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The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) continues to laud the input of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), as its sponsorship of the Under-19 championships and academy has proved a major player in the national team's preparations for the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Under-19 tournament in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Sandals Resorts International's three-year sponsorship of the JCA's tournament proved even more integral as it provides the platform for players to be selected to the national team for regional competitions, while the academy fine-tunes the preparation phase with off-field personal development sessions.

JCA's Chief Executive Officer Courtney Francis is optimistic that SRI's contribution will spark a change of form for this age group team in the upcoming regional tournament.

Read more at the Jamaica Observer

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The very first pick at the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft was opening batsman Alex Hales who will be playing for the Barbados Tridents. Hales says he is really looking forward to turning out at the CPL for the first time. 

“When I was picked it was incredible news. Barbados is probably one of the best places in the world for cricket, incredible ground, good atmosphere in the Caribbean. It’s also a tournament I have never played in before and from what I’ve heard from players and coaches, the standard is really high and the atmosphere is brilliant so, it’s a great opportunity for me. I’m looking forward to it.”

When asked if playing in T20 tournaments around the world helps in terms of getting international recognition, Hales said the extremely high standard means that selectors have to take notice of performances in leagues like the CPL. 

“I think the standard now for franchise cricket is just going through the roof, particularly with all the analysis and all the money that’s involved in it. You play with all sorts of different players from all sorts of countries and a few months later you find yourself playing against them so, these guys know your strengths, they know your weaknesses. So, the standard and the drive to improve and work on your weaknesses and keep on top of your strengths is massive. I think it’s definitely something that national selectors look at or certainly should be looking at because the standard is fantastic.” 

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – West Indies chances against India in the upcoming MyTeam11 Twenty20 International Series, co-sponsored by Skoda, were given a boost with the recall of the veteran duo of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble is the only newcomer in the 14-member squad selected for the first two T20Is in the series which will be contested on August 3 and 4 at the Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida. The Selection Panel has the opportunity to make changes to the squad before the third T20I on August 6 at the Guyana National Stadium.

The squad also includes Andre Russell, subject to him passing a fitness assessment prior to the series. He is set to return to the playing field following his early exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales to undergo an operation on his troublesome left knee.

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Six young Antiguan cricketers have been named in a 14-man Leeward Islands squad to contest the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Under-19 tournament slated for 25 July to 11 August in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

Elroy FrancisJr. leads the list of national youth players named by the Leeward Islands Cricket Board (LICB) and will act in the capacity of vice-captain to Montserrat’s Zawandi White. The other Antigua players in the squad are Uri Smith, Demari Benta, Paul Miller,Jawaski Josephand Taiem Tonge. 

Bodgenarine Sharma, Anderson Amurdan, Carlon Bowen-Tuckett, Jaden Carmichael and Akadianto Willett, all of Nevis, are also included in the squad. 

Read more at the Antigua Observer 

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In a landmark decision, the International Cricket Council has approved a like-for-like concussion substitute in men's and women's international cricket and first-class cricket worldwide from August 1, the start of the first Ashes Test.

The decision was taken after a two-year trial of concussion replacements in Australia's domestic cricket competition, the Sheffield Shield. A player who has been concussed either while batting, bowling or on the field can be withdrawn from the game and be replaced subject to approval by the match referee.

The ICC stated that the decision on replacement will be made by the respective team's medical representative.

Read more at News18

 

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West Indies fast bowling legend Andy Roberts has blasted the captaincy of Jason Holder following a disappointing showing at the recently concluded ICC World Cup in England.

The regional team was tipped by a few pundits and fans to be capable of causing issues for the more fancied teams at the tournament but failed to live up to expectations. 

The same could be said for the 27-year-old Holder who headed into the tournament in a rich vein of form but failed to deliver a telling performance.  In his opinion, Roberts believes one of the biggest issues the team faced during the tournament was a lack of organisation and leadership.

Read more at SPORTSMAX

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West Indies fast bowling great Andy Roberts has hailed star batsman Chris Gayle as one of the game’s ‘great players’ but is convinced the time is right to walk away.

The 39-year-old Gayle had initially revealed plans to retire from international cricket following the ICC World Cup but seemed to have a change of heart just ahead of the tournament.  The batsman instead targeted the regional team’s home series against India as possibly his final matches for the West Indies.

The batsman did not, however, have an outstanding World Cup, scoring a total of 242 runs in nine matches as the team limped to a ninth-place finish.  Roberts, however, does not believe the player’s form merits immediate selection to the squad for the series.

Read more at SPORTSMAX

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Three days before the selectors meeting to pick India's senior squad for the Caribbean tour, Manish Pandey, the A team captain, made a statement with an 86-ball century that fashioned a 148-run victory. Opener Shubman Gill also staked his claim for higher honours with his second successive half-century in the West Indies to follow up an unbeaten 109 against Sri Lanka A at home last month. After the two batsmen carried India A to 295 for 6, Krunal Pandya wrecked West Indies A's chase with 5 for 25 in seven overs. The 148-run win meant India wrapped up the five one-day series with two games remaining.

After opting to bat, India A lost Anmolpreet Singh for a duck in the third over, but Gill and No.3 Shreyas Iyer forged a 109-run stand to give the innings direction. Iyer, who made a brisk 77 in the tour opener, was more sedate on Tuesday, scoring 47 off 69 balls. The stand ended when Iyer was dismissed by offspin-bowling allrounder Rahkeem Cornwall in the 27th over. Pandey and Gill then took charge of the innings, putting on a 110-run stand to take the team towards 250.

While Gill fell 23 short of a hundred, Pandey reached the landmark off 86 balls, in the last over of the innings. Seamer Romario Shepherd then pinned him lbw with an inswinging yorker off his next ball to keep the visitors to under 300.

Read more at ESPNcricinfo

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The 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) was a breakout season for Shimron Hetmyer, which he has used as a platform to further his international career and get picked up in other T20 tournaments such as the Indian Premier League (IPL). Having finished last season as the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ top scorer with 440 runs, including a maiden T20 hundred, Hetmyer says he will be trying hard to improve on those stellar returns when the 2019 CPL gets underway on 4 September. 

“Well, I’ll be looking to outdo it but let’s see how it goes. At this point I’m really feeling good about my batting where that is concerned and my overall game as well, so I’m looking to take it one step at a time and just try as much as possible and as hard as possible to try and take Guyana one step further this year.” 

The CPL has played a big part in the development of many young players from the Caribbean, and Hetmyer says he has learned a huge amount from the tournament.

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T&T Crick­et Board pres­i­dent Az­im Bas­sarath says they will be host­ing a pub­lic sym­po­sium to dis­cuss the way for­ward for the West In­dies game start­ing next month. He hopes that the TTCB will be able to pro­vide a blue­print to as­sist Crick­et West In­dies on how to de­vel­op the re­gion­al game go­ing for­ward fol­low­ing the talks.

The idea was first raised by Windies leg­end Sir Clive Lloyd af­ter the re­gion­al team was boot­ed out of the just-con­clud­ed ICC World Cup in Eng­land ear­ly af­ter los­ing six of its nine games.

Speak­ing at the prize dis­tri­b­u­tion func­tion of Ram­la­gan's Bal­main Unit­ed Lit­er­ary and Crick­et Club at the Sir Frank Wor­rell De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre in Cou­va, over the week­end, Bas­sarath an­nounced the plan and urged all crick­et lovers to take part in the sym­po­sium. He said the TTCB had in­formed CWI pres­i­dent Ricky Sker­ritt of the plan and re­ceived their bless­ings and ei­ther Sker­ritt or CWI vice-pres­i­dent Dr Kishore Shal­low will be here for the event.

Read more at the T&T Guardian 

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