There are 14 nations at the current event and this means that six will be missing out come next World Cup. The regular ICC full members West Indies, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, will be the ones battling for supremacy.
At the current World Cup, the minnows and this time Ireland, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Afghanistan and Scotland all created great excitement during their matches. Ireland took it further and defeated two Test playing full member nations in West Indies and Zimbabwe. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for the quarter-finals and this from a team that played just nine ODIs (One Day International) in between the 2011 and current World Cup.
AS part of its cricket development initiative, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) collaborates with the USA Global Cricket Academy (USAGCA) for a youth-friendly competition which bowls off today at the Everest Cricket Club ground and concludes on April 6. The USAGCA, which was the winner of the 2003 ICC Global Award for Best Junior Development Initiative, is resuming its international youth cricket tour programme following successful Under-17 and Under-19 Tours of India in 2014-15.
USAGCA’s Under-18, Under-15 and Under-13 teams will be engaging youth teams from various clubs, counties and area teams of the same age group. The clubs providing teams are Demerara Cricket Club, Everest Cricket Club, Georgetown Cricket Club, and Gandhi Youth Organisation.
Former West Indies head coach, Ottis Gibson, has been reappointed as England’s fast-bowling coach for the forthcoming tour of the Caribbean, officials confirmed yesterday. Gibson was England’s bowling coach for nearly three years from 2007 before he was appointed as head coach of West Indies.
He was dismissed from the job last August after guiding West Indies to a World Twenty20 crown in Sri Lanka but struggled to regenerate West Indies cricket. “We are delighted to have secured a bowling coach of Ottis’ calibre,” declared England’s managing director, Paul Downton.
THE incoming head of English cricket has handed Phil Simmons a welcome key card prior to his first series as West Indies head coach. Colin Graves, who takes over as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman on May 15, told BBC Radio that he would “certainly be disappointed if we don’t win the West Indies series because I am pretty sure the West Indies are going to have a mediocre team”.
He claimed that “a lot of their stars are going to be playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) anyway, not in the Tests, so we should win that series.” The reality is that there are six West Indian “stars” in the IPL that conflicts with the three England Tests.
Chris Gayle’s creaking back led to his withdrawal from the England series; he has already missed four of the West Indies last five Tests. Dwayne Smith has retired from red ball cricket, Andre Russell’s solitary Test was more than four years ago, Lendl Simmons’ eighth, and last, in 2011, Dwayne Bravo’s last of 40 in 2012.