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Fri, Dec 1, '23

WI World Cup

ST. JOHN’S - Antigua - Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed that the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has advised that they are no longer able to host matches in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, which takes place in June 2024. Dominica had been initially selected as a host venue for the highly anticipated tournament, along with six other countries in the West Indies; Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The Ministry of Culture, Youth, Sports, and Community Development in Dominica confirmed that, despite the country's eagerness to host matches and tangible efforts to date, they have evaluated proposed timelines after consultation with their contractors. After careful consideration, it was determined that there will not be adequate time to fulfil all the obligations outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding between CWI and the Government of Dominica. 

Dr Bennett confirms he wants Billy Heaven's JCA job

Fri, Dec 1, '23


Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) first Vice-President Dr Donovan Bennett has confirmed whispers in some circles that he will challenge the incumbent boss Wilford "Billy" Heaven at the JCA election which is expected to be held next year.

"I'm going to offer myself for the presidency. So, whenever the next election is called I'm going to contest it," Bennett, who is the chairman of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) medical panel, told the Jamaica Observer.

"The JCA needs somebody who understands the game of cricket, who knows the game of cricket and who is able to move things forward," he said.

Citing Jamaica's decline as a cricketing force in the region, Bennett charged that under Heaven's tenure there has been a fractured link between club and parish associations and the local governing body.

"The general relationship between the clubs or parishes and the JCA has broken down. The clubs and parishes have no confidence in the JCA.

"There is a serious fissure that needs to be fixed because the JCA can only be as successful as the clubs and parishes. My focus would be to repair that and work with the clubs and parishes and see if we can get cricket to where it was about 10 to 15 years ago," he explained.

Read more at Jamaica Observer

South Africa 'A' crush West Indies 'A' by 232 runs to level series

Fri, Dec 1, '23

Windies vs RSA

West Indies ‘A’ was thumped by 232 runs South Africa ‘A’ as the second unofficial Test between the two teams concluded in East London on Friday.

South Africa ‘A’ bowled the Caribbean side out for 202 on the third day of the four-day encounter to level the keenly contested series 1-1.

Resuming on 134-5 with Tevin Imlach on 16 and Kevin Sinclair, 15, and with the West Indies A still needing 308 runs for victory, the tourists’ innings only lasted an additional 18 overs as Imlach was dismissed for 34 and Sinclair 21.

Read more at SportsMax

"CPL Foundation for my success" - Matthew Forde

Fri, Dec 1, '23

Caribbean Premier League

Matthew Forde was 20 years old when he first appeared for a CPL franchise. Having had success in age group cricket he was someone who was of interest to CPL teams, but it was a conversation with Pedro Collins that started his CPL career. Forde had been coached by Collins for a while. They lived very close to each other, and Collins would regularly give Forde a lift to and from training. 

On one of those journeys the conversation turned to CPL cricket. Forde told Collins that he did not currently have a team. Collins is part of the Saint Lucia Kings set up and he called Daren Sammy, the Kings head coach, while Forde was in the car. Forde was encouraged to send videos of him in action to Sammy and by the time he was dropped off Sammy had called back to say, “I want this youngster.” 

That conversation led to Forde making his CPL debut during the 2022 season, and while he didn’t bowl in his first match, he was entrusted with the new ball for his home debut against Guyana Amazon Warriors. Forde says his response to being asked if he wanted this responsibility so early in his career was to tell Sammy, “You asking a dog if he want a bone”.

Shane Dowrich announces international retirement

Thu, Nov 30, '23

Media Watch

Cricket West Indies (CWI) today announced that Shane Dowrich, the experienced wicket-keeper/batsman has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect and has withdrawn from the West Indies squad for the upcoming CG United One-Day International (ODI) Series against England. 

Dowrich made his international debut against Australia in Dominica in 2015. He played 35 Tests where he scored 1,570 runs including three centuries with a top score of 125 not out against Sri Lanka in Trinidad in 2018. Behind the stumps he had 85 catches and five stumpings. He also played one ODI in Ireland in May 2019.

CWI thanked Dowrich for his contribution to West Indies cricket and wished him the best in his future endeavors. Miles Bascombe, CWI’s Director of Cricket said: “We want to thank Shane for contribution when he played for West Indies. He is a disciplined, hard-working cricketer who always gave his utmost in front and behind the stumps. He had a memorable series in 2019 when he made an outstanding Test century on home soil in Barbados to help us beat England and win the Wisden Trophy. We respect his decision to retire and appreciate it is not an easy one to make. We wish him all the best as he steps away from the international stage.”

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