White-ball contracts for West Indies players

Thu, Dec 14, '17

 

Team Selection

West Indies players will be offered more flexible and enhanced contracts, including exclusive retainers for Test and limited-overs cricket, according to a new Cricket West Indies policy. The highest-paid category will be for players who feature in Tests and ODIs, with a maximum retainer of over US $300,000 including match fees. The four-man selection panel, led by Courtney Browne, has shortlisted players for every category, which is expected to be made public soon.

The new contract policy is one of CWI CEO Johnny Grave's visions for the board, along with the previously-announced amnesty. The policy has three levels, and will initially last for nine months. The new contracts will be offered on July 1, 2018, at the same time as the domestic retainer contracts.

The contracts have been split into three categories. Category A will comprise players who play predominantly Tests and ODIs. Category B will be for only Test players, while Category C will cover players featuring in only ODIs and T20s.

ESPNcricinfo understands six players have been offered first batch of white-ball contracts (Category C): Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse and Kesrick Williams.

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Please resign, Courtney Browne

Wed, Dec 13, '17

by ANDRE BAPTISE

Commentary

“This is the worst cricket ever …these guys are playing like novices…some of them should learn the basics before they even travel with an international team.”

At the moment, the West Indies team is engaged in a series of matches against New Zealand and the words expressed above, I feel certain, may have been in the minds of the commentators but because of courtesy, could not be expressed openly.

In the first place, this Test series after the Zimbabwe ordeal, was not even mentioned in cricketing circles in this country, much less for the Caribbean most likely, except Barbados, my Bajan friend told me.

At the moment, the regional Four-Day series is in progress, although that in itself is a misnomer, as there appears to be “no progress” in terms of the standard of the games being played with small totals, cheap dismissals and at times inaccurate bowling. Even the new rules appear totally skewed, with fast bowling points being encouraged, even when the bowlers are not good and spin bowling being discouraged by the lack of points.

Trinidad Guardian has the full article

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PCL: Points Table after 6 Rounds

Tue, Dec 12, '17

 

PCL

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Following are the Official Points Standings after the sixth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Championship.

Abbreviations: PTS-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, I-incomplete match, T-tied, A-abandoned match, DP-Abandoned match due to dangerous pitch, MR-match referee awarding match, BAT-batting points, BOWL-bowling points, PB-pace bowling points

 

FRANCHISES

PTS

M

W

L

I

T

A

DP

MR

BAT

BOWL

PB

1. Guyana Jaguars

97.2

6

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

12

16

12.2

2. Jamaica Scorpions

67.8

6

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

14

15

5.8

3. T&T Red Force

67.6

6

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

16

12

6.6

4. Leewards Hurricanes

57

6

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

8

17

11

5. Barbados Pride

56.8

6

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

13

17

5.8

6. Windwards Volcanoes

32.8

6

0

4

1

1

0

0

0

6

12

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Wagner, Boult seal 2-0 sweep, Brathwaite fined

Tue, Dec 12, '17

 

Windies vs NZ

Trent Boult and Tim Southee shot out the top order, Neil Wagner bruised the batsmen in the middle, and Mitchell Santner cleaned up the tail, as New Zealand cruised to a 240-run victory at Seddon Park. West Indies' second innings featured only one brave stand - a 78-run association for the sixth wicket between Roston Chase and Raymon Riefer. Only on the first day of this Test can the visitors be said to have been in the hunt for victory. Avoiding defeat was always going to be difficult after giving up a first-innings lead of 152, but West Indies would perhaps be disappointed with the speed of their demise.

New Zealand, meanwhile, made a strong start to their home summer, as their quicks bowled themselves into a rhythm, and key batsmen ran into form. The only downside for the hosts is that having played no Tests since March, they now have no long-format matches scheduled until March next year.

ESPNcricinfo has the report and scorecard

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West Indies In Trouble

Mon, Dec 11, '17

 

Windies vs NZ

A record-equalling 17th century by Ross Taylor had New Zealand closing in on a series sweep against the West Indies after day three of the second Test in Hamilton on Monday.

The West Indies, set a world-record target of 444 to win, were in trouble at 30 for two by stumps with two full days of play remaining.

It was New Zealand's day as they shut down the West Indies for 221 to lead by 152 on the first innings. New Zealand declared their second innings at 291 for eight, with Taylor 107 not out, and then took two top-order wickets by stumps.

Taylor joined the late Martin Crowe and current captain Kane Williamson on 17 Test centuries.The 33-year-old, who offered two chances in an otherwise majestic innings, reached the milestone driving Raymon Reifer to the boundary for only the 11th four in his 198 ball innings.Williamson was earlier out for 54 as he looked to lead New Zealand to a series sweep following the innings victory in the first Test.

The current record for a victorious fourth innings chase is 418, achieved 14 years ago when the West Indies reached the target against Australia for the loss of seven wickets.

scorecard

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