptitude. This is a typical example where term limits can help a well-intended individual from damaging his reputation by trudging along after they have clearly ran out of zeal and ideas.”

Nanthan responded in a statement released on Wednesday.

“I find it sad and somewhat disheartened that fellow board members would speak of their colleagues in disparaging ways.  For the record, my service in cricket administration was always as a  from others and not because I thought myself great in any way.  I still do not see myself great, but I think am a great servant of the game of cricket,” Nanthan said.

“I saw Dr. Shallow’s comments on me that were, frankly, shocking.  The young man does not know that when I was handed the reins of Dominica Cricket, the association had no office, had $1500 EC in the bank and had debts of $53,000 EC.

“When I handed over last year, the association had its own office, 11 staff including seven coaches and a groundsman and two of these coaches were at Level 3.  The association had its own cricket academy and assets worth over $1.3 million.”

Nanthan said he stepped down from the leadership of the Dominica Cricket Association at the request from the Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt, whom, he said, Minister of Dominica, asked him to help in the rebuilding of the country following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

Nathan also defended his tenure as CWI vice president.

 “We have spearheaded the drive to ensure that over 120 players around the region, both male and female, now have the stability of income and are paid monthly by CWI,” he said.

“They are provided with coaches and trainers who supervise them and enforce mandatory fitness standards.  That is the main reason behind our resurgence as a great cricket nation!

He continued: “To pay for these expenses, we (The CWI Board, inclusive of Shallow and Skerritt) signed agreements with two countries where we gained television rights from - India and England.  Yours truly was the one who concluded and signed with India in Singapore some six years ago.”

 Going on the offensive, Nathan said he found it ironic that Skerritt and Dr. Shallow, are now challenging for the presidency.

“It is worth noting that both gentlemen who are challenging have been directors on the board for years, with Skerritt having served much longer than Dr. Shallow.  Within that time, I have never seen or witnessed either one of them bring an idea to the board for change,” Nathan said.

“In fact, to the contrary, their voting record would show that they have supported President Cameron and the Board’s motions at meetings 98 per cent of the time.  In the case of Mr. Skerritt, Mr. Ricky Skerritt was first appointed by CARICOM as their Director / Representative to CWI.

“Whilst CARICOM wished to have the Board dissolved and to change the structure of CWI, it was Mr. Skerritt, their representative, who supported President Cameron and the Board. Mr. Skerritt was then fired by CARICOM and it was under President Cameron that this Board appointed Mr. Skerritt as an independent Director. “

He also called for regional unity as CWI looked forward to a brighter future for regional cricket.

 “CWI is not run by one man,” he said.

“It is run by a dynamic group of passionate people whose only wish is to revive cricket in the West Indies and make us champions on the field again.”

The Windies ODI squad for the first two upcoming matches against England starting February 20, has been bolstered by the recall of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.

As if the suspension of Windies captain Jason Holder was not enough, reports have surfaced that the ICC could possibly sanction the Windies for the state of the Antigua pitch where England were defeated by 10 wickets last week Saturday.

Windies captain Jason Holder has climbed into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres Test Player Rankings following the completion of the Test against England in Antigua last Saturday.

 

Darren Bravo one of the heroes for the Windies in their massive 10-wicket win over England in Antigua on Saturday, has declared that he is available for the Caribbean side in all formats of the game.

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