The Guyana Amazon Warriors have signed Trinidadian batsman Nicholas Pooran as their Marquee Player for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League set for September 4 to October 12.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has described the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group D as an interesting one.

Barbados swept aside Guyana to add the Cricket West Indies Women’s T20 Blaze title to the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 title they won over a week ago.

The Guyana High Court on Wednesday declared that the executives of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) are illegal and cannot hold themselves out to be office bearers or to do anything as it relates to the operations of the Guyana Cricket Board because their last elections were unlawful, illegal, null, void and to no legal effect

Guyana will not be heading to the CONCACAF Gold Cup just to make up the numbers after a memorable first qualifying campaign under Michael Johnson.

Former Jamaica international Johnson was appointed as head coach in June 2018 and brought about a dramatic upturn in their fortunes.

Guyana had never qualified for a major tournament prior to the ex-Birmingham City and Derby County defender's arrival, but after three wins from four matches – including a crucial 2-1 victory over Belize - they will be at the 2019 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Despite their inexperience and being ranked 177 in the world, Johnson is adamant his squad have got ambitions beyond just turning up to enjoy the experience.

"It's a bit surreal actually, it's been a real rollercoaster over the last couple of days with emotion, but it's wonderful," Johnson told Omnisport. "To achieve what we've achieved is fantastic.

"[Now] we've got ambitions, and I say we meaning me, the players and my staff as well.

"We've sat down together and we've spoken about the chances, and we really believe that we could go there [and compete]. I'm not saying we're going to win it, but we're not just going to go there and say, 'Okay, that's it'. 

"We'll do well, we want to perform well and I think, for me, more than looking at getting to the second round, I think it's about the performance. 

"If we can get the players to perform to a level where we are happy and they take on board what we are trying to implement, then I'll be delighted, wherever that takes us."

Johnson – who helped Jamaica reach the 1998 World Cup – hopes to channel the spirit of the Reggae Boyz when Guyana make their debut.

"That [Jamaican success] is definitely a catalyst," said the coach. "For me, I'm using my experience of that time, because I was one of the Reggae Boyz who came through and obviously you see what can happen from when we qualified for the '98 World Cup.

"I think what's now needed is to make sure that we handle the success of the Gold Cup in the right and proper way.

"So, how can that benefit the nation? How can that benefit the infrastructure? How can that benefit coach education? These things that need support, how can this current climate benefit that?"

Johnson has taken his first foray into full-time management with Guyana after struggling to be given a chance in England despite going for numerous interviews.

"It's nice for someone to actually believe in you and say, 'Okay, let's give this guy a shot' - based on nothing [more] than the credibility of his CV," he added.

"And once the industry starts to do that, we'll be in a much better place. And that's all you can do, go and get your education and time learning from people and then adapting it to your own philosophy going forward."

Hayley Matthews won two of the top prizes at the prize-giving ceremony of the 2019 Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup on Tuesday.

Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 28 runs at Enmore on Monday to defend the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.

Former West Indies Cricket team manager Ricky Skerritt has been appointed as the new president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) after securing the necessary votes at the association’s Annual General Meeting, at the Jamaica Pegasus on Sunday.

By the official count, Skerritt and his running mate Dr Kishore Shallow defeated incumbents Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan by an 8-4 margin.  Unofficially, it is reported that Skerritt and Shallow managed to secure the support of Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Camron’s home nation Jamaica.  The incumbents Cameron and Nantan are believed to have received the support of Barbados and Guyana.

The result ended a three-term spell for the Jamaican, which spanned a six-year period.  Cameron was first elected to the office in 2013 when he toppled former St Lucian diplomat Julian Hunte, to whom he had served as vice-president from 2007 until he took office.  During his tenure, Cameron has been credited with implementing improved retainer contracts for players and officials, restructuring the regional competitions and improved relations with the West Indies Player’s Association (WIPA).  On his watch, the Windies team while struggling in the world rankings, claimed two T20 world titles, and the women’s and youth titles. 

Heading into the election the Kittitian Skerritt had painted the incumbent as not having enough of a pro-cricket stance with his governance and failing to commit to the establishment of term limits.   

Citing the development of regional cricket via the professional cricket league as his main reason, recently retired Windies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul is backing the incumbent Dave Cameron to serve another term as CWI president.

A mammoth score and centuries from Shemaine Campbelle and Stafanie Taylor and a record score highlighted the second round of the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup on Tuesday.

Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica notched wins on Sunday’s opening day of the Windies Women’s Championships being held in Guyana.

Trinidad and Tobago will take on Guyana, the Leeward Islands play Barbados, while Jamaica will go up against the Windward Islands when the annual Windies Women’s Championships bowl off in Guyana on Sunday, March 17 in Guyana.

President of the Guyana Cricket Board Anand Sanasie has questioned whether the team of Ricky Skerritt is experienced enough to lead Cricket West Indies into the future.

The Guyana Cricket Board’s Anand Sanasie has taken umbrage at remarks made by CWI presidential candidate, Ricky Skerritt, who criticized the GCB for not giving him a chance to make his case as to why he should be the next president of the CWI.

Former West Indies batsman Dr Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been appointed interim assistant coach of the Guyana Jaguars with immediate effect.

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