Imlach, Hetmeyer steer West Indies into semi-finals

Mon, Feb 8, '16

 

WI U-19

Shimron Hetmyer, the West Indies captain, had contributed all of 23 runs in four innings going into the quarterfinals of the Under-19 World Cup. When the heat was on, he led the way with a sparkling half-century that helped West Indies chase down Pakistan's 227 for 6 by five wickets in Fatullah to set up a semifinal date with hosts Bangladesh.

That meant Umair Masood's fighting 113 and his 164-run stand for the sixth wicket with Salman Fayyaz that helped Pakistan stage a remarkable recovery from 57 for 5 went in vain as West Indies chased down the target with 10 overs to spare.

Chemar Holder, the pacer who flew into Dhaka only two days ago as a replacement for the injured Obed McCoy, did the early damage by dismissing Zeeshan Malik, the Pakistan captain, and Shadab Khan inside six overs. Things continued to slide as Alzarri Joseph, the pacer who clocked the fastest ball of the tournament at 147 clicks, dismissed Mohammad Umar to leave Pakistan's top three back in the hut inside nine overs.

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Is mankading any worse than sledging?

Sun, Feb 7, '16

by TONY COZIER

Commentary

Why do those who quote the spirit of cricket tend to do so only when it's convenient? 

Ian Bishop's first reaction when Keemo Paul whipped off the bails with Zimbabwe's No. 11, Richard Ngarva, backing up in last Sunday's decisive Under-19 World Cup match in Bangladesh was: "Oh no!"
As TV umpire Tim Robinson checked the video replay on whether or not the last man's bat was out of his ground, the former West Indies fast bowler, now a globetrotting commentator, added: "It's sad if it ends that way." It did, as Ngarva's bat was shown to be on but not within the crease.
After watching a fascinating, fluctuating match on the other side of the planet, my sentiments corresponded with Bishop's. West Indies required one wicket and Zimbabwe three runs to win for one or the other to move into the quarter-finals.

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Indian businessman acquires Barbados Tridents

Sun, Feb 7, '16

 

Caribbean Premier League

Millionaire Indian businessman Vijay Mallya has confirmed his purchase of Caribbean Premier League franchise Barbados Tridents, ending weeks of speculation about the proposed sale.

The 60-year-old said he had met with Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last week and secured government’s support in the venture, and had subsequently moved ahead with the acquisition.

“I’ve acquired the team. It is a joint venture if not exactly in the classical sense of the term. I will, of course, take a lead role and that is because I understand the Twenty20 competition,” he told the Mumbai Mirror newspaper here Saturday.

He added: “There is no central revenue in the CPL as in the case of the IPL (Indian Premier League) and the revenue stream is tickets and sponsorship. The numbers did not add up and the only solution was to go to the government.

“I met the Prime Minister of Barbados and he has promised all the support. Once the government came forward, I told the CPL that I’m ready. It is a joint venture of sorts.

 

read more at Barbados Today

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Carlos Brathwaite lands big payday with Daredevils

Sun, Feb 7, '16

 

Media Watch

BENGALURU, India—Rising West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite made headlines at the Indian Premier League auction yesterday when he was snapped up by Delhi Daredevils for US$626 000.

The 27-year-old, who made a huge impact with his power-hitting on the recent Test tour of Australia, entered the draft with a base price of US$30 000 but saw his value catapult as Delhi moved quickly to secure his services. He will now make his first ever appearance in the glitzy multi-million-dollar tournament that runs from April 8 to May 29.

“Excited to be a part of IPL and DelhiDaredevils. Giving thanks,” Brathwaite tweeted shortly afterward. He was one four West Indies players to find success during the auction. Opener Dwayne Smith was picked up by new franchise Gujarat Lions for US$343,000, Test and one-day captain Jason Holder was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $104,000 while leg-spinner Samuel Badree went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $74 000.

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FINAL REPORT ON SELECTION INTERFERENCE IS IN

Sat, Feb 6, '16

 

WICB

St. John’s, ANTIGUA - The report of the findings from the “alleged interference” in the selection process for the senior men’s team is in. The report also features a seven-point recommendation going forward.
Interviews were conducted with nine West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) personnel and the three cases which were under scrutiny was one home test series against Australia; one away one-day international series against Zimbabwe (which was cancelled) and the away ODI series against Sri Lanka…all in 2015.

The findings stated that the actions of the President and Vice President to support the selection of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the home series in May last year, were personal statements and were done without approval of the Board of Directors. The other findings reported support the roles of the Director of Cricket and the Selectors and that they were following the existing selection policies and guidelines.

The seven-point recommendations spoke to a number of areas for improvement to include but not limited to:
· Providing mediation for the Selection Panel

· Clearly defined roles for the team and individuals separately

· Refining of policies on selection

· Advising the public on selection criteria

· A closer look at performance standards

· An update to the terms of reference for the Selection Committee

The report which was conducted by Human Resource Specialist, Colin Barnett, was presented to the Executive Team and will be used as a guide going forward. The report is also an agenda item for the Board of Directors regular quarterly meeting, set for March in Antigua. Barnett also sits on the WICB’s HR Committee.

The next major international assignment for the WICB is the men’s and women’s ICC World Twenty20 Tournament in India from March 8 – April 3. The women’s squad which is currently in camp in Barbados will go to South Africa before going on to India, while the men’s team will participate in a camp in Dubai later this month.

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