Bassarath ‘disappointed’ with axing of Trinis
Sat, Sep 5, '15
Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president Azim Bassarath says he is “very disappointed” with the decision of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Selection Committee to remove compatriot Denesh Ramdin as captain of the regional Test team. Noting further that another Trinidadian Merissa Aguilleira was also demoted from skipper of the Windies women’s team, Bassarath speculated on the rationale involved.
Bassarath, also a Director of the WICB, did not waiver from acknowledging the current friction between the TT CB and the WICB who recently squabbled over the non-hosting of WICB town-hall meetings here. Patrick Rampersad, an Executive Member of the TT CB, went so far as to question whether it was a sign of disrespect shown by the WICB to the local territorial body. Speaking to Newsday yesterday, Bassarath made it clear that he was not part of the WICB teleconference where the decision by the selectors was ratified as he was busy conducting duties as a Returning Officer for the General Elections scheduled for Monday.
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Taylor named new West Indies Women's captain
Sat, Sep 5, '15
St. John's, Antigua, September 4 - (www.bcacricket.org) – Experienced Jamaica all-rounder Stafanie Taylor has been named as the new captain of the West Indies Women’s team. She succeeds Merissa Aguilleira, whose tenure of captain started at the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia.
Barbadian fast bowler Shakera Selman has been elevated as vice-captain.
The appointment of Taylor was recommended by the WICB Selection Panel and endorsed by the Directors during a teleconference meeting on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Taylor, who is a top-order batsman and part-time off-spinner, has played 84 One-day and 62 Twenty20 Internationals since making her debut for Windies Women. She has been the long-standing vice-captain of the team and led Jamaica Women to a sweep of the Regional Women’s titles between 2010 and 2014.
Head WICB selector Clive Lloyd said Taylor had many of the qualities needed to be an inspirational leader.
Jason Holder new captain of the West Indies Test team.
Fri, Sep 4, '15
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board announced on Friday a 15-member Test squad for the Tour of Sri Lanka next month.
Jason Holder (Captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (Vice Captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood
Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel
Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican
Head WICB selector Clive Lloyd said Holder the appointment was made with an eye to the future.
“He is a young man that all of the selectors, people in the Caribbean and worldwide believe has several of the qualities that can take our team forward,” said Lloyd.
“We felt the time was right for a change and we feel he will do as well as he did when he was elevated to the position of One-day International captain ahead of the World Cup.
Lloyd added: “We had a number of detractors when he was appointed ODI captain, but he showed during the ODI series in South Africa and the World Cup that he had the qualities that were needed to take our team forward.
“We expect to get new thinking and new dynamism from him. Jason commands respect. He is a fine young man, very intelligent and he seems to get the best from the players because he is a straightforward guy. I think the players will warm to him. He has a young bunch of players and we feel he can guide them in the manner that is required for internationals.”
The 23-year-old Holder also currently holds the position of captain of the West Indies One-day International team. He has appeared in eight Tests, following his debut against New Zealand last June in his native Barbados.
WICB stages Coaches Conference in Barbados
Thu, Sep 3, '15
WICB Press Release: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A historic gathering will take place tomorrow in Barbados, when the WICB Professional Cricket League Coaches Conference is convened featuring coaches from each of the six franchises.
For the first time, regional coaches will meet with three key WICB officials – Director of Cricket Richard Pybus, Convenor of the West Indies Selection Panel Clive Lloyd and Head Coach of the West Indies team Phil Simmons – to discuss matters of common interest in the further development of the game at the professional level in the Caribbean.
The coaches attending are: Hendy Springer and Dexter Toppin (Barbados Pride), Esuan Crandon and Rayon Griffith (Guyana Jaguars), Junior Bennett (Jamaica Scorpions), Reginald Benjamin (Leeward Islands Hurricanes), Gus Logie (Trinidad & Tobago Red Force) and Ian Allen (Windward Islands Volcanoes).
“It’s the first sitting of the franchise coaches with us and to get them all aware of what are our common goals as we approach the second season of operation of the PCL,” said Pybus, who will chair the meeting.
Galle likely to host West Indies Test
Thu, Sep 3, '15
After much deliberation, Sri Lanka Cricket's interim committee is likely to retain Galle as a venue for the two-Test series against West Indies in October but has decided to drastically reduce the costs it will incur in hosting the match there, as well as at other venues for the tour.
"We hope to cut costs down to about Rs 3 million (approx. $22,200) to try and offset the losses we will incur hosting West Indies," Kushil Gunasekera, the interim committee vice-president, said.
"We didn't want to deprive the outstation spectators from watching an international match but at the same time we had to also curtail the losses that we will incur playing at Galle.
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