• Antigua scorers upskill at WICB workshop

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A dozen scorers from Antigua & Barbuda got a chance to expand their skills, when the West Indies Cricket Board recently staged a workshop here.

    Noted Barbadian cricket scorer/statistician Harold Eastmond conducted the workshop which was staged at the Halycon Cove Resort. (See image attached)

    During the workshop, Eastmond introduced the participants to the linear scoring method and exposed them to a number of different computer scoring solutions.

    “The importance of the scorer in the modern game is often overlooked, so this was a valuable experience for the scorers that participated,” said Eastmond.

    “The WICB wants a uniform style of scoring in the Caribbean with all the territories using the same systems and this workshop will help enable the scorers in Antigua & Barbuda to get exposure to some of the best scoring systems on the market.”

    Eastmond added: “The aim is that when the WICB stages any of its competitions in the various territories they have scorers capable of providing accurate statistical information on the happenings in the game in a timely manner for distribution to other stakeholders.

    “This workshop was excitedly received by the participants. Most of the scorers were still using a scoring method in existence for hundreds of years, but they were far more competent in the linear scoring method and full use of one of the leading computer scoring programmes on the market by the end of the exercise.”

    Joset Jacobs, WICB project officer in the cricket operations department, said scoring, especially at regional matches, is ready for a major upgrade.

    “This will pave the way for more sophisticated and efficient scoring, and transfer of data to our stakeholders, especially the fans and the Media, in a smooth and timely manner,” she said.

    “We are currently served by a number of seasoned scorers during regional and international matches, but we are planning to extend this training to other territories to give them a greater appreciation for their role and the value that they bring to the game.

    “Currently, resources can become stretched when we stage matches, particularly during our development tournaments, and this we hope will assist the territories with having a higher number of trained scorers available to them to cover matches.”

    During the second ONEINDIG One-day International between West Indies and England last Sunday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, the participants at the workshop comprising of two men and 10 women, including Jacobs, scored on the game as part of their assessment. (See image attached).

    This is the second workshop of its kind the WICB has staged in as many years. Eastmond previously conducted training for scorers in Grenada.

  • Cameron, Nanthan only nominees

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Current President and Vice President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan will be the only candidates for the election, due on Saturday, March 4.

    The Corporate Secretary, Verlyn Faustin, confirmed that Cameron and Nanthan were the only two nominees received for the posts of President and Vice President respectively.

    Both Cameron and Nanthan have already served two year terms in the respective positions. The posts will be ratified at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) also due on the same day. The election and AGM are scheduled for Antigua.

    The President’s Report and the Audit Risk and Compliance Report (ARCC) will be received at the one-day meeting. The ARCC Report will be an update on the risk and compliance environment of the WICB.

    The full meeting will consist of territorial board stakeholders and special members. The Directors of the Board have been invited to attend the AGM. The special members are the West Indies Umpires Association, West Indies Players Association, CARICOM, Association of Colleges and Tertiary Institutions, Association of Caribbean Media Workers, and the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce.

    The meeting will be streamed live on www.windiescricket.com and is scheduled for a 9:00 am start.

    The meeting falls on the day between the first two one-day-internationals (ODI) between the West Indies and England, March 3 & 5 in Antigua. The third ODI is scheduled for Barbados March 9.

  • WICB appoints Chief Operating Officer

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has made another strategic appointment to its Executive team. This time it is the appointment of Verlyn Faustin as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

    Faustin, who is the current Corporate Secretary, will be responsible for the day to day operations of the business, ensuring the organisation has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures. She will also lead the charge to put people systems in place to effectively grow the organisation and to ensure its financial strength and operational efficiency.

    Faustin’s appointment comes at an interesting time in the WICB as the organisation embraces management and operational changes aimed at making the organisation more effective on and off the field. The appointment falls within the time frame that the technical team has been boosted with the appointments of Jimmy Adams and Stuart Law as Director of Cricket and Men’s Head Coach; and Johnny Grave as CEO.

    Faustin, an attorney by training has been with the WICB for the last five years and has served as a key member of the Executive team. She retains the role of Corporate Secretary.

    President. Dave Cameron, welcomes the appointment. “Verlyn’s previous work is of quality standard, and I have no doubt she will continue along that path. We look forward to her valuable contributions.”

    Faustin’s appointment became effective January 1, 2017.

  • WICB APPOINTS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has made another strategic appointment to its Executive team. This time it is the appointment of Verlyn Faustin as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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    Faustin, who is the current Corporate Secretary, will be responsible for the day to day operations of the business, ensuring the organisation has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures. She will also lead the charge to put people systems in place to effectively grow the organisation and to ensure its financial strength and operational efficiency.

    Faustin’s appointment comes at an interesting time in the WICB as the organisation embraces management and operational changes aimed at making the organisation more effective on and off the field. The appointment falls within the time frame that the technical team has been boosted with the appointments of Jimmy Adams and Stuart Law as Director of Cricket and Men’s Head Coach; and Johnny Grave as CEO.

    Faustin, an attorney by training has been with the WICB for the last five years and has served as a key member of the Executive team. She retains the role of Corporate Secretary.

    President. Dave Cameron, welcomes the appointment. “Verlyn’s previous work is of quality standard, and I have no doubt she will continue along that path. We look forward to her valuable contributions.”

    Faustin’s appointment became effective January 1, 2017.

  • Tickets available for England series

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    during the 1st T20i West Indies v England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Patrons will be able to purchase tickets online tomorrow (Wednesday, February 1) for the three-match one day international series, West Indies vs England.  

    The series set for March 3, 5, (Antigua & Barbuda) & 9 in Barbados used an Official Tour Operators Programme. The arrangement was with International Cricket Tours, Howzat Travel, Sports Tours Plus, Living with the Lions and Gullivers’ Sports Travel.

    Commercial Manager, WICB, Nelecia Yeates says, “I am pleased with the take-up of tickets so far. The five Official Tour Operators we partnered with, have delivered on expectations. We therefore hope that the rest of the region will capitalise on the package we have for the usually-popular West Indies vs England match-up series in the Caribbean.

    Yeates added that “any series with West Indies vs England always attract keen attention from fans all around the world. We look forward to welcoming them to what is expected to be an exciting series.”

    There is a special promotion for children which gives 50 per cent off, once purchased with an adult ticket. There is also a special promotion for patrons over 60. The allocation is one (1) free ticket. That promotion is within the first week of Box Office ticket sales and are for Caribbean Nationals ONLY. Those tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons will also have to honour the NO-ENTRY rule.

    Ticket prices for the series range from US $25 – $75. Prices are listed on www.windiescricket.com and through ticket partners Kyazoonga at http://www.kyazoonga.com/

    Schedule of Matches

    Vice Chancellor’s XI vs England, Saturday, February 25 Warner Park

    President’s XI vs England – Monday, February 27 Warner Park

    1st ODI – Friday, March 3 Sir Viv Stadium

    2nd ODI – Sunday, March 5 Sir Viv Stadium

    3rd ODI – Thursday, March 9 Kensington Oval

  • Attention turns to Antigua and Barbados

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    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

    All scores and updates for the tournaments will be on www.windiescricket.com

  • Browne wants players’ form, consistency

    rsz_16116925237_506b5f5bd4_oBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has urged regional players to make their mark in the upcoming Regional Super50 in order to force their way into the West Indies squad.

    He said West Indies were expected to have a heavy One-Day International schedule this year, and with preparations already in train for the 2019 World Cup, it was crucial players took advantage of every opportunity in the January 24 to February 18 tournament.

    “We’re definitely looking forward to the Super50 to see that the incumbents go on and continue their good work,” the former Test wicketkeeper told Massy United Insurance Line and Length.

    “Then there are a lot of other young players who are challenging for places and we have a lot of ODI cricket coming up this year so it is important – obviously we’re building them up towards the World Cup – that all the players coming in and get their runs, get their wickets, play tough and hard cricket and really show us they have the attitude, not only to be part of the team, but the attitude that we are looking for that makes West Indian people really proud.”

    Browne emphasized, however, that while it was important players performed, they needed to show consistency beyond the tournament.

    “People just need to perform, that’s the most important [thing] and perform consistently,” said Browne, who replaced legendary former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, in the position last year.

    “What we are trying to do is look at players over at least three seasons. One of the things that we are trying not to do is to pick players after just one season.

    “At times that will happen but if you can get a guy performing over three years consistently or over two years consistently, then we know he’s deserving of an opportunity at the senior level, or at least be considered for an opportunity at the senior level.”

    Browne noted that the Windies one-day side was at a young stage of their development, and singled out the unit which recently campaigned in the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe.

    He said the young players who had made their mark on that tour needed to reiterate that form in the Regional Super50.

    “This is going to be very important for us because coming off the Zimbabwe Tri-Series, we saw some good signs there,” the Barbadian pointed out.

    “Obviously we have a very young team where our captain Jason Holder he’s played about just over 50 ODIs (49) and the next person would have played about 20 or 22, and then all the others [on the Tri-Nations squad] were somewhere in the teens or actually there quite a number of people below ten ODIs.”

    Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are defending Regional Super50 champions and will do battle in Zone A alongside Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires.

    Zone B comrprises last year’s runners-up Barbados Pride, Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and ICC Americas team.

    Players must make themselves available for the tournament in order to be eligible for selection to the ODI format.

  • Squads for Regional Super50 Zone A

    imageedit_1_9890392225WICB Media Release.

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua — Please see below the official squads for Zone A of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Super50 tournament

    Leeward Islands Hurricanes: Kieran Powell (Captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Campbell, Kevon Cooper, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Chesney Hughes, Alzarri Joseph, Jermaine Otto, Orlando Peters, Marlon Samuels, Gavin Tonge; Reginald Benjamin (Head Coach)

    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)

    West Indies Under-19s: Te-Shawn Alleyne, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Bishop, Shian Brathwaite, Kirstan Kallicharan, Mikyle Louis, Obed McCoy, Matthew Patrick, Keemo Paul, Jeavor Royal, Javier Spencer, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart, Bhaskar Yadram; Graeme West (Head Coach)

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Wednesday, January 25

    Volcanoes vs West Indies Under-19s – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua (9 am)

    Hurricanes vs Spitfire – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua (1:30 pm)

    Friday, January 27

    Hurricanes vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCG (9 am)

    Red Force vs Volcanoes – CCG (1:30 pm)

    Sunday, January 29

    Red Force vs Spitfire – SVRCG (9 am)

    Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – CCG (1:30 pm)

    Tuesday, January 31

    Red Force vs West Indies Under-19 – SVRCG (9 am)

    Volcanoes vs Spitfire – CCG (1:30 pm)

    Thursday, February 2

    West Indies Under-19s vs Spitfire – SVRCG (9 am)

    Hurricanes vs Red Force – CCG (1:30 pm)

    Saturday, February 4

    Volcanoes vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCG (9 am)

    Hurricanes vs Spitfire – CCG (1:30 pm)

    Monday, February 6

    Hurricanes vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCG (9 am)

    Red Force vs Volcanoes – CCG (1:30 pm)

    Wednesday, February 8

    Red Force vs Spitfire – SVRCG (9 am)

    Hurricane vs Volcanoes – CCG (1:30 pm)

    Friday, February 10

    Red Force vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCG (9 am)

    Volcanoes vs Spitfire – CCG (1:30 pm)

    Sunday, February 12

    Spitfire vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCG (9 am)

    Hurricanes vs Red Force – CCG (1:30 pm)

    FINAL FOUR

    Semi-finals

    Wednesday, February 15

    Zone A winners vs Zone B runners-up – CCG (1:30 pm)

    Thursday, February 16

    Zone B winners vs Zone A runners-up – CCG (1:30 pm)

    GRAND FINAL

    Saturday, February 18

    Semi-final 1 winners vs Semi-final 2 winners – CCG (1:30 pm)

    WICB Media Release.

  • Brathwaite to fly home for Super50

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    Carlos Brathwaite will exit the Big Bash League after defending champions Sydney Thunder’s final league match against the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday. 

    Brathwaite will return to the Caribbean to represent Barbados in the Regional Super50 domestic one-day tournament.

    Brathwaite said he will leave Australia on Thursday morning for Barbados, where the hosts will play their first Super50 match against Guyana on January 24. “Unfortunately, I still have to go home on [Thursday] morning to play in the Super50 tournament,” Brathwaite told the Daily Telegraph Australia.

    Brathwaite was hired by the Thunder as a replacement for fellow West Indies allrounder Andre Russell, who suffered a combination of hamstring and knee injuries.

    In the two matches he has played so far in the BBL, Brathwaite has taken five wickets: 2 for 31 against Hobart Hurricanes and 3 for 21 in the Saturday Sydney derby against the Sixers. He batted only against the Hurricanes and scored 6. He had become an instant hit in the tournament with his ‘dab’ celebrations.

    Currently, the Thunder are placed sixth on the table and a win against the Strikers would keep them in contention for the knockouts.

    First Published On Cricinfo.

  • Benjamin – Hurricanes not a one-man team

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    Antigua Observer article.

    Coach of the Leeward Island’s Hurricanes, Reginald Benjamin, has warned that his team’s batting will not be solely dependent on any one player during the WICB’s Regional Super50 slated to start next week.

    The Antiguan was, at the time, responding to questions regarding the inclusion of experienced West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels and whether the team’s batting would hinge on the Jamaican.

    “We are not going to center our batting on any one player. We are a team in which everyone holds a certain [amount of] responsibility; and we have other players that incase Marlon shows up and he is not in the best of form that they can step up. We’re a team that depend on each other but, at the same time, the top players will be ready to step up and we welcome Marlon and he knows that,” he said.

    Samuels was included in the Hurricanes’ final 14 to contest Group A of the tournament starting January 24 here in Antigua and also in Barbados.

    Benjamin re-affirmed his confidence in his squad and their ability to advance from the group stage of the tournament.

    “I think that we have a solid team and we have people who believe that we can do it within the team so it’s a different approach than just showing up. We know that we have a lot to gain from advancing in this tournament and that’s the focus,” he said.

    Addressing what has since become a highly debated topic, Benjamin said the issue of inviting players from other Caribbean countries to trials has been a common practice for the Leeward Islands, adding that he sees nothing wrong with the move.

    “Players reach out to Leeward Islands to offer their services on the field or off the field and we as an entity saw it fit to then invite these players; but as I said before, this does not guarantee they are going to play with the team. Who performs get selected and who does not perform gets left out and that’s how the process work,” the coach said.

    The Leeward Islands Hurricanes will play in Group A of the competition alongside defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, as well as Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires.

    Group B comprises the Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and ICC Americas along with home team Barbados Pride.

    First Published In The Antigua Observer.