Darren Dammy Blasts WICB Over Coach Simmons Sacking

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Daren Sammy

CRICBUZZ – Darren Sammy, the former West Indies skipper, has lashed out at the West Indies Cricket Board on Wednesday (September 14) after head coach Phil Simmons was sacked just a few days before the team’s departure to the United Arab Emirates for a full-fledged series, including three Twenty20 internationals, three One-Day Internationals and two Test matches against Pakistan.

Sammy himself got the boot despite leading the side to their second World T20 triumph earlier this year in India and was replaced by Carlos Brathwaite as skipper of the T20 team. The 32-year-old all-rounder took to Facebook and Twitter to vent his frustration right after WICB made the announcement of axing Simmons due to ‘differences in cultural and strategic approach’.

“So after the publicity stunt in Fort Lauderdale the first so call plan to move West Indies Cricket forward is to Fire the Coach just 2days before a tour.. ” Sammy wrote on his Facebook page. “Just prove to me what I already knew. If the blind leads the blind they are bound to fall in a pit.”

Simmons was previously suspended by the WICB last year after he expressed displeasure over the non-inclusion of top players Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo in the ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series. In June, the board also replaced former skipper Clive Lloyd with Courtney Browne as the chairman of selectors, a move that was heavily criticised.

Team manager Joel Garner and coaches Henderson Springer and Roddy Estwick will now take over the side for the UAE tour

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Powell Selected For The West Indies A Team Tour Of Sri Lanka

Photo Caption: File Photo of Keiran Powell

Pulse News,  (September 8th, 2016 ) – The Leeward Islands Hurricanes are forced to readjust their strategies and game plan totally.  With the 2016/2017 Professional Cricket League (PCL) slated to bowl off later this year,  they will lose five players due to their selection in the West Indies A squad.  

Nevisian bright spark Keiran Powell, Antiguan all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall and Anguillan wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton have all been selected for the West Indies A team’s tour of Sri Lanka starting later this month.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will be without the services of  Antiguan fast bowler Alzarri Joseph as he has been selected for the ODI squad for the first time.  Further,  Trinidadian batsman Nicholas Pooran has also been selected for duty in the T20 squad.

A sixth Leeward Islands player, Anguillan Montcin Hodge, has been placed on standby for the A Team.

West Indies will tour Pakistan starting September 20 while the ODI tour starts 10 days later.

According to an article posted by Antigua observer, Coach of the Leeward Islands team, Reginald Benjamin, was understandably happy with the developments. 

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WICB names 13-man squad for T20 matches vs India

The selection panel of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has named a 13-member squad for the two Twenty20 matches versus India, scheduled for August 27 and 28 in Florida.

The squad reads:

1. Andre Fletcher

2. Andre Russell

3. Carlos Brathwaite

4. Chris Gayle

5. Dwayne Bravo

6. Evin Lewis

7. Jason Holder

8. Johnson Charles

9. Kieron Pollard

10. Lendl Simmons

11. Marlon Samuels

12. Samuel Badree

13. Sunil Narine

All-rounder, Brathwaite been appointed captain for the two matches which will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park, Fort Lauderdale.

“Brathwaite is one of the most talented players in the T20 format of the game and his humble and committed approach to the game can inspire young and upcoming players,” said Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne.

“We are looking forward to a competitive series against India in these matches,” the Chairman added. The selection panel has expressed its thanks to former captain, Daren Sammy for his leadership of that format of the game for the two World Championship titles in 2012 and earlier this year.

With regards to Sammy’s omission from the squad, the Chairman noted that the named-squad was selected purely on players’ performances.

Prior to the matches in Florida, the squad, all retained players and franchise players in all six regions will participate in a players’ symposium on Wednesday, August 24 to look at the role of players and their responsibilities leading up to 2018.

The Test team will start their third match of the four-match series in St. Lucia tomorrow August 9. The fourth and final Test is scheduled for Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago, August 18 – 22. India won the first Test in Antigua and drew the second in Jamaica. India leads the series 1-0.

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KIM COLLINS to join St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team 
The St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) and SKN athlete Kim Collins, have today issued a joint statement announcing that a path had now been cleared for Mr. Collins to participate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as an athlete of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team, following closure on the long-standing issues between the two parties.
The issues, dating back from the London 2012 Olympics, were discussed at a meeting convened via teleconference on Saturday July 16th, 2016, in the presence of SKNOC representatives based at its Headquarters in Basseterre, St. Kitts, Kim Collins and Ms. Paula Collins, wife and coach of Mr. Collins. The meeting was the result of a longstanding commitment by the SKNOC to finally resolve the dispute and offer Mr. Collins the opportunity to compete in Rio 2016.
During the meeting, Mr. Collins expressed his desire to participate as a member of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team and in so doing removed from the table any other claims and/or applications of representation at the said Rio Olympic Games.
President, Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater, said, “I personally welcome this new development and am pleased that Mr. Collins is now willing to compete for his country. The SKNOC and Kim Collins are committed to working together with renewed goodwill and in the interest of athletes of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The full extent of our energies must now be focused on the final preparations and performance of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team in Rio.”
In moving towards participation, the SKNOC has given its blessing to the NF/SKNAAA, to nominate Mr. Collins for selection on the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team as long as Mr. Collins satisfies the specific requirements.
Kim Collins said, “I am extremely happy that our longstanding issues have finally been put to rest, and I will once again have the honor of representing my country in track and field. With this behind us, my coach and I will now continue to put our full focus on ensuring that I am in the best shape for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”
As discussed at the meeting, the SKNOC agreed with Mr. Collins that, as a pre-requisite to final confirmation as a member of The St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team, Mr. Collins must sign off and adhere to the standard SKNOC Athletes’ contract(s) for representation of SKN at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The SKNOC and Mr. Collins wish to extend their gratitude and appreciation to all the individuals, institutions and groups who had a role to play in facilitating the process to this point.
The final list of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team athletes for Rio 2016 will be announced shortly.
The new website, SKNOC.org. will be updated on a regular basis with news and updates of Team SKN and of key milestones leading up to and during Rio 2016 with Twitter and Facebook providing all the up to the minute news and excitement in real time.
About the SKNOC
The St. Kitts and Nevis National Olympic Committee (SKNOC) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental sporting organization governed by a nine member executive whose current President is Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater and Secretary General is Mr. Glenville Jeffers. The remaining current Executive Members are made up of the follow positions: Vice President; Assistant Secretary General; Treasurer and four (4) Members.
The St. Kitts and Nevis National Olympic Committee was officially recognized by the IOC on 24th September 1993 and in 2013 celebrated its 20th anniversary of affiliation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Sporting organisations affiliated to SKNOC include the St Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA), St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association (SKABA), St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association (SKNFA), St. Kitts-Nevis Table Tennis Association (SKNTTA), St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Volleyball Association (SKAVA) and St. Kitts Netball Association (SKNA).

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Bravo highest ranked Windies Test batsman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Darren Bravo will enter the opening Test against India as the highest ranked West Indies batsman in the game’s longer format.

In the latest International Cricket Council rankings released Monday, the left-handed Bravo was installed at 23rd on a list headed by Australian skipper Steve Smith.

Bravo averages 41 from 42 Tests with seven hundreds, but has not played a Test since last January on the West Indies’ tour of Australia.

He was one of the few successes on that dismal tour for the team, scoring 247 runs at an average of 49.

Bravo will once again be expected to carry the burden of the West Indies batting in the four-Test series against the Indians, which bowls off on Thursday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.

The Trinidadian is the only West Indies batsman in the top 30 with opener Kraigg Brathwaite lying 32nd, Marlon Samuels 43rd and Jermaine Blackwood, 46th.

All three players will have the opportunity to improve their ranking as they are all picked in the 13-man squad for the Antigua Test.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Kemar Roach is the highest ranked West Indies bowler at 21st, with Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah jumping three places to top the bowlers rankings.

Roach went wicket-less on the three-Test tour Down Under and is not a part of the squad for the opening Test against India, having just recovered from injury.

He has taken 122 wickets from 37 Tests.

Fellow pacer Jerome Taylor, who last week retired from Tests, is 24th while left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn is ranked 26th.

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Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School Wins Runako Shakur Morton Primary School Cricket League

Photo Caption: The Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School Cricket Team 
St. Kitts – Nevis, (SKNP) – The final between the Charlestown Primary School and the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School was finally played at the Elquemedo T. Willet Park earlier today, Monday 18 July, 2016.

With the sun out in all its glory, the students of the participating schools were anxious to get going. Charlestown Primary School batted first and were in a spot of bother been positioned at 14-6. 

Photo Caption: Runako Shakur Morton Cricket League Champions, Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School

The bowling for EPPS was on target to ensure that the Charlestown Primary School were bowled out for their lowest tournament total. They were bowled out for 50.

With a strong bowling attack Charlestown had to impress inorder to defy the odds stacked against them. 

EPPS were off to a racing start but the steady flow of wickets and the competitive spirit of the children of the Charlestown Primary School made the game even more interesting. 

However, it was the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School who came out victorious and created history as they will now be known as the first school to win the League under the new name. They won by two wickets and a few overs to spare. 

Tyger Browne of the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School was judged the Most Valuable Player and best bowler while Lyne Smithen of the Charlestown Primary School was judged best the fielder.

Primary School cricket league renamed in honour of Nevisian Cricketing stalwart Runako Morton


Photo caption: Junior Minister in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of the Runako Shakur Morton Primary School Cricket League at the Cotton Ground Playfield on June 23, 2016

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (June 24, 2016) — Junior Minister in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Hon. Hazel Brandy called on students in the annual Primary School Cricket League to emulate the passion fallen Nevisian cricketer Runako Morton had for the game and to let his accomplishments inspire them to excel.

The minister addressed the students at a ceremony at the Cotton Ground Playfield on June 23, 2016, to rebrand the league to the Runako S. Morton TDC Sponsored Primary School Cricket League in honour of Morton, a cricket stalwart of Nevis.

“I would like to impress upon you the importance of commitment to the game, the need for you to remain focused and to challenge yourself and each other so that you too could enjoy the successes that Runako himself enjoyed.

“I want you to use his tenacity, his courage and his passion to inspire you to do well in the game,” she said.


Photo caption: A section of the participants at the opening ceremony of the Runako Shakur Morton Primary School Cricket League at the Cotton Ground Playfield on June 23, 2016

The minister urged students who were not familiar with who Morton was and his legacy to ask about him and to indulge in research to familiarise themselves on who he was.

However, Mrs. Brandy-Williams described Morton as a lively person with an often unpredictable personality whose hard work paid off in a big way. She said he practised hard at his batting, trained for hours to remain fit and she wanted them to do the same.


Photo caption: (l-r) Rev. Othniel Daly; Jamir Claxton, Director of the Department of Sports; and Palsy Wilkin, Principal Education Officer in the Ministry of Education

“He did not give up easily. I want you to have that fighting spirit as well and most importantly, he was loved by his peers. I want you to develop true camaraderie and lasting friendships during these games,” the minister said.

The minister, also thanked Morton’s parents and family for allowing the Nevis Island Administration to use his name and his legacy to inspire the island’s youth in the game of cricket and for remembering him in a tangible way.

Other remarks came from Jamir Claxton, Director of the Department of Youth and Sports; Palsy Wilkin, Principal Education Officer in the Ministry of Education; family member Marion Lescott and Michelle Liburd, Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Sports.

For more news out of Nevis visit http://www.nia.gov.kn your window into Nevis.

Courtney Browne is the new Chairman of Selectors for the West Indies Cricket Board


ST JOHN’S – Barbadian Courtney Browne will be the new Chairman of Selectors for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), replacing former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd.

Browne has been on the senior selection panel and has had oversight for selection for the Women’s and Under 19 programmes for the last two years while being regional talent manager for the same period.

It is another move in a cricket career which has included wicketkeeper, coach, and talent manager.
Before joining the selection teams, Browne served as Chairman for the senior selection panel in Barbados and also served as an alternate selector for the West Indies senior men’s team.

He was also the wicket-keeping coach at the High Performance Centre in Barbados.

Browne thinks that with the increased exposure to matches in various formats “players will now have an opportunity to be seen” and the comprehensive technical programmes being offered by the WICB “will give players so much more chances to solidify their skill sets”.

The new appointment will take effect immediately and will run for two years. Browne is awaiting his final results following his recent completion of an MBA in General Management/Business Administration. He also has an Executive Diploma in Project Management.

The England-born Barbadian played 20 Tests and 46 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies over ten years. He was the wicket-keeper.
Meanwhile, Lloyd has been appointed a special Ambassador.

In this role, Lloyd will become a spokesperson for the Board at special events in and out of the region.
Lloyd will end his stint in the current role on September 30, 2016.

“The time as Chairman was quite rewarding and I am hoping my contribution would have added value to the current system.”

For the period up to the end of that contract Lloyd and Browne will ensure there is a smooth transition and hand-over.

About the new role, Lloyd said: “I made every attempt to serve with distinction and I was pleased to contribute to the game again. I look forward to the new role. The details of that arrangement will be discussed and will be released shortly.”

The former captain has served the WICB in multiple roles. Among his most noted was captaining the 1975 and 1979 teams to victories in the World Cup. This significant appointment coincides with Lloyd’s 50th anniversary of representing West Indies Cricket. He made his test debut against India in December 1966.

President Dave Cameron thanked Lloyd for his service and for the selfless contribution made to West Indies Cricket. Cameron noted that “we are satisfied that Clive’s upcoming role will serve as another great opportunity to promote the best of West Indies Cricket”. (PR/SAT)

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Clive Lloyd axed as West Indies chairman of selectors


Photo Caption: Former West Indies Chairman of, Selectors Clive Lloyd

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Distinguished former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, has been axed as chairman of selectors after just two years in charge.

He has been replaced by former West Indies wicketkeeper and Barbados captain Courtney Browne, who will take up duties immediately.

Lloyd oversaw a turbulent period which included the fractious abandoned one-day tour of India and the controversial non-selection of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.

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Sprinters Unfairly Blaming SKNOC

Sports Commentary:

It’s rather unfortunate that a couple of the Federation’s  sprinters are laying blame on the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee, (SKNOC) for various issues.


Photo Caption: Athletes gearing up for the 100m at the National Championships held at the Kim Collins Stadium

2012 – A Memory That Won’t Fade: The Federation’s sprinting icon Kim Collins refused to meet with the Executive Body of the SKNOC based on the way a particular situation was addressed at the London Olympics in 2012 which led to his non-participation in the summer games. Being frustrated at the way things unfolded, Collins even remarked after the unfortunate situation words to the effect that he will never represent the Federation of St.Kitts/Nevis again.

However, in recent times after enjoying one of his better seasons, Collins has shown interest in representing the Federation in the Rio 2016 Olympics. In an interview with Nufflong television he felt that he should of been given an automatic pass instead of having to compete in trials which he eventually missed owing to injury.

The Minister of Sports Hon. Shawn Richards convened a meeting with the SKNOC at Government headquarters so as to find a workable solution to move forward. It must be noted though that neither the Minister or the Government has any control over the SKNOC. The consensus from this meeting is that hopefully in July a quiet meeting with Collins would pave the way for better relations.

In other developments, at the National Championships, the SKNOC experienced some technical difficulties at the trials over the weekend at the Kim Collins Stadium which wasn’t totally their fault.

Nevertheless, to add insult to injury, the National Championship held over the weekend has been given an ‘H’, (Horrible) grade as professional athlete, Antoine Adams vented his frustrations towards the SKNOC, (qualifying times were unavailable; power outage at the Kim Collins Stadium, Technical Difficulties).

In a sponsored post through social media, Adams penned “As a professional athlete, competing in meets all over the world, I have to give my own National Championships an “H” for horrible and that some of your very own world class athletes were cheated out of a chance at qualifying for the Olympics”, which is very unfortunate to say the least.


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