WICB PressRelease: KINGSTON, Jamaica – The West Indies Cricket Board is very saddened to hear of the loss of life and damage to property that has taken place in Dominica during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
The weather system battered the island on Thursday with heavy rains reportedly causing streets to flood and rivers to overflow.
Official reports have described the destruction as one of “epic proportions”, and as many as 20 people may have been killed.
“It was with great distress and sadness that we received the news about Tropical Storm Erika which has caused loss of lives, injuries and damage in Dominica,” said WICB president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron.
“On behalf of the directors, management and staff of the WICB, I would like to convey our heartfelt solidarity with the people of Dominica who have suffered great loss from this natural disaster.”
Dominica is the home of WICB Vice President Emmanuel Nanthan and base for the newly-formed Windward Islands Volcanoes franchise which takes part in the WICB Professional Cricket League.
“Our prayers are with Vice President Nanthan and all Dominicans,” said Cameron. “We are praying that all citizens and residents to Dominica will have the patience and fortitude to deal with the aftermath of this natural disaster.
“While the country and people are undergoing this serious crisis, we want to assure them that the WICB fully understands the seriousness of their loss and is committed to contribute in any possible way to help them overcome the impact of this natural disaster and in alleviating the stress of the affected victims.”
Windsor Park, the international match venue in the Dominica capital of Roseau, hosted the first Test between West Indies and Australia last June.
Garner re-elected as BCA president for fifth straight two-year term
Fri, Aug 28, '15
Bridgetown, Barbados, August 27 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Joel Garner has been re-elected as president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) for a fifth consecutive two-year term.
At this evening's 13th Special Meeting at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Garner, a former Barbados captain and West Indies fast bowling great, defeated Conde Riley 127 to 101 votes. There were two spoilt votes.
Riley also lost to Garner two years ago (166-121).
Deighton Smith was retained as First vice-president as well, beating Calvin Hope 121-109. There were five spoilt votes.
Maurice Gaskin is the new Second vice-president. He was elected unopposed. That position had been held by Wendell Kellman.
Worcestershire sign Shannon Gabriel on short-term deal
Fri, Aug 28, '15
The UK Guardian is reporting that Worcestershire have signed the West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel for the final two matches of their County Championship campaign.
The 27-year-old will replace the Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, who is returning to his homeland after next week’s game against Sussex. Gabriel will be available to face Durham at Chester-le-Street and Middlesex at New Road, subject to the West Indies Cricket Board granting him a no objection certificate.
Gabriel said: “This will be my first taste of county cricket and I am looking forward to the challenge of keeping Worcestershire in Division One of the Championship. I know it is only for two matches but I am hoping to make a big contribution.”
THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Cricket Board has categorically denied that the West Indies Cricket Board has held any meaningful discussions with them concerning the hosting of a town-hall meeting of local stakeholders.
This response from the TTCB contradicts a media release by the WICB on August 22 which alleges that “efforts to host a meeting in T&T could not be finalised as far back as June 2015 when the president’s office made contact.”
The WICB was responding to comments last week made by third vice-president of the TTCB Patrick Rampersad who chided the WICB and its president Wycliffe “Dave” Cameron for bypassing TT in their planned series of meetings which have already been held in St Lucia, Dominica, Guyana and Jamaica.
In their latest media release the WICB stated that their next town-hall meeting will be staged in Antigua “on a date to be announced” but again no mention was made of the TT leg, which has raised serious concerns about the level of respect and courtesy being afforded the local cricket organisation.