Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron has extended a warm welcome to USA Cricket after the organisation saw its application to join the ICC officially approved.

The USA, then under the control of the US Cricket Association (USACA), was one of the first ICC associate members.  However, the body was repeatedly suspended for violations of governance and expelled in June 2017.

USA Cricket was formed later in 2017 and facilitated the transition back to autonomous governance following more than three years of oversight from an ICC Americas caretaker administration.  In addition to being able to receive funding in accordance with the ICC development funding policy like other Associates, USA Cricket will also now be able to sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.

"We welcome back USA Cricket to the international community. Cricket West Indies (CWI) stands ready to support efforts to move cricket forward,” Cameron said.

“We have done a tremendous amount of development in this region and we look forward to any reciprocal agreements and arrangements to enhance the current set of programs.”

The West Indies have already committed to playing at least T20Is per year in North America through to 2023.

Opening bat Rashada Williams is the only new player named to a Windies Women squad named for a two-week camp in Antigua as they prepare for their upcoming tour of Pakistan later this month.

Jamaica international Giles Barnes could be eyeing a return English Championship team West Bromwich Albion after undergoing a recent training stint with the club.

The 30-year-old has found himself without a club after an unsuccessful return to the United States Major League last season.  After several seasons in the MLS Barnes endured poor stint with Mexican Liga MX club Leon. 

The forward returned to the Colorado Rapids where he made 19 appearances after being given a six-month deal with the club.  The player was released by Rapids at the end of the season.

Barnes previously at the English club 10 years ago where he spent  18 months with the Baggies before spells at Doncaster Rover and then to Houston Dynamo.  Having begun his career at the Championship level for Derby County, Barnes has plenty of experience.  He has played 103 times at Championship level, scoring or assisting 20 goals.

If selected, Barnes could link up with a fellow Jamaica international Darren Moore who was handed the reigns of the club last season.  Moore, who played alongside Barnes at Derby County - including the 2007 Championship play-off final win over Albion, has handed many players an opportunity to work up their fitness levels using the facilities at Albion’s Walsall-based training ground.

Construction work that began on the Stadium East running track that began on Monday is expected to be completed by February, Jamaica’s Sports Minister Olivia Grange has announced.

Windies batting star Chris Gayle had a tough debut for Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) team Rangpur Riders on Tuesday, despite a comprehensive win over Comilla Victorians at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

The 39-year-old batting talisman had missed out on taking part in the team’s opening match against Chittagong Vikings after delays in acquiring a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Cricket West Indies (CWI).

The opener, the champion team’s top run-scorer last campaign, had a forgettable debut facing five balls before being caught by Anamul Haque off the bowling of Abu Hider.  The total posted by Comilla had, however, never been a challenging one as only Shahid Afridi provided any resistance when the team was all out for 63.  Riders then chased down the target scoring 67 runs in 12 overs losing only the wicket of batting sensation Gayle. Rilee Rossouw and Mehedi Marul remained unbeaten on 20 and 36 respectively.  Hider took the lone wicket conceding 11 runs.

Gayle had managed to make an impact in the field for the team after catching Afridi off the bowling of Nazmul Islam.  Rangpur will play their next match against Dhaka Dynamites on January 11.

Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and her husband Omar Brown, are expecting their first child and has hinted that she could be retiring from the sport of track and field.

Two-time Jamaica Olympian Dionne Rose-Henley was laid to rest on Saturday during an emotional funeral service in the United States that was attended by several past Jamaican Olympians.

On the heels of news that Jamaica could lose its Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise to another Caribbean island, information released by CPL suggests that more people are watching the annual T20 league than ever before.

No home team managed to find a win in this round of the West Indies Championship, with the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park, failing to hold their advantage over the Windward Islands Volcanoes on the final day. 

Defending West Indies Championship side, the Guyana Jaguars made short work of their Kensington Oval final-day clash against the Barbados Pride, romping to a 6-wicket victory that, in truth, wasn’t even as close as that. 

Six Trinidad and Tobago Red Force batsmen failed to trouble the scorers as the team were crushed by 245 runs in their West Indies Championship game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Monday at the Bryan Lara Cricket Academy. 

Opener Montcin Hodge crafted an entertaining half century that left Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the ascendency against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on day three of the West Indies Championship, at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Sunday.

Beginning the day at 149-4, Red Force were eventually dismissed for 252 still some 173 runs short of the Leewards massive first innings total.  Overnight batsman Jeremy Solozano was dismissed soon after the resumption, managing to add just two runs to his overnight total of 78.

In chase of the big total, the Leewards batsmen lost wickets at regular intervals with only Denesh Ramdin(31), Brian Charles (39) and Joshua Da Silva (19) offering any further resistance.  Rahkeem Cornwall was the most of the Leewards bowlers after claiming figures of 4 for 73.  Alazarri Joseph also had had some success with the ball after claiming 3 for 8, while Jeremiah Louis captured two.

In their second time at the crease, Hodge fired an unbeaten 77 off 127 balls as the team with Cornwall adding 22 from 23 as the Hurricanes made 168 before declaring.  Shannon Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers the second time around for T&T after claiming 3 for 35.  In response, the Red Force were 26 without loss and needed 316 to win on the final day.

 

 

A four-for from Guyana Jaguars spinner Veerasammy Permaul severely hampered the efforts of Barbados Pride as they struggled in pursuit of a humungous first innings total on day three of the four-day West Indies Champions on Sunday.

At stumps, despite battling half-centuries from Shane Dowrich and Johnathan Carter, Barbados Pride were well short of the total and were all-out for 360, still, some 188 runs short of the Jaguars 548. 

The Pride began the day looking to solidify the innings, following the previous day’s loss of opener Shayne Mosely.  Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamar Brooks put on a partnership of 73 runs but the team was soon in trouble again.

 It was Brooks (34) who would become the first of Permaul’s four victims after being caught by Leon Johnson.  Brathwaite (43) followed did not stay long after and followed five overs later after being bowled by Clinton Pestano. 

With the typically reliable Roston Chase, next to bat, managing to add just one run to the total before being gobbled up by Johnson, again off Permaul, the Pride looked in real danger at 123 for 4.

Carter, who had 68 off 107 balls and Dowrich (81 off 113), however, came together to form the base of the Pride resistance as they put on 131 for the fifth wicket.  Permaul again figured prominently in both dismissals, bowling Carter and catching Dowrich off the bowling of Sherfane Rutherford. 

Barbados captain Jason Holder (44 from 87) and Jomel Warrican (23 of 35) added late runs to push the Pride score, but the team will have its work cut out on Monday’s fourth day.  Permaul ended with overall figures of 4 for 124, with Raymond Reifer and Pestano claiming two wickets each.

President of the Leeward Island Cricket Board (LICB) Enoch Lewis has admonished regional governing body Cricket West Indies (CWI) for not following procedure in the appointment of Richard Pybus.

Pybus, the former director of cricket who returned as head of the high-performance director in February, was appointed interim coach by the body last week.  The official is expected to hold the post for the upcoming England series through to this year’s ICC World Cup in England.

Although the CWI has stressed that the appointment is expected to be a temporary one, the move has drawn criticism in several quarters.

“We feel that due process was not followed and so we have written to Cricket West Indies (CWI) to ask them to take a look at it and we have made certain requests which we are hoping they will come back to us,” Lewis said in a recent interview with the Antigua Observer.

“It is far from the norm and Cricket West Indies is supposed to be a transparent body.  We’re supposed to operate according to protocol, policies, procedures, due process and so that we are saying from LICB standpoint,” he added.

Lewis claimed Pybus’ name had not been mentioned in original meetings regarding the issue and was only appointed after a conversation was had with CWI boss Dave Cameron.  The official also took exception with not being consulted as chairman of the CWI’s Cricket Committee.

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