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  • Burden on senior players to deliver, says Mohammed

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – If West Indies Women are to have any impact on the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup here, much of the responsibility will rest on the senior players.

    Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed said the senior figures in the squad needed to make their years of experience count in order to turn the Caribbean side into serious contenders in the June 24 to July 23 tournament.

    “Definitely all of the senior players [will have to perform],” said the 28-year-old.

    “Most of us have been around for quite a while. We know that the junior ones will be looking up to us and they’ll be looking to us for support and once everybody sticks to their game plan and just go out and execute on the day – one day at a time – I am pretty sure that it will be a team effort at the end of the day.”

    Mohammed is one of the most senior players in the squad with 101 One-Day International and 89 Twenty20s. She also featured in the last World Cup campaign four years ago when the Windies reached the final and was part of the successful squad which captured the T20 World Cup in India last year.

    The Trinidadian has taken over 100 wickets in each format – 136 in ODIs nd 104 in T20s – making her the most experienced bowler in the side.

    She is joined by the likes of captain Stafanie Taylor and all-rounder Deandra Dottin who have both played 98 ODIs and former skipper Merissa Aguilleira who has played 96 one-dayers.

    Mohammed said the preparation camp in Southampton over the last three weeks had also helped the side tremendously, especially in acclimatising to the unpredictable English weather, and the squad now appeared ready for the World Cup campaign.

    “I think the weather has been really generous to us us lately. We’ve been getting some really good weather conditions,” Mohammed said.

    “There could be times when it can get a bit cold but it is not as cold as when we were in New Zealand a couple years ago but I think the girls are acclimatised to the conditions.”

    West Indies Women face Pakistan in their first official ICC warm-up game on Tuesday here before taking South Africa two days later in the second and final game in Oakham just outside of Leicester.

    They face reigning champions Australia Women in their opening match of the campaign on June 26 in Taunton.

  • Fifties for Taylor, Matthews but Windies lose again

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – Captain Stafanie Taylor and opener Hayley Matthews struck half-centuries but West Indies Women lost for the third time in their build-up to next week’s ICC Women’s World Cup when they went down by five wickets to India Women in a warm-up match here Friday.

    Opting to bat first at Leicester Grammar School, West Indies Women could only muster 174 for nine from their 50 overs with Taylor and Matthews each getting exactly 50.

    In reply, India Women reached their target in the 43rd over courtesy of an unbeaten 77 from 20-year-old left-hander Smriti Mandhana while Mona Meshram got 40 not out.

    Fast bowler Shamilia Connell impressed with three for 42 while off-spinner Hayley Matthews claimed two for 28.

    The defeat follows on the heels of similar results last week to a strong England XI and a Southern Vipers side, leaving the Caribbean side perhaps short of confidence ahead of their first official ICC warm-up game against Pakistan Women next Tuesday.

    West Indies were handed a solid, if sluggish start, by Matthews and the uncapped Felicia Walters who put on 70 from 134 deliveries.

    The enterprising Matthews struck eight fours in a 73-ball knock while Walters’s painstaking 20 required 79 balls and included a single four.

    Matthews’s dismissal in the 23rd over triggered a sharp decline for the Windies as they lost three quick wickets for nine runs in the space of 35 balls.

    Taylor then attempted to prop up the innings, adding 30 for the fourth wicket with Deandra Dottin (6) and a further 35 for the fifth wicket with Merissa Aguilleira (13).

    Once the former skipper was run out in the 42nd over, the Windies lost their last five wickets for just 30 runs.

    Taylor, who struck five fours and a six in breezy 59-ball knock, was sixth out in the 46th over to a catch at the wicket off seamer Jhulan Goswami.

    Connell then blew away India’s top order to leave them 37 for three in the 12th over but Mandhana held the innings together superbly, facing 99 balls and striking nine fours.

    She anchored two crucial partnerships – 43 for the fourth with Harmanpreet Kaur who made 33 from 32 balls and 89 with Meshram in an unbroken sixth wicket stand.

  • Series ends 1-1 after rain scuppers decider

    GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Persistent heavy rain forced the abandonment of the decisive third One-Day International between West Indies and Afghanistan here Wednesday night, leaving the three-match series in a 1-1 stalemate.

    The adverse weather, which started overnight and continued all day, refused to relent for any significant length of time, leaving the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground under water and play was eventually called off at 7:12 pm.

    With the original start time of 2:30 pm delayed by 2-1/4 hours, the game was reduced to 43 overs per side when the weather finally eased somewhat late in the evening and officials managed to get the toss spun.

    Afghanistan called correctly and opted to bat but the revised start time of 4:45 pm never came to fruition as the rains returned to ruin any chance of play.

    The washout summed up the Windies’ fortunes in the series as they failed to really assert their dominance over the ICC Associate nation.

    They crashed to a humbling 63-run defeat in the opening ODI last Friday and then laboured to overhaul 136 for victory in the second game before winning by four wickets.

    West Indies’ perfomance in the series saw them drop two ratings points to fall to 77 in the ICC one-day rankings, furthering hampering their chances of automatic qualfiication for the 2019 World Cup.

    They will now turn their attention to India who arrive in the Caribbean for a five-match ODI series from June 23 to July 6, following their participation in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.

  • Afghanistan win toss, but rain returns

    GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat in the decisive third and final One-Day International against West Indies at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground here Wednesday.

    West Indies have made a forced change with fast bowler Miguel Cummins coming in for the injured Shannon Gabriel while for Afghanistan, Fareed Ahmad and Nasir Jamal have come in for Samiullah Shenwari and Amir Hamza.

    The match has been reduced to 43 overs per side because of rain which delayed the original 2:30 pm start by over two hours.

    Play will now start at 4:45 pm.

    TEAMS:

    WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins.

    AFGHANISTAN – Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, , Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Fareed Ahmad, Dawlat Zadran.

    UMPIRES: L Reifer, C Shamshuddin; TV – N Duguid.

  • Cricket West Indies opens media accreditation for India Tour of the West Indies

    JOHN’S, Antigua – The Cricket West Indies media credentialling for the 2017 international season continues.

    The upcoming phase will cater primarily for non-rights holding (NRH) media personnel who will be covering the following International Home Series:

    INDIA TO WEST INDIES 2017

    SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

    June

    23: First One-day International – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

    25: Second One-day International – Queen’s Park Oval

    30: Third One-day International – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

    July

    2: Fourth One-day International – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

    Jul 6: Fifth One-day International – Sabina Park, Jamaica

    Jul 9: Twenty20 International – Sabina Park

    While the WICB appreciates the Media’s desire to provide their readers, listeners and viewers with the best possible coverage of matches under its auspices, a number of guidelines have been established for the issue of media credentials.

    The WICB appreciates, in advance, the Media’s co-operation in this regard.

    GENERAL MEDIA ACCESS

    The media accreditation system, like any other, is designed to provide credentialled personnel with a controlled environment in which they can work as efficiently and as effectively as possible.

    Accreditation is the method of providing access to match venues for all working media personnel

    The media credentials will expire on December 31, 2017. It will grant you access to all WICB matches and ancillary events during this period (except the Caribbean Premier League, whose organizers issue separate media credentials for that tournament only).

    Non-rights holding media personnel from the Caribbean and India previously credentialled for 2016-2017 and still in possession of their media credential, need not re-apply – and can use the previously issued credential to gain access. If however, you have lost or misplaced your media credential, you will need to make a new application.

    A successful application for media credentials does not guarantee a work station for each credentialled NRH media person in the Venue Media Centre.

    Non-rights holding TV and radio applicants should note that the WICB will not be issuing media credentials for technical staff unless it is absolutely necessary.

    Please note, a media priority order may be established if demand for seats in any Venue Media Centre outweighs capacity. This order, similar to the list used at most international cricket events, will be established by the WICB, which will have sole control over the process.

    No more than five staffers (including photographers) will be issued NRH media credentials for each media company.

    NRH media credentials allow access to Zones 1, 2 and 3 at each venue. This permits the holder general access to:

    1. the match venue,
    2. the stands and concession areas, and
    3. the venue media centre.

    In addition to general media access, photographers have been granted Zone 4 access. This permits the holder boundary-side access only to the field of play.

    Further details of media access will be provided in the WICB Essential Information Handbook for the series to be distributed electronically to holders of WICB NRH media credentials at a later date.

    HOW TO APPLY 

    As part of the application process, you will need to email the following:

    1.         A completed application form (see attachment);
    2.         A passport-sized colour, headshot photograph in front of a neutral background (.jpg file between 50KB and 500KB in size). NOTE: Applicants should not send photographs wearing headgear, sunglasses or any other item that may obstruct their faces (See accompanying photo guidelines); and
    3.         A letter of assignment from your editor (.jpg or .pdf file not more than 500KB) – applications not supported by assignment letters will NOT be processed.

    Please e-mail all completed applications to WICB Media:

    To: arichard@windiescricket.com

    Cc: media@windiescricket.com 

    All applicants are reminded that it is important that applications are made with the applicant’s individual e-mail address and not that of the sports desk or sports editor or a generic company e-mail address, as vital information regarding media credentials will be sent to this address.

    The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, June 19, 2017.

    Late applications will not be acknowledged.

    GENERAL NOTE

    Caribbean media personnel planning to attend matches outside of their territory during the series outlined above MUST advise WICB Media to ensure adequate arrangements to accommodate you are made in the Venue Media Centres. Please send an e-mail with this information:

    To: arichard@windiescricket.com

    Cc: media@windiescricket.com

  • Kesrick Williams replaces Shannon Gabriel in Windies Squad

    CASTRIES, St Lucia – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies named fast bowler Kesrick Williams to replace Shannon Gabriel in the Windies 13-man squad for the third and final One-Day International against Afghanistan.

    Gabriel sustained a side strain in the second match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground on Sunday and is unavailable for selection for the third match.

    The 27-year-old Williams is yet to play in this format. He has so far played eight T20 Internationals, with 14 wickets (average 11.21; economy 5.70).

    The third and final ODI will be played on Wednesday. First ball in the day/night match is 2:30pm (1:30pm Jamaica Time).

    FULL SQUAD (with shirt numbers)

    1. Jason Holder (captain)
    2. Devendra Bishoo
    3. Jonathan Carter
    4. Roston Chase
    5. Miguel Cummins
    6. Shai Hope
    7. Alzarri Joseph
    8. Evin Lewis
    9. Jason Mohammed
    10. Ashley Nurse
    11. Kieran Powell
    12. Rovman Powell
    13. Kesrick Williams

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Friday, June 9: 1st ODI — Afghanistan won by 63 runs at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground

    Sunday, June 11: 2nd ODI — West Indies won by 4 wickets at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground

    Wednesday, June 14: 3rd ODI — Daren Sammy Cricket Ground

  • FOCUS ON FANS – WINDIES VS INDIA SERIES

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) is calling on fans in and out of the region to come out in their numbers for the upcoming Windies vs India series. Fans will benefit from tickets/team replica shirt packages to witness what is expected to be a keen contest between the two teams. 

    Tickets are already available online at http://www.kyazoonga.com/Cricket/India-Tour-of-West-Indies-2017/2264

    Starting in the twin-island republic of Trinidad & Tobago with the first two ODIs; fans will be able to get tickets online, box office and at a Windies versus Red Force match on Tuesday, June 20 at the National Cricket Centre, Couva. Patrons who buy tickets at that encounter will get tickets for US$15 and US$30 with a replica shirt. That is a US$5 discount.  Additionally, teams from Corporate TT that purchase 30 tickets or more will also receive the same discount to include the replica shirt.

    Tickets go on sale at the box offices

    • Trinidad and Tobago – Saturday, June 17
    • Antigua and Barbuda – Friday, June 23
    • Jamaica – Thursday, June 29

    Ticket prices start from as low as US$10.

    Details on the special offer for Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica will be announced shortly.

    Schedule

    • Friday, June 23                 1st ODI         Queen’s Park Oval
    • Sunday, June 25               2nd ODI        Queen’s Park Oval
    • Friday, June 30                 3rd ODI        Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
    • Sunday, July 2                  4th ODI          Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
    • Thursday, July 6               5th ODI         Sabina Park
    • Sunday, July 9                  T20I              Sabina Park

    Since 1979, West Indies and India have played 116 ODIs, West Indies have won 60; India 53; one tied game and two no-results.  In IT20s since 2009; both have played seven matches with West Indies winning 4; India 2 and one ended with no result. The teams last met in August 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, where the 2nd of two Twenty20 matches was abandoned due to rain.

  • Windies has new supplier – BLK

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – BLK have signed a three-year deal with the iconic WINDIES cricket team to become the official WINDIES Kit Supplier. The partnership covers the WINDIES senior men’s, women’s and youth sides (Under 19s) along with grassroots development cricket in the Caribbean.

    “BLK has a track record of providing quality cricketing apparel in Australia and this is an opportunity for us to provide that excellence in partnership with an iconic brand on the world stage as well as kicking off our commitment to the North American and Caribbean markets,” BLK Chairman Richard Upshall said.

    The WINDIES Men will wear BLK for the first time when they begin their tour of England with a Test Match at Edgbaston on August 17. The WINDIES Women will also play in BLK at the 2018 ICC World Twenty20 (venues to be confirmed) and the 2019 Cricket World Cup which is scheduled to take place in England and Wales.

    Johnny Grave, the CEO of Cricket West Indies (CWI), said: “We are delighted to welcome BLK as the Official Kit Supplier of all WINDIES teams. In addition to providing all of our team wear, this new partnership forms part of our broader strategy to grow our retail and licensing revenues by creating a new online WINDIES store.  We will be expanding our commercial partnership programme over the next few years and are looking forward to building the relationship with BLK.”

    The WINDIES now join the England Rugby League, Scotland Rugby League, England Netball, Hartlepool United and the rugby union Champions Cup winners, Saracens, to be the latest professional team outfitted by BLK. 

    BLK is based in the United Kingdom from which it operates under licenses which cover much of the Northern Hemisphere from the Middle East and Europe to the USA and the Caribbean. The company has ambitious plans to work with high-profile teams across all sports (including e-sports) as nearly 10,000 teams globally now wear BLK – including across sports such as lacrosse, baseball, American football, netball, hockey, ice hockey, football, rugby and squash.

    Mr Upshall continued: “BLK are proud to be the Official WINDIES Kit Supplier and this partnership really complements our ambitious strategy. As WINDIES is one of the most recognisable brands in the world this establishes a new benchmark for the company and an opportunity for us to showcase the quality and breadth of our product offering to the widest possible audience.”

    The new WINDIES Test, T20 and ODI kit is in keeping with the distinctive maroon and gold and will be available alongside the WINDIES training range for sale from various distributors and BLK’s own website from the 17th of August.

  • Team effort key to Windies success: Knight

    SOUTHAMPTON, England, CMC – Batsman Kyshona Knight believes a focussed team effort could bring West Indies success in the ICC Women’s World Cup starting later this month.

    The elegant top-order batsman said while the Caribbean side would depend heavily on the likes of veterans Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin and Shakera Selman, it was critical every player took responsibility for delivering strong performances throughout the June 24 to July 23 tournament.

    “Once everyone chip in and put up their hands in the games as a whole team, I think we will do a very good job,” the left-hander said during the ongoing training camp at the Ageas Bowl.

    “Everyone is looking for us to do very well in this World Cup but I don’t think the girls are trying to put that added pressure on themselves so we’re just going out there to play each game as they come and give of our best.”

    Knight’s runs at the top of the order will be valuable as West Indies Women seek to add the 50-overs title to their Twenty20 World title captured last year in India.

    The 25-year-old has not played a one-dayer in nearly two years, however, with her last match coming when Pakistan Women toured the Caribbean in 2015.

    However, Knight said she was looking to contribute to the Windies success and hoped her side could capitalise on the conditions.

    “I just want to get out there and give of my best, and hopefully as a team we can put in some good performances and probably bring home the World Cup,” the Barbadian said.

    “The pitches are really good. Once you get in on them, hopefully the batters can capitalise and the bowlers can use the swing to their advantage.”

    West Indies open their campaign on June 26 against reigning champions Australia Women – a team Knight believes will be the heavy favourites along with hosts England Women.

    “They have some really key players and I guess the conditions down here really suit their players. I think they will be our biggest opponents.”

  • Law hoping for dominant Windies batting in series decider

    GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Head coach Stuart Law said West Indies were still searching for the ideal batting performance against minnows Afghanistan as they looked to turn the page on a couple of ordinary efforts, with a win in Wednesday’s series decider.

    The Australian conceded that his side had been far from convincing in the two opening matches despite winning the second on Sunday but said the final game presented an opportunity for the Caribbean side’s batsmen to “step up.”

    “It’s a fresh pitch. It’s a must-win game for both teams so exciting cricket to be played,” Law said here.

    “Our batters have got to step up. Someone in the top six I would like to see go on and get a hundred. Twenties and 30s aren’t getting us many results that we’d like.

    “I’d like to see 80s to hundreds [and] 120s, and really kill the game for us and let our bowlers loose with a total on the board. That would be outstanding.”

    West Indies suffered a humiliating defeat in the opener last Friday when they were beaten by 63 runs, after failing to chase down a modest 213 for victory at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground.

    They were 68 for two in the 23rd over but crashed to 149 all out, with 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan claiming seven for 18 – the fourth best figures in one-day history.

    “We probably haven’t performed as well as we know we can,” Law conceded.

    “That first night I thought we did OK to restrict them to just over 200. We probably should have restricted them to 150, 175 just through some lax bowling [we allowed them to score more].

    “We did not approach the game with as much gusto as we needed and a guy like Rashid, he had a night out that’s for sure. He bowls very well and is difficult to face under lights. You can’t see the rotation of the ball under lights and that makes it even harder.”

    After watching their bowlers stun the Afghans for just 135 in the second game, the Windies batsmen made heavy weather of the target, losing six wickets before stumbling home in the 40th over.

    Khan was once again among the wickets with three for 26 but Shai Hope, batting at number three, top-scored with an unbeaten 48 to see West Indies to safety.

    Law said West Indies had shown a huge improvement in their approach to the second game and even though the batting lacked conviction, there were indications improvement was on the horizon.

    “Bowling them out for 135 was a tremendous effort. Our batters once again they looked shaky [but] we showed signs we can cope with the leg-spin,” Law pointed out.

    “Shai Hope batted tremendously well, Evin Lewis got us off to a great start and then Jason Holder and Rovman Powell came in and finished up a good night’s work.

    “However, there are still plenty of areas to improve on and looking forward to Wednesday … I’m looking forward to seeing our boys play a good, positive game of cricket.”