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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua- Britney Cooper has been named as the replacement for Deandra Dottin for the West indies Women’s tour to Ireland and England.

Deandra suffered damage to her right shoulder and will require corrective surgery, ruling her out of competition for the upcoming months. Deandra’s recent destructive form has seen her rise to be the #1 player in  the ICC Women’s T20 All-Rounder rankings, just one ahead of her teammate and captain Stafanie Taylor. Deandra was player of the series in the West Indies Women’s tour to Pakistan in February, where she scored 158 runs and took 3 wickets.

Britney Cooper was part of the West Indies Women during the ICC Women’s World T20 held in the Caribbean last November. Seen as an agile fielder and pinch-hitter batter, Cooper notched up the runs during the CWI Women’s Championships in Guyana in March which earned her a spot in the preparation for the Ireland and England tours.

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Phil Simmons will step down as Afghanistan coach after the World Cup. The former West Indies opener, who was appointed to the position in December 2017, said the time was right for him to move on as the target he had been given - of helping Afghanistan qualify for the World Cup - had been achieved.

Simmons is understood to have communicated his decision to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Saturday. His contract, which runs until the end of the World Cup, would likely have been extended given Afghanistan's results during his tenure, including their tournament win in Zimbabwe at the World Cup Qualifier last March.

 Read more at ESPNcricinfo

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The Barbados Tridents have a new ownership team in place who have taken over the running of the franchise with immediate effect.They have also announced that West Indies Test and ODI captain, Jason Holder, will be their Marquee Player for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League season. 

The USA-based CMG Companies (CMG) leads a team of local and international investors in the acquisition of the cricket franchise in Barbados.  CMG, through its affiliates, primarily owns and operates franchise restaurants, hotels, and real estate across America and is one of the largest owners of a major fast-food franchise. CMG is also no stranger to sports, with sponsorship deals with NBA teams including the Dallas Mavericks, several similar initiatives at the collegiate and grassroots level, investment in MASL’s Dallas Sidekicks, along with past ownership of CPL’s very own Jamaica Tallawahs.

Manish Patel, Principal of CMG, says “Selling our ownership rights of the winning Jamaica Tallawahs held from 2014-2016 was the right move for us as a business, but we missed being involved in the Region and in CPL.  When the chance to purchase the Tridents came along we were delighted, especially with the opportunity to bring good strong local partners onboard.  We can’t wait to get started at enhancing the profile of this team on and off the field and to bringing a comprehensive sports entertainment package to Barbados.   We will work very hard to make Barbadians proud of their team.”

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – West Indies will continue their preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a training camp in Southampton, England from May 19 to 23. The four-day camp, involving the entire 15-member squad for the marquee tournament, will include an additional warm-up fixture against Australia, which will be played on May 22 at the Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club.

The original West Indies schedule was based in Bristol from May 23, with two official ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up matches on May 26 against South Africa and on May 28 versus New Zealand. The West Indies opening ICC Cricket World Cup match is against Pakistan May 31 at Trent Bridge.

Batsman Sunil Ambris, and allrounder Raymon Reifer have been called up as cover for the camp in Southampton. They were part of the just-concluded Tri-Nation ODI Series in Ireland. Ambris is available as cover for Evin Lewis, who has recently recovered from a viral illness and Reifer will cover for the bowling group as part of work load management.

According to the CEO Johnny Grave, the idea behind the training camp and playing an extra warm-up game is to give the World Cup squad more preparation time in English conditions and game time together, especially as seven members of the squad missed the Tri-Series in Ireland due to the IPL.

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The Ireland Tri-Series, which includes Ireland, West Indies and Bangladesh will, on Friday, have its last showdown. The undefeated Bangladeshis will take on the West Indians in the finale; both the Caribbean side's losses, in the tournament, have come against the Tigers.

Bangladesh will have a decision to make on whether to risk (this close to the World Cup) Shakib Al Hasan, who suffered a side stain in their penultimate game versus Ireland. The West Indies, on the other hand, will be hoping to have the services of John Campbell, who has been out with back stiffness since scoring his maiden ton in the tournament opener.

John Campbell replacing Darren Bravo in the playing XI--with Bravo's current form--should strengthen WINDIES' batting in their aim to win the series. However, it would also be less than ideal, as this will be the Trinidadian's final opportunity to make a statement before the deadline for the finalized World Cup squads on the 23rd of this month. And if Bravo's place in the World Cup squad was justified, in the first place, he should be given this chance.

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Four members of the 2016 West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning squad headline a group of 15 players chosen to attend a Cricket West Indies (CWI) Emerging Players training camp aimed at enhancing their skills in the white-ball formats of the game.

Leeward Islands Hurricanes batsman Keacy Carty, the Player-of-the-Match in the Final of that Under-19 World Cup, heads the list of players attending the training camp taking place from May 27 to June 13 at the West Indies High Performance Centre (WIHPC), Coolidge Cricket Ground, here.

The other Under-19 World Cup winners taking part in the camp are Jamaica-born, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force pacer Odean Smith, and Barbados Pride duo of fast bowler Chemar Holder and all-rounder Shamar Springer.

This new initiative is part of a thrust by CWI to further its investment in player development which is a key aspect of the existing strategic plan and new policies outlined by recently-elected president Ricky Skerritt and vice president Kishore Shallow.

Programme Manager of the WIHPC, Graeme West said the training camp was aimed at increasing the depth chart of the West Indies white-ball squads over time.

“The camp will be delivered by the CWI high-performance team with a focus on developing the players’ white-ball skills and building on the potential the players have shown coming through the CWI pathway of youth and senior regional tournaments,” said West.

“The development of players is key to the West Indies’ future success and we have to begin to build the depth of talent in the white-ball formats, especially 50 overs.”

West said: “We have seen the emergence of a number of our talented Under-23s, like Shimron Hetmyer, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Oshane Thomas, Sherfane Rutherford and Obed McCoy, into the West Indies white-ball squads in recent matches and all have performed creditably.

“We have a strong group of emerging players and this initiative is a good opportunity at harnessing that talent, raising the profiles of some of our outstanding young talent, and preparing them to be future West Indies stars.”

West said a group of 12 out of the 15 will also use the training camp to undergo preparations for entering this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) linked to a new agreement between CWI and the organisers of the region’s leading Twenty20 tournament.

“This is the first time that the CWI selection panel has provided a pool of emerging players to CPL,” said West.

“The 12 players that have been identified by the selection panel are guaranteed contracts with the six franchises and will be entered into the CPL Draft taking place later this month in London, where the franchises will make their squad selections.”

CPL franchises have now agreed to include at least one of the two players drafted in their final line-up for matches.

SQUAD

(Players with asterisks next to their names have been identified for entry into the CPL Draft)

Joshua Bishop

*Leniko Boucher

Keacy Carty

*Roland Cato

*Dominic Drakes

Keon Harding

*Chemar Holder

*Amir Jangoo

*Ramaal Lewis

*Jeremiah Louis

*Anderson Phillips

*Jeavor Royal

*Keagan Simmons

*Odean Smith

*Shamar Springer

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ST, JOHN’S, Antigua - Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Ricky Skerritt welcomed Cricket Canada’s President Ranjit Saini to Antigua and paid tribute to the longstanding friendship between West Indies and Canada cricket.

President Saini was hosted at a dinner meeting by President Skerritt Monday night and he then met with CEO Johnny Grave Tuesday to update the existing Memorandum of Understanding, designed to strengthen partnerships between both cricket organizations.

The current partnership has seen teams from Canada participate in the CWI’s Men’s Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, as well as the recent CWI Girls Under 19 Tournament held in Trinidad.

The Cricket Canada President also updated CWI on his organization’s plans for the upcoming second edition of the Global T20 Tournament and CricketFest, to be hosted in Toronto. Both CWI and Cricket Canada agreed to generate a new and expanded partnership in the forthcoming months, that will see more collaboration and participation of players and administrators in cricket, at CWI and Cricket Canada events.

President Skerritt expressed pleasure at the visit and welcomed the intended collaboration saying, “Cricket Canada and Cricket West Indies have shared a productive and brotherly relationship within the ICC Americas system for many years. All concerned can be assured that this relationship can only get stronger.”

Presidents Skerritt and Saini also visited the CCG High Performance Centre and spent time with the West Indies Women’s team who were training in preparation for an upcoming overseas tour to Ireland and England.

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The final list of players who have made themselves available for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League has been sent to teams ahead of the draft which will take place in London on 22 May 2019.

The number of players that have put their names forward for the draft has increased yet again in 2019, as has the number of countries from which the overseas players are from. A record 536 players from 20 overseas countries and the West Indies are available to be picked by the six Hero CPL teams. Included in the list are some of the best T20 players in the world with the likes of Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Shakib al Hasan, Jofra Archer and JP Duminy putting their names forward along with Caribbean stars such as Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope.

Prior to the draft, each franchise will have the option to retain and/or acquire a maximum of six players, although there is no obligation to do so. The players they can potentially retain are as follows:

Minimum of three (3) West Indian players, a maximum of four (4)

Maximum of one (1) overseas player, reduced to none if four (4) West Indians retained

A Marquee Player whether retained or acquired

An ICC Americas Player, whether retained or acquired

All retentions will be announced during the live broadcast of the player draft which will be broadcast on the Hero CPL social media channels from 2pm GMT on 22 May.

Speaking about the player response to this year’s draft, Michael Hall, Hero CPL Tournament Operations Director, said: “The fact that so many players have registered for our draft is a testament to the stature of our league. Playing cricket in the Caribbean is something that all players look forward to, and the CPL combines that allure with a high standard of cricket. We expect that this year’s tournament will be no different.”

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DUBLIN, Ireland – West Indies off-spinner Ashley Nurse spoke to CWI Media after Monday’s match against Bangladesh in the Tri-Nation ODI Series at the Malahide Ground.

He took 3-53 off his 10 overs – and at one stage he took two wickets in an over to slow down Bangladesh’s run chase – but they eventually reached 248-5 off 47.2 overs to overhaul the 247-9 made by West Indies off their 50 overs. Nurse is now the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with seven wickets.

Bangladesh keeper Mushfiqur Rahim (63) and opener Soumya Sarkar (54) both played well to lead their side to victory.

Earlier in the match, Shai Hope extended his excellent form with a top score of 87 off 108 balls, which included six boundaries and a six. This followed scores of 170, 109 and 30 – to be the leading batsmen in the tournament with 396 runs.

Captain Jason Holder made a solid 62 off 76 balls with three boundaries and a six off 76 balls. He helped Hope put together a partnership of 100 for the fifth wicket, after the West Indies slipped to 99-4 in the 24th over. The leading bowler for Bangladesh was Mustafizur Rahman who took 4-43 to win the Man-of-the-Match award.

West Indies will meet Bangladesh in the final on Friday at the Malahide Ground. First ball is 10:45am (5:45am Eastern Caribbean Time/4:45am Jamaica Time).

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Nicholas Pooran has been signed by the Guyana Amazon Warriors as their Marquee Player for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League which will take place from 4 September to 12 October. The Trinidadian wicket-keeper batsman played for the Barbados Tridents last year but in a big move for him and the franchise he will be playing for the Guyanese team in 2019.

Pooran has played 11 T20 Internationals for the West Indies and has become a fixture in T20 tournaments around the world. He is also a member of the West Indies squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. This will be the third CPL team that Pooran has represented having started his career with the Trinbago Knight Riders before moving to the Tridents.

The rest of the Amazon Warriors squad will be decided at the Hero CPL Player Draft which takes place on 22 May 2019.

Omar Khan, Team Operations Manager, for the Amazon Warriors, said: “Nicholas is amongst the very best T20 batting talents in the world and we wanted to bring him into our team as we push to go one better than last year where we finished as runners-up. He is explosive and exciting, and we are very pleased to be able to have such an impressive young talent representing the Guyana Amazon Warriors this year.”

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