Davis queries WI team selections for England Test series

Mon, Jul 24, '17


Team Selection

EX-TRINIDAD and Tobago and West Indies opening batsman Bryan Davis has queried the selection of the 15-member Windies team for their forthcoming three-Test series, away to England.

Among the players chosen by the selection panel, headed by Courtney Browne, were Barbadian-born Kyle Hope (who is an opening batsman for the TT Red Force) and Raymon Reifer (a left-handed all-rounder for the Guyana Jaguars).

Both Hope and Reifer are the only members of the 15-man team who are yet to play Test cricket, while Reifer has never featured at the international level.

In a recent interview, Davis commented, “These fellahs are very fortunate because they’re Bajans. There are nine Barbadians on the team. The last time you had nine Barbadians on a touring team like that was to England in 1966.

I remember it well.

“Now that seems to be starting again (under the new selection panel). I’m seeing more and more Barbadians, of very average ability, being forced into the team, and given second looks all the time. I’m seeing a lot of personal insularity in this thing.

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Back In The Fold, But For How Long?

Sun, Jul 23, '17



After years of infighting that led to quarrels, strikes, stand-offs, and eventually, the gradual erosion of the once mighty West Indies team, Cricket West Indies and the West Indies Players Association have finally come to an agreement, an amnesty, to save West Indies cricket, or so it appears.

It has been agreed, in principle, that players no longer need to participate in domestic regional tournaments in order to represent the West Indies, especially in the shorter versions of the game, and that means players like Christopher Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, and Kieron Pollard can now represent the West Indies again.

The move also means that players like Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, who once ‘dissed’ the administration with his harsh comments, Lendl Simmons, and André Russell, and Nicholas Pooran are available for selection.

The ‘prodigal sons’ also include Darren Bravo, whose return came rather surprisingly and easily.

read more at Jamaica Gleaner

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Zimbabwe another chance for development—West

Sun, Jul 23, '17


WI U-19

HARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC) – Head coach, Graeme West, is expecting another tough series when the West Indies Under-19s square off against their Zimbabwe counterparts in three Youth One-Day Internationals starting here today.

The Young Windies are fresh from a 3-2 series win over South Africa U19s last week, after pulling off a dramatic two-run victory in Wednesday’s decisive fifth game in Durban.
West said more significant than winning was the chance for the Caribbean lads to continue their build-up towards next January’s Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
“Zimbabwe have played a lot of cricket. They’ve been very active in the last six months,” the Englishman told CMC Sports.

“They’ve played in South Africa and once they play against us I think they’re off to Australia so they will be very tough opponent in their conditions.
“It will be another test but more importantly, another opportunity for the guys to play three more international games of cricket and continue their education.”
The Windies side showed plenty promise on the tour of South Africa where they played brilliantly at key moments of the series.

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Jamaica Tallawahs bought by Worldwide Sports Management Group

Sat, Jul 22, '17



The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Jamaica Tallawahs, also the defending champions of the competition, has been bought by Worldwide Sports Management Group, it was announced through a media release on Saturday (July 22).
The fifth edition of the CPL kickstarts from August 4, and will feature six teams. Jamaica Tallawahs will begin their campaign from the second day, facing Barbados Tridents at Lauderhill, Florida - a facility at which Worldwide Sports Management Group have also signed a long-term agreement to host and market international cricket.
Speaking about the acquisition, Mr. Krishna "Kris" Persaud - founder and president of Worldwide Sports Management Group - said, "I would like to especially thank the previous owners and the Hero CPL Team for all of their assistance in making the Tallawahs acquisition a reality, and I wish our mighty strong Tallawahs team all the best in the upcoming 2017 competition."

cricbuzz has the full story

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Time to restore order in West Indies cricket

Tue, Jul 18, '17



That infamous day, October 17, 2014, in Dharmasala when West Indies abandoned their tour of India, signaled an unprecedented escalation of tensions between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), recently renamed Cricket West Indies (CWI), and its players.

Previous player and board clashes after the 1998 South Africa tour, 2005 Sri Lanka tour and 2009 Bangladesh home series had resulted in some temporary reconciliation with both parties. However after 2014, the current Dave Cameron-led administration took unprecedented steps to make West Indies the only team in world cricket, and possibly modern professional sports, with the majority of its elite players sidelined.

Only in the past few months, with the Cricket Australia versus player's saga to date, has world cricket been exposed to another example of bad administrators failing to deal with cricketers.

As outgoing MCC chairman Mike Brearly recently warned, in an age where the ICC and all international boards have failed to fix the broken international fixtures calendar, while T20 leagues in their own countries continue to gain momentum, it's setting up a clear pathway for players to get away from foolish administrative turmoil, for T20 league riches and sanity.


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