Six candidates have been short-listed for the post of head coach of the West Indies Cricket team, Cricket West Indies announced on Friday.

Fast bowler Miguel Cummins will replace an injured Keemo Paul in the West Indies squad selected for the first Test against India in Antigua from August 22-26.

West Indies captain Jason Holder was named Player of the Year and Test Player of the Year at the West Indies Players' Association/Cricket West Indies annual awards in Antigua on Monday night.

Test players Darren Bravo and John Campbell have been included in a 14-member West Indies “A” squad for the three-day, Tour Match against India, starting Saturday at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua.

Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan, two of the best West Indies batsmen of the last two decades, will join the team’s preparation ahead of the upcoming MyTeam11 Test Series against India.

West Indies cricket selectors have recalled Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard to the squad to play the first two T20 internationals against India early next month.

Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran and Oshane Thomas have been awarded central contracts by Cricket West Indies who have increased the number of all-format contracts awarded to West Indies men and also expanded the list of centrally-contracted West Indies women’s players for the 2019-20 season.

However, no new contracts were offered to Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, and Raymon Reifer.

The number of all-format contracts on the men’s side has now increased from four to seven with Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul joining Test and One-Day International captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach on the list.

Nineteen men have been retained for the upcoming contract year which runs from July 1 this year to June 30 next year, including first-timers Allen, Pooran and Thomas, all members of the West Indies squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales, along with left-handed opener John Campbell.

Fifteen women – an increase of three – have also earned central contracts to run for the same period, including veteran all-rounder Stacy-Ann King, fellow left-hander Kycia Knight and newcomers Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean and Karishma Ramharack.

“We believe the 2019-20 contract list provides us with a multi-talented group of players who can represent West Indies men and women across all formats over the contract period,” said interim Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, Robert Haynes.

“We believe the mix of players selected are important for the development of our teams going forward and we have looked to award contracts to players who have shown commitment and performance during the past year.”

Contracts were offered to players who have achieved consistent performances for the West Indies throughout the evaluation period of April 1 last year to March 31 this year, and players who the Selection Panel believes will feature in the squads for all matches in the respective formats over the next contract year.

CWI Board policy allows up to 22 contracts to be offered each contract year to West Indies men’s players, so the Selection Panel may decide to offer additional central contracts throughout the year.

CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams said verbal offers had been made to all players, and contracts will be issued in the next few weeks, as soon as CWI has concluded a new four-year Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Players Association.

“To assist in our drive of towards a new fitness and conditioning culture, the CWI board of directors has approved our recommendation that the award of all new West Indies men’s contracts this year will be conditional on each player achieving a minimum standard of fitness,” he said.

“This new policy will also be introduced to all men’s regional franchise contracts and West Indies Women’s contracts next year for the 2020-21 season.”

This is the third year that CWI will award central contracts to West Indies men under three different categories.

All-format contracts are awarded to players expected to feature in Tests, ODIs and T20Is during the coming year. Red-ball contracts are given to players who predominantly play Test cricket and white-ball contracts are awarded to players who predominantly play ODIs and T20Is.

 The full list of contracted players are:

All-Format Contracts: Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.

Red-Ball Contracts: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jomel Warrican.

White-Ball Contracts: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas.

New players offered contracts for 2019-20

Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.

Players no longer on contracts

Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer

WEST INDIES WOMEN CENTRALLY-CONTRACTED PLAYERS 2019-20

Players who retained contracts: Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor.

New players offered contracts for 2019-20: Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Natasha McLean, Karishma Ramharack.

Players no longer on contracts:

Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Anisa Mohammed, Akeira Peters.

 

 

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.

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