Cricket West Indies (CWI) is inviting Caribbean radio production and broadcast partners to submit proposals to produce and broadcast high quality radio commentary for all West Indies Men’s and Women’s International Home Series from 2020 to 2021. CWI has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) document which also includes radio rights for the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup in both 2020 and 2021 as well as the West Indies Championship tournaments starting in December 2020 and December 2021.

CWI’s RFP document outlines the scope of the radio production and broadcast rights and invites potential partners to submit proposals that will cover both radio and online commentary across the Caribbean. In addition to these rights, successful partner(s) will benefit from the right to be “Official Radio Station(s) of the West Indies (cricket teams)” and potentially also the be the official radio stations for the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup and the West Indies Championship tournaments. It also provides the opportunity for partners to create additional content and programming around international and regional games.

CWI President and Chairman of the Communications and Commercial Affairs Committee, Ricky Skerritt, said “We respect the fact that local Caribbean Radio has played a significant role in the history of  West Indies cricket, creating some of the great sports commentary moments for West Indies fans to enjoy and remember. For some, radio remains the most affordable and accessible means to follow West Indies cricket whilst getting immersed into the action through the voices and stories from radio commentators. I commend all those commentators, journalists, and arm-chair enthusiasts who help keep the history, and ongoing story of West Indies cricket, alive via radio.”

Dominic Warne, Commercial and Marketing Director for CWI said, “We know how important live radio commentary is for fans to connect with the West Indies teams and CWI’s tournaments.  Although the broadcast communications market has changed dramatically over recent years, this RFP is a strong indicator of CWI’s commitment to keep local radio integrated into a modern and sustainable West Indies Cricket broadcast system. We are looking forward to receiving proposals which broaden the reach of radio commentary for avid fans and refresh its presentation to appeal to new followers of our wonderful game.”

Potential partners can access the RFP document from the www.windiescricket.com website, via the Cricket West Indies section of the website and the CWI corporate “News” section. This can be found by clicking here https://bit.ly/CWIRadioRFP.  The deadline for the submission of proposals to CWI is May 25, 2020.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) on the advice and agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), announces the postponement of the West Indies Men’s three (3) Test series against England in June, to a future date to be determined.

The decision to postpone the tour came as a result of the uncertainty for the safe resumption of cricket in the United Kingdom, as well as international air travel. As a result, it was a logically mutual decision to postpone the tour to a later date until clearance is granted by the UK government. The proposed window for the likely staging of this series is now July until the end of September.

Chief Executive Officer of CWI, Johnny Grave said, “We continue to be in regular dialogue with the ECB on when and how we might be able to rearrange the Test Series. Clearly playing in June is now not possible and we will continue our discussions with the ECB and other Internationals Boards on trying to find new dates. We will only travel to England to play the series if our players can be assured that it is safe to do so. Our respective Medical Teams are beginning to discuss how this series could be played whist guaranteeing the health and safety of our players and support team. We will be as flexible as we can without compromising the safety of our team.”

The West Indies were scheduled to play the three-match Test series from June 4-8, The Oval, June 12-16 Edgbaston, June 25-29 Lord’s.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to postpone the planned West Indies U19 tour of England, scheduled for August and September 2020 due to scheduling clashes.

With the West Indies U19 team being unavailable to tour England during the proposed window, CWI and the ECB have worked together to investigate all alternative scheduling options but unfortunately it has not been possible to find a time for the tour that would work for both Boards in relation to the respective domestic tournaments and player availability.

The scheduled programme had included one IT20, three ODIs and two Youth Tests against England U19s, which had been set to run between 16 August and 3 September 2020.

As the current environment makes it impractical to plan to host alternative opposition, the decision has had to be taken not to run a competitive England U19 programme this summer.

Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket, said: “CWI and the ECB have agreed to cancel a proposed U19 tour of the UK due to scheduling issues. The situation is an unfortunate one as we had planned for the tour to be the end of a two-year development cycle for this group of U19 players. This tour to the UK, added to the recent World Cup in January, and the tri-series that we hosted in Dec of last year would have given this cohort an excellent competitive component to cap their 2-year U19 program.

Adams added, “That said, we will continue to follow up on the cohort, especially those not contracted to franchises, through our Emerging Player program, which has so far facilitated many of our upcoming players who fall in the 19-23 category. Thankfully, while the tour to the UK will not proceeds this year, the ECB are committed to hosting our U19s at a mutually convenient time in the future.”

Mo Bobat, ECB Performance Director, said: “Cancelling the summer programme for our U19 side is not an easy decision to take, but with it not having been possible to identify a window for the tour that works for both Boards – and in the current climate – it is certainly the most appropriate step.

“Our young players benefit greatly from these competitive matches against their peers from around the world, not just in preparation for the biennial U19 World Cups, but also to prepare them for the rigours of international cricket.

“The squad learned a lot from their tri-series in Antigua in December 2019, so we look forward to welcoming the West Indians back to the UK in the future.”

Dear Cricket Lovers and Members of the West Indies Family,

As lovers of this remarkable sport called cricket, there is nothing we all enjoy more than getting outdoors and watching a great game; witnessing an enthralling battle between bat and ball and seeing our favorite players and teams rise to glory as we join each other in celebration. And if we cannot be there in person, we find every possible way to see or hear the broadcast.

However, today there is a new reality that we are now facing. There is no live cricket available, because all around the world we are in a new battle to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. As such, we all now need to join the same team as we unite in this global battle with each other, for each other. We must now couple our passion for cricket with our love for the health and safety of our family, friends, community, and ourselves.

As cricket fans, you have supported our West Indies players throughout the years, and now we ask you to offer your full support to members of our essential services and first responders. These valiant men and women have worked tirelessly in the face of very trying circumstances and great challenges. We have heard the stories of their heroic deeds, and watched as they stand on the medical front line to save lives and comfort the sick. They deserve the highest praise, respect and commendation.

To our players, who represent us so proudly on the field of play, I remind you that you are the true custodians of the game. Please do your best to be fit, healthy, and ready when you get the green light to return to play. I strongly believe that in the midst of the unprecedented stressful challenges that we are now facing, we can find opportunities to fine-tune and refocus our own attitudes towards cricket, our livelihoods, our relationships, and our lives.

I pray that we will all stay safe and secure and I ask that you follow the rules and regulations as issued by your local health authorities and law enforcement personnel – play your part for the team and be good role models for your communities. But before then, we must all play our role in being wise and prudent as we look after our loved ones and those in need.

The great game of cricket will certainly make a comeback – when that day will be, we cannot say – but now is the time for us all to unite in this Covid-19 fight.

Sincere regards,

Ricky Skerritt,

The current COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing and is creating a challenge to the Dominica Cricket Association (DCA). The DCA is currently monitoring the situation and hoping that this virus will be contain in allowing a return for the players to play cricket.

Additionally the DCA is encouraging its players, staff and fans to stay safe and keep following the advice of the Ministry of Health and further the World Health Organisation. Also the the DCA wants to salute the nurses, doctors and medical personnel who are currently at the frontline protecting and saving lives of those infected.

More importantly the DCA is currently facing a financial challenge which will further worsen in next couple months. That being said, the DCA will welcome any help and assistance in whatever way possible to keep the sport alive and continuing on an upward path for the development of its players. So the DCA is making a plea out there to any possible partners to assist in its operation.

Again the DCA is advising everyone to stay safe and keep taking following the policies from the Ministry of Health.