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.   

Windies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite has tipped the team to be a competitive force at the upcoming ICC World Cup if they are able to replicate the form shown in the recent England tour of the Caribbean.

After stunning the English to win the Test series 2-1, the Windies put in another solid shift to tie the One Day International (ODI) series 2-2.  The result was somewhat of a surprise against an England team, who are the world’s top-ranked team.

Brathwaite believes the performance will give the team a boost of confidence ahead of the tournament, which gets under way in May but has rejected any talk of the team being among the favourites.

"I think the chances are good but I don't think we will be favourites. And I don't think we will be underdogs," Brathwaite said.

"We know what we can do, especially after the series we just had against England. So, it's a balanced expectation in my opinion,” he added.

"The brand of cricket we played in the Caribbean if we can replicate that in England, we will go somewhere close to challenging for the title. We have been traditionally a good tournament team. So, hopefully, we can win the third World Cup."

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Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson has hailed young West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran as the new Chris Gayle, tipping the player for a big impact ahead of the new IPL season.

The 23-year-old will play in the IPL for a second season, having been drafted by Islamabad in 2017.  On the bag of several impressive performances this season, the Trinidad and Tobago-born batsman was purchased by XI Punjab at the IPL 2019 auction for a whopping Rs 42 million (Rs 4.2 crore).  The price was a surprise for some, but Hesson is confident it will pay dividends for Punjab, who are looking to recover from a somewhat disappointing 2018 season.

“I am sure you all are excited about him when you look at the numbers he is putting up around the world at the moment,” Hesson said.

Pooran has appeared in six T20 Internationals and scored 105 runs at an average of 26.25. With five sixes, he has an impressive strike rate of 156.

“Obviously, he’s just been introduced to West Indies one-day international squad. He’s been a dynamic performer around the scene with strike-rates nearing the 200s in some competitions. Left-hand bat, I would always call him a young Chris Gayle with that imposing nature. The ability to play spin and hit spin outside the park could play well,” he added.

Barbados Pride pace bowler Keon Harding ripped through Leewards Islands Hurricanes batting order to claim a five-for that saw the team dismissed for 90, in day one of the West Indies Championship match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.   

Opener Montcin Hodge was the team’s top batsman on 24 and one of only three to make it into double figures after facing bruising spells from Harding and Miguel Cummins. 

Cummins struck in the first ball of the first over when he had opener Keacy Carty caught for a duck by Jonathan Carter.  The consistent Devon Thomas and Hodge sought to repair the damage and settled in to put on 36 for the second wicket.  Any hopes of a full recovery were, however, quickly dashed when Thomas was caught for 11 by Roston Chase off Harding.  He returned to claim the scalp of Hodge six overs later as the batsman’s resistance came to an end when he was caught by Marquino Mindley.  The team continued to struggle to establish themselves at the crease as Harding then dismissed Akeem Saunders for 5.  Jahmar Hamilton failed to add to the score when he was caught for a duck off Cummins, with Terrance Ward (19) and Alzzari Joseph the only batsmen reaching double digits as the order collapsed.  Harding ended with figures of 5 for 29, with Cummins claiming 3 for 34.

In response, Barbados were in early trouble after losing opener Shayne Moseley and Kraigg Brathwaite with only 10 runs on the board.  Moseley was run out for 1 by Nelson Bolan with Brathwaite caught by Devon Thomas off the bowling of Cornwall.  Shamarh Brooks, however, put an end to the slide as his unbeaten 79 from 144 pushed Barbados to 154 for 4.  Shane Dowrich (28) was the team’s other unbeaten batsman as the Pride ended the day with a 64-run lead.

Windies captain Jason Holder has insisted the team will take the positives from the recent tour of England, despite ending on a low note in a one-sided T20I series.

The regional team created unwanted history in the final match against the tourists after becoming the first team to be bowled out for less than 75 in successive Twenty20 Internationals.  It was an indicator of how the T20 series had gone overall, with an easy 3-0 win for England but not of the tour overall.

The Windies shocked a more fancied England with several dominant performances to win the Test series 2-1 and then put in another strong showing to draw the series 2-2.

 “We’re a bit disappointed but there are still a lot of positives,” Holder said.

“I definitely would have accepted these results when England started their tour. Winning the Test series was exceptional and parts of the ODI series were equally as good,” he added.

“We probably let ourselves down in other parts of the ODI series but England played some great cricket as well. And we were just outplayed in the T20 series. But we’ve seen Sheldon Cottrell come into the side and do well and Oshane Thomas, too. And Chris Gayle has been outstanding. So overall, I’m pretty pleased.”

Cricket West Indies has been good at improving its financial health in recent times but two extra T20I games against England have not been one of those things, with Sky Sports, the Windies-England series’ broadcast partners, refusing to pay more for the games. 

Windies all-rounder Andre Russell will be replaced by fast bowler Obed McCoy ahead of the second and third matches of the Sandals Twenty20 International Series against England.

The 30-year-old T20 star Russell was added to the Windies squad for the final two matches of the One Day International series but did not feature and has since been dropped for T20 series. 

According to the Cricket West Indies (CWI) medical panel, the player had an adverse reaction after undergoing a medical procedure in Dubai.

A left-arm fast bowler who made his debut late last year and played two One-Day Internationals on the tour of India.  McCoy has so far taken four wickets.  The Windies currently trail in the T20 series following a four-wicket loss to England in the first match in St Lucia.  The Windies will face England in the second T20 international at Warner Park on Friday, before playing the final match at the same venue on Sunday.

Windies squad

Jason Holder (Captain)

Fabian Allen

Devendra Bishoo

Carlos Brathwaite

Darren Bravo

John Campbell

Sheldon Cottrell

Chris Gayle

Shimron Hetmyer

Shai Hope

Obed McCoy

Ashley Nurse

Nicholas Pooran

Oshane Thomas

Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president Conde Riley has insisted the organization followed the rules in coming to its decision to support incumbent Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron.

The organization’s stance has come under fire in recent weeks, with a contingent led by former BCA board member Hartley Reid starting a petition to review the board’s position.

In stating his objections to the board’s decision to support Cameron, Riley has pointed to concerns regarding a lack of democracy and fairness.  Riley has, however, insisted that the board came to its decision via a vote and welcomed any challenge that showed a violation of the organization’s policies.

 

“The process that we followed is set out in our rules.  The board met and the board made a decision, there were no other nominations.  We have no problem with listening to Mrs Skerritt and Shallow.  We made the decision as a board, not Conde Riley,” Riley said in an interview with the SportsMax Zone.

“The rules permit us to so do.  We put it to a vote.  We know how many people supported it, nobody was against it and we know the abstentions,” he added.

“If one of our membership decides that he is aggrieved and he can show where the BCA did not follow the letter of the law, in terms of our rules, then he can get the petition it’s not a problem it’s a democratic process.”

Cameron and challenger Ricky Skerritt, a former Windies cricket team manager, will square off for the leadership of CWI later this month.  Barbados, Guyana and the Windward Island have announced support for Cameron, while Trinidad and Tobago and the Leeward Islands seem to be in line to support Skerritt.  Jamaica has indicated that they are yet to decide on the issue. 

Spinners Brian Charles and Imran Khan each claimed five wickets as the T&T Red Force wrapped up a comprehensive 190-runs against Windwards Volcanoes, in the West Indies Championship fixture at Arnos Vale.

The Volcanoes began the day behind the eight ball, chasing a sizeable 352 for victory. Charles quickly put an unlikely runs chase under early pressure after removing opener Kimani Melius for just 6 runs after he was caught by Khary Pierre.

Any hopes of even an unlikely draw were surely dashed when top batsman Devon Smith (17) followed four overs later, again the victim of Charles, this time caught by Anderson Phillip.

Roland Cato and Sunil Ambris seemed determined to at least postpone the inevitable after putting on a 40-run partnership for the fourth wicket.  The stand was, however, ended when Khan had Cato stumped by Denesh Ramdin for 21.  He accounted for Ambris two overs later as the batsman was caught by Tion Webster for 27. 

Next at the crease Alick Athanaze and Dennis Smith also did their share to push the score with a 44-run partnership for the sixth wicket but Charles had Athanze caught by Pierre for 15.  Khan then removed Dennis Smith, who was caught by Jason Mohammed for 42, the highest score of the innings.  Charles finished with figures of 5 for 72, while Khan had 5 for 65.

Retired Windies star Dwayne Bravo has tipped team to be a handful at upcoming ICC World Cup, following several positive performances against a highly ranked England.

The Jason Holder-led Windies squad stunned the visiting England 2-1 in a three-Test series and came from behind to tie the ODI series between the teams at 2-2.  Both series featured dominant performances from the regional team, which surprised their opponents, pundits and fans alike.

Bravo believes the team is a perfect mix of youth and experience and is confident they could play the role of spoilers in an open tournament.

"We have some good young players who have been improving and developing well and it’s good to see the way the team is doing against England, which is the number one side,” Bravo told Times of India.

“I have talked to captain Jason Holder and others and I believe this team will be a threat to all teams in the World Cup, which is going to be a very open tournament this time,” he added.

“Anyone can do well on a given day but I feel confident about West Indies as we see a good mix of experience and youth.”

The 35-year-old Bravo retired from international cricket last year.

 

 

 

Legendary West Indies fast bowler turned commentator Michael Holding has rejected the notion of an increase in the use of stump microphones, which some have argued will benefit the game of cricket.

Debate in the public sphere has raged, as of late, after the devices played the role in the sanctioning of two players.  Windies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was banned for four matches after being accused of directing a ‘homophobic’ jibe toward England captain Joe Root.

In an ODI against South Africa, Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed was picked up on the stump mic making a racist comment to Andile Phehlukwayo and was also subsequently banned for four matches. 

Proponents of the argument have pointed to the positives of both outcomes and argued that an increase in microphones would also bring fans closer to players.  Holding, however, vehemently disagrees with the idea.  

"I had a conversation on air here in South Africa where I voiced my opinion on the stumps microphones being left on at all times.  It’s a backward step as far as I’m concerned,” Holding told Mumbai Mirror.

“The field of play and the dressing room belong to the combatants and the excuse being offered that it helps the viewers to enjoy the game is very lame.  If the public needs to hear the players on the field, it simply means the product being offered has a problem,” he added.

 

 

Christopher Henry Gayle may never walk out onto a cricket pitch for the West Indies, now Windies, in the Caribbean again, well not in a One Day International anyway, and while that thought does not make him happy, the way he has left the stage in the region, fills him with pride. 

Windies skipper Jason Holder is again at odds with English cricket and the way it’s structure, which allows players to take lucrative deals under what is known as a Kolpak deal is achieved.

Kolpak deals come at the cost of a player’s international cricket career, with the most recent example being Duanne Olivier, a South African who earned his ODI debut last year.

Olivier shocked South Africa when he announced his retirement from International duty in favour of a three-year deal with Yorkshire.

The move prompted former South Africa batsman, Albie Morkel, who joined Surrey after ending his international career, to voice his hope that Cricket South Africa (CSA) does something to stop any possible ‘drain’ on the country’s major cricket resources, it’s talent.

"They [CSA] have to sit down and come up with plans because they're going to lose a lot of players in the near future and they need to protect against that.

"Do you structure the contracting a little bit better? What security do you give the guys [for] life after cricket? You talk about investing, but once a guy retires, they sort of drift away. I can name a number of players who they have invested a lot of money in, but you don't see them coaching, you don't see them involved with our academies.

"Give those guys a platform and say, 'We've invested in you for so many years, when you're thinking of settling down or moving on, this is where we see a role for you'.

"I think that communication is not great at the moment so that's something they can improve on.

"I was settled in the team so, for me, it was easier to put offers aside and focus on playing with South Africa.

"It's harder for those guys who are in and out of the team. If the communication channels aren't great and you're not sure where you fit in, that's where the biggest challenge comes in. Communication is the key in any business.

"It's never nice…it always paints a bad picture of cricket in South Africa. But that's unfortunately part of our DNA and the struggles we have in South Africa."

Oliver’s move came just two years after Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw signed deals with Hampshire.

Holder has gone one step further than his South African counterpart, the Windies captain looking toward the International Cricket Council to protect other nations from the possibility of losing all their talent to the English game.

"It's really sad to see another quality player lost to Kolpak cricket," Holder said. "Until something is properly done to keep players a little bit more grounded financially I don't know how much longer you can continue putting up the front,” said Holder.

"People still want to see international cricket being at the forefront. I just think, going forward, we need to find a way to keep players playing for their country so we can have an attractive product,” said the Windies Captain, who oversaw a drawn ODI series against England on Saturday.

"Probably the ICC and FICA needs to get together and institute a substantial minimum salary so that players will feel comfortable coming home to represent their country,” he said.

"Test cricket is something that has picked up in the last year and a half. West Indies beating England; Sri Lanka beating South Africa: these are significant things. These can continue to spark Test cricket. There's so much prestige behind it and so much work behind it. I can only hope we can find some common ground where players are properly compensated and encouraged to play Test cricket as opposed to running off to domestic leagues.

"Personally I have had a few conversations with people at FICA. They are doing a hell of a job trying to get a level playing field for everyone and trying to have a fair standard for players and for leagues to be able to attract players. I don't want to speak of a figure at this time but I've had discussions with people at FICA and we are trying to find solutions to these problems.

"It's just ongoing discussions. I don't know if we'll find a middle ground as soon as we like. Hopefully in the not too distant future we can find common ground where players are playing for their countries and also have time to play in domestic leagues."

Windies Test and One Day International (ODI) captain Jason Holder is set to be named leader of the T20 squad, currently captained by Carlos Brathwaite, for the upcoming series against England.

The move is, however, expected to be a temporary one that is geared towards helping the team prepare for the ICC World Cup later this year. 

According to a recent Espncricinfo report, it is hoped that the keeping Holder in charge of a largely unchanged ODI squad for the three T20 internationals, will help with team chemistry ahead of the July tournament. 

Ahead of the tournament, the Windies will play against Ireland and Bangladesh in a Tri-nation series.  However, most the team’s top players could miss out on that tournament due to a scheduling conflict with the IPL and could make the match-up against England the last major challenge the team has before the tournament.  The report claims the selectors and Holder are already onboard with the changes, but it is yet to be approved by the board.  Brathwaite is expected to resume regular duties after the tournament.

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