Grave rules out T&T as host country for South Africa series

Sun, May 9, '21



CRICKET West Indies (CWI) CEO Johnny Grave said Trinidad is no longer an option for the South Africa tour of the West Indies due to the quarantine period required for people entering the country.

In a Whatsapp message to Newsday on Friday, Grave said he understands the Government’s guidelines. “Understandably they can’t allow anyone into the country at this moment without going through their quarantine requirements.”

Newsday was informed in mid-April that the entire South Africa tour of the West Indies, which includes five T20 matches and two Test matches, was tentatively scheduled to be played in Trinidad.

An anonymous source, who works with the TT Cricket Board (TTCB), told Newsday, “The dates (of the South Africa series) were not confirmed. It is tentatively going to start in early June and it is going to be all here of course…we (TT) were supposed to initially get Pakistan (matches) now we are getting South Africa (matches).”

Read more at T&T Newsday

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Ann Browne-John: Varied approach necessary for award of contracts

Sun, May 9, '21



BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — West Indies Women's chief selector, Ann Browne-John, has underscored the importance of a multi-faceted approach for determining central retainer contracts for the Caribbean side.

While pointing out that performance remained central to the criteria, the veteran administrator said there were other factors which needed to be considered in the process, if Cricket West Indies was to maximize its talent pool.

“There are a number of factors that you look at when you are awarding contracts,” she told an online media conference on Friday.

“You look at performance, you look at longevity, you look at development because some players will get a senior contract and some people will get a development contract.

Read more at The Jamaica Observer

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Harper insists players can only be rewarded for consistently high levels

Sun, May 9, '21



Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief of selectors, Roger Harper, believes it is an absolute necessity for players to get used to the idea of having to perform at the very top of their games in order to secure top-class retainer contracts.

The omission of the likes of Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shamarh Brooks, Shane Dowrich, Sheldon Cottrell, Rovman Powell, and Oshane Thomas from the international retainer contracts lists, for the upcoming year, has rubbed a few supporters the wrong way.  Particularly, based on the fact that fewer contracts were handed out this year.

However, according to Harper, some players did not meet the minimum criteria for selection or simply did not display the quality need.

“We have to accept that these are performance-based contracts.  So, the contracts are awarded based on performance during the evaluation period, as well as the selection panel must feel that the players must play a major role or form the nucleus of the team going forward,” Harper told members of the media on Thursday.

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GCB investigating quartet's denial of CWI retainer contracts

Sun, May 9, '21



The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has written to Cricket West Indies requesting a copy of the criteria used to award international retainer contracts and the report submitted by the selection panel on which the decision was made not to award international retainer contracts to Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul and Romario Shepherd as well as Veerasammy Permaul.

The missive to the CWI comes on the heels of the recent announcement by CWI of 18 players who were offered retainer contracts for the year July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022. Among those who were awarded were newcomers Kyle Mayers, Joshua Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner, who had standout performances against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

 “The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) notes with great concern the information that Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul and Romario Shepherd were not awarded International Retainer Contracts by the Cricket West Indies (CWI),” the board said in a statement Friday.

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Wickets drought for Joseph

Fri, May 7, '21


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LONDON – Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph was thrifty but lacked penetration as Warwickshire kept Worcestershire in the field for the entirety of day one of their County Championship clash on Thursday.

Sent in at Edgbaston, the hosts reached 271 for seven with 21-year-old opener Robert Yates top-scoring with 104 and wicketkeeper Michael Burgess weighing in with 65 not out.

Joseph, in his third match for the club, went wicketless from 18 overs which cost only 49 runs.

“If we are honest, we were poor in the first session,” said Worcestershire captain Joe Leach, who snared two for 51.

“There was a little bit of help in the wicket but we just didn’t capitalize on it.”

Read more at Barbados Today

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