• Hetmyer cracks century in tame draw against Bangladesh

    Shimron Hetmyer cracked a century today against Bangladesh in a warm up President’s XI match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. The 123 came off 138 balls in 163 minutes of which he smashed 19 fours and a six. Captain Shamarh Brooks with 72 in 152 balls and 201 minutes, had 12 boundaries as part of his inning.

    Bangladesh got Shanyne Moseley and John Campbell early, both going without scoring but the team recovered to score 310/8 to earn a draw for the two-day encounter. For the visitors bowling Abu Jayed Rahi with 13-4-39-2 and Shafiul Islam 12-1-48-2 were the top performers.

    The 1st Test begins on Wednesday, July 4 at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground. Each day’s play begin at 10am.

    Full scorecard here.

  • Joseph takes 4-53 but Bangladeshis enjoy day with the bat

    Bangladesh opened their tour with an impressive 402/8 off 84.2 overs vs WINDIES President’s XI at the Coolidge Cricket Ground today.

    The two-day match continues tomorrow at the same venue. Alzarri Joseph signaled his return to top-level cricket with a credible performance, his figures were 15-3-53-4

    Bangladesh is in the West Indies for a 2-Test; 3ODI, 3T20I series which ends August 5 in Florida.

    See full scorecard here.

  • Alzarri Joseph in 12-man squad to face Bangladesh in two-day encounter

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Alzarri Joseph is set to test his return as part of a 12-man President’s XI squad to face Banagladesh in a two-day encounter at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, starting this Thursday (June 28).

    Joseph is recovering from a stress fracture injury sustained last year in New Zealand. Since April he has been involved in an intense program focused on bowling and strength and conditioning. He also played in an Antigua-based T20 competition last month.

    The rest of the squad reads:

    1. Shamarh Brooks – Captain
    2. John Campbell
    3. Tagenarine Chanderpaul
    4. Jahmar Hamilton
    5. Shimron Hetmyer
    6. Alzarri Joseph
    7. Keon Harding
    8. Shayne Moseley
    9. Gudakesh Motie
    10. Romario Shepherd
    11. Vishaul Singh
    12. Odean Smith

    Support Staff

    Graeme West – Head Coach

    Sir Curtly Ambrose – Assistant Coach

    Physio – Dr Oba Gulston

    William Richards – Strength and Conditioning

    Match starts at 9am each day.

    The first Test will also be in Antigua at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground from July 4 – 8. The WINDIES just completed a drawn 3-Test series against Sri Lanka.

  • ICC Women’s World Cup schedule announced

    ·         Tournament kicks off with match between India and New Zealand in Guyana;  Australia, Pakistan and the Windies will also be seen in action on opening day

    ·         All matches of first stand-alone ICC Women’s World Twenty20 to be broadcast live from Guyana, St Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda; DRS to be used in an ICC World T20 event for the first time

    ·         Windies captain Stafanie Taylor: “It is great to host the cricket world here in the West Indies. This is a great place to play cricket and we know our fans will enjoy every moment of the tournament”

    ·         More about tournament and complete schedule availablehere;

    The International Cricket Council today announced the schedule for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018, to be held in the West Indies from 9 to 24 November.

    The 10-team tournament, featuring three-time champions Australia, reigning ICC Women’s World Cup winners England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and defending champions the Windies, plus two qualifiers, will be played across three venues in the Caribbean.

    The finalists of the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier in the Netherlands from 7 to 14 July will complete the line-up of the November tournament, which is the first stand-alone ICC Women’s World Twenty20 event. The teams participating in the Qualifying event are Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.

    All 23 matches of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 will be broadcast live to maintain the momentum and focus on women’s cricket, while the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the first time in any ICC World Twenty20 event, ensuring consistency in the use of technology in top world-level events.

    Defending champions the Windies are in Group A along with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Qualifier 1 from the Netherlands event, while Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Qualifier 2 will be in Group B.

    The event kicks off at the Guyana National Stadium, starting with India and New Zealand. In the second match, Australia will play Pakistan and the Windies round off the day playing Qualifier 1 under lights. This venue will also host matches between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on 11 November and trans-Transman adversaries Australia and New Zealand two days later.

    The Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia will be the other venue for the group stage with the first match there pitting England against Sri Lanka on 10 November, while the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua will host both semifinals on 22 November and the final on 24 November.

    ICC Women’s World T20 Tournament Director, Jennifer Nero: “The West Indies is one of the great places in the world for sports, entertainment and culture. Cricket is the heartbeat of the West Indies and we want to show case all these offerings during the tournament. It will be fast-paced, exciting and action-packed with lots of enjoyable moments. This is the Year of the Woman, and the world’s top teams will be coming.”

    “I want to urge the fans to come out and see the best players in the modern game. Women’s cricket is growing at a rapid rate as we saw from last year’s ICC Women’s World Cup in England, and teams are getting stronger. Here in the West Indies, we are committed to playing a major role in the continued growth and development of the sport. We want to invite the cricket world to be part of this exhilarating world-class event on and off the field.”

    Windies captain Stafanie Taylor: “It is great to host the cricket world here in the West Indies. This is a great place to play cricket and we know our fans will enjoy every moment of the tournament. It’s extra special as our families and friends will get to see us playing on home soil in a huge international tournament. It is also wonderful to have the cricket world see what the game is like in the region, how we celebrate and enjoy ourselves, and feel the vibes, the music and the culture.”

    “We won the last edition in India and that was an amazing feeling. We are now playing at home and it would be even better to win again, this time in front of our supporters at home. We know the grounds, the pitches and most importantly, we know what is required. We’re playing for the people of the West Indies and we want to win again for them.”

    Australia captain Meg Lanning: “It’s the next big tournament on the horizon and we have a good chance to nail down our T20 game-plan and focus. The group is always looking forward to World Cups and this time around is no different. The World Cup last year did not go as well as we would have liked to, so we are very hungry to become world champions again. We know it is a very open competition and you need to be consistent and be brave with how you play but we are in a very good space to go down that path and see that when the time comes we are playing really good cricket.

    England captain Heather Knight: “We’re really excited about the World T20 in the Caribbean. It’s an amazing chance to become double world champions but we have a lot of hard work to do first. We showed in India in our tri-series that we’re capable of playing very good T20 cricket but we need to keep improving as a side and add more consistency to our game.”

    India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: “The announcement of the schedule marks the countdown to this big event and we are all really looking forward to playing in the West Indies. The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will be a competitive tournament with some tough league matches early on and no team can take it easy at any stage. Naturally, expectations will be high from our team after our World Cup final appearance last year and we aim to be at our best during the tournament.”

    New Zealand captain Suzie Bates: “We always go to those tournaments thinking we can do really well. We have a really explosive lineup and in India (ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016) I thought we played really good cricket but got beaten by the eventual winners Windies in the semis. Always, the goal for the side is to get to the semifinals and then making sure we can play our best cricket in the knockout stage.

    Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof: “The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 is one of the top events that everyone waits for with anticipation. Last year’s World Cup and many other subsequent matches have shown a rise in standards of women’s cricket and I’m sure there will be a lot of good cricket played in the West Indies too. Our players are looking forward to the tournament with great anticipation and will give it our best shot as the league phase kicks off on 9 November.”

    South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “We love playing in the West Indies. It’s quite special, you don’t see places like that. I’m really excited because we enjoy playing Twenty20 cricket. I think we have a very dynamic side. We have hitters, we have runners, we have variation in the bowling attack as well. We are a free-spirited team and we enjoy it because we can express ourselves.”

    Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: “Our emphasis will now be on the World Twenty20 as that is a huge ICC event in which every team wants to do well. Everyone understands the challenges of T20 cricket and I’m sure no team would like to take it easy at any stage of this challenging tournament. We will be aiming to do well in all departments of the game and come up with some striking performances.”

  • No cuts, says Cameron

    Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron has given the assurance that in spite of the prevailing financial challenges, there will be no cutting back on its development programmes.

    He was speaking before an audience that included Cabinet Ministers John King and Marsha Caddle, at the CWI/West Indies Players Association (WIPA) awards ceremony Wednesday night at Hilton Barbados.

    “There are challenging times ahead. I must tell you this year we are financially challenged but we have ensured that there will be no cutting back on any of our development programmes to ensure that we can deliver on our mandate which is to build our brand and to make us very proud again of West Indies cricket,” he said.

    “Our request to you guys is to play to the best of your ability. We want you to go from strength to strength and I want you to believe that you are unstoppable.

    “The sky is the limit and Cricket West Indies will support you all the way.”

     Cameron said he was happy to welcome the touring Sri Lankans to Barbados, but said he would be more delighted if the West Indies go on to notch a rare series victory next week in the three-match series.

    “I am happy to be standing here on the threshold of our second series triumph in less than a year. Sri Lanka, we welcome you, but we also want to leave here next week with a series win. It is very important to the West Indies team,” he said.

    Cameron said a study conducted by the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA), the global players’ representative body, reflected the rise of the professional game in the Caribbean.

    The study showed that the West Indies now had 177 professional cricketers, Australia 183, England just over 500 and India, just under 700.

    “No longer can we use the excuse that we do not have pool of talent in the region to compete in world cricket. Four years ago, we had just over 25 professional cricketers in the West Indies, and today, we have 177.

    “What we have to do is to continue to upscale our cricketers, our management, our coaching staff and the administrative staff in order to produce world-class players. It continues to be a competitive environment for our players and there are times when decisions may not go your way.

    “We are guaranteed enough cricket over the next 18 months to ensure that we are in good shape, so we are providing the platform for all of our players across the region,” he said.

    West Indies have not won the 50-overs World Cup since 1979, but Cameron thinks that 40-year drought could end next year at the 2019 event in England.

    “Our big aim is to win the World Cup in England next year. People say that I am crazy and asked how can we beat the best teams in the world in 12 months. Well, Scotland just beat England, the number one ranked team in the world, England is beating Australia, so anything is possible and here we are in the brink of a Test series victory over Sri Lanka.

    “. . .I think we are on our way back. The signs are very clear,” Cameron said.

  • Government committed to West Indies cricket

    Government has expressed its commitment to West Indies cricket, with Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment, Marsha Caddle, saying the sport is one of the ways countries in the region will be able to move forward.

    Caddle made the comments last night as she delivered the feature address at the Cricket West Indies/West Indies Players’ Association’s Awards Ceremony, at the Barbados Hilton Resort.

    According to her, it was necessary for the Caribbean to move the brand of cricket and what it represented to a new place. “We need to look at how we diversify our brand and how we marry the things that make us Barbadian and make us West Indian. Cricket and sport in general is a big part of how we do that.

    “We have said as a new Government that there are some things that we have to do differently when it comes to how we invest, the types of things in which we invest, where we invest, and at what stage of people’s lives [do we invest]. For us, cricket and sport in general represent not just an industry but also a way for us to signal to young people that there is something else they can do with their talent…”

    The Minister is of the view that sport must be better integrated into education. She suggested that it must be invested in as a viable industry for young people and stressed that Government would undertake such going forward.

    She stated that in making adjustments to an economy, as Barbados is currently doing with its recovery programme, Government must ensure there was a platform for growth and transformation.

    “That growth is not just in terms of creating new jobs and new investments in traditional sectors such as tourism and construction, but it is also in understanding that there are some…non-economic inputs that you have to make to be able to help a country grow.

    “One of the things we have said as a Barbados Government is that our investment in education has to look a bit different. We have said…that we must move to the place where…within our secondary school system, we create Centres of Excellence for several disciplines and one of those disciplines must be sport,” she noted.

    Caddle added that greater linkages must be made and suggested that tourism, for example, should benefit more greatly from what was happening with cricket. “We feel that as a region we have not been able to marry sufficiently the tourism sector and what we offer with cricket and with other sporting activities,” she said.

    She stated that Government’s aim was to grow the tourism product and showcase sport as an economically productive sector and use it to increase the tourism revenue in the region.

    She disclosed that Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley had met with some of the Ministers to discuss how an industry could be created from what happens in West Indies cricket.

    “How we are able to use the Caribbean as a sporting hub for international events to which people can come, to be able to do that we have to make the right investments in our infrastructure and our people,” she suggested.

    Minister Caddle indicated that the historic cricketing grounds in this region, which have a rich legacy, should be showcased.

  • Why the Women’s game dotes on Deandra Dottin, a one of a kind talent

    Depending on who you are, whether a besotted fan or a scathing critic, you can hardly underplay the importance of Barbadians to the West Indies.

    So implicit is their essence and value in the West Indies, that if you were to slip the Kensington Oval under a carpet if only for a mini-second, you would be seeing the West Indies without what’s aptly described as the “fortress of the West Indies cricket.”

    The importance of Barbadian cricketers to Windies

    The past unfurled the inimitable Sir Garfield Sobers- an enduring legend of the game. In the present, there’s a quintuplet of outstanding Barbadian talents in Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Carlos Braithwaite, Kraigg Braithwaite and Kemar Roach. You add captain Holder’s name and you have a sextet of truly and undeniably important Windies cricketers.

    But is that all? So if the Jamaicans- arguably speaking- are the flame of their cricket, then, the Barbadians are the protectors of their cricket; the keepers of their flame.

    Big, powerful, hungry not greedy for success, the Bajans bring the punch into the Caribbean flair. But, if there’s a Barbadian cricketer who’s been compared to inarguably the greatest T20 marksman of all time, Christopher Henry Gayle, then it’s not Roston Chase.

    It’s not Shai Hope or and not Carlos Brathwaite either.

    There’s only one outstanding bat that’s been compared to the Universe Boss.

    Chris Gayle of Windies Women’s Cricket: Deandra Dottin

    And perhaps there’s a great deal of sense in hailing Deandra Dottin as the female Chris Gayle.

    In Deandra Dottin’s ebb, rests an achievement that not even Chris Gayle has captured, let alone bettered. For some reason, amongst the seldom-celebrated record in the women’s game, is that of the fastest T20 hundred.

    Deandra Dottin, who clubbed South Africa on way to her 45-ball-112 in 2010, symbolically in the greatest T20 carnival in world cricket, achieved a feat that hasn’t been bettered since. And it’s been 8 years on the count.

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    It was the opening game at St. Lucia where the Windies were up against a Niekerk, Ismail and Tryon-powered South Africa. Much to their chagrin, the top order, comprising importantly of captain Stafanie Taylor had perished contributing just 32 together.

    In came Deandra Dottin, in those days of 2010, a lower middle order-bat and suddenly the size of the dainty St. Lucia seemed similar in size to a TT table for the Barbadian.

    What would follow from overs 10-20 would be carnage!

    9 sixes and 7 fours would mean that South African bowlers would go on a leather hunt for 10 straight overs as Dottin compiled what still stands as the fastest ever T20 hundred in the annals of the women’s game.

    Few cricketers jump instantly and grab the very first opportunity they’re presented on an international stage.

    A match-winning debut

    When Dottin debuted in 2008, against what was a fairly strong Irish team, the Windies, needing only around 5 an over for a win, saw a top-order wobble. From 1 for 6, they’d go to 2 down for 8 and soon to 3 for 19.

    A few overs later, Stafanie Taylor- who debuted in the very same contest would walk back. The Windies required a handful and Dottin was at the crease.

    Not that the scorecard worried her one bit. Not that any current wobble upsets her a bit.

    Some simply prefer giving it a great smack, and the ball stays hit.

    The Windies would rush back home. Deandra Dottin had struck a 33 off just 41 in her maiden T20 game. This included 5 strikes to the fence for a four.

    After a few years, Dottin would nearly repeat her 38-ball T20 hundred.

    If you were to understand the importance of this turbo-aggressive cricketer to the West Indies, you’d count first her experience: 3 ODI world cup and 2 World T20 appearances and a 3rd in the offing.

    Second, you’d jump onto some rather ballsy statistics.

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    From 111 ODIs, Dottin’s already gathered 2600 plus runs at a healthy average of 28, this includes 17 fifties. And among the few women cricketers to gather more than 2000 T20 runs, Dottin possesses a record that’s the envy of world-beating sides like India, Australia, and England.

    An achievement that’s right there with the likes of KL Rahul and Evin Lewis.

    Deandra Dottin is the only women cricketer to have struck 2 T20 hundreds. Her second, a ferocious 112 off 67 balls would maul touring Sri Lanka in 2017.

    What was clearly an ordinary 2017 World Cup for the Windies women, would, at the back of Deandra Dottin’s brilliance turn into a punishing tirade for the Sri Lankans.

    It often seems modern cricket, in its appreciation of women’s game, reserves the right to showcase Harmanpreet’s glorious, defiant 171 against Australia (2017 World Cup) to sweep fans and pundits alike.

    But shouldn’t it also count the blazing feat of a very endearing cricketer?

    Striking 9 boundaries and 5 sixes, there was but one name that permeated the cosmos of Antigua, the land of Sir Viv Richards; it was that of Deandra Dottin.

    Possessing a very Tennis- like rarity of a strong backhand, powerful forehand combination, Dottin quickly adjusts to manoeuvre the pace of deliveries. She offers the bludgeoning on the front foot just as well as the smacking to the square region going on the backfoot.

    Untroubled during a chase, unfazed when collecting runs up front, she regales her teammates with her commitment, she watches their back.

    When on song, there’s no strike rate she cannot chase.

    And if you see a scoreboard with a paltry contribution from the Bajan- who seemingly prefers to focus on the now, instead of dwelling on yesterdays- you realise just how much more could the Windies women have scored had Dottin contributed.

    If that doesn’t tell Deandra Dottin’s impact, then just what might suffice?

  • Hope and Taylor are Male and Female Cricketers of the Year

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Shai Hope and Stafanie Talyor are the WINDIES male and female cricketers of the year respectively for 2017. The emerging cricketer of the year went to Guyana’s Keemo Paul.

    Cricket West Indies’ CEO, Johnny Grave in his summary remarks acknowledged Digicel for their support to West Indies cricket for 13 years; and welcomed Sandals Resorts as the new sponsor on board.

    CWI’s President, Dave Cameron noted the increase in the number of players which has moved from 25 to 177 in five years and adding that “we have the requisite number of players to compete.  What we now need is to continue to ensure our programs build capacity for all our technical and administrative officials to continue to consistently produce world class players.

    CEO and President of WIPA, Wavell Hinds acknowledged the commitment of the players to broaden their skills set off the field. Hinds pledged his organization’s commitment to continue with its programs to widen the scope and reach of all its members, while working closely with CWI to facilitate growth for players on the field of play.

    In her keynote address, Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment, Hon Marsha Caddle, said that “West Indies Cricket is the blue print to advance regionalism.” In congratulating the work of CWI, the Minister wants the region to work closer together with cricket to create greater linkages with tourism and the creative arts sectors. She also called for “sport to be more integrated into education, as the focus and discipline of sport, can help young people to make better decisions about their lives, while acting as a signal to young people to use their talent more effectively.”

    Minister Caddle declared her government’s and country’s intention to support West Indies Cricket and sees this as an opportunity for a “brand new relationship and partnership to move the cricket and by extension, sport, forward.”

    The full list of winners are: 

    • WINDIES Cricketer of the Year – Shai Hope
    • WINDIES Test Cricketer of the Year – Shai Hope
    • WINDIES ODI Cricketer of the Year – Shai Hope
    • WINDIES T20 Cricketer of the Year – Evin Lewis
    • WINDIES Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Keemo Paul
    • WINDIES Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year – Deandra Dottin
    • WINDIES Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Stafanie Taylor
    • WINDIES Women Cricketer of the Year – Stafanie Taylor
    • CWI Lifetime Achievement Award – Carol Whilby-Maxwell
    • WIPA Lifetime Achievement Award – Dawnley Joseph
    • First Class Team of the Year – Guyana
    • Regional Under-19 Team of the Year – Guyana
    • First Class Four Day Cricketer of the Year – Devon Smith
    • First Class 50 Over Cricketer of the Year – Roston Chase
    • Caribbean T20 Cricketer of the Year – Chadwick Walton
    • WINDIES Under 19 Cricketer of the Year – Kirstan Kallicharan
    • Atlantic/WIPA in the Community Awardee – Rodney Sieunarine
    • CWI/WIPA Outstanding Foundation Awardee – The Marlon Samuels Foundation
    • WINDIES Umpire of the Year – Joel Wilson

    The 6th joint awards (CWI and WIPA) was held at the Hilton Barbados last evening (June 20).

  • Paul replaces Hetmyer for Sri Lanka series

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados- Keemo Paul will replace Shimron Hetmyer in the WINDIES Test Squad for the remainder of the Test Series against Sri Lanka.

    Hetmyer will return home to Guyana to recover from a recent illness. While there, he will continue his preparations to return for the 2-day practice match against Bangladesh in Antigua.

    WINDIES Head Coach Stuart Law said, “ Hetty is a big part of our future and now we want him to recover fully from his illness, so he can be at his best for the warm-up match versus Bangladesh.”

    The third Test against Sri Lanka is the first Day/Night Test to be played in the Caribbean.

  • WINDIES and Sri Lanka draw second Test

    GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Jun 18, CMC – West Indies enhanced their chances of drawing the second Test against Sri Lanka, losing just one wicket in the second session, on the final day of the riveting contest at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground here Monday.

    At tea, the hosts were 108 for four with opener Kraigg Brathwaite unbeaten on 44 and Shai Hope on 34 not out.

    The pair have so far added a crucial 44 runs for the fifth wicket to pull the innings out of trouble at 64 for four just after lunch.

    Brathwaite, unbeaten on 32 at lunch, made just 12 runs in the session, and has faced 148 balls and struck five fours in a typically gritty knock.

    Hope, meanwhile, forced to retire hurt on six at 25 for two in the first session, returned to the crease and has counted three fours and a six in a 102-ball innings.

    Resuming from their lunch time position of 55 for three, West Indies added just nine runs before Shane Dowrich, yet to score at the break, perished in the fourth over following the resumption for eight.

    He prodded at one from off-spinner Akila Danajaya and edged a catch to Dhananjaya de Silva at first slip.


    SRI LANKA 253 (Dinesh Chandimal 119 not out, Kusal Mendis 45, Kusal Perera 32; Shannon Gabriel 5-59, Kemar Roach 4-49) and 342 (Kusal Mendis 87, Niroshan Dickwella 62, Roshen Silva 48, Dinesh Chandimal 39, Kusal Perera 20; Shannon Gabriel 8-62, Kemar Roach 2-78)

    WEST INDIES 300 (Devon Smith 61, Shane Dowrich 55, Roston Chase 41, Kieran Powell 27, Kraigg Brathwaite 22; Lahiru Kumara 4-86, Kasun Rajitha 3-49, Suranga Lakmal 2-50) and 147 for five (Kraigg Brathwaite 59 not out, Shai Hope 39; Kasun Rajitha 2-23, Suranga Lakmal 2-48)