Simmons highlights Holder, Stokes rivalry

Simmons highlights Holder, Stokes rivalry

MANCHESTER, England – West Indies head coach Phil Simmons expects the rivalry between leading all-rounders Jason Holder and Ben Stokes to be one of the highlights of the upcoming Test series. Holder, the West Indies captain, has emerged as Test cricket’s leading all-rounder, while Ben Stokes is ranked number two in the ICC charts. “The […]

Loose uncapped Holder on England, urges former Test opener

Loose uncapped Holder on England,  urges former Test opener

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Former Test opener Philo Wallace has urged West Indies tour selectors to hand Chemar Holder his debut in the first Test against England next month, contending the uncapped speedster can shock England and lay the foundation for a series win. The 49-year-old, who played seven Tests and 33 One-Day Internationals, argued Holder […]

Sammy wants all cricket boards to support Black Lives Matter movement

Sammy wants all cricket boards to support  Black Lives Matter movement

CASTRIES, St Lucia – Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its member cricket boards to speak out against social injustice and racism, amid public outrage in the United States and across the globe over the death of a Black man in police custody. Sammy, stressing that the […]

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Cricket West Indies (CWI) has approved the Test tour of England, paving the way for cricket’s first-ever biosecure Test series to proceed behind closed doors in July. In a statement on Friday, CWI said the decision was made following discussions between its medical advisors and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and after pouring over detailed protocols already being engaged “to minimise risk and optimise the health and safety of all concerned”. Under the current plan, West Indies will leave during the first week of June for the three-Test series scheduled to bowl off July 8 at biosecure venues like Old Trafford in Manchester and the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The series was originally scheduled for May but had to be postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has resulted in 271,000 infections and 38,000 deaths in the United Kingdom. “The decision comes only after CWI medical and cricket-related representatives and advisors have been involved in detailed discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and their own medical and public health advisers,” the regional governing body said. “These discussions involve the local and international logistics and protocols which are already being put in place to minimise risk and optimise the health and safety of all concerned. “CWI has also received and reviewed detailed plans for players and staff to be kept in a biosecure environment for the duration of the tour, with all matches being played behind closed doors.” The board said permission would now be sought from various Caribbean governments for players and officials to be transported by charter, and to also be tested for COVID-19. Nearly all Caribbean nations have closed their borders to air passenger traffic due to the outbreak of the pandemic. Players and officials will be flown from their various territories to Antigua, from where they will then travel to the United Kingdom. “CWI’s management is now in the process of seeking to put all of the approvals and logistics in place within the Caribbean, including seeking permission from the various national governments to facilitate the movement of players and support staff, using private charter planes, and conducting medical screenings and individual COVID-19 testing for all members of the touring party,” the statement said. “CWI will continue to fine-tune the various arrangements with the ECB whilst they await final UK Government approval of their plans for a biosecure tour, with all three Test matches being played behind closed doors.” A 30-man provisional squad was identified by CWI selectors recently, who began training this week in several territories. Once the squad is whittled down to 25 they will fly by charter to the UK where they will undergo two weeks of quarantine before being moved to a biosecure playing venue. Both teams will be prohibited from contact with the public during the series and will undergo strict social distancing protocols. Selectors have been forced to increase the squad to 25 to allow for preparation matches and injury replacements, as the touring side will not be allowed to engage English sides in warm-up matches nor call up injury replacements.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Cricket West Indies (CWI) has approved the Test tour of England, paving the way for cricket’s first-ever biosecure Test series to proceed behind closed doors in July.  In a statement  on Friday, CWI said the decision was made following discussions between its medical advisors and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and after pouring over detailed protocols already being engaged “to minimise risk and optimise the health and safety of all concerned”.  Under the current plan, West Indies will leave during the first week of June for the three-Test series scheduled to bowl off July 8 at biosecure venues like Old Trafford in Manchester and the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.  The series was originally scheduled for May but had to be postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has resulted in 271,000 infections and 38,000 deaths in the United Kingdom.  “The decision comes only after CWI medical and cricket-related representatives and advisors have been involved in detailed discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and their own medical and public health advisers,” the regional governing body said.  “These discussions involve the local and international logistics and protocols which are already being put in place to minimise risk and optimise the health and safety of all concerned.  “CWI has also received and reviewed detailed plans for players and staff to be kept in a biosecure environment for the duration of the tour, with all matches being played behind closed doors.”  The board said permission would now be sought from various Caribbean governments for players and officials to be transported by charter, and to also be tested for COVID-19.  Nearly all Caribbean nations have closed their borders to air passenger traffic due to the outbreak of the pandemic.  Players and officials will be flown from their various territories to Antigua, from where they will then travel to the United Kingdom.  “CWI’s management is now in the process of seeking to put all of the approvals and logistics in place within the Caribbean, including seeking permission from the various national governments to facilitate the movement of players and support staff, using private charter planes, and conducting medical screenings and individual COVID-19 testing for all members of the touring party,” the statement said.  “CWI will continue to fine-tune the various arrangements with the ECB whilst they await final UK Government approval of their plans for a biosecure tour, with all three Test matches being played behind closed doors.”  A 30-man provisional squad was identified by CWI selectors recently, who began training this week in several territories.  Once the squad is whittled down to 25 they will fly by charter to the UK where they will undergo two weeks of quarantine before being moved to a biosecure playing venue.  Both teams will be prohibited from contact with the public during the series and will undergo strict social distancing protocols.  Selectors have been forced to increase the squad to 25 to allow for preparation matches and injury replacements, as the touring side will not be allowed to engage English sides in warm-up matches nor call up injury replacements.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Cricket West Indies (CWI) has approved the Test tour of England, paving the way for cricket’s first-ever biosecure Test series to proceed behind closed doors in July. In a statement  on Friday, CWI said the decision was made following discussions between its medical advisors and the England and Wales Cricket Board […]

Cricket West Indies seeks head coach for senior women’s side

Cricket West Indies seeks head coach for  senior women’s side

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has begun its search for a permanent head coach to oversee the embattled senior women’s side and halt a troubling run of results. Former Test player Gus Logie was named interim coach last October, replacing Barbadian Henderson Springer, but suffered series losses to India in both white-ball […]

Former West Indies cricketer Omari Banks focuses on his music

Former West Indies  cricketer Omari Banks   focuses on his music

THE VALLEY, Anguilla, CMC – Former West Indies all-rounder Omari Banks has recalled his role in the Caribbean side’s record run chase 17 years ago, which propelled the Brian Lara-unit to a historic win over Australia in Antigua. The Anguillian, who had made his debut as a fledgling 20-year-old just a week earlier in Bridgetown, […]

South Africa Women tour of West Indies postponed but no word on changes to Men’s tour

South Africa Women tour of West Indies postponed but no word on changes to Men’s tour

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Cricket West Indies (CWI) officials are still hopeful South Africa’s tour of the West Indies will come off later this year, even as they announced yesterday the Proteas’ upcoming Women’s and ‘A’ Team series have been put on hold. CWI said agreement had been reached with Cricket South Africa (CSA) to […]

Caribbean netball stars to benefit from COVID-19 pay agreement

Caribbean netball stars to benefit  from COVID-19 pay agreement

CANBERRA, Australia — Caribbean stars such as Jamaican Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Triniadian Samantha Wallace, who compete in the Suncorp Super Netball League, will benefit from a decision by netball authorities to extend the Government’s JobKeeper Payment to international players. The Australian Government recently instituted a AUS$1,500 fortnightly payment for eligible employers to help insulate themselves […]

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