Sat, Feb 6, '16



St. John’s, ANTIGUA - The report of the findings from the “alleged interference” in the selection process for the senior men’s team is in. The report also features a seven-point recommendation going forward.
Interviews were conducted with nine West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) personnel and the three cases which were under scrutiny was one home test series against Australia; one away one-day international series against Zimbabwe (which was cancelled) and the away ODI series against Sri Lanka…all in 2015.

The findings stated that the actions of the President and Vice President to support the selection of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the home series in May last year, were personal statements and were done without approval of the Board of Directors. The other findings reported support the roles of the Director of Cricket and the Selectors and that they were following the existing selection policies and guidelines.

The seven-point recommendations spoke to a number of areas for improvement to include but not limited to:
· Providing mediation for the Selection Panel

· Clearly defined roles for the team and individuals separately

· Refining of policies on selection

· Advising the public on selection criteria

· A closer look at performance standards

· An update to the terms of reference for the Selection Committee

The report which was conducted by Human Resource Specialist, Colin Barnett, was presented to the Executive Team and will be used as a guide going forward. The report is also an agenda item for the Board of Directors regular quarterly meeting, set for March in Antigua. Barnett also sits on the WICB’s HR Committee.

The next major international assignment for the WICB is the men’s and women’s ICC World Twenty20 Tournament in India from March 8 – April 3. The women’s squad which is currently in camp in Barbados will go to South Africa before going on to India, while the men’s team will participate in a camp in Dubai later this month.

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Simmons shines in opener but Gayle, Bravo fail

Sat, Feb 6, '16


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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb 5, CMC – Superstar opener Chris Gayle made an inauspicious start to the Pakistan Super League with a failure but Lendl Simmons hit an unbeaten half-century to propel Karachi Kings to a seven-wicket victory in their opening game of the Pakistan Super League here Friday.

Sent in at the Dubai International Stadium, Gayle’s Lahore Qalanders managed just 125 for eight off their 20 overs, with the West Indies left-hander scoring just six.

He perished to the fourth ball of the game, holing out to long on off off-spinner Shoaib Malik with the score on six.

read more at Antigua Observer

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Warriors to give preference to region-based players during CPL draft

Sat, Feb 6, '16



THE Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has confirmed a stellar line-up of international stars, but the Guyana Amazon Warriors will most likely give preference to the region-based players, according a top official within the Warriors management. The CPL player draft takes place on February 11 in Barbados where 289 players – 157 from West Indies and 132 from overseas – have been registered for the draft.
“We are still in discussion … we want the best players, but obviously we want to give preference to the players in the region,” the official said.
Further this publication was reliably informed that star batsman Lendl Simmons and skipper Denesh Ramdin are unlikely to be a part of the Warriors make-up.
Simmons, who has been the team’s highest run-scorer over the past three seasons, and Ramdin are locked in fee negotiations with the local franchise, but Chronicle Sport was reliably informed that no tenable resolution has been reached by the parties.This publication also understands that New Zealand star batsman Martin Guptill, who played for the Warriors during the first edition, is likely to return to the Warriors setup after representing the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots last season.

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ICC announces review of 2014 restructuring

Fri, Feb 5, '16



The ICC has announced it will carry out a complete constitutional review of the changes brought about by the "Big Three" takeover in 2014. Moves have already begun to dismantle the system of governance proposed by the BCCI, ECB and CA two years ago, with confirmation of the expected change to make the ICC chairman an independent position.

The outcomes from the ICC board meeting on Wednesday also included removing permanent positions for India, England and Australia on the Executive Committee and the Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee - the ICC's two most powerful forums.

In a statement, the ICC said the board had "agreed to carry out a complete review of the 2014 resolutions and constitutional changes with a view to establishing governance, finance, corporate and cricketing structures that are appropriate and effective for the strategic role and function of the ICC and all of its members".

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Chanderpaul was not forced to retire, says WICB

Thu, Feb 4, '16


WICB Under Scrutiny

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is refuting a suggestion that it forced veteran cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul to retire from international cricket so that he can play in the inaugural Masters Cricket League (MCL) T20 currently underway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Chanderpaul is claiming that a No Objection Certificate issued to him by the WICB contained a threatening clause, which forced him to call time on his international career.

WICB issued NOCs to four players, including Chanderpaul, to facilitate their participation in the MCL, a tournament approved by the International Cricket Council for players who have retired from international cricket.

“I was given a No Objection Certificate by WICB with a clause in it that I retire on the 23rd,” Chanderpaul told ESPNcricinfo.

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