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Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran and Oshane Thomas have been awarded central contracts by Cricket West Indies who have increased the number of all-format contracts awarded to West Indies men and also expanded the list of centrally-contracted West Indies women’s players for the 2019-20 season.

However, no new contracts were offered to Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, and Raymon Reifer.

The number of all-format contracts on the men’s side has now increased from four to seven with Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul joining Test and One-Day International captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach on the list.

Nineteen men have been retained for the upcoming contract year which runs from July 1 this year to June 30 next year, including first-timers Allen, Pooran and Thomas, all members of the West Indies squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales, along with left-handed opener John Campbell.

Fifteen women – an increase of three – have also earned central contracts to run for the same period, including veteran all-rounder Stacy-Ann King, fellow left-hander Kycia Knight and newcomers Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean and Karishma Ramharack.

“We believe the 2019-20 contract list provides us with a multi-talented group of players who can represent West Indies men and women across all formats over the contract period,” said interim Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, Robert Haynes.

“We believe the mix of players selected are important for the development of our teams going forward and we have looked to award contracts to players who have shown commitment and performance during the past year.”

Contracts were offered to players who have achieved consistent performances for the West Indies throughout the evaluation period of April 1 last year to March 31 this year, and players who the Selection Panel believes will feature in the squads for all matches in the respective formats over the next contract year.

CWI Board policy allows up to 22 contracts to be offered each contract year to West Indies men’s players, so the Selection Panel may decide to offer additional central contracts throughout the year.

CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams said verbal offers had been made to all players, and contracts will be issued in the next few weeks, as soon as CWI has concluded a new four-year Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Players Association.

“To assist in our drive of towards a new fitness and conditioning culture, the CWI board of directors has approved our recommendation that the award of all new West Indies men’s contracts this year will be conditional on each player achieving a minimum standard of fitness,” he said.

“This new policy will also be introduced to all men’s regional franchise contracts and West Indies Women’s contracts next year for the 2020-21 season.”

This is the third year that CWI will award central contracts to West Indies men under three different categories.

All-format contracts are awarded to players expected to feature in Tests, ODIs and T20Is during the coming year. Red-ball contracts are given to players who predominantly play Test cricket and white-ball contracts are awarded to players who predominantly play ODIs and T20Is.

 The full list of contracted players are:

All-Format Contracts: Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.

Red-Ball Contracts: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jomel Warrican.

White-Ball Contracts: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas.

New players offered contracts for 2019-20

Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.

Players no longer on contracts

Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer

WEST INDIES WOMEN CENTRALLY-CONTRACTED PLAYERS 2019-20

Players who retained contracts: Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor.

New players offered contracts for 2019-20: Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Natasha McLean, Karishma Ramharack.

Players no longer on contracts:

Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Anisa Mohammed, Akeira Peters.

 

 

Jamaica added 20 medals including nine more gold medals from their day-one output to conclude the 2019 NACAC U18 and U23 Championships in Mexico with 39 medals to finish third behind Mexico’s 63 and the United States’ 56 medals.

Jamaica won 19 medals on Friday’s opening day of the 2019 NACAC U18 and U23 Championships in Mexico.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Andwuelle Wright set a new national record on his way to the gold medal on Friday’s opening day of the NACAC Under 18 and U23 Championships in Queretaro, Mexico.

Three-time world 100-metre champion showed Friday that running her first 10.7-time in four years last month was no fluke when she powered to a 10.74s clocking at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the Noah Lyles became the fourth fastest man in history with a 19.50-second run over 200m.

Left in Fraser-Pryce's wake was Great Britain’s Dina-Asher Smith (10.91) and Marie Josee Ta Lou (10.93), proving they were no match for the Jamaican who clocked 10.73s for a second place finish at Jamaica’s National Championships on June 21.

“I came to Lausanne in a very happy state of mind despite a poor performance in Stanford (where she was seventh in 11.39s). I am delighted with 10.74 today. Such ups and downs make sure that you do not take anything for granted and do not get complacent,” she said. 

“It is a long season this year. I am feeling great. Let’s see how the season progresses, I will happily embrace anything that the season will throw at me. I am going to enjoy and do my best.”

Also on the podium in Lausanne was Stephenie-Ann McPherson who was third in a season-best 50.88s in a blistering 400m won by Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Nasser won set a new meet record and season-best time of 49.17, just holding off an emerging Aminatou Seyni of Niger who set a new national record and personal best 49.19s.

Ronald Levy was third in the 110m hurdles in 13.25, beaten by the USA’s Daniel Roberts, the NCAA silver medallist who clocked 13.11 and Spain’s Orlando Ortega who had a season-best 13.05s for the win.

There was a fourth-place finish for Janieve Russell in the 400m hurdles won by the USA’s Shamier Little in a season-best 53.73s, a season-best time for the American who is sharpening up for the US National Championships later this month.

Russell’s 55.13 was also a season best.

Zuzana Hejnova also set a season-best 54.11 for second place while the USA’s Ashley Spencer as third in the same time, which was also her season’s best.

Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas was third in the 200m in a season-best 22.81. Jodie Williams of Great Britain also ran a season-best time of 22.75 in the race won by the USA’s Gabrielle Thomas whose 22.69s was also a season-best.

Shanieka Ricketts has been consistently over 14.50 in the triple jump this season and was again on Friday. However, her 14.65m, her third-best mark for the season was unable to get her onto the podium as she finished fourth.

Cuba’s Liadagmis Povea claimed third with her personal best jump of 14.77 while Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, the world leader was second with 14.82. Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia took the gold medal with her season-best mark of 14.89m.

Tajay Gayle’s jumped 8.13m for fourth in the long jump won by Cuban prodigy Juan Miguel Echevarria with 8.32m. Greek Militiadis Tentoglou was second with 8.19m while South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga was third with 8.13m

 

 

 

 

 West Indies batsman Shai Hope said the team’s underwhelming performance at the ICC World Cup will be a learning experience for him and the other young members of the team that ended their campaign on Thursday with a 23-run over Afghanistan.

Insatiable hunger and even greater motivation are what seven-time IAAF World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce said are driving her to be on the podium at the 2019 World Championships in Doha in September.

Jamaica’s National U-17 male team departs the island on Thursday, July 4, for Trinidad and Tobago where they will participate in the CWI Regional U-17 Championship from July  6 – 14.

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