Financially-challenged CWI asks SLC help to host home series

Cricket West Indies may scrap one Test from Sri Lanka’s tour next month in favour of limited-overs internationals, according to Sri Lanka Cricket.

The teams were due to play three Tests only, including the Caribbean’s first day-night Test, but only a week out from Sri Lanka’s departure, SLC said it had been informed by CWI that financial concerns may force a change to the itinerary.

ESPNcricinfo understands that CWI informed SLC of the costs of hosting Sri Lanka and discussed whether they would be willing to make any contribution to ensure the tour goes ahead as planned.

“CWI are experiencing a really challenging financial year as they only have home series scheduled against us and Bangladesh,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said. “They have been talking to us about sharing the costs of the tour and at this stage they haven’t given us any indication that the tour might get postponed altogether.”

Although CWI are not exactly planning to cut down any games form the itinerary at this stage, de Silva did not rule out the possibility. “Most probably the boards will reduce the number of Test matches to two, and play a couple of one-dayers,” he said. “CWI are going through a bit of a crisis. They have been talking to us.”

Both teams have small home audiences and the operational expenses outweigh the money earned from broadcast deals and sponsorships. Limited-overs games, meanwhile, are more attractive to broadcasters and are less expensive to host.

Although many smaller nations struggle to sustain Tests against other small nations, Tests between these two sides – particularly those scheduled in the Caribbean – have been especially vulnerable. A three-Test series in 2013 had also been scrapped, in favour of an ODI tri-series featuring India, on that occasion.

SLC expects CWI to confirm the new itinerary early next week. Sri Lanka’s tour was supposed to start with a three-day practice match beginning on May 30, in Trinidad. The first Test was scheduled for June 6.

Source: ESPN CricInfo

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Windies and Bangladesh to play T20 matches in Florida

West Indies and Bangladesh will play two Twenty20 matches in Florida in August, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced on Tuesday.

The scheduling continues CWI’s efforts to make inroads into the largely untapped North American market, following on the heels of two matches between West Indies and India at the same venue two years
The August 4-5 matches will be held at the Central Broward oval in Lauderhill, south Florida.

“Both matches are scheduled for the weekend and will be played under the lights,” CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said.

“Our intention is to work with ICC Americas members, USA Cricket & Cricket Canada in partnership to establish cricket as a popular sport from North to South America.”

Though West Indies has fallen on hard times at the five-day Test level, they remain a powerhouse in the short three-hour version of the game and are the reigning world champions.

The Bangladesh tour of the Caribbean will include two Tests in July, followed by three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s.

Sri Lanka will also tour the Caribbean, with three Tests next month — one each in Trinidad, St. Lucia and Barbados.

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Brathwaite to captain the WINDIES for Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge

Carlos Brathwaite

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Carlos Brathwaite returns to captain the WINDIES in the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge against the ICC Rest of the World XI at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, on Thursday, May 31.

This charity match is being staged with the support of the MCC, ECB and ICC to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues at the heart of Caribbean communities that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

Match winning all-rounder, Andre Russell, returns to the WINDIES T20 squad following his return to cricket during the Super50 Cup and the IPL.  Explosive openers Evin Lewis and “Universe Boss” Chris Gayle – also return to the squad following the Pakistan Series along with spinner Ashley Nurse.

“We welcome the return of the players who missed the Pakistan Series and are delighted to recall Andre Russell to the squad, as we believe he will have a key role in our white ball cricket. Denesh Ramdin and Keemo Paul keep their places after encouraging performances at both regional and international level.,” says Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne.

CWI’s CEO, Johnny Grave, commented “On behalf of CWI, I’d like to thank the players for their commitment to and support of this vital cause.  We’re hoping to raise a significant sum from the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge and are very grateful to the MCC, ECB and ICC, without whom this match would not be taking place.”

Tickets are now on sale – – with all proceeds from the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge going towards rebuilding and renovating the five major venues damaged during the hurricanes as well as other community cricket facilities:

  • Ronald Webster Park, Anguilla – damaged in Irma
  • Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua – temporarily converted to host refugees from Barbuda following Irma
  • Windsor Park Stadium, Dominica – damaged in Maria
  • A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground, BVI– damaged in Irma
  • Carib Lumber Ball Park, St Maarten – damaged in Irma

Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge, WINDIES Squad:

  1. Samuel Badree
  2. Carlos Brathwaite (Captain)
  3. Rayad Emrit
  4. Andre Fletcher
  5. Chris Gayle
  6. Evin Lewis
  7. Ashley Nurse
  8. Keemo Paul
  9. Rovman Powell
  10. Denesh Ramdin (Wicketkeeper)
  11. Andre Russell
  12. Marlon Samuels
  13. Kesrick Williams
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Barbados repeat as Under-15 champions

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Barbados defied an impressive 98 from Mavendra Dindyal and got past Guyana by four wickets to regain the Regional Under-15 title on Wednesday.

Chasing 207 for victory, the Barbadians reached their target with 14 balls remaining in the fifth and final round contest at the Kensington Cricket Ground in the urban community of Rollington Town.

It is the fifth time Barbados have won the Regional Under-15 title, and first time ever, they have won back-to-back titles, following their success last year on home soil.

Jaden Leacock hit the top score of 47 and Nimar Bolden supported with 42 to share a half-century second-wicket stand to put the Barbadians on track for victory.

Tariq O’Neale however, was not out on 14 and formalised the result for Barbados, who completed the Tournament with four wins out of their five games, losing only to regional sporting arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago in the opening round, for a total of 26.2 points – 1.7 more than the Guyanese.

Earlier, Dindyal was the rock upon which Guyana built their total 206 for nine in 50 overs, after they chose to bat in the top-of-the-table decider.

After they suffered the loss of opener Mahendra Gopilall for a duck, Dindyal put the Guyanese batting on his back and anchored two half-century stands to lead the charge.

He dominated a second wicket stand of 57 with Shamar Yearwood and gave the innings backbone when he put on 89 for the fourth wicket with Jonathan Rampersaud, but Guyana kept losing wickets at critical stages to undermine their bid to set an impregnable total.

In the other matches: Windward Islands toppled hosts Jamaica by five wickets at Sabina Park and Leeward Islands edged Trinidad & Tobago by runs at Melbourne Oval.

Source: Ryan Bachoo –

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Stafanie Taylor moving up in the record books

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua- WINDIES Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor was elated and surprised when she found out about her latest record. As one who is always focused on team achievements before individual accolades, she displayed typical modesty on handling the news that she is now 5th on the all-time women’s scorers list in One Day Internationals describing it as a “pleasant surprise.”

Taylor is hoping that her achievements “can inspire the younger generation of cricketers in the Caribbean to go after their dreams of playing international cricket.”

Taylor moved up in the record books to fifth place on the all-time top women’s scorers in ODI cricket during the recent ODI series vs New Zealand. Taylor surpassed New Zealand’s Debbie Hockley to move into the top 5 with 4,230 career runs. The list is still topped by Mithali Raj of India with 6295 runs.

That was not Taylor’s only achievement, she also in second place in Women’s T20 career runs with 2,582 runs, just 24 runs short of becoming the all-time leading scorer in Twenty20 Women’s cricket. Charlotte Edwards of England who is now retired, holds the top spot with 2,605 runs.

The International Cricket Council released their latest player rankings for the ODI and T20 formats and the WINDIES Women continue to dominate and do well. Taylor maintains her number 1 ranking in T20 batting while Deandra Dottin stays in 5th place. Hayley Matthews also remains the number 1 ranked T20 all-rounder followed by Dottin in 2nd and Taylor in 3rd. Matthews is 3rd in the T20 bowling rankings.

Still reeling from the disappointing tour of New Zealand, Taylor is taking this achievement in stride, as she hopes her team will rebound to successfully defend their title in November this year. The 2018 ICC World T20 Championships will be hosted in Guyana, St Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda.


Source: Ryan Bachoo –

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CWI congratulates WINDIES Men for reaching ICC CWC 2019

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies applauded the WINDIES Men’s team for securing a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales.

WINDIES Men qualified for the global showpiece with a five-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern Method, after rain washed out the remainder of play with Scotland 125 for five from 35.2 overs, chasing 199 for victory, in the ICC World Cup Qualifier at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe.

“Qualification for the World Cup is great news for WINDIES Cricket, and on behalf of the Directors, Management and Staff of CWI, we want to applaud them for their efforts and thank our fans globally, who continue to stand by us,” said CWI President Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron.

“We are grateful to every player that made the sacrifice and committed himself to this task of ensuring qualification under the leadership of Jason Holder, as well as the team management unit under Stuart Law, and their collective hard work over the last few weeks to ensure that this goal was achieved.

“We look forward to their continued involvement, as we now set our sights on winning the World Cup.”

Cameron said there was still some unfinished business in Zimbabwe and urged the team to win the Final of the qualification series on Sunday, as the first step to winning the World Cup.

“Everything step we make from this point onwards must be to put the building blocks in place for us to be able to win the World Cup for a third time, next year,” said Cameron.

“There would be no better place to win the World Cup than in England. We won the first two editions of the World Cup when they hosted it, and there is a strong and special connection in the game between there and the Caribbean.

Cameron said there was a minimum of 20 One-day Internationals and another edition of the Super50 Cup, as well as other training and playing opportunities available to regional players to make a claim for a place in the World Cup squad.

“Right now, I know there are a lot of WINDIES cricket fans in England and, indeed, the Caribbean keen on making plans to attend the World Cup matches and give the team their full support,” he said.

“We want the players to use that knowledge and be inspired to perform to greater heights and use all of the opportunities provided to them over the next year to gear themselves towards a bigger and more rewarding prize – winning the World Cup.”


Source: Ryan Bachoo –

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Day, night Test at Kensington Oval

The historic Kensington Oval in Barbados will be the venue for the Caribbean’s first ever day / night Test when West Indies hosts Sri Lanka in the final Test of the three-match series.

West Indies have already played two day-night Tests, also widely referred to as “pink-ball Tests” but are yet to play at home.

The regional side has featured in two of eight such matches- the first against Pakistan in Dubai 16 months ago and the second against England last August at Edgbaston.

Sri Lanka will open the May 30 to June 27 series with a two-day tour match before clashing with the West Indies in the opening Test at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad starting on June 6.

Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia, originally scheduled to stage the final Test, will now host the second match starting on June 13.

The Oval will now be the venue for the final match of the series.

Sri Lanka toured the Caribbean three times but has never played a Test at the Kensington Oval.

The tourists have won one, lost three and draw two of the six Tests played in the Caribbean.


Source: Azad Ali – Caribbean Life News

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Windies players to be paid big money to tour Pakistan for T20I series

The Windies are scheduled to travel to Pakistan in April for a three-match T20I series to be staged at the Karachi International Stadium. The series is slated to begin after the end of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced lucrative deals for the players ahead of the upcoming series.

The Windies cricketers are set to be paid 70 percent more or even double of what they would originally have been paid for playing a three-match T20I series. Johnny Grave, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Caribbean Cricket Board expressed the reasoning behind the step in a recent interaction with the media.

Helping hand by the Windies

“Pakistan are looking to play more cricket at home, by playing half of the PSL in Pakistan next year and a number of matches in upcoming bilateral series under the current FTP. However what they can’t continue to do is pay international players additional fees to tour Pakistan or PSL,” Grave was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

The CEO also mentioned that the revenues they would earn from the series while emphasising on extending their helping hand to bring cricket back to Pakistan. “So, considering this tour is outside the Future Tours Programme, the PCB have made a payment to CWI that is being fully utilized. CWI isn’t making any money from the series, just supporting cricket going back to Pakistan,” he added.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had previously shelled out USD 12,500 each for every Zimbabwean cricketer when they toured the country in 2015. They also paid an extra amount to the overseas players to play in Lahore’s final after a bomb blast in the city. However, the board refrained from paying anything to the Sri Lanka team when they recently visited Pakistan for a T20 International.


Source: Sabyasachi Chowdhury – CricTracker

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Impact World Caribbean

The Impact World Caribbean team finally hits Kensington Oval on their month long tour here in Barbados. You’ve seen them perform at Gall Hill, St. Martins, Wotton and Speighstown Playing Fields and now its down to the final stretch as the 4 remaining performances are set to kick off nightly from this Thursday at the Kensington Oval.

  • Come witness Team Extreme execute breathtaking feats of strength and athletic prowess on March 22nd.
  • Be mesmerized by Global Xpressions young hip-hop and break dancers from around the world on March 23rd.
  • Experience the thrill as Island Breeze showcases the beauty of Pacific culture on March 24th.
  • Be there on March 25th as the entire team brings to you their Grand Finale/Celebration.

Bring the entire family and enjoy four evenings of thrilling entertainment!
ALL SHOWS begin at 6:30pm and are absolutely FREE!!!
You don’t want to miss this!!!


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ECB North-South series off to a blazing start for the South

Kensington Oval in Barbados was set ablaze as the ECB North-South Series opened in grand style. It had nothing to do with the shining sun and everything to do with the cricket being played at the Cricket Mecca of the Caribbean.

A total of 631 runs were scored – 55 fours and 13 sixes were struck; 96.1 overs were bowled and 20 wickets fell in the day’s play.

The North won the toss and elected to take the field.


Nick Gibbins along with Kent’s Daniel Bell Drummond opened the batting for ECB South.

In 18.3 overs the pair managed to put on 134 runs before Bell Drummond was dismissed for 52.

Mr Nick Gubbins continued his innings and contributed 116 runs in 99 deliveries. It consisted of 9 fours and 3 sixes. Although he caught cramp during his innings, he rallied on to ensure that he reached his milestone as in modern day cricket you are not allowed a runner. He is a tough lad!

Brett D’Oliveira was able to dismiss Gubbins with the assistance of Saqib Mahmood but the South were in no trouble at 231 for 3 in 33.2 overs.

Delray Rawlings was the only other batsman to reach a milestone as he scored 53 in 41 balls.

Mahmood changed the mood and the momentum of the innings as he cleaned up the middle and tail end of the South’s batsmen to bag himself a five –fer. The last 5 wickets were only able to add a mere 32 runs.

The South were 347 ALL OUT in 49 overs.

Then we turned North.

Alex Davies and Joe Clarke gave the innings some direction at the top as they put on a 77-run partnership. Ravi Patel had had enough with Davies as he was out leg before wicket (lbw) in the 11th over. Joe Clarke saw the North reach 100 but had to depart at the hands of Dominic Bess.

Samuel Hain tried his best to be the North wall as he was involved in 4 partnerships before Bess disturbed his stumps sending him back to the pavilion two runs shy of his 50. He must have been devastated!

The fall of Hain’s wicket brought Brett D’Oliveira to the popping crease.

We all began to rally with the North (maybe we thought we were heading to Winterfell) as the pair took the score from 171 to 260. The partnership consisted of five fours and five sixes. Steven Mullaney was able to raise his bat during his time with D’Oliveira as he reached his 50.

Momentum swung in the 41st over. Curran was into bowl at D’Oliveira and his stumps were rocked form their foundation. He was gone for 43. The partnership was broken.

And then the North fell…

Curran removed Zak Chappell who went without scoring. The over ended and Curran was eying a hat-trick. In came Tom Barber who dismissed Steven Mallaney for 57 runs the next ball of the innings.

Curran was unable to bag the hat-trick but he dismissed the last batsman of the day as the South conquered the North yet again and won by 63 runs.

Summarized Scores:

ECB South 347 all out in 49 overs ( Nick Gubbins 116, Delray Rawlings 53, Daniel Bell Drummond 52, John Simpson 32; Saqib Mahmood  5-60, Keaton Jennings 2-34). ECB North 284 all out in 47.1 overs ( Steven Mullaney 57, Samuel Hain 48, Joe Clarke 46, Alex Davies 36; Sam Curran 3-51, Dominic Bess 3-61 , Paul Walter 2-45).

South 1 North 0.

Head down to Kensington Oval on March 21st, 2018 for the second matchup of the ECB North-South Series.

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Source:  Ayisha Moore-Niles – LoopNewsBarbados

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