Gibson back with England
Fri, Mar 27, '15
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.
“He is highly respected among the fast bowling fraternity and his knowledge and experience of local conditions will be invaluable in the Caribbean”.
Interview with Dave Cameron
Thu, Mar 26, '15
The folks over at CaribUpdate have an interview with WICB boss Dave Cameron, which was conducted before the West Indies' final game in the World Cup.
ECB chairman says Caribbean team mediocre
Thu, Mar 26, '15
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.
more at Trinidad Express
Time running out for Powell
Wed, Mar 25, '15
IN normal circumstances, Kieran Powell might have been with the West Indies World Cup team in Australia and New Zealand, as he had been on the tour of New Zealand just over a year earlier.
Applied to West Indies cricket, normal is not an adjective that immediately springs to mind.
An ocean away, the tall, elegant left-handed opener from Nevis, at 26 in the prime of a sportsman’s life, was in Sri Lanka, turning out for the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club in the Premier League.
According to his father, Carlisle Powell, a former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director, it is an arrangement developed out of his friendship with the legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitheran, the Tamil Union’s most illustrious player, and brokered by his manager Emma Everett, who also represents his former teammates Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin and Sir Richie Richardson, now West Indies team manager.
West Indies squad for training camp ahead of England series
Tue, Mar 24, '15
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board announced today a 20-member West Indies squad for a training camp in Antigua ahead of the International Home Test Series against England, starting next month.
Sulieman Benn, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite
Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich
Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson, Veerasammy Permaul
Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor
All but seven of the players selected were part of the squad that played in the previous Test series against South Africa this past December/January.
The seven include the uncapped quartet of Carlos Brathwaite, fellow fast bowler Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich and fellow wicketkeeper/batsman Shai Hope, with the spin bowling pair of Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul earning a recall.
Left-handed batsman Darren Bravo has recovered from the injury that ended his participation at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 early.
The training camp will begin on April 5 and culminate with preparation for the first Test, starting on Monday, April 13, at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.