ROSEAU, DOMINICA; WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: At a meeting held on Tuesday August 6th 2019, the Dominica Cricket Association Inc. executive met with the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Plans and the way forward for the continuous development of cricket on the island was discussed at the meeting.

Also in attendance was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Constituency Empowerment. At the stated meeting, the Government pledged to partner with the Dominica Cricket Association Inc. (DCA INC.) in  supporting and helping to finance all its youth programs and requirements for additional staff.

The Government also pledged to construct change rooms at cricket venues.

It was further agreed that a Memorandum of Understanding would be signed between the DCA INC. and the Government of Dominica for the next 4 years.

In an effort to save the sport of cricket on Island, the DCA INC. will in the 2020-2021 cricket season place its emphasis on its youth programs, the structuring of clubs and leagues and community cricket. Going forward, strong focus will be placed on building/restoring strong  relationship with key stake holders.

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA; TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 – The first of a series of practice games hosted by the Windwards Volcanoes was played at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium on Monday September 24, 2019 between a Kirk Edwards XI versus a Sunil Ambris XI.
Kirk Edwards XI won the toss and decided to take first strike in a match which was reduced to 30 overs per side. Edwards XI racked up 255 for 2 in their 30 overs, with Devon Smith not out 132, which contained 11 fours and 9 sixes. Desron Maloney made 69 with 4 fours and 3 sixes, and Emmanuel Stewart remained not out on 26. Kirk Edwards made 12.

The first wicket fell with the score on 172, and the second on 212. Bowling for Ambris XI, Bhaskar Yadram took 1 for 31, and Kem Charles 1 for 48, with extras totalling 16.

In their turn at the crease, Ambris XI was dismissed for 151 in 28.4 overs, to give Edwards XI victory by 104 runs. Bhaskar Yadram top-scored with 49 which contained 3 fours and 3 sixes, while Sunil Ambris made 43, he hit 6 fours. The next best score was 11 apiece by Alick Athanaze and Keon George, with extras contributing 8.

Wickets fell at 20, 43, 86, 128, 131, 134, 143, 145, 147, and 151 all out. Bowling for Edwards XI, Devon Smith took 3 for 15, Kenneth Dembar 3 for 18, Preston McSween 2 for 09, Kirk Edwards 1 for 04, and Larry Edwards 1 for 33.

Devon Smith was judged to be Man of the Match, and the second practice game is scheduled for Wednesday September 25, 2019 at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium.

Windward Islands Under -19 player, Lincoln Durand has been added to the West Indies U-19 Rising Stars Training Camp to be held in Antigua from September 13 – 23.

Durand who represented the Windward Islands U-19 Team at the 2019 Regional U-19 Tournament in St. Vincent last month, had a satisfactory performance at the tournament. Only playing two (2) completed matches at the said tournament due to the inclement weather which affected the balance of the Windward Islands matches, Durand bowled with aggression and accuracy but did not find the favour of the regional selectors.

At the series of matches between the Barbados A Team and the Dominica U-23 for a week tour to Dominica by the Barbados team, Durand showed again the pace, aggression and accuracy and impressed the Barbados management and team where he outclassed the other bowlers on show of both teams.

Base on Durand’s performances at his last two (2) outings, there were calls on why he wasn’t selected for the said training camp by coaches, administrators, cricket analyst and fans. Eventually Durand got the surprise call up by the selectors and will join the rest of the members of the squad where there were a widespread campaign for his inclusion.

Durand said he is inspired by his inclusion and use this opportunity to work harder and stay focus of the task ahead of him which is to make the final squad for ICC U-19 World Cup to be held in South Africa from January 17th to February 9th 2020.

This camp is part of the ongoing preparation for the 2020 World Cup in South Africa. Following the camp a squad will be selected to participate in the first ever tri-nation Under-19 Rising Stars One-Day International Series to be hosted in the Caribbean against England and Sri Lanka from December 6-21.

West Indies Rising Stars Under 19  camp squad:

Kevlon Anderson

Daniel Beckford

Teddy Bishop (Under 17 player)

Matthew Comerie

Lincoln Durand

Matthew Forde

Elroy Francis

Leonardo Julien

Avinash Mahabirsingh

Nico Reifer

Matthew Patrick

Kirk McKenzie

Kimani Melius

Antonio Morris

Ashmead Need

Rivaldo Ramlogan

Jayden Seales

Ramon Simmonds

Che Simmons (Under 17 player)

Nyeem Young

Jaden Leacock (Under 17 player)

Mbeki Joseph

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Cricket West Indies (CWI) today confirmed the start of the recruitment process for a permanent West Indies men’s team Head Coach, announcing a new selection structure and policy as well as confirming the appointment of Kieron Pollard as the new “white ball” captain for the West Indies One Day International (ODI) and T20 International (T20I) squads.

This follows a comprehensive review by CWI’s Selection Task Force into the selection process and system for all West Indies cricket, with all the recommendations approved by the CWI Board of Directors at the quarterly meeting, held for the first time in Tobago on September 7 and 8.

The Selection Task Force’s four-month review benchmarked cricket selection systems around the world and incorporated feedback and contributions from current and former players, coaches, administrators, franchise CEOs and nearly 2,700 fans across the Caribbean.

As a result, CWI announced that they will be advertising the Men’s Head Coach role with immediate effect inviting applications before the September 20 with the aim of having a permanent Head Coach in place for the forthcoming away tour against Afghanistan.

The new CWI selection system will introduce new team-specific selection panels for the West Indies men’s and women’s and Youth teams.  This will comprise an Executive Selector (lead selector), a selector and head coach. These full-time selectors will be supported by a selection analyst to provide performance data to support selection considerations plus a minimum of three scouts to ensure cricketers throughout the region are closely watched and evaluated.

A modernised, transparent selection policy will see players selected against six criteria: form and performance, fitness (based on a new approved fitness and conditioning policy), team balance, mental capacity, technical ability and commitment.  The playing XIs will then be selected by the Executive Selector, Head Coach and Captain.

The Selection Task Force also recommended the immediate introduction of “red ball”and “white ball” captains to support a long-term strategy to focus on the different formats of international cricket. Kieron Pollard is being appointed “white ball” captain for both the ODI and T20I teams with Jason Holder continuing as “red ball” captain for the Test team as CWI seeks to see an improvement in performances and therefore ICC World Rankings as part of the long-term development strategy.

On the Selection Task Force Process and Recommendations, Vice President Kishore Shallow said: “The end product in the form of eight major recommendations is grounded in a comprehensive methodology encompassing the feedback of some 2700 stakeholders. This is a defining document that represents momentous progress for West Indies cricket.”

On recognising the contribution of Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite, Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said: “I would like to place on record the significant contributions and leadership that both Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite have provided the West Indies ‘white ball’ teams and we look forward to both players focusing on their own games and enjoy the freedom of playing with the reduced responsibility.”

On his appointment as West Indies white ball Captain,  Kieron Pollard said: “I’m truly honoured to be appointed Captain of the West Indies and I would like to thank Cricket West Indies’ Board of Directors for placing their faith and confidence in me. I can’t wait to work with the coaching staff and players as we start building towards future World Cups and give the fans more reasons to get behind the team.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Main Recommendations of the Selection Task Force:

  1. Implement a new structure of team-specific selection panels;

  2. Dedicate the services of a data-based Selection analyst to the panels;

  3. Accept and Implement a new selection policy (based on form and performance, fitness, team balance, mental capacity, technical ability and commitment);

  4. Mandate the recently revised fitness and conditioning policy;

  5. Establish a comprehensive stakeholder communications & accountability protocol;

  6. Incorporate Human Resource best practices;

  7. Accept candidates identified to undergo a thorough recruitment process for filling the selectors’ positions for limited terms;

  8. Appoint one ‘White ball’ captain, as a medium to long term selection strategy.

Selection Task Force Committee:

Dr Kishore Shallow, CWI Vice-President and Chair of the Committee

Jimmy Adams, CWI Director of Cricket

Enoch Lewis, CWI Director and Chair of the CWI Cricket Committee

Miles Bascombe, Former West Indies Player and national cricket selector to St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association and technical adviser for the Windwards Islands Cricket Board

Ramnaresh “Ronnie” Sarwan, Former West Indies Captain, playing for the West Indies from  2000-2013

Philo Wallace, Former West Indies batsmen, commentator, former selector for Barbados.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Cricket West indies (CWI) on Sunday honoured renowned cricket commentator, journalist and broadcaster Joseph “Reds” Perreira for his dedicated service to the game of cricket and sports in the region for close to 60 years. The 80-year-old Guyanese received his award from Ricky Skerritt, President of CWI, at an appreciation ceremony at Sabina Park during the lunch break of the ongoing second Test of the MyTeam11 Test Series, co-sponsored by Skoda and KEI. This is the 150th Test on which he will have been commentating.

Perreira’s first “live” cricket broadcast took place in 1961 in a first-class match between his native Guyana and long-standing rivals Trinidad & Tobago at Rose Hall. Ten years later, he covered his first Test between West Indies and India at Bourda Oval. Perreira has also worked on 250 One-Day Internationals, including attending the half of the dozen ICC Cricket World Cups to be staged – 1975, 1979, 1983, 1992, 2003, and 2007, when it was held on the West Indies.

In accepting the award Perreira said he would like to share with two other outstanding regional journalists and colleagues, the late Tony Cozier of Barbados and the late Tony Becca of Jamaica.

“I was very touched when I received the letter from the President of CWI that they would be bringing me to Jamaica as a special guest to watch the entire second Test match between West Indies and India. It coincided that I was part of the broadcast panel to do my 150th Test match. I am truly humbled and I want to thank the President and everyone who helped to make this moment a truly memorable one for me. I’m going out on a very special high,” Perreira said.

“The only sad part of that Tony Cozier and Tony Becca are not here. I want to donate my honour and share with these two esteemed gentleman. We were friends for a very long time and we shared many special moments in West Indies cricket.”

Perreira listed doing ball-by-ball commentary the 1975 World Cup final when West Indies beat Australia at Lord’s as the most cherished moment of his career. He said other highlights included: Brian Lara’s memorable 277 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground; Lara’s spic 153 not out to beat Australia in Barbados in 1999 and Courtney Walsh’s wicket of Craig McDermott when West Indies won the Test match by one run at the Adelaide Oval.

Perreira also covered other major sporting event around the world including: 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles; Pan American Games in Venezuela and Puerto Rico; as well as the Netball World Championships. As a senior sporting administrator, he was head of the sports desk of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States as well as president of the basketball association in Guyana and president of the boxing federation in Saint Lucia.

West Indies Under-19 Rising Stars Training Camp Confirmed For Antigua

  • Three players from Under 17 tournament included

  • Tri-Nation Series with England and Sri Lanka set for December

St.John’s, Antigua – The West Indies Under-19 Rising Stars continue their preparation for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa in January 2020, with a 10-day camp in Antigua from September 13-23.

This camp is part of the ongoing preparation for the 2020 World Cup in South Africa.Following the camp a squad will be selected to participate in the first ever tri-nation Under-19 Rising Stars One-Day International Series to be hosted in the Caribbean against England and Sri Lanka from December 6-21.

Twenty one players have been selected by Cricket West Indies (CWI) for this camp, primarily based on performances in the West Indies Under-19 Rising Stars Championship held in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. CWI have also included three players who played in July’s West Indies Under-17 Rising Stars Championship in Trinidad And Tobago.

West Indies Under-19 Coach and CWI High Performance Manager, Graeme West on the aims and objectives of the training camp:

“The ten-day camp will focus on getting the players to understand the game strategies required to win an ICC Under-19 World Cup,” said West.

“We will be looking to establish player roles and the specific skills they will require to deliver winning performances, the skill work at the camp will be focused on producing greater consistency and efficiency for all situations.

He continued: “We will work through game scenarios to build greater game awareness and understanding. Additional practice matches will be played to assess the progress that has been made and the learning that took place at the trial matches in St. Vincent.

“It’s also important that we formulate team values which underpin the behaviour, mindset and performance of the squad on and off the field.

Coach West further highlighted some players from the Under 19 setup, that the Caribbean cricket public can look out for based on his work with these young players during the last 12 months.

“Kimani Melius, who is the only player with first-class experience in the squad, Leonardo Julien, and Jayden Seales are three players who were part of the CWI Development Team that played in last years Super50, so they are the three senior players in the set up,” said West.

He continued: “From the trial games at the end of the Under-19 Rising Stars Championship, left arm seamer Ramon Simmonds is someone that stands out. He had batsman jumping around with his pace and aggression and I am sure he will excite Windies fans.”

“Successful One Day teams are often built around positive opening batsman and in Kirk McKenzie the squad possesses a player with outstanding ball striking ability and a wide range of attacking options. He is certainly a player that can take advantage of the first powerplay and lay down a firm foundation for his side”

The three Under 17s selected for the camp are Barbados all-rounder Jaden Leocock, who received the Most Valuable Player award at the Under-17 Rising Stars Championship, 15-year old seamer and fellow Barbadian Che Simmons, and middle order batsman Teddy Bishop from Windward Islands/Grenada.

West on the three Under-17 Rising Stars selected:

“The three Under-17 Rising Stars players have shown great potential this summer and have earnt their places at the Training Camp, they will benefit from entering the High Performance Pathway and are fortunate to have two chances of playing in an Under 19 World Cup.”

Coach West, CWI President Ricky Skerritt and Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams further addressed the significance of West Indies hosting the Tri-Series for the Under-19s Rising Stars.

“The fact that we are hosting the Tri-Series is quite a breakthrough for the program,” said West.

“It will be very competitive cricket which the team needs before the World Cup. The Sri Lankan and English styles will be contrasting and provide our players with a different kind of challenge to those faced in Regional Cricket.”

Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams: “Great opportunity for our U19 players to be involved in a tri series just prior to the World Cup. For England and Sri Lanka to have seen similar benefit in accepting the invitation points to the value of the tournament beyond our borders. It also will mean the opportunity to tour their countries in reciprocal agreements in the future and these tours will have a role to play in the ongoing development of our young players.”

President Ricky Skerritt: “It’s is a major step in our preparation for the World Cup and demonstrates another example of our “Cricket First” plan and how we will be committing greater investment into youth development for future returns and our long-term success.”

West Indies Rising Stars Under 19 21-man camp squad:

Kevlon Anderson

Daniel Beckford

Teddy Bishop (Under 17 player)

Matthew Comerie

Matthew Forde

Elroy Francis

Leonardo Julien

Avinash Mahabirsingh

Nico Reifer

Matthew Patrick

Kirk McKenzie

Kimani Melius

Antonio Morris

Ashmead Need

Rivaldo Ramlogan

Jayden Seales

Ramon Simmonds

Che Simmons (Under 17 player)

Nyeem Young

Jaden Leacock (Under 17 player)

Mbeki Joseph