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  • Ronchi and Mcclenaghan complete ICC World XI squad to play the WINDIES

    • Eoin Morgan: “It’s a great honour to be leading a side which has a selection of players from a number of nations, and I can’t wait to get on to the field for what promises to be an engrossing contest”
    • Luke Ronchi: “It is all for a worthy cause and it feels really good to see so many cricketers from different countries come together for such a reason”
    • Mitchell McClenaghan: “This will be a fantastic spectacle and I’m looking forward to participating with a great bunch of guys and look forward to doing those who will benefit from this match proud”

    The New Zealand pair of Luke Ronchi and Mitchell McClenaghan complete the ICC World XI line-up for the fund-raising Twenty20 International against the Windies at Lord’s on 31 May.

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Ronchi and fast bowler McClenaghan join a host of stars who have already confirmed their participation in the Lord’s match, which is being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.

    The team, to be led by England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan, includes Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik (both India), Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik (both Pakistan), Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal (both Bangladesh), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka) and Rashid Khan (Afghanistan).

    Eoin Morgan said: “It’s a great honour to be leading a side which has a selection of players from a number of nations, and I can’t wait to get on to the field for what promises to be an engrossing contest.

    “The build-up to the event on 31st May has been very exciting with new additions announced on a regular basis, and the anticipation has been growing daily. I’m sure all the players, including those of the Windies side, are eager to play at Lord’s.

    “It’s a fantastic feeling that we will be all getting together for a good cause. The cricket fraternity should be very proud that the funds raised from the match will help rebuild the stadia in the Caribbean and also contribute to the growth of the game.”

    Luke Ronchi said: “I’m looking forward to being a part of the World XI at Lord’s for the charity match against the Windies on the 31st of May, that will be raising funds to help with the rebuilding of cricket venues which were damaged by the two hurricanes in the Caribbean last year.

    “It is all for a worthy cause and it feels really good to see so many cricketers from different countries come together for such a reason. To be playing a match which will see some of the very best in action together is a matter of great pride for me. I’m looking forward to seeing a packed house at Lord’s, supporting the relief effort, and an exciting game of cricket.”

    Mitchell McClenaghan said: “’It will be an absolute pleasure to contribute towards a fantastic cause and to help restore damaged stadiums after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This will be a fantastic spectacle and I’m looking forward to participating with a great bunch of guys and look forward to doing those who will benefit from this match proud.”

    Ronchi, who turned out for Australia before returning to play for his country of birth New Zealand, has scored 1397 runs in 85 ODIs with 105 catches and 12 stumpings, while he has 359 runs in 32 T20Is with 24 catches and five stumpings. He scored most runs in this year’s Pakistan Super League, aggregating 435 runs for Islamabad United.  Left-arm bowler McClenaghan has 82 wickets in 48 ODIs and 30 in 28 T20Is.

    The Windies, the reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions, are being led by Carlos Brathwaite. Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell are among the other leading players in the squad.

    The tickets for the match are available at https://tickets.lords.org/ with all proceeds going towards rebuilding and renovating five major venues as well as other community cricket facilities that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The venues that will benefit include the Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, the Carib Lumber Ball Park in St. Maarten and the Cancryn Cricket Grounds in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

    World XI squad:

    Eoin Morgan (captain, England)

    Dinesh Karthik (India)

    Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand)

    Hardik Pandya (India)

    Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka)

    Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

    Luke Ronchi (New Zealand)

    Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

    Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)

    Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

    Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)

  • Antigua launches its Chirpy Classroom Adventure

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua- Cricket West Indies (CWI) continues to pledge its intentions to broaden the involvement of more young boys and girls in cricket in the Caribbean.

    The Director of the Board of Education of Antigua and Barbuda, Mr Clare Browne announced on Thursday, (May 3) that the Chirpy’s Classroom Adventure – Teacher’s Manual will be implemented in 24 public and private schools across the island, commencing in the opening of the school year in September 2018.

    Browne commended CWI and the Kiddy Cricket Program for taking the initiative to ensure that budding cricketers are equipped with options for life after cricket as well as rebuild the glory that was West Indies cricket. “We have to take the cricket back to our youngsters.”

    Browne also highlighted that the manual aims to assist teachers teach the curricula in Mathematics, Language, Technology, Social Studies, Science, Information Technology, Healthy Lifestyles and Child Protection.

    CWI’s Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams summed it up brilliantly, saying “Cricket is socially and culturally part of us in the Caribbean.” Adams further elaborated that “The lessons learnt in cricket and the academics can work hand in hand to enhance education and development in the Caribbean.”

    The Kiddy Cricket Program, CWI’s longest running partnership, have joined forced with Boards of Education from the various cricket playing territories from across the region to ensure that the younger generation have a more balanced curriculum.

    CWI and Scotiabank have been partners for over 17 years for the Kiddy Cricket Program which reaches up to 800 primary schools in the region, impacting just about 135,000 children from ages 6 – 11 years old.

  • Pandya, Karthik confirmed for ICC World XI

    India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik join an ICC World XI for the high-profile Twenty20 International against the Windies at Lord’s on 31 May, being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean damaged by hurricanes last year.

    The squad is led by England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan with Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik (both Pakistan), Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal (both Bangladesh), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka) and Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) the other confirmed names in the list of nine so far. The remaining players will be announced in the coming days.

    Mr Giles Clarke, who is supporting the event, welcomed the addition of the two India players, who are currently playing in the Indian Premier League. Pandya is turning out for Mumbai Indians while Karthik is leading Kolkata Knight Riders in the Twenty20 tournament.

    Mr Clarke said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for fans of the Indian team to come out and watch these two flamboyant players, who bring both class and star value to what I’m sure will be a memorable match at Lord’s.

    “People would remember Pandya’s valiant 43-ball 76 against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy last year while Karthik too has played Test cricket at Lord’s. He has been in terrific form and recently blasted 29 off eight deliveries and sealed victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy with a last-ball six.”

    The Windies, reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions, are being led by Carlos Brathwaite. Star big-hitting opener Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell are among the other leading cricketers in the squad.

    The tickets for the match are available at https://tickets.lords.org/ with all proceeds going towards rebuilding and renovating five major venues as well as other community cricket facilities that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The venues that will benefit include the Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and the Carib Lumber Ball Park in St. Maarten.

  • Beaton to join CWI fast bowling camp, following his ICC suspension

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies wishes to acknowledge a report from the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the suspension of fast bowler, Ronsford Beaton. The ICC is reporting that Beaton has failed an independent assessment and will not be permitted to bowl in international cricket.
     
    Beaton will therefore join the fast bowling camp, now on in Antigua as part of his remedial program; following which he will undergo a reassessment process, which if successful, he will be allowed to participate at the international level.
     
    Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams says “we are fully committed to working with Ronsford during this period of remedial work which will hopefully accelerate his successful re-admission to the professional game.”
     
    Beaton was reported for suspect action during the second ODI against New Zealand last December.  The ICC noted that the international suspension will also be recognized and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdictions; but with the consent of CWI, Beaton may be able to play in domestic events in the Caribbean.
  • WINDIES Women convene for high performance camp in Antigua

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Defending ICC WT20 Champions, WINDIES Women continue with their preparations for the upcoming event later this year.
     
    CWI is rolling out its high-performance program and this includes a 14-member women’s squad that will gather in Antigua for a month, from April 30- May 30 to participate in a camp.
     
    CWI’s Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams indicated this will be the first step in growing and strengthening the WINDIES Women’s team, “CWI is cognizant of the difficulties and challenges faced by the Women cricketers in getting the best training facilities and world class support in their individual territories. Therefore, this is a move by CWI to address that issue and to get them the relevant support staff to best prepare them for international cricket.”
     
    New find, 17-yr old Guyanese Shabika Gajnabi, will join this unit for the first time. Gajnabi is a talented right-handed batter who has captained her national Women’s U-19 team for the last two years. Felicia Walters who made her WINDIES Women’s debut at the World Cup last year, returns to the squad joining the rest of the unit in Antigua.
     
    WINDIES Women’s Head Coach, Henderson Springer will be assisted by Stuart Williams, who previously worked as Assistant Coach of the WINDIES Women during the 50-overs World Cup in 2017. The support team will also include a physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach.
     
    Kyshona Knight and Afy Fletcher will miss the camp because of injury. Deandra Dottin is unavailable due to personal reasons. 
     
    The full squad reads:
    1. Stafanie Taylor
    2. Anisa Mohammed
    3. Shemaine Campbelle
    4. Shamilia Connell
    5. Britney Cooper
    6. Shabika Gajnabi
    7. Kycia Knight
    8. Hayley Matthews
    9. Merissa Aguilleira
    10. Chedean Nation
    11. Reniece Boyce
    12. Felicia Walters
    13. Akeira Peters
    14. Shekera Selman
  • WINDIES’ Captain Eyeing Third Cricket World Cup Title

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – With just over a year to go, WINDIES captain Jason Holder has mapped out a plan to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

    The WINDIES have won the event twice – under the leadership of the legendary Clive Lloyd – winning the inaugural event final at Lord’s in England in 1975, when they conquered Australia by 17 runs, and following up in the second edition at the same venue four years later, when they repelled the hosts by 92 runs.

    In 1975, Lloyd hit an attractive 102 to take the Man-of-the-Match award and set things up for his side, and in 1979, Viv Richards (now Sir Viv) was in his prime, smashing an unbeaten 138, earning the Man-of-the-Match award, Collis King slammed 86 off 66 balls to add 139 with Sir Viv and Joel Garner followed up with five wickets to seal another memorable victory.

    Holder now dreams of similar heady performances to propel his side and lead him to becoming the second WINDIES captain to lift the coveted trophy at Lord’s with the countdown having started for the prestigious event, which begins on May 30 and climaxes with the final on July 14 (see schedule below).

    “The World Cup is extremely special for us,” said Holder. “As players and as a team, it means everything. We have a great history and we won the first two editions, so the aim is to make it three in 2019.

    “We want to be there at Lord’s in the final to lift the World Cup – we believe we are good enough to win it. It’s always great to play in a global event. As a young cricketer, you set your sights on this kind of event and doing something special for West Indies fans on the world stage.”

    “We took the qualifiers route to get to this World Cup, but that was a blessing in disguise as it brought us closer as a team. We grew as a unit during that tournament. For the World Cup, we will enter as underdogs, but we believe in each other, and know for whom and what we are playing.”

    The ICC, cricket’s world governing body, announced the tournament schedule this week and it revealed an opening contest for WINDIES against Pakistan on May 31 next year in Nottingham. The 10 teams will play under a non-elimination format before the tournament concludes with semi-finals and the final. 

    WINDIES reached the World Cup through the qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe earlier this year and Holder said the aim was to build on the momentum gained from those matches in their upcoming encounters, as the side gets their World Cup preparation in gear.

    “Playing in the World Cup qualifiers was not all bad in a way,” he said. “I think it was an opportunity to come together as a side, get some wins under our belt, play some of the Associate nations and some of the nations which qualified as full member nations.

     

    “It gave us some momentum. It gave us a feeling of winning again. We won quite a few games in the World Cup qualifiers – and everybody got some performances there. It wasn’t one or two individuals that really stood out in every particular game. It was a situation where a different individual put up their hand in every game.”

    The WINDIES’ schedule of World Cup matches:

    31 May – v Pakistan, Trent Bridge (d)

    6 June – v Australia, Trent Bridge (d)

    10 June – v South Africa, Hampshire Bowl (d)

    14 June – v England, Hampshire Bowl (d)

    17 June – v Bangladesh, Taunton (d)

    22 June – v New Zealand, Old Trafford (d/n)

    27 June – v India, Old Trafford (d)

    1 July – v Sri Lanka, The Riverside (d)

    4 July – v Afghanistan, Headingley (d)

  • ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 schedule confirmation

    The 10-team Cricket World Cup will be held between 30 May and 14 July next summer, and fixture details of all 48 games will be officially revealed by the ICC on 26 April.

    The line-up for this year’s tournament features Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Windies.

    What you need to know…

    The full schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales will be announced on Thursday 26 April at approx. 2pm (UK time)

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    All information will be announced via icc-cricket.com and on the ICC’s social channels, we would ask you to support this through your accounts and with the official schedule which will be supplied when the announcement goes live

    Please use the hashtag #CWC19 on your own posts to show your support!

    Press Release

    A press release detailing the schedule will be going out from CWC19, the ICC and regionally through each venue and host city. You will be receiving any relevant creative assets and instructions on where to use them with the press release. The release will include ticket price details, outlined below:

    Ticket prices key messages

    1. Value proposition:
    • 80,000+ adult tickets at £20
    • 200,000+ adult tickets at £50 or less
    • Consistent and fair pricing across matches
    1. Accessibility proposition
      • Child tickets at every match, starting from £6
      • Family of 4 for £52
    2. Positioning:
      • The pinnacle event in one-day cricket; the 3rd most watched global sporting event
      • CWC19 is a once every 20 years event in England & Wales
      • Benchmarking vs major sports events shows CWC19 value
      • All revenue is invested back in the game to grow cricket
      • A plan that balances revenue and accessibility to deliver a great tournament
  • Fast bowling remains a priority for Cricket West Indies

    St John’s, ANTIGUA With less than 400 days to go before the Cricket World Cup 2019 and with four away international series, another round of its premier regional competitions, Cricket West Indies (CWI) will assemble 10 of the best young and upcoming fast bowlers in the region. They will participate in a fast bowling camp from April 30- June 30 in Antigua.

    The camp will focus on a high-performance program which will hasten the bowlers’ development, aimed at getting them ready for international cricket, while preparing them to be available for selection onto the WINDIES Senior and A Teams.

    The Selection Panel of CWI believes these players are the “core of the bunch” of young fast bowlers in the West Indies.

    CWI’s Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams is excited for this camp, indicating it could be the first of many, as, “the long-term goal is that this program could be annual, including but not limited to this group. After an assessment of this camp, the team will determine when the next one will be. We will keep identifying our core group of emerging talent and the broader view is that we can eventually run the program not just for fast-bowlers but in the key areas of cricket.”

    The high-performance team of Richard Pybus and Graeme West will also include Roddy Estwick, Curtly Ambrose and support staff.

    The bowlers selected for this camp include: 

    • Dominic Drakes
    • Chemar Holder
    • Keon Joseph
    • Shermon Lewis
    • Jeremiah Louis
    • Keemo Paul
    • Raymon Reifer
    • Romario Shepherd
    • Odean Smith
    • Oshane Thomas

    The camp will be based at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua – home of West Indies Cricket.

  • Cricket wins at NLA 2017 National Sports Awards

    Arnos Vale, St. Vincent – It was a victorious night for the SVGCA Inc. at the NLA 2017 National Sports Awards, hosted on April 21, 2018. The cricket association landed the first award and last award for the night, being the Sports Association of the year and the Senior Male Sportsman of the year. Additionally, cricket won Junior Male Sportsman of year, which went to talented batting sensation, Dillon Douglas.

    The SVGCA Inc. stood out from the other associations in 2017 with excellent performances in the staging of multiple tournaments on the local, sub-regional and regional fronts. Further, in 2017, a national cricket academy was established. The judges also considered the international representations of both cricketers Kesrick Wiliams and Sunil Ambris as stand out factors.

    President of the SVGCA Inc., Dr. Kishore Shallow collected the award on behalf of the association and expressed sincere delight at the recognition. “It is a pleasing accomplishment for cricket and quite gratifying for the administrators of the sport to be commended in this manner. At the same time, I congratulate all the nominees and other associations, who I am sure, quite similar to cricket put in the hard work behind the scenes,” stated Dr. Shallow.

    The most anticipated award of the night went to Sunil Ambris, who fought off strong contest from cricket teammate Kesrick Williams for the Senior Male Sportsman of the year. Ambris’s leading performances included captaining the national cricket team to the championship in the Windward Islands cricket tournament, strong showings in regional cricket, most runs for West Indies A team against a touring Sri Lankan A team, and West Indies senior team selections. Ambris said he was “honored to receive the award” and congratulated all the other awardees.

    Former West Indies female cricketer, Vincentian Dr. Genielle Greaves delivered a keynote address on “Welcoming Opportunities – Cementing the Future”.

    The full list of awardees:

    SPORTS ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR: SVG Cricket Association Inc.

    COACH OF THE YEAR: Michael Ollivierre – Team Athletics SVG

    SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: Rohan Thomas

    JUNIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: Dillon Douglas – SVG Cricket Association Inc.

    JUNIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Shne Joachim – SVG Swimming Federation

    SENIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Linda McDowall – Team Athletics SVG

    SENIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: Sunil Ambris – SVG Cricket Association Inc.

  • Rashid, Tamim and Shakib confirmed for ICC World XI team to play the WINDIES at Lord’s

    Top-ranked bowler Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Bangladesh stars Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal have confirmed their participation for the ICC World XI which will play a Twenty20 International against the Windies at Lord’s on 31 May.

    Rashid, who is ranked number one on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings and is second in the list of One Day International bowlers, will be one of many big names to watch in the Lord’s match, which is being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.

    Shakib, the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs and third in T20Is, and left-handed opener Tamim also come in with huge reputations and Bangladesh fans would be following their fortunes with interest. The trio joins three other Asians who have already confirmed for the match – Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka.

    More big names are likely to be confirmed in the coming days for the ICC World XI side, which is being led by England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan.

    Rashid Khan said: “It is a matter of great honour and pride for me and my country that I have been chosen to support one of cricket’s oldest and most loyal members. I don’t think it will be incorrect to say that a number of cricketers from this and previous generations were inspired and attracted to cricket due to the heroics of the West Indies sides of the 70s, 80s and 90s. And if the West Indies are now looking upon us for help, then there shouldn’t be a hesitation for even a second.

    “Apart from my cricket obligations and responsibilities, the incentive of playing in this great match at the Home of Cricket at the age of 19, with and against some of the best cricketers of this generation, is just too tempting, irresistible and an icing on the cake.

    “I urge all cricket fans and supporters to join hands with the match organisers and the players in making 31 May a hugely successful day so that the funds raised from this match can be reinvested into cricket that, in turn, will not only bring the smiles back on the faces of local cricket supporters but will also lead to the resumption of cricket activities in those regions.”

    Tamim Iqbal said: “Cricket is a sport which unites people, bridges gaps, and in which players and teams support each other. This match is a testament to this statement and I am delighted to have been chosen to once again represent the ICC World XI for a cause which will only make cricket a bigger and better sport.

    “The West Indies’ contribution to the global game is unmatched and unparalleled, and if the cricket fraternity can get together to play a small role in the rebuilding of their damaged venues following last year’s hurricanes, then this is a very small price with hugely positive results.

    “Playing at Lord’s is itself a great honour for any cricketer. My only international appearance there was in 2010, so I look forward to reliving those memories. Playing with and against some of the best cricketers of this era will only make this occasion better and more memorable.”

    The Windies, reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions, are being led by Carlos Brathwaite and the side includes other top names like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell.

    The tickets for the match are available at https://tickets.lords.org/ with all proceeds going towards rebuilding and renovating five major venues as well as other community cricket facilities that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The venues that will benefit include the Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and the Carib Lumber Ball Park in St. Maarten.