Australian players to take back image rights

Wed, May 24, '17



Australian cricketers on Wednesday (May 24) unveiled plans to take back their own image rights, firing the latest salvo in an ongoing pay battle with the country’s cricket board.
It is the latest power play in an increasingly bitter stand-off between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association over a plan to scrap revenue-sharing.
With no end in sight to the impasse and the current deal expiring on June 30, the ACA disclosed plans to form a new business to help male and female players directly negotiate sponsorship deals.
Establishing ‘The Cricketers’ Brand’, designed to manage and commercialise players’ intellectual property rights, was necessary due to “the uncertainty of all parties regarding IP matters should the players be unemployed post June 30”.
“When players are threatened with unemployment and when they learn they receive zero percent of the digital revenue they generate, they are naturally concerned,” said Alistair Nicholson, the ACA chief executive.

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Make a big play

Wed, May 24, '17



Listening to some of the principals in West Indies cricket speak on the Darren Bravo farce, sorry, impasse, one wonders what sport they are playing.
Last year at his latest Town hall Meeting in Trinidad, West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron confined comment on the continued absence of Bravo from West Indies cricket activities to: “My understanding is that Mr Bravo has met with the executive of the WICB and the ball is in his court, as to whenever he is willing to come back and play cricket.”
Last week, chairman of the regional selection panel Courtney Browne mirrored his president’s words in a TV interview. Asked about Bravo’s return to the international team, he said: “I’m not sure [when he will be available for selection again], as I have said many times]. There was some agreement between both parties (the West Indies Cricket Board and Bravo) but I think the ball really is in Darren’s court now to determine that (availability).”
Well, all this ball in court talk makes me wonder if president Cameron and selector Browne are talking basketball, not cricket.
But since they are still associated with a sport that is played with a bat and ball, then the discussion should stop being about in who’s court the ball is.
What really needs to be asked at this stage is who is passing the buck on this matter?

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Still no timetable for Bravoís return

Tue, May 23, '17



BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – With the critical tour of England looming, chief selector Courtney Browne has said there is still no timetable for Darren Bravo’s return to the West Indies side.
In fact, Browne told the Massy United Insurance Line and Length TV show that the responsibility was now on the 28-year Trinidadian to indicate his availability, with a solution to the impasse already on the table.
“I’m not sure (when he will be available for selection again), as I have said many times,” Browne said.
“There was some agreement between both parties (the West Indies Cricket Board and Bravo) but I think the ball really is in Darren’s court now to determine that (availability).”
Bravo and the WICB have been locked in an impasse ever since the player was sent home ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November for a controversial tweet in which he labelled WICB president Dave Cameron “a big idiot”.
Last month, newly-appointed WICB chief executive Johnny Grave said a deal had been struck with Bravo’s representatives but that move stalled because of legal action the player initiated against the board.

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Moving on after Gabriel’s goof

Sun, May 21, '17



Two words which describe insanity are “foolishness” and “madness”.

And what about the timing of the act? Ask Shannon Gabriel, the big West Indies fast bowler and rank No. 11 batsman.

With seven balls remaining in the third and final Test against Pakistan at Windsor Park in Dominica last Sunday and survival being the password as fielders clustered around the bat, Gabriel lost his composure and essayed a slog off leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

The ball took the inside edge and bowled him to give Pakistan a 101-run win. More telling was a 2-1 success for Mibah-ul-Haq’s team, which meant that Pakistan had won a Test series in the Caribbean for the first time since their inaugural tour in 1958.

It was a most painful moment for the West Indies team and their supporters. After all, until then, Gabriel had kept a fairly cool head, having faced 21 balls in partnership with Roston Chase, who hit his second century of the series and third in ten Tests – an unbeaten 101.

Set a victory target of 304 and starting the final day on seven for one, West Indies knew their main goal was to battle for a draw.

After slipping to 93 for six in the 44th over when Shane Dowrich was controversially given out caught at short-leg by Babar Azam off Yasir, it was generally felt that Pakistan would probably go on to win easily.

But the efforts of Chase, who batted all told for 366 minutes, faced 239 balls and struck 12 fours and one six, along with support from captain Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph and Gabriel, kept interest in the match alive until that crazy stroke from Gabriel.

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West Indies could rethink ODI selection policy

Sat, May 20, '17


Team Selection

West Indies could have their limited-overs stars in the fray for national selection, particularly for the 50-over format, after Courtney Browne, the chairman of selectors, hinted at the possibility of the WICB revisiting the eligibility criterion.

Currently, the WICB has followed a stringent policy of considering only those players who have featured in the domestic 50-over competition, one that goes back to 2010, under the regime of Julian Hunte and Ernest Hilaire.

The current criterion has ruled out a bunch of senior players including Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell. None of them were part of West Indies' most recent series against Pakistan, which they lost 2-1, falling further behind in their race to be among the top eight teams in the ICC rankings and so qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup. But if this change in selection policy is cleared, West Indies could significantly boost their chances of fielding a full-strength team leading up to the showpiece event.

"There is some discussion going on about revisiting the eligibility rule," Browne told Line and Length, a Barbados-based network. "I know it's with a working committee. That will then go to the board. But we have to understand our domestic cricket is key.

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