Category Archives

    Media Releases

  • ALL
  • Windies “A” squad for One-day Series against England Lions

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies announced on Friday a 13-member WINDIES “A” squad for three One-day matches against England Lions on March 6, 9 and 11 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground here.

    SQUAD

    Kieran Powell (Captain)

    Jahmar Hamilton (Vice Captain)

    Jermaine Blackwood

    Roston Chase

    Rahkeem Cornwall

    Chandrapaul Hemraj 

    Kavem Hodge

    Andre McCarthy

    Keemo Paul

    Raymon Reifer

    Romario Shepherd

    Odean Smith

    Jomel Warrican

    Team Management Unit

    Floyd Reifer (Head Coach)

    Rayon Griffith (Manager/Assistant Coach)

    Roddy Estwick (Assistant Coach)

    Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)

    Gregory Seale (Strength & Conditioning Coach)

    Dinesh Mahabir (Analyst)

    NOTES

    The One-day series comes on the heels of the “Test” series which WINDIES “A” swept 3-0, bringing kudos from Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, Courtney Browne.

    “The ‘Test’ side had an outstanding series, and the panel would like to congratulate the team and coaching staff for a stellar performance against the English,” he said.

    “The ‘Test’ squad reflected the majority of those players that have been with our WINDIES ‘A’ programme for the last 18 months or more, plus some senior Test team players that needed to make justification for further senior Test match consideration. This allowed us to put out a strong squad against the England Lions.”

    On the forthcoming One-day series, Browne said: “This WINDIES ‘A’ One-day squad has a few new faces and these players have been identified based on their Super50 Cup performances. We are now looking forward to similar performances from the players in the One-day series that are worthy of challenging for senior team slots.

    “Our performances in One-day Internationals at the senior level have not been consistent for a number of years now and we need to start identifying players that can help us to become a more consistent ODI team.”

    On the new faces in the One-day squad, Browne said: “Hodge had a very good all-round performance for his franchise which helped them to win the Super50 Cup. His ability to bowl up front with his left-arm spin bowling is an asset and his very capable middle-order batting brings a good dimension to the squad.

    “Chandrapaul Hemraj looked promising with the bat during the Digicel 4-Day Championship and Super50 Cup, so he has been given an opportunity to stake a claim for one of the opening positions, where we’ve lacked consistency in our international cricket.

    “Romario Shepherd, whose ability to bowl with good pace and control in the Power Play, gave him the nod over other contenders, and Keemo Paul was an ICC Youth World Cup winner with our Under-19 squad two years ago and has progressed nicely, plus his ability to swing the new and old ball along with his athleticism in the field adds good value to the squad.”

  • Kenny Benjamin, Sylvester Joseph among commentators for Windies A One Day series

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Former fast bowler, Kenny Benjamin and former middle-order batsman, Sylvester Joseph will be part of a four-man commentary team for the upcoming three-match one day series, featuring WINDIES A and the England Lions.

    Benjamin represented the West Indies in 26 tests and 26 ODIs between 1992 and 1998, having also played first class cricket for the Leeward Islands and Worcestershire. Since his retirement, he has spent significant time in the development of his club, the Liberta Blackhawks. He is the Head Coach. He holds Level 3 Coach certification and has served as Bowling Coach to the West Indies and USA Cricket Teams.

    Joseph, also known as Bouncing, represented the West Indies in 5 tests and 13 ODIs between 2004 & 2007. He was Captain of the West Indies at the 1998 ICC Under 19 World Cup. He is currently an umpire.

    Benjamin and Joseph will be joined by experienced sport journalist, Jack Matthew and cricket operations expert, Zorol Barthley.

    In what is expected to be a keenly contested series, the England Lions will be seeking to avenge the three-nil whitewashing in the 4Day format.

    The day/night matches on Tuesday, March 6; Friday, March 9 and Sunday, March 11 will be at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua, starting at 2pm each day. The tickets will be at an affordable EC$15 each day.

  • Windies A looks ahead to One Day series following its 3-0 win in the 4-Day

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Less than two days after the exciting end to the Super50 Cup FINAL and the Super50 Cricket Festival (last Saturday), cricket returned to Antigua and Barbuda on Monday (February 26). WINDIES A completed a 3-0 series win over the England Lions.

    Well, there will be more cricket. For three days, March 6, 9 and 11, the same teams will do battle in the 50-overs format.

    Having just completed a comprehensive whitewash in the 4-Day format, the team hopes to carry their form into the 50-overs.

    With great performances from young players at the Super50 Cup and 4-Day WINDIES A games so fresh in the minds of the fans, Commercial Director, Dominic Warne, is appealing to fans “to come out and support the next generation of WINDIES players at the 3-game 50-over ODI series next week and build up the legendary West Indies atmosphere.

    “Not only will the series feature players trying to break into both the elite WINDIES and England teams, but it will also feature two local Leeward Islanders, Jahmar Hamilton and Rakheem Cornwall, to capture the pride and support of local fans.

    Warne noted that “we want to make this series as accessible as possible, so the ticket prices are an affordable EC$15, plus we’ll have a wide range of food items along with music at the venue for the entire family.” 

    The day/night matches will be at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua, starting at 2pm each day.

  • Miller Time as Windies take aim at World Cup

    HARARE, Zimbabwe – Experienced left-arm spinner Nikita Miller says he is willing to do “all that’s required for the team” to see the Windies qualify for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

    The 35-year-old showed his skill and control on Thursday with a brilliant spell of bowling as Windies overcame United Arab Emirates in a low-scoring warm-up match Harare Sports Club. He took five for 20 off 10 overs to dismiss the UAE for 83, after Windies made 115 on a surface offering generous turn to the slow bowlers.

    “It was a good day for me. I got five wickets at a crucial stage in the match and did was required by the team. That’s what its all about for me, doing what the team needs to win. I’m all about doing the job,” Miller said. “It was very important for us to get some solid cricket under our belts as we prepare for the tournament.

    “We didn’t go so well in the first warm-up match against Afghanistan, which didn’t go according to plan. So we had to get things together, and even though we didn’t get enough runs, our bowling display was excellent and congrats must go to all the bowlers for putting in a very good performance, especially Kemar Roach the early part of their innings. I think the bowling display was very good today.”

    Miller is one of the most experienced members of the Windies squad at the qualifier tournament. He made his international debut in 2008 against Australia but has been in and out of the team. He played in two World Cups in Asia in 2011 and the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand. He made a return to Windies colours on the tour of New Zealand late last year and has been impressive.

    “The main goal is to get to the World Cup. We need to apply ourselves and get full ready for that opening match. We have some very experienced players who have played a lot of international cricket and have seen many situations in the game so we will be ready for whatever is thrown at us,” Miller said. “We will have play to our strengths and draw on our experience. I made my debut 10 years and I have played a lot of cricket. I’m not thinking about myself but I’m thinking about the team in every situation.”

  • Roach: Smart cricket will win it

    HARARE, Zimbabwe – Kemar Roach, the Windies pacer, says his team need to play an aggressive brand of cricket if they are to finish in the top two at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier and progress to the tournament proper.

    Coming off a good run of form in Regional Super50 tournament back home, where he picked up 10 wickets in five matches for Barbados Pride, Roach is concentrating on managing his body and playing smart.

    “I’m always fighting, backing myself to perform,” said the 29-year-old. “I’m in a good spirit right now, and I just want to go out and give it my best shot.

    “You’ve got to be smart in one-day cricket now. It’s been tougher on bowlers, you’ve to be smart, do your job, and do what is required for the team to win.”

    Roach, who is on 99 ODI wickets from 67 matches, within touching distance of becoming the 16th West Indian to join the 100 club. He was highly impressive in Thursday’s warm-up match against UAE, taking three wickets with the new ball. He also lauded the appointment of Alfonso Thomas as the new bowling coach.

     “Thommo is a fantastic, well-respected bowler,” said Roach. “He has brought a lot of ideas to us so far. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

    Roach added it is now time to get their game faces on and prepare for the challenge ahead.

    “We just have to play our style of cricket, just play our brand, express ourselves, and be positive,” he said. “I don’t see why can’t come out on top in this tournament – we’ve world-beaters on our side. Once everyone fires, we should be fine.”

    The Windies take on UAE in their first match of the tournament on Tuesday, March 6 at the Old Hararians Ground.

  • Miller: My time to stand up

    HARARE, Zimbabwe – Experienced left-arm spinner Nikita Miller says he is willing to do “all that’s required for the team” to see the Windies qualify for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

    The 35-year-old showed his skill and control on Thursday with a brilliant spell of bowling as Windies overcame United Arab Emirates in a lowscoring warm-up match Harare Sports Club. He took five for 20 off 10 overs to dismiss the UAE for 83, after Windies made 115 on a surface offering generous turn to the slow bowlers.

    “It was a good day for me. I got five wickets at a crucial stage in the match and did was required by the team. That’s what its all about for me, doing what the team needs to win. I’m all about doing the job,” Miller said. “It was very important for us to get some solid cricket under our belts as we prepare for the tournament.

    “We didn’t go so well in the first warm-up match against Afghanistan, which didn’t go according to plan. So we had to get things together, and even though we didn’t get enough runs, our bowling display was excellent and congrats must go to all the bowlers for putting in a very good performance, especially Kemar Roach the early part of their innings. I think the bowling display was very good today.”

    Miller is one of the most experienced members of the Windies squad at the qualifier tournament. He made his international debut in 2008 against Australia but has been in and out of the team. He played in two World Cups in Asia in 2011 and the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand. He made a return to Windies colours on the tour of New Zealand late lest year and has been impressive.

    “The main goal is to get to the World Cup. We need to apply ourselves and get full ready for that opening match. We have some very experienced players who have played a lot of international cricket and have seen many situations in the game so we will be ready for whatever is thrown at us,” Miller said. “We will have play to our strengths and draw on our experience. I made my debut 10 years and I have played a lot of cricket. I’m not thinking about myself but I’m thinking about the team in every situation.”

  • Windies Women win warm-up as championship prep continues

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand- The WINDIES Women romped to a 7-wicket victory over the Canterbury Magicians at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, as part of their preparations for Round 2 of the ICC Women’s Championships versus New Zealand White Ferns starting on Sunday March 4.

    WINDIES Women won the toss and elected to bowl first. Canterbury lost Frances Mackay for 7 and the dangerous Amy Satterthwaite for 1. Then Evelyn Jones and Kate Ebrahim consolidated for the Magicians, scoring 98 and 84 respectively as the Magicians posted 216/5 from their 50 overs.

    Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher had the best bowling figures for WINDIES women, taking 3/44 from her allotted 10 overs.

    In their reply, the WINDIES Women got off to the perfect start thanks to openers Hayley Matthews and Kycia Knight, who put on 75 for the first wicket. Matthews and Kycia blasted the Magicians bowling with Matthews being the aggressor, smashing 13 fours on her way to 61.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor had a short stint at the wicket, then Kycia was joined by Chedean Nation. Kycia and Nation both reached half-centuries in a partnership worth 109 runs before Nation fell for a well-played 55.

    Kycia and twin Kyshonna then took the WINDIES Women to the target in 34 overs, finishing on 70 and 14 not out respectively.

    Speaking after the game, Captain Stafanie Taylor said “I thought we bowled and fielded well, especially the opening spell from Shamilia Connell and Tremayne Smartt. Then Kycia and Hayley set the tone and pace in the powerplay, which gave us the start we needed, and it was backed up by Chedean Nation and Kyshonna. Our preparation for the Championships are coming along as expected and we are ready for the challenge that I know that team New Zealand is coming with.”

    WINDIES Women tour to New Zealand 2018

    MARCH 2018

    Sunday 4      1st ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University

    Thursday 8   2nd ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University

    Sunday 11      3rd ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch

    Wednesday 14   1st T20 International at Bay Oval, Mt. Maunganui, Tauranga

    Friday 16            2nd T20 International at Bay Oval, Mt. Maunganui, Tauranga

    Tuesday 20       3rd T20 International at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

    Thursday 22      4th T20 International at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

    Sunday 25        5th T20 International at Seddon Park, Hamilton

  • Wobbly Windies down UAE but questions remain

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – An unconvincing West Indies needed left-arm spinner Nikita Miller’s five-wicket haul to beat minnows United Arab Emirates by 32 runs, as their dodgy start to the ICC World Cup Qualifiers continued here Thursday.

    Embarrassingly bundled out for 115 in the 34th over at the at Harare Sports Club, the Caribbean side rebounded to rout UAE for 83 off 29 overs, and claim victory in their last of their official warm-up matches before their Group A campaign gets underway next Tuesday against the same opponents.

    The 35-year-old Miller bagged five for 20 and seamer Kemar Roach, three for 15, as West Indies avoided another potential disaster following on from Tuesday’s shock defeat to Afghanistan.

    Sent in, there was no sign of what was to unfold when the Caribbean side reached 81 for three in the 18th over.

    Veteran Chris Gayle (16) and rookie Evin Lewis (10) put on 31 for the first wicket before Shimron Hetmyer, who top-scored with 20, added 34 with Marlon Samuels (15) for the second wicket.

    The left-handed Hetmyer was bowled by off-spinner Rohan Mustafa (2-10) in the 16th over after facing 28 balls and counting a single four and Samuels followed 13 deliveries later, caught at the wicket off leg-spinner Imran Haider who was the best bowler with four for 16.

    West Indies then capitulated, losing their last seven wickets for just 34 runs as Haider and left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza (2-14) ran through the middle and lower order.

    Seamer Mohammed Naveed accounted for both openers to finish with two for 27.

    In reply, UAE were tottering early when Roach claimed the first three wickets to fall to leave the World Cricket League Division 2 champions on 36 for three in the 10th over.

    With a run added, Miller knocked over Chirag Suri for one and the Jamaican then combined with off-spinner Ashley Nurse (2-21) to wreck the UAE innings.

    Rain halted play with UAE on 58 for seven and the Windies clinically wiped out the tail once play resumed.

    Despite the victory, the performance will raise even more questions for West Indies, especially about their batting, especially after they were dismissed for 110 in pursuit of a revised 140 in a rain-hit encounter against Afghanistan.

    West Indies will also face Papua New Guinea, Ireland and the Netherlands in the preliminaries as they bid for a spot in the Super Six second stage of the qualifiers.

    The top two teams will qualify for the final and also secure the remaining spots at next year’s ICC World Cup in England.

  • Brathwaite – Qualifying all that matters to me

    HARARE, Zimbabwe — World T20-winning Windies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has stressed that winning the Cricket World Cup Qualifier is all that matters to him and his team despite the fact they’d rather not be playing it at all.

    Asked what he was looking forward to about the tournament, which will decide the two final teams to make the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England, the 29-year-old seamer and big-hitter said: “To win the trophy. With all due respect to the competition, we didn’t want to be here. We wanted the direct passage to the World Cup.

    “Be that as it may, we are here, and we have to play these games, play them well, and be at our best throughout the competition. And be there and lift the trophy at the end of the competition, and ease a few fears back home of possibly missing out on the World Cup. That will be a job well done in my eyes.”

    Windies failed to qualify automatically for the flagship 50-over tournament next year due to their ninth placed ICC team ranking in ODIs. Only the top eight teams have secured their places, with Windies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Nepal, UAE, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea fighting it out for the final two spots at the Qualifier.

    Brathwaite – who has fond memories of ICC tournaments having blasted the Windies to glory in the last over of the 2016 World T20 final against Ben Stokes – admitted his side are favourites in Zimbabwe but said they would not be underestimating any opponent.

    “We probably have a target on our backs, and teams will really be game when it comes to playing against us,” he said. “We need to firstly not underestimate any team – I don’t think we will – and then secondly, we need to do as well we can, perform day in and day out. At the end of the two weeks or so, let’s be raising the cup as champions of the World Cup Qualifier.

    “I will concede that we’re probably the better team on paper, the team with most history. But cricket is played on the day. Each and every day we step on the park, we need to act as though we are the best team on paper, act like the best team in the competition. And then have the results to show for it.”

    As one of the team’s big names, Brathwaite will be expected to perform on the big stage. “I don’t know how much pressure is on me externally,” he said, “but I always put pressure on myself to do as well as I can. At the end of this World Cup Qualifier, I want to be able to look in the mirror and say that I’ve been put everything in. The team qualifying is the ultimate goal.”

  • Zadran hat-trick condemns Windies to shock defeat in warm-up

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – Fast bowler Dawlat Zadran grabbed a hat-trick to send favourites West Indies to a stunning 29-run defeat under Duckworth/Lewis, in their opening warm-up match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers here Tuesday.

    Chasing a modest revised target of 140 from 35 overs, the two-time former World champions collapsed from 80 for two in the 14th over, to 110 all out in the 27th over at Harare Sports Club.

    Opener Evin Lewis top-scored with 36 and veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels got 34 but remarkably were the only two batsmen to reach double figures.

    The drama, however, erupted during the 20th over of the innings when Zadran knocked over Shimron Hetmyer (1), Rovman Powell (9) and Carlos Brathwaite (0) in successive deliveries, to leave West Indies reeling on 99 for eight.

    First, Zadran had the left-handed Hetmyer caught at gully by caught at gully by Najibullah Zadran, removed Powell to a catch at the wicket before trapping Brathwaite lbw.

    Zadran finished with four for 26 while dangerous leg-spinner Rashid Khan (2-7) and left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf (2-21) snapped up two wickets apiece.

    The Afghans had earlier battled to 163 for nine in a game reduced to 35 overs, with Gulbadin Naib, batting at number 10, top-scoring with 48 from 38 deliveries and number eight Samiullah Shenwari hitting a valuable unbeaten 42.

    The pair staged a courageous ninth wicket stand of 91 after the innings lay in shambles at 71 for eight in the 23rd over.

    Naib smashed three fours and a pair of sixes while Shenwari lashed two sixes in a 55-ball knock.

    Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, who finished with three for 43, rocked the top order with a couple of early wickets while fellow seamers Jason Holder (2-27) and Kesrick Williams (2-34) added a brace each.

    Veteran left-handed opener Chris Gayle then fell cheaply for nine in the sixth over of the Windies run chase with the score on 25 and Shai Hope followed in the seventh over for one, caught at the wicket to give Zadran his first wicket.

    Lewis and Samuels, however, combined in a third wicket stand of 44 which appeared to be taking the Windies to an uncomplicated victory.

    The left-handed Lewis faced 40 balls and counted a pair of fours and sixes while Samuels required 36 deliveries for his knock and stroked four fours.

    But both perished along with Jason Mohammed (0) in the space of 18 balls with just eight runs added, before Zadran struck the lethal blows to condemn the innings.