Professional First Class Franchise System will revolutionize West Indies cricket – Don Wehby
Mon, Sep 22, '14
Bridgetown, Barbados – Regional business executive and Director of the West Indies Cricket Board Don Wehby, said today that the professionalization of First Class cricket in the West Indies will revolutionize the game in the region.
The WICB is about to roll out a full Professional First Class Franchise System in which a cadre of 90 players will be engaged in a professional cricket structure on a day-to-day basis, year round.
“This professional structure and environment is geared towards, and certainly will, revolutionize cricket in the region and contribute significantly to the repositioning of the West Indies team in the upper echelons of international cricket,” said Wehby who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaican headquartered multi-national company, GraceKennedy Limited.
“I am excited by the prospects for the success of this professional structure and I urge that it receive the support of regional governments, corporate Caribbean, fans, the tourism sector and all the facets of our society which hold cricket dear,” urged Wehby, a former Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Public Service in the Jamaican government.
The West Indies has taken full advantage of its home One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against New Zealand when it surged to the top of the ICC Women’s Championship table and its players made significant movements in the Reliance ICC ODI Women’s Rankings, released on Saturday. The West Indies won all four ODIs against New Zealand, with the first three matches counting towards the ICC Women’s Championship. This event has been introduced to create a more extensive and meaningful bilateral playing programme for women’s cricket, with the top four sides from this competition qualifying for the ICC Women’s World Cup
West Indies Women will be aiming to complete a clean sweep of their One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand when the two sides meet in the fourth and final fixture here today. West Indies have already won the series, by establishing an unassailable three-nil lead after impressive wins against the visitors. Captain Merissa Aguilleira says her side will be looking to end the series on a high. “We begin the tour on a winning note. We can finish it off as well. Leave the people in St.Kitts something to talk about,” said Aguilleira. “So hopefully once we continue doing what we are doing now. Things will fall in our favour”
Cameron hailed the signing as the most important thing done for West Indies cricket in the past two years. "What it means is that we are going to have 105 players engaged in cricket all year round," Cameron said. "We are going to have 15 at the WICB level - which I will call the international team, while we will have 90 players at the regional franchise level - 15 players among the six teams.
West Indies’ Darren Bravo found guilty of Level 1 offence
Wed, Sep 17, '14
ICC Press release
West Indies player Darren Bravo has been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth and final day’s play in the second Test against Bangladesh in St. Lucia on Tuesday.
Bravo was found to have breached Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “…Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either : (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.”
Bravo had been warned on several occasions not to approach and verbally offend the opposition batsmen and repeatedly failed to heed the umpires’ instructions. Bravo disputed the offence and a formal hearing was then conducted by ICC Match Referee Roshan Mahanama, with the charge having initially been brought by on-field umpires Stephen Davis, Richard Illingworth, Third Umpire Marais Erasmus and Fourth Umpire Peter Nero. Mr Mahanama found the player guilty and issued a fine of 30 per cent of his match fee. Following the hearing, ICC Match Referee Mahanama said: “The umpires felt that the player’s behaviour brought the game into disrepute and he was reminded of his responsibilities to extend respect at all times to both his opponent and to match officials.” The full text of the ICC Code of Conduct can be found here.