ATTENTION ON ANTIGUA AND BARBADOS FOR REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CRICKET
Mon, Jan 23, '17
St JOHN’S, Antigua – The islands of Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados will become the centre of attention over the next six weeks as they get ready to host the Regional Super50 and the three One-Day-Internationals (ODI) – West Indies vs England. This all from January 25 to March 9.
Both islands will co-host both tournaments. The final of the Super50 is set for Antigua, while the final ODI will be in Barbados. What is spectacular about Antigua and Barbuda is the official re-opening of the refurbished Coolidge Cricket Ground (Sticky Wicket) which will be one of the main venues for the Super50 along with the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Meanwhile in Barbados Windward Cricket Club, 3Ws Oval and Kensington Oval are the three venues. Day/Night matches will be at Coolidge and Kensington respectively.
Live and delayed television coverage will be on ESPN for the day/night matches at Coolidge, and radio coverage in Antigua and Barbados.
Outgoing WICB CEO, Michael Muirhead, says “the deal for the acquisition of the facility at Coolidge, between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the WICB, will, over a phased period see improvements and add-ons to accommodate the full-service headquarters of West Indies Cricket.”
Upcoming events at Coolidge will include: Townhall Meeting with the WICB President, Tuesday, January 24 at 6pm Super50 preliminary day/night matches starting January 25 Super50 semi-finals – February 15 & 16 Super50 final – February 18
Windward Islands Volcanoes: Liam Sebastien (Captain), Audley Alexander, Sunil Ambris, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Mervin Matthews, Kyle Mayers, Tyrone Theophile, Darren Sammy, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Kesrick Williams; Fernix Thomas (Head Coach)
Trinidad & Tobago Red Force: Denesh Ramdin (Captain), Nicholas Alexis, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Kyle Hope, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Kjorn Ottley, Khary Pierre, Roshon Primus, Ravi Rampaul; Gus Logie (Head Coach)
Kent Spitfire: Sam Northeast (Captain), Adam Ball, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Hugh Bernard, Alexander Blake, Matthew Coles, Sean Dickson, William Gidman, Callum Haggett, Matthew Hunn, Imran Qayyum, Adam Riley, Oliver Robinson, Adam Rouse, Darren Stevens, Ivan Thomas, James Tredwell; Matthew Walker (Head Coach)
Structure key to return of winning culture, says Adams
Sat, Jan 21, '17
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Newly appointed director of cricket Jimmy Adams says one of the major items on his agenda is creating a structure that can lead to the establishing of a new winning culture in West Indies cricket.
The former Windies Test captain, who took up the post this month, said while the success of the international teams was important, a proper developmental structure would ensure the sustainability of that success.
“I think ultimately, we all want success; we want first, team success,” Adams told
“I would back that up and say we want a structure that guarantees a certain standard of cricket even if you’re not winning every day, but you know that with what we have from grassroots through youth cricket through the first-class structure, you know that the standard will be within a certain range.
While West Indies have excelled in the game’s shortest version, they have slumped badly in the Test and one-day formats with performances which have left them in the nether regions of the international rankings.
“It is amazing how quickly Ashwin has become the fastest to reach 200 Test wickets, he is going to break many records,” said my dad.
“Not fastest, second fastest,” I corrected him.
“You are talking about people like (Clarrie) Grimmett. Son, cricket has changed a lot from back then,” he said.
I couldn’t argue.
He recalls watching a Test match in Karachi where 95 runs were scored in a full day’s play. He reminisces the time when during Test matches players could casually interact with friends, family and even with privileged fans.
He says, “Asif Iqbal would sit next to us and chit chat, with his pads on, waiting for his turn to bat”.
He remembers Hanif Mohammad riding a bicycle to the National Stadium on the morning of a Test match in Karachi.
The Mohammad brothers often got their lunch from home, as their mother packed tiffin for them, he says.
As money poured into cricket, its social fabric changed too.
Laws, regulations, bat technology, pitches, quality of oppositions and many other components that have fundamentally altered the sport are in a constant state of evolution.
Fielding restrictions and power play arrangements change so fast that even avid cricket followers have to stay up to speed to keep pace with frequent modifications.
It can sometimes take an extra second to recall how many fielders are allowed outside the circle in the last ten overs of an ODI.
ST. JOHNS, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) today announced the West Indies Under-19 squad to participate in the upcoming Regional Super 50 Tournament.
The 14-member squad includes five players who were part of the team which won the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last year.
These are allrounders Shamar Springer and Keemo Paul; middle-order batsman Kirstan Kallicharan; wicket-keeper/batsman Emmanuel Stewart; and left-arm fast bowler Obed McCoy.
The West Indies Under-19s are participating in this tournament as part of their preparation for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, to be played in New Zealand next year. Springer, Paul and McCoy will not be eligible for that tournament, but have be selected as part of their continued development and monitoring.
Head Coach Graeme West outlined the details behind the team’s preparations.
“We have a really fantastic group of players selected for this tournament and we believe they will do very well. We had a camp in Grenada before Christmas, which went really well. We will have another camp here in Antigua in the build-up to this event, which should get us in the right frame of mind as we play against older and more experienced opposition,” West said.
“On the team, we have included three ‘over-aged’ players – Springer, Paul and McCoy – to add a bit of strength especially to the seam bowling department. They are three quality bowlers, and they can bat as well, and we believe will serve West Indies cricket very well in the future.”
The West Indies Under-19s will play in Zone A which is based in Antigua. They will play alongside defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Kent Spitfire and host team Leeward Islands Hurricanes.