Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes believes there should've been reserve days at this year's ICC World Cup, after a second abandoned match in two days.

Former Windies women captain, Merissa Aguilleira has come in for praise from the International Cricket Council (ICC) following her retirement from the international game earlier this week. 

People living in the Caribbean will soon be really able to say they own a piece of West Indies cricket after the organisation’s president, Wycliffe 'Dave' Cameron has come out to say the organization is working on a plan that will see it headed toward becoming a listed company in another two years. 

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister and Chairman of the CARICOM sub-committee on cricket, Ralph Gonsalves, is happy with the progress his organization is making with regard to restructuring Cricket West Indies (CWI). 

Windies skipper Jason Holder is again at odds with English cricket and the way it’s structure, which allows players to take lucrative deals under what is known as a Kolpak deal is achieved.

Kolpak deals come at the cost of a player’s international cricket career, with the most recent example being Duanne Olivier, a South African who earned his ODI debut last year.

Olivier shocked South Africa when he announced his retirement from International duty in favour of a three-year deal with Yorkshire.

The move prompted former South Africa batsman, Albie Morkel, who joined Surrey after ending his international career, to voice his hope that Cricket South Africa (CSA) does something to stop any possible ‘drain’ on the country’s major cricket resources, it’s talent.

"They [CSA] have to sit down and come up with plans because they're going to lose a lot of players in the near future and they need to protect against that.

"Do you structure the contracting a little bit better? What security do you give the guys [for] life after cricket? You talk about investing, but once a guy retires, they sort of drift away. I can name a number of players who they have invested a lot of money in, but you don't see them coaching, you don't see them involved with our academies.

"Give those guys a platform and say, 'We've invested in you for so many years, when you're thinking of settling down or moving on, this is where we see a role for you'.

"I think that communication is not great at the moment so that's something they can improve on.

"I was settled in the team so, for me, it was easier to put offers aside and focus on playing with South Africa.

"It's harder for those guys who are in and out of the team. If the communication channels aren't great and you're not sure where you fit in, that's where the biggest challenge comes in. Communication is the key in any business.

"It's never nice…it always paints a bad picture of cricket in South Africa. But that's unfortunately part of our DNA and the struggles we have in South Africa."

Oliver’s move came just two years after Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw signed deals with Hampshire.

Holder has gone one step further than his South African counterpart, the Windies captain looking toward the International Cricket Council to protect other nations from the possibility of losing all their talent to the English game.

"It's really sad to see another quality player lost to Kolpak cricket," Holder said. "Until something is properly done to keep players a little bit more grounded financially I don't know how much longer you can continue putting up the front,” said Holder.

"People still want to see international cricket being at the forefront. I just think, going forward, we need to find a way to keep players playing for their country so we can have an attractive product,” said the Windies Captain, who oversaw a drawn ODI series against England on Saturday.

"Probably the ICC and FICA needs to get together and institute a substantial minimum salary so that players will feel comfortable coming home to represent their country,” he said.

"Test cricket is something that has picked up in the last year and a half. West Indies beating England; Sri Lanka beating South Africa: these are significant things. These can continue to spark Test cricket. There's so much prestige behind it and so much work behind it. I can only hope we can find some common ground where players are properly compensated and encouraged to play Test cricket as opposed to running off to domestic leagues.

"Personally I have had a few conversations with people at FICA. They are doing a hell of a job trying to get a level playing field for everyone and trying to have a fair standard for players and for leagues to be able to attract players. I don't want to speak of a figure at this time but I've had discussions with people at FICA and we are trying to find solutions to these problems.

"It's just ongoing discussions. I don't know if we'll find a middle ground as soon as we like. Hopefully in the not too distant future we can find common ground where players are playing for their countries and also have time to play in domestic leagues."

Shannon Gabriel faces a four-match ban from the International Cricket Council after accepting a charge of abusing another player. The ban has brought with it questions of how the ICC treats small cricketing nations versus the big countries like Australia, England and India.

Australian bowling legend Shane Warne has described as ridiculous the decision by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Windies captain Jason Holder for the upcoming Test in St. Lucia.

Holder, who captained the Windies to a 2-0 series victory over England to win the Wisden Trophy for the first time in 10 years, will miss the dead-rubber Test set for St Lucia later this week.

However, it robs the Test of the Windies captain who has been the catalyst for the rare Windies triumph over a top-ranked cricket nation.

Warne, 49, the Australian leg-spinner who has taken 708 Test wickets during his illustrious career, believes the rule banning captains for slow over rates makes little sense.

"The test didn't go 3 days - can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision - where's the common sense here? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara," Warne tweeted.

Warne found support in former England Michael Vaughn.

“246 over Test Match .. that amounts to 2.6 days of Cricket .. A team hammers the opposition & plays great Test cricket yet the Captain gets a ban for Slow over rate .. @Jaseholder98 can find himself very very unlucky on this occasion .. !! The game really doesn’t help itself ...”

Holder thanked Warne for his support which prompted the blonde-haired cricket turned commentator to tweet”

, “Pleasure! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned!"

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.

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