Lendl Simmons and David Miller were the big winners in the Caribbean Premier League 2016 draft yesterday in Barbados, going first and second overall to fetch top tier US$160,000 contracts. Simmons went to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, having represented Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2015, while Miller was snapped up for the first time by a CPL team going to the St Lucia Zouks second overall. Miller will team with Shane Watson to fill the void left by Kevin Pietersen, who opted to withdraw himself from the CPL for this season. Sohail Tanvir’s pick at fifth overall by Guyana essentially meant he and Simmons made a straight swap between teams. Chris Gayle (Jamaica Tallawahs), Dwayne Bravo (Trinbago Knight Riders) and Kieron Pollard (Barbados Tridents) were all retained by their franchises in the first round. The six designated marquee overseas players were all taken in the second round beginning with AB de Villiers by the Tridents. He was followed by Martin Guptill, who will switch from the Patriots to the Amazon Warriors for 2016.
'West Indies are stagnant. We are not going anywhere'..Sammy
Thu, Feb 11, '16
"A lot has been happening," Darren Sammy says, as he sits down for this interview. It is Tuesday evening and we are in Dubai, where Sammy is playing for Peshawar Zalmi in the inaugural Pakistan Super League. He looks weary and not keen to talk; not the Sammy we are accustomed to, with his sunny smiles and positivity. He reveals that he has been busy in a dialogue with the WICB over player fees for the World T20. Also, obviously with planning for the tournament, in which he will lead West Indies.
Being back as West Indies T20 captain must come as a shot in the arm for you? People see it as a surprise, but I have been captain of the T20 team since 2010. It is just a continuation. It is my third World Cup [fifth], in a format which we won, and we stand a good chance of winning again. I am always excited about leading, especially the T20 team. It gives me pleasure and joy to captain some of the most sought after T20 players in the world.
Brian Lara has said: watch out for West Indies in the World T20. Between the last tournament and now, what has changed for the team? We are not often called favourites. The difference now is we have barely played any T20Is since the last World T20. Most of us have not been selected for ODI cricket as well. It is only by playing in different leagues that we continue keeping ourselves match ready.
It is good that we are playing in Dubai [in the PSL], which is similar conditions to India. The experience we have in the dressing room, especially playing in India [in the IPL], will take us a long way. Take it one game at a time and believe we are the best. When it comes to T20 cricket, we are a confident bunch. I remember in 2012 when we won, it was about believing that we could win the World Cup. That was the goal. That was the mission.
West Indies Under-19s ended up stunning over 10,000 fans at the Shere Bangla Stadium by chasing down 227, with three wickets in hand, in an anxious fashion against Bangladesh Under-19s in the semi-final of the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies were cruising at 147 for 3 and seemed to be buckle under pressure after captain Shimron Hetmyer fell for 60. They lost two more wickets for 34 runs but were salvaged by Shamar Springer's unbeaten 62 after his incisive spell of 10-0-36-2.
The West Indies chase started in the usual aggressive mode when Gidron Pope clobbered 14 runs in the first over. He continued to attack and was dropped on 23 in the fourth over before he took his team to an intimidating 56 for 2 in seven overs. After Pope fell for 38, Hetmyer led the charge just like his counterpart Mehedi Hasan Miraz had done earlier in the day, with a measured knock in the company of Keacy Carty. The required run rate was just under four when they got together and they carried out their partnership of 62 in composed fashion.
Sammy wants mediation as selectors meet to pick new squad
Thu, Feb 11, '16
West Indies cricket selectors were yesterday mandated by the WICB to select a new 15-man squad to represent the region in the upcoming ICC T20 World which bowls off on March 8, in India.
The four-man panel of Clive Lloyd (chairman), Courtney Browne, Eldine Baptiste and Courtney Walsh were involved in a teleconference that is likely to result in a new team for the tournament, if the demands of Darren Sammy and the other 14 players who have asked for their contracts to be renegotiated are not accepted by the WICB.
“Any issues you or a particular group of players may have with the representation you receive from your association are best taken up with WIPA. As it stands however, WIPA is the exclusive collective bargaining agent for West Indian players—regardless of who those particular players may be at any given time.”