The 2019 season of the Hero CPL T20 competition will bowl off on August 21 with the final set for September 27, 2019.

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.

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.

Canada and the United States are set to take part in the Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Cup when the tournament bowls off next Wednesday in Trinidad with defending champions, the Windward Volcanoes, taking on the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Queen’s Park Oval.   

Stuart Law has resigned as Head Coach of the WINDIES Men’s team and is to take on a new role in England,come January 2019.

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.”

Darren Bravo and CWI have come to an understanding that he won’t be rushed backed into international cricket, while Sunil Narine progress to play the longer formats is under discussion with his representatives according to Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO Johnny Grave. 

Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and the Bravo brothers Darren and Dwayne could get back into the Windies squad for the World Cup by performing well in the Regional Super50.  But are we jumping the gun? Their selection could be far from certain.

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