FAST BOWLING REMAINS A PRIORITY FOR CRICKET WEST INDIES

Thu, Apr 26, '18

 

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St John’s, ANTIGUA With less than 400 days to go before the Cricket World Cup 2019 and with four away international series, another round of its premier regional competitions, Cricket West Indies (CWI) will assemble 10 of the best young and upcoming fast bowlers in the region. They will participate in a fast bowling camp from April 30- June 30 in Antigua.

The camp will focus on a high-performance program which will hasten the bowlers’ development, aimed at getting them ready for international cricket, while preparing them to be available for selection onto the WINDIES Senior and A Teams.

The Selection Panel of CWI believes these players are the “core of the bunch” of young fast bowlers in the West Indies.

CWI’s Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams is excited for this camp, indicating it could be the first of many, as, “the long-term goal is that this program could be annual, including but not limited to this group. After an assessment of this camp, the team will determine when the next one will be. We will keep identifying our core group of emerging talent and the broader view is that we can eventually run the program not just for fast-bowlers but in the key areas of cricket.”

The high-performance team of Richard Pybus and Graeme West will also include Roddy Estwick, Curtly Ambrose and support staff.

The bowlers selected for this camp include:
Dominic Drakes
Chemar Holder
Keon Joseph
Shermon Lewis
Jeremiah Louis
Keemo Paul
Raymon Reifer
Romario Shepherd
Odean Smith
Oshane Thomas

The camp will be based at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua - home of West Indies Cricket.

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Holder looking for better

Thu, Apr 26, '18

 

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Captain of the West Indies Jason Holder says 2017 was a reasonably good year for his team but the regional side has to be more consistent.

The West Indies won three of the ten Test matches they played last year, lost six and one was drawn. They defeated Pakistan by 106 runs at Kensington Oval, staged a remarkable five-wicket victory against England at Headingley and won by 117 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo to clinch the two-match series 1-0.

West Indies captain Jason Holder

“We are at a stage in our careers where we are looking to make a progression forward. Last year was a reasonably good year for us, we won a couple of Test matches and a Test series. The beauty of winning that series in Zimbabwe is that most of the guys got the feeling of what it was like to be victorious in a Test series for the first time. We got to try to be more consistent, the lack of consistency has hampered us in the past, it is an area that we have to address,” Holder told Barbados TODAY.

The West Indies’ next Test series is against Sri Lanka in the Caribbean from May 30 to June 27 and Holder said the players had been using the time to prepare for the series which includes the first day/night Test match in the region to be played at Kensington Oval from June 23 to 27.

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CWI plans to hold talks with exiled quartet after IPL

Wed, Apr 25, '18

 

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive, Johnny Grave, plans to meet with a quartet of exiled players after the Indian Premier League (IPL), in an attempt to clear up the uncertainty surrounding their availability.

Neither Darren Bravo, older brother Dwayne, Sunil Narine nor Kieron Pollard has played for West Indies in recent times, leading to speculation over their future in the international arena.

But with West Indies facing a heavy upcoming playing schedule, Grave said it was important there was clarity for selectors regarding the four players.

“Darren Bravo has refused selection on a number of occasions now so we can’t continually go back to him every time we have a match and ask if he wants to be part of it,” the Englishman told the Express newspaper here.

Dwayne hasn’t played for quite a while in any of our sides and said he does not see his future playing international cricket. So we’ve asked him for a meeting to see if that is his firm position.”

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Denied the opportunity to help Caribbean people - Bravo

Wed, Apr 25, '18

 

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Some of West Indies' best-known players are claiming they were "denied the opportunity to help Caribbean people" by being omitted from the teams involved in the Hurricane Relief game at Lord's.

The charity T20 match between West Indies and a World XI is being staged on May 31 to raise funds to repair five major cricket venues damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. West Indies named a 13-man squad last week and it did feature some big names - Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels - but Dwayne Bravo insisted he, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo had all hoped to be involved as well. None of them were picked.

"We were denied the opportunity to be a part of something to help Caribbean people in a charity game we wanted to play in and were looking forward to being a part of", Bravo told ESPNcricinfo. "We weren't contacted or selected, so we just want people to know that we were fully available for the game and are seeking answers behind our non-selection."

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Rashid, Tamim and Shakib confirmed for ICC World XI team to play the Windies at Lord's

Mon, Apr 23, '18

 

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ICC Media Release: Top-ranked bowler Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Bangladesh stars Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal have confirmed their participation for the ICC World XI which will play a Twenty20 International against the Windies at Lord’s on 31 May.

Rashid, who is ranked number one on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings and is second in the list of One-Day International bowlers, will be one of many big names to watch in the Lord’s match, which is being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.

Shakib, the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs and third in T20Is, and left-handed opener Tamim also come in with huge reputations and Bangladesh fans would be following their fortunes with interest. The trio joins three other Asians who have already confirmed for the match – Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka.

More big names are likely to be confirmed in the coming days for the ICC World XI side, which is being led by England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan.

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