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Emerging Zimbabwe Face Rising West Indies in Bulawayo

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Batsman Brendan Taylor and fast bowler Kyle Jarvis will make their returns to international cricket on Saturday when Zimbabwe take on the West Indies in the first of two Tests in Bulawayo.

Jarvis has not played for Zimbabwe since signing a Kolpak deal with English county side Lancashire in 2013, while Taylor followed suit in 2015 when he moved to Nottinghamshire.

However both players have been lured back as part of Zimbabwe Cricket's attempts to revive the national team, which last year included hiring former Zimbabwe captains Tatenda Taibu and Heath Streak as national selector and head coach respectively.

Those appointments appear to be bearing some fruit -- in July, Zimbabwe won their first one-day international series in Sri Lanka, and nearly pulled off an upset in a one-off Test as well.

The additions of Taylor, Jarvis and Solomon Mire, who was previously based in Australia, have given Zimbabwe the belief that they could cause an upset in their first home Test of the year.

"I feel that we've probably got an even better team now than we had in Sri Lanka," Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer said on Friday.

"We'll take that confidence from Sri Lanka, but we know we can perform even better than that."

The West Indies are undergoing something of a resurgence themselves.

Written off in the wake of an innings and 209-run thrashing by England at Edgbaston in August, they bounced back to win a pulsating second Test at Headingley, proving what they are capable of.

"I think we've had a pretty reasonable year in terms of improvement. The guys have been getting attuned to Test cricket," West Indies captain Jason Holder said.

"We're still not the finished product but we're headed in the right direction."

At the heart of their improvement has been the faith shown by the selectors in a young group of players, with Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope emerging as two batsmen of promise.

Meanwhile the pace of Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel is likely to unsettle Zimbabwe's batsmen, and the fast bowlers may also find some assistance in the hot, dry conditions at Queens Sports Club.

"With the Kookaburra balls, reverse swing is always a factor -- they tend to reverse earlier than most and go a bit softer," said Holder. "I would expect some reverse swing in these dry conditions."

Spin is also expected to play a part, so Zimbabwe could give left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro his first Test cap.

Zimbabwe squad: Graeme Cremer (c), Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor, Regis Chakabva, Michael Chinouya, Chris Mpofu, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chisoro, Nyasha Mayavo.

West Indies squad: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.

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Test opportunity for West Indies in Zimbabwe

The West Indies will be looking to make optimum use of the conditions during an upcoming two-Test series against Zimbabwe, knowing they will be visiting the country again in March for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.

Picking up that valuable experience in the two Tests in Bulawayo, as well as the chance for players to improve their individual rankings will be incentive enough for the Windies to do well, even though they may not have much to gain in the  ICC Test Team Rankings.

The West Indies, ranked eighth in Tests, missed out on direct qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as they were ranked ninth in ODIs at the cut-off date of 30 September but they would be looking to build on the promise showed in the Test series in England which they lost 2-1.

ALSO READ: Taylor and Jarvis in Zimbabwe side to face West Indies

As for the points at stake, the Windies can at best gain one point with a 2-0 win to go up to 76 points while a 1-0 series victory will see it remain at 75 points and eighth place. However, even a drawn series could see it slip behind Bangladesh on decimal points. On the other hand, Zimbabwe can move up to 21 points with a 2-0 series win.

Series scenarios:

·        Windies win 2-0: Windies 76 points, Zimbabwe 0 points

·        Windies win 1-0: Windies 75 points, Zimbabwe 2 points

·        Series drawn: Windies 72 points, Zimbabwe 9 points

·        Zimbabwe win 1-0: Windies 69 points, Zimbabwe 17 points

·        Zimbabwe win 2-0: Windies 67 points, Zimbabwe 21 points

As for the ICC Test Player Rankings, there will be a lot of interest regarding the return to international cricket by Zimbabwe players Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis.

Taylor, a 31-year-old former Zimbabwe captain who had announced his retirement during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in favour of playing County cricket in England, held a career-high 16th position among batsmen in October 2014. He was ranked 26th when he played his last Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong the following month. Pace bowler Jarvis held a career-high 40th rank and last played a Test in 2013 before turning his attention to County cricket.

The highest ranked batsman for the home side is Craig Ervine, who has scored two centuries in his last four Tests for a career-best 43rd rank. Sikandar Raza too is at a career-best 50th place while their highest-ranked bowler is captain Graeme Cremer (57th position), who has taken 16 wickets in his last two Tests.

For the Windies, opener Kraigg Brathwaite is the leading batsman in 18thposition while Shai Hope has risen to 30th place from 102nd, scoring 356 runs in the last two Tests of the series in England, which included a century in each innings at Headingley.

Pace bowlers Shannon Gabriel (21st) and Kemar Roach (26th) are their leading bowlers while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is ranked 28th.

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Brian Lara Cricket Academy to host 3 Digicel 4-Day matches

ST JOHN’S, Antigua– The West Indies Cricket Board advised on Thursday that it has approved a change in venues for three of the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force’s home matches in the Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship.

The change will impact on the second, fourth and seventh round matches which will now be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in the southern district of Torouba.

“This change means that we can now return the game to the south of Trinidad, which again has a venue to stage first-class matches,” said CWI Manager, Cricket Operations, Roland Holder.

As a result of the above, the Jamaica Scorpions, reigning champions Guyana Jaguars and the Red Force’s fierce rivals Barbados Pride will get to help welcome the venue onto the list of first-class match venues in the Caribbean.

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Guyana Jaguars face Caribbean All Stars in charity game at Providence stadium

THE Guyana Jaguars, led by West Indies player Leon Johnson, is set oppose a Caribbean All Stars line-up in a GCB/Keem’s Foundation `Cricket Cares’ T20 match on Sunday from 17:00hrs, at the Guyana National Stadium in what is anticipated to be an entertaining affair.

The game, which should provide a CPL-like atmosphere for the anticipated capacity crowd, takes on an added significance since it is not being played for a trophy, a cash prize or ratings, but for a noble and humanitarian cause.

Rayed Emrit

The players include the entire Jaguars team who finished as runners-up in Antigua last week, while Caribbean All Stars will come from Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Nicolas Pooran, Andre Fletcher, Reyad Emrit, Fidel Edwards, Kevin Cooper, Sulieman Benn and the ‘notebook man’ Keswick Williams among others.
All the players will contribute their payment to the victims of hurricane-ravaged Dominica and St Martin, where Johnson’s mother lives.

Tickets cost $1500 for the Party Stand where local artistes Tameka Marshall, Natural Black and ‘rubber waist’ Jomo are among those who will perform live and where the Carib Beer tent will be located. Cheerleaders for the two teams will add to the excitement.
Any of the other three stands will cost $2 000 and volunteers will be going around the ground to take donations for the worthy cause. A percentage of the ‘gates’ will also be donated to the hurricane victims.
Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow at Poonai’s Pharmacy in Rose Hall Town, Little Rock Hotel in New Amsterdam, M&Ms on the East Bank Demerara, Saro Boy Groceries in Buxton, Nimbus Water in Vreed-in-Hoop, Big Yard Auto Sales in Tuschen and Dan’s Snackette in Parika.

Sunday’s match is being organised by the GCB.
Teams:

JAGUARS: Leon Johnson (captain), Robin Bacchus, Sherfane Rutherford, Jonathon Foo, Gajanand Singh, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Anthony Bramble, Kemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Ricardo Adams, Chris Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Steven Jacobs, Ronsford Beaton, Ramal Lewis.

CARIBBEAN All Stars: Rayed Emrit (captain), Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Andre Fletcher, Nicolas Pooran, Kjorn Ottley, Kevin Cooper, Keswick Williams, Jevon Searles, Fidel Edwards, Sulieman Benn, Lennox Cush, Joshua Wade, Andre Stoll, Romaine Maniram.

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West Indies seeks reciprocation for visiting Pakistan

KARACHI: The West Indies Cricket Board has sought reciprocation from the Pakistan Cricket Board for touring Pakistan later this year.

The West Indies Cricket Board (now Cricket West Indies) is committed to touring Pakistan to play three T20Is in November this year, dates of which are yet to be confirmed.

An official of PCB told Geo.tv that CWI wanted Pakistan to reciprocate the visit by touring West Indies in near future, but it wasn’t possible for Pakistan due to a packed schedule.

“We can only tour West Indies in 2019 but CWI feels that it would be too late, so we are looking at other options,” said an official of PCB.

Options being discussed, according to the official, include giving financial compensation to the West Indians for touring Pakistan.

“We have suggested that an amount will be paid to West Indies for the tour but CWI will pay the same amount to PCB when PCB visits West Indies,” said the official.

“Proposals are also on the table for a one-off series,” he added.

The series by West Indies is part of PCB’s efforts to bring international cricket back to Pakistan. 

PCB officials are hopeful that a final decision on dates of West Indies tour will be announced in the coming days. 

“They are coming to Pakistan, this is confirmed. The only thing which is yet to be finalised is the dates of the tour and we are working on it,” the official added.

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Fifties for Powell, Kyle Hope help WI dominate final day

(ESPNCRICINFO)Kieran Powell (77) and Kyle Hope (61) completed half-centuries in West Indies' second innings as the visitors had a useful outing in their tour match against Zimbabwe A. After their 126-run second-wicket partnership, West Indies' middle order notched up useful contributions before allowing their bowlers to have a go at the Zimbabwe A batsmen. In 27 overs bowled by West Indies in the closing stages of the match, they managed to snuff out four top-order wickets before the game ended in a draw.

Powell and Hope began the final day on an overnight score of 74 for 1 and both brought up their respective fifties soon after. The Zimbabwe A bowlers failed to dismiss either set batsmen, and both of them chose to retire out instead. That allowed the West Indies middle order to have another bat, and Jermaine Blackwood (25), Shane Dowrich (37) and Shimron Hetmyer (48) took their total to 263 before they chose to declare.

Shannon Gabriel then quickly removed the hosts' opener Brian Chari, before a brief resistance between Chamu Chibhabha (24) and Tarisai Musakanda followed. But Raymon Riefer then removed Musakanda, after which Chibhabha and Ryan Burl returned to the pavilion as well in quick succession. The game ended with Peter Moor (10*) and Richmond Mutumbami (1*) at the crease.

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Caribbean XI roll over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force

A near sold-out crowd at the Queen’s Park Oval was treated to a thrilling match on Saturday with the Red Force falling to a Caribbean Select XI by 11 runs in a gung-ho chase of 218 for victory in the Hurricane Relief T20. With all the proceeds going to help Dominica, Barbuda and St Martin who were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last month, fans flocked to the Oval with tickets priced at $100 to help our Caribbean neighbours. An added bonus was the assembly of a full strength Red Force T20 team for the first time in five years with the likes of Sunil Narine (2/23), Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne and Darren Bravo all donning the red, white and black together. But the Caribbean XI, batting first, spoiled the party for the hosts with an unexpected explosion in the second half of their innings. The Red Force and their captain Kieron Pollard thought they had the match under control with the visitors 74 for three after 10 overs. But Brandon King (62 off 26 balls) and Rovman Powell (56 off 28 balls) had other ideas, taking 143 off the last 10 overs in an aerial assault that stunned the Oval into silence and lifted them to a stunning 217 for eight in their 20 overs. King, who was named Man-of-the-Match, showed little respect for Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Imran Khan, hitting them each for a six in his blistering knock before he finally perished caught at long-on trying to hit Khan for three straight sixes. His dismissal did not stem the flow of runs with Powell upping the ante to take 23 off Pollard’s second over then feasting on medium pacer Rayad Emrit with three sixes in four balls to race to his 50 which came off 25 balls. When he was out, Ashley Nurse (26 not out from 12 balls) took the Caribbean XI well past the 200 mark. But the Red Force came out blazing in their chase and made 218 initially look like child’s play. Opener Lendl Simmons (49 off 25 balls) laid the platform with a blistering cameo before Darren Bravo (58 off 29) looked to take the game away with a pyrotechnic display that had sixes raining and Oval spectators ducking for cover. The left-hander struck three fours and six sixes but – like Simmons – was caught looking to hit one six to many. The chase stuttered badly upon Bravo’s dismissal with wickets falling continuously and the run rate beginning to climb. Not even Kevon ‘Super’ Cooper who struck a six and a four in the 18th over could get it done as the Red Force lost their last six wickets for 48 runs to be bowled out for 206 in 19.5 overs. Speaking after the match, Colin Murray, a member of the Local Organising Committee, said he is optimistic they will meet their goal of raising $1 million to helps the islands. “I hope so. The turnout has been phenomenal, everybody played a super part in this event. If we don’t make a million (dollars) we would have given it our all. We got the support of almost the (entire) corporate Trinidad, we got the players on board, the media involved and I’m very happy. The crowd exceeded our expectations and I’m hopeful we meet our target,” he said. Murray said he expects donations to still come in before the week concludes. “Don’t forget we still have collections coming in and the account is still open at First Citizens. I know a lot of people say they’ve gone away for the long weekend and by next week they want to put something so we are hoping to have some kind of (final) figures by the end of the week.” Murray noted that organisers are contemplating making the charity match an annual event given the widely held scientific belief that climate change is real and hurricane seasons such as this year will become the norm. “We discussed it but that’s about all that we did. It’s a good idea that maybe we can put some funds into an account and God forbid any disaster happens, we can assist,” he said.

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Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Kraigg Brathwaite all gathered half-centuries

BULAWAYO—Batsmen Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Kraigg Brathwaite all gathered half-centuries as West Indies made a bright start to their tour of Zimbabwe, yesterday.

Opting to bat first on the opening day of the three-day tour match against Zimbabwe A, the Caribbean side ended on 301 for six with Hope top-scoring with 85, Chase stroking 79 and Brathwaite chipping in with 53.

Kyle Hope, Shai’s older brother, missed out on a half-century with 42 while seamer Michael Chinouya, who played his only two Tests against New Zealand last year, was the best bowler with two for 55.

In the only warm-up match before the first Test starting on Saturday, West Indies made the most of the outing with their main batsmen getting among the runs.

They lost left-hander Kieran Powell cheaply for one with a mere seven runs on the board in the day’s fifth over but Brathwaite and Kyle Hope posted 87 for the second wicket to repair the innings.

Brathwaite struck five fours and a six in an innings spanning 136 deliveries and just over 3-1/2 hours while Kyle faced 109 balls in 189 minutes at the crease, and counted four fours and a six.

Both perished four balls apart in successive overs with the score on 94 but their demise paved the way for an attractive 175-run, fourth wicket stand between Shai Hope and Chase.

Hope, the most successful batsman on the recent tour of England, appeared in good touch, striking 10 fours off just 107 balls in just over three hours.

Chase, meanwhile, looking to regain his form following a poor England series, faced 114 deliveries in three hours at the crease and counted eight fours and a six.

They were both trotting comfortably towards three figures when they retired with the score on 269 and Jermaine Blackwood failed to follow their example, belting a four and a six in 15 before falling lbw to Chinouya. (CMC)

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West indies skittles Sri Lanka to give innings victory

Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs celebrates another wicket with wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, on the final day of the opening four-day “Test” on Saturday. (Photo courtesy CWI Media)

FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, (CMC) – Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs snatched a six-wicket haul to propel West Indies A to a crushing innings and 13-run victory over Sri Lanka A, on the final day of the opening four-day “Test” here Saturday.
The 32-year-old finished with six for 27 as the visitors, following on by 152 runs, were dismissed cheaply for 139 in their second innings to fall 1-0 behind in the three-match series.
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall supported with three for 53 as Windies A ruthlessly disposed of the Sri Lankans in just three hours.
Opener Sandun Weerakkody struck an aggressive 56 and partner Ron Chandragupta, 27, but once they both departed, the last nine wickets tumbled spectacularly for a mere 45 runs.
Resuming the day at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on 210 for seven, Sri Lanka lost their last three wickets for two runs in the space of 22 balls.
Fast bowler Keon Joseph (3-33) and Cornwall (3-69) both ended with three wickets apiece while Jacobs (2-33) and left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell (2-41) claimed two wickets each.
Sri Lanka A then started brightly with Weerakkody blasting nine fours in a 58-ball cameo as he put on a hasty 82 for the first wicket with Chandragupta.
The introduction of the spinners halted Sri Lanka’s progress, however, as Jacobs and Cornwall grabbed two wickets apiece to leave them struggling on 98 for four at lunch.
Their fortunes fail to improve after the break, as Jacobs ran through the middle order with the last six wickets going down for 41 runs.
The second “Test” bowls off October 19 at the same venue.

WEST INDIES A 1st Innings 364-8 decl.
Sri Lanka A 1st innings
(overnight 210 for seven)
R Chandragupta c wkp Hamilton b Cottrell 11
+S Weerakkody c Brooks b Joseph 0
*D de Silva c Campbell b Jacobs 104
C Asalanka c Ambris b Joseph 10
D Shanaka c and b Cottrell 20
W Hasaranga c Brooks b Cornwall 24
S Jayasuriya c Jacobs b Cornwall 14
C Karunaratne lbw b Jacobs 0
M Pushpakumara c Ambris b Joseph 14
L Kumara not out 0
A Fernando st Hamilton b Cornwall 0
Extras (b8, w1, nb6) 15
TOTAL (all out, 56.4 overs) 212
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-33, 3-73, 4-108, 5-171, 6-181, 7-181, 8-212, 9-212, 10-212.
Bowling: Cottrell 13-2-41-2, Joseph 10-2-33-3, Leveridge 10-2-28-0, Cornwall 14.4-1-69-3, Jacobs 9-0-33-2.
SRI LANKA A 2nd innings (following on)
+S Weerakkody+ c (sub) Cariah b Cornwall 56
R Chandragupta c Singh b Jacobs 27
*D de Silva c Campbell b Jacobs 18
C Asalanka c wkp Hamilton b Cornwall 0
D Shanaka lbw b Jacobs 1
S Jayasuriya lbw b Jacobs 18
W Hasaranga c Campbell b Jacobs 7
C Karunaratne run out 6
M Pushpakumara b Jacobs 0
L Kumara c Ambris b Cornwall 1
A Fernando not out 0
Extras (b2, nb3) 5
TOTAL (all out, 44.2 overs) 139
Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-94, 3-96, 4-97, 5-116, 6-129, 7-136, 8-138, 9-139, 10-139.
Bowling: Cottrell 5-0-29-0, Joseph 4-0-24-0, Leveridge 2.2-1-4-0, Cornwall 18-3-53-3, Jacobs 15-6-27-6.

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American cricket gets ready for take-off

One of the world's most popular sports is barely known in the US. But, driven by a new generation of immigrants, could cricket finally take off?

It is a hot, sunny day in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Young men play basketball in the park. Barbecue smoke hangs in the hazy, late-summer air.

A cyclist rides past with the Stars and Stripes on his trailer. And then, through the trees, comes a most un-American sound.

"Howzat!

Imran Awan was 17 when he moved from Pakistan to the US in 1997. He didn't think Americans played cricket but he brought his equipment, just in case.

He soon needed it.

A day after arriving, Imran played his first game on American soil, for a family friend's team. Within two years he was picked for the US national side.

Imran represented his new country in matches around the world - from Abu Dhabi to Nepal - and, aged 38, still plays locally. On this hot day in Hyattsville, he's captain of the Washington Tigers.

The Tigers are in the final of the Washington Cricket League Twenty 20 tournament, premier division. With the first and second division finals also taking place, it's a big day.

Banners hang from the bleachers. Supporters gather in the shade. Two commentators sit behind a camera, broadcasting the games live across the internet.

Imran is a bowler and his side is batting, so he stands on the sideline, waiting for his chance. In his youth, he bowled at 90 miles per hour. Has he still got it?

"I try," he says, smiling. "I try."

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Ravi Rampaul signs up for a new challenge with Derbyshire

Derbyshire have signed former West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul from Surrey on a three-year contract.

The 32-year-old seamer joins the county as a non-overseas player and will be available across all three formats.

Derbyshire cricket advisor Kim Barnett said: "We identified new-ball bowling as an area we wanted to strengthen for 2018 and we're delighted to secure someone of the calibre of Ravi.

"He is highly skilled and vastly experienced, with over 100 internationals under his belt, and he will give us the additional firepower we needed alongside the likes of Hardus Viljoen and Will Davis."

Rampaul, who took 49 wickets in 18 Tests, is looking forward to a new challenge after spending two years with Surrey.

Rampaul said: "I'm grateful to Derbyshire for giving me this opportunity to extend my career in England and play across all forms.

"The club has ambitious plans for the years ahead and I'm excited by what we can achieve."

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Roach, Gabriel want West Indies to build on Leeds gains

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Nobody - not even West Indies' former players - gave the side a chance after they careened to an innings-and-209-run loss against England in three days in the first Test in Birmingham. In the next Test, West Indies staged one of the greatest fightbacks to chase down 322 to square the series in Leeds. Fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel, who claimed four wickets each in the first innings to set the tone for that famous win, want the side produce a similar performance or better it, in the two-Test series against Zimbabwe, starting October 21.

"It was [always] going to be a tough tour of England," Roach said. "And I think the guys in the second Test came out and showed we can play cricket. So, once we go with the same mentality we had in the second Test against England, I think we will do a very good job on this tour here."

"We proved a lot of people wrong [in England]. We have a young group of guys who believe in themselves," Gabriel said.

Roach, who marked his return to Test cricket with 11 wickets at 29.81, including a five-wicket haul at Lord's, recognised the need to alter the lines and lengths on the slower, drier pitches in Zimbabwe.

"Tough conditions in Zimbabwe - it's my first time here," Roach said. "So I'm trying to adapt as fast as possible and looking to win the series against Zimbabwe as well. They [The pitches] are pretty slow, quite a big difference from England. Obviously, it's the drier part of the world, so you've got to adapt and get the lines and lengths right. I think [bowling] fuller is better here. Have to get the ball to do some stuff off the seam and be patient."

Gabriel echoed his new-ball partner's comments and reckoned there might be more assistance for the spinners. "I don't think they are going to give us a pitch with bounce of anything," he said. "I think it is going to be a bit more slower, and a bit more turn and assistance for the spinners. So we need to adjust and come together as a team. Judging from the pitch we practised here, there is tennis-ball bounce."

Roach no longer has that searing pace, but he showed skills and smarts in England. That combined with Gabriel's firepower has lent a fresh edge to the West Indies attack. Captain Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins, and Devendra Bishoo make up the rest of the bowling group. Roach was pleased with the core bowling group and credited bowling coach Roddy Estwick for his inputs.

"The guys [bowlers] have been doing a good job," Roach said. "I had been watching from home [when I wasn't playing]. Our bowling is our strength. We have to keep working hard on that and get better. With more experience, these guys will become better cricketers and better bowlers as well. I think the core of bowlers we have in our Test team is a very good one and hope these guys stick as long as possible.

"I have been working at finding my rhythm and bowling coach Roddy Estwick has been doing a fantastic job. I have had a lot of interactions, and he has given me some good advice. So, I'm confident, going forward into this series against Zimbabwe."

Zimbabwe have had a good build-up to the series, too, having trumped Sri Lanka 3-2 for their first ODI series win away from home since 2009, and then forcing them to dig deep into their reserves in the one-off Test in Colombo. The last time Zimbabwe faced West Indies, Graeme Cremer's men prevailed by five runs via D/L method to progress to the tri-series final against Sri Lanka last year.

Gabriel, who was part of the West Indies squad in that tri-series, warned his side against complacency. The hosts are also likely to be strengthened by the return of Brendan Taylor - who was released by Nottinghamshire and recontracted by Zimbabwe Cricket - and Kyle Jarvis, who has also opted out of his Kolpak deal.

"We are looking forward to these two games, and Zimbabwe have been playing some good cricket," Gabriel said. "They had some success against Sri Lanka in the one-day series and almost pulled off a victory in the Test match. Even when we played them in Zimbabwe in a one-day series, we fell short in one of the games. We don't want to take them too lightly. We just want to go out there and perform to the best of our ability, and not be complacent."

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West Indies players sidelined as CSA postpones league

 

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CMC):

Seven West Indies players were among those left in the lurch following yesterday's shock announcement of the postponement of South Africa's inaugural Twenty20 Global League.

Batting superstar Chris Gayle, along with Dwayne Bravo, Chris Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin, Nicholas Pooran and Rayad Emrit, were all down to participate in the tournament scheduled to bowl off early November.

Barbados-born England all-rounder, Chris Jordan, was also expected to suit up.

"We have not come to this decision lightly," Cricket South Africa's (CSA) acting CEO, Thabang Moroe, said following a meeting with the T20 Global League board and consultation with franchise owners.

"Having discussed it with all our stakeholders including the franchise owners, we believe that the interest of the league should be our first priority.

"We have reassessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well."

While organisers gave no reason for the postponement, it is understood that the failure to secure a viable television broadcast deal and central rights sponsorship, was behind the decision.

The build-up to the tournament had also been less than smooth, and the resignation of CEO Haroon Lorgat two weeks ago further complicated matters.

The tournament will now be held next year, and Moroe said they expected it to be a success.

"We will regroup and come back stronger and better," he said.

"We appreciate the continued support of the individuals and organisations who have believed in this tournament."

Pollard had been named last week to captain Bloem City Blazers, which is coached by former West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, and includes Smith, Emrit and Jordan.

Gayle was expected to feature for Cape Town Knight Riders alongside Ramdin, with Pooran turning out for Joburg Giants and Bravo for Pretoria Mavericks.

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No slackening for Zimbabwe series, assures skipper Holder

No slackening for Zimbabwe series, assures skipper Holder
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – West Indies captain Jason Holder does not foresee any decrease in intensity from his side when they take on minnows Zimbabwe in two Tests in Bulawayo later this month.

The Caribbean side left Barbados on Monday for the short rubber, which will see them chasing their first series win since they beat Bangladesh in a similar two-Test series in the Caribbean three years ago.

Holder said the trajectory of the Windies performances was headed in the right direction and Zimbabwe presented an ideal opportunity to continue that progression.

“It won’t be difficult to motivate the guys,” Holder told CMC Sports prior to the side’s departure.

“We’re a young side. After the performances we’ve had in England and earlier in the year against Pakistan and also in the back end of last year against Pakistan again, I think [it] is encouraging and we have to keep heading in the direction we’re going in.”

West Indies have never lost to Zimbabwe in eight previous meetings, winning six times and drawing twice.

But even though the African nation are without a Test win in nine outings inside the last four years, Holder said the Windies would be professional in their approach and taking nothing for granted.

“They had a really good time in Sri Lanka the last tour they had and they seem to be very competitive,” the all-rounder noted.

“And obviously with the added boost of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis coming back into their squad, they’re pretty much at full strength as well.”

West Indies, ranked number nine in the World, have won just three Tests in their last nine matches but are coming off an encouraging tour of England when they stunned the hosts in the second Test at Headingley, despite losing the three-match series 2-1.

And Holder said the key objective on the pending tour would be to build on the recent successes, with the aim of winning the series.

“I just want the guys to focus on what we set out to achieve, just dialling in on the process,” the Barbadian stressed.

“The result of the games will take care of itself once we do what is required. We have set out stuff in terms of being consistent.

“Consistency is something I’ve preached in the dressing room for a very long time and I think once we’re consistent in all departments we should get the results we’re looking for.”

West Indies open the tour with a three-day match against Zimbabwe A starting next Sunday before the first Test at Queens Sports Club which bowls off October 21.
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Ireland confirm Pakistan as first Test opponents

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Ireland's first Test match will be against Pakistan in May 2018 after the two countries came to an agreement during the ICC meetings in Auckland this week.

Ireland, along with Afghanistan, were elevated to Test status earlier this year.

"We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year," CEO Warren Deutrom said. "It has been our wish to make our Test debut in front of our own fans within 12 months of becoming a Test nation, and against a big team, so I'm delighted."

Pakistan's trip to Ireland will come before their two-Test tour of England which begins in late May. The date and location for the Ireland match will be confirmed in the coming months.

"There is a lot of work to do from now to ensure that it will be an occasion to remember but we, and I'm sure our players and fans, can't wait to rise to it," Deutrom said.

"We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket, the Pakistan team has been a regular visitor to our shores in recent years, and their agreement to be our opponent on this important occasion for Irish cricket is further evidence of their terrific support."

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On Coaching an American High School Cricket Team

The closest sporting comparison for the American cricket neophyte in terms of rules and gameplay is, of course, baseball in which a player also tries to hit with a wooden bat a ball propelled at her, and then, after hitting the ball, runs to a safe zone where she is safe from being called “out.” Fielders in both sports first attempt to catch the ball in the air, and, if they can’t, they must at the very least endeavor to keep the ball from going past them before throwing the ball back toward the specific safe zone to which the batsman runs hoping to curtail the batting team’s run total. There are innings and an outfield and an infield. Umpires, pads, masks, etc. The two sports are undoubtedly similar in this regard. So as I recruit players for the high school cricket team I have started, I tend to go after former or out-of-season baseball players the way an Italian language teacher might comb the Spanish class for dissatisfied students in order to boost the enrollment in his own class. These students already have the skills to learn a new language, they’ve already shown an interest in a foreign culture, and the Italian and Spanish languages are so similar that one who knows something of one invariably knows something of the other. In other words, it’s probably easier to teach Italian to someone who can already speak its sister language than it would be to teach it to a person who only speaks his native tongue (unless the native tongue is Italian; you get it). The same would be true, I figured, about cricket and baseball.

I have found, though, the opposite to be true during the early stages of my cricket coaching career. The twelve boys on the team—all of whom have grown up one way or another with baseball—actually have a harder time learning to play cricket correctly because of their previous baseball experience. It’s not the rules of course; the rules, they get. Cricket, as far as the laws go, is something of a simplified version of baseball, and so in understanding the rules of baseball, they naturally and easily appropriate cricket’s laws. Instead, the major issue comes from the discrepancy between the mentality of the batter in baseball, who looks to hit the ball cleanly as hard as he can each and every time up to bat, versus the cricket batsman, whose wicket is worth so much more than the baseball equivalent and whose aggression logically waxes and wanes throughout his innings. In baseball, a player typically bats three or four times a game—and five or more at-bats isn’t uncommon—and so getting “out” is not such a big deal, especially if the batter “hit the ball hard” but right toward a fielder who catches it and sends the batter back to the dugout. Hitting the ball hard in baseball more often than not leads to a positive outcome for a batter who sees just five or six pitches each time he enters the batter’s box, and so hitting into an out can indicate something of a victory for the batter, in that he’s outplayed the pitcher but has fallen victim to bad luck this time around and so can expect better outcomes by producing a similar display in future at-bats. It’s a like a bad beat in poker. You play the hand correctly, you have the better odds of winning the hand, you milk the opponent’s chips to the center of the table, and he gets a full-house with the last card to beat the flush you already have. Tough, but nothing you can do about it. You had the better skills and he had dumb luck. Too bad. Let’s play several hundred hands and see who’s left standing.

Cricket, though, it’s more like pinball with one ball. Before scoring, your first concern must be protection, survival even, because once you’re out, you’re out. In baseball, hitting a home run and a double (the rough equivalent of a six and a four in cricket) before getting out in your third at-bat—that’s an excellent return for a single game. Not so much in cricket. In cricket (and pinball) you must guard yourself primarily—protect your wicket—you must capitalize only when the chances of an out are slim or none, when the ball pitches shorter than the bowler intended, when the pinball rolls slowly toward a flipper primed to fling it toward the intended target. So a four and a six and an out in baseball—you’re a hero; in cricket—you more or less failed.

When I recruited the baseball players, I thought only of their enhanced hand-eye coordination, their ability to put bat to ball. The differences between the mindsets of the batsmen in the two sports occurred to me not. Thus, when we played a sevens match last week, I bowled out both teams within fifteen minutes for totals of eleven and nine respectively. One player hit a six and another a four, both being caught out on the following ball, both ending their days in the crease before their momentum ever got going. They don’t seem interested in blocking, they don’t seem interested in taking that single to rotate the strike. No: They want the bigger, better mega-blasts they witness on the baseball fields and on the golf course, and I am not sure how to change their mind. I’d like to get them into some real matches against actual competition, but until this part of their game changes, they’d never be able to compete—not because they haven’t the physical skills necessary for success against tough bowlers, but because they judge this success in physical distance rather than in tallies on the scoreboard: the number that actually matters.

Any suggestions, let me know.

Until next time.

THE BEEHIVE

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Ambris, Singh hit half-centuries as Windies A reach 236-4 on day one

Windies A batsman Vishaul Singh cuts during his unbeaten 58 on the first day of the at Trelawny Multiplex. © (CWI Media/Athelstan Bellamy).

FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, (CMC) – Batsman Sunil Ambris continued to press his case for international selection while Vishaul Singh sent a reminder of his quality, as both batsmen stroked half-centuries on the opening day of the first four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka A here Wednesday.

Opting for first knock at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, the hosts were 236 for four when bad light ended play on the country’s scenic north coast.
The right-handed Ambris was unbeaten on a stroke-filled 62 while Singh was on a patient 58, the pair involved in an unbroken 91-run fifth wicket stand.
Left-hander John Campbell also gathered a half-century with 56.
Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, who played two Tests against India last August, claimed two for 56.
Openers Campbell and Montcin Hodge, who made 13, put on 44 and safely navigated the first hour to hand West Indies A a decent start.
The right-handed Hodge perished shortly afterwards, however, going stumped off Pushpakumara in the third over following the drinks break.
Campbell, who faced 108 balls in nearly three hours at the crease and struck six fours, put on a further 32 for the second wicket with captain Shamarh Brooks who made 19.
However, Brooks perished via the run out route, paving the way for a 51-run, third wicket partnership between Campbell and Singh.
Singh, who played three Tests against Pakistan earlier this year, faced 174 balls in just under four hours and counted three boundaries.
Campbell and Jahmar Hamilton (6) fell 18 runs apart to leave Windies A on 145 for four but Ambris arrived to buttress the innings in a solid partnership with Singh.
The 23-year-old Ambris, who played a single One-Day International against England last month, stroked 10 fours off a mere 75 deliveries in a robust innings.
The knock came against the backdrop of his heavy scoring in the last domestic season when he amassed over 600 runs in the first class season and 400 runs in the Super50 one-day championship.

WEST INDIES A 1st Innings
M Hodge st Weerakkody b Pushpakumara 13
J Campbell st Weerakkody b Jayasuriya 56
*S Brooks run out 19
V Singh not out 58
+J Hamilton lbw b Pushpakumara 6
S Ambris not out 62
Extras (b8, lb1, w8, nb5) 22
TOTAL (4 wkts, 76.1 overs) 236
To bat: R Cornwall, D Jacobs, S Cottrell, K Joseph, R Leveridge.
Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-76, 3-127, 4-145.
Bowling: Fernando 8-1-21-0, Kumara 11-1-43-0, Pushpakumara 19.1-4-62-2, Karunaratne 12-1-33-0, Jayasuriya 16-3-39-1, Silva 6-1-9-0, Hasaranga 1-0-9-0, Shanaka 3-1-11-0.
SRI LANKA A – Dhananjaya De Silva (captain), Charith Asalanka (vice-captain), +Sandun Weerakkody, Ron Chandragupta, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Malinda Pushpakumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando.

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A plan to rebuild cricket windies

The West indies team who were once the most dominant team in the sports have languished as a result of poor management, financial problems, poor techniques on the field and the attitude of some players and board members that have caused the results that we are now seeing today. If things are allowed to continue as is, it will be just a matter of time before the board declares bankruptcy as sponsors will refuse to back a losing team and other international cricket bards and teams would only play against them using their B and C (and maybe even high school teams) for practice matches. If that be the case, then that would be the end of it for West Indies cricket. I would say that for the greater good, there should be a hiatus for West Indian cricket and an effort be made to set up a "cricket clinic" where technical experts are brought in from the international cricket community to develop and implement a program whereby promising players from the regional high schools and cricket clubs are invited to participate and where those who accept the invite can learn and practice the best techniques in bowling, batting and fielding. That could be a two year program after which the best of the best are selected to play for the West Indies. The funding for such a program could come from regional government bodies, corporate sponsors and funds that would normally go towards paying for the trips, accommodation, salaries and other costs that would be incurred by the existing team. In addition, the "prima donas" who are on the team and also those who among selectors and those who sit on the board and who feel that the game revolves around them should be told in no uncertain terms shape up or ship out and make way for those who really have something to contribute to the game.

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Windies caught between Tests and T20s, says Law

Law admitted that Windies were not playing at the tempo that I think that suits one-day cricket. © WICB Media Photo/Philip Spooner

Law admitted that Windies were not playing at the tempo that I think that suits one-day cricket. © WICB Media Photo/Philip Spooner

Stuart Law, the Windies coach, suggested on Tuesday (September 26), that his side’s struggles in One-Day Internationals were down to being “caught between Test cricket and T20”.

 

Windies, the reigning World Twenty20 champions, head into the fourth ODI against England at The Oval on Wednesday 2-0 down in the five-match series, with one no-result. They have now lost 14 of their last 15 completed ODIs against England, with defeat in the series opener at Old Trafford ending their hopes of automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

“We’re not quite playing at the tempo that I think that suits one-day cricket,” said Law. “We are caught between Test cricket and T20 cricket – of course we’re very good at T20 cricket and we’re ever-improving in the Test match arena. This is the arena we need to make sure we start grabbing hold of and we start understanding, particularly with what we’ve got coming up early next year (the World Cup 2019 qualifiers).”

Windies suffered a heavy 124-run defeat, with nearly 11 overs to spare, in the fourth ODI in Bristol on Sunday. Yet, they were in the contest early on, with Miguel Cummins taking three wickets including the prize scalp of Joe Root, before Moeen Ali’s 102, which featured eight sixes, powered England to 369 for .9

Chris Gayle, one of the most destructive batsmen in white-ball cricket, then showed he had lost none of his six-hitting ability by carrying the boundary six times in an innings of 94 before he was run out.

“There are some good signs,” said Law, who played 54 ODIs for Australia. “Even though Moeen Ali had a day out the other day, I thought Miguel Cummins bowled very well, taking three wickets.

“With the bat, we’ve seen glimpses of what Shai Hope can do in white-ball cricket, Chris Gayle obviously has a fantastic record and is an imposing character on the cricket field. We just need a little bit more from the rest of our top order and a little bit smarter batting through that middle period.”

Cummins missed training on Tuesday with a virus that Law said had been going through the squad since Headingley, although he stressed it was just a “precautionary” move.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes, who made 73 on Sunday, has been suspended for Wednesday’s match after he was arrested for a late-night bust-up in Bristol following the third ODI. England have also dropped Alex Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night.

Law, however, insisted, “It doesn’t really matter which personnel they put out there, we know it’s going to be a tough fight. Regardless of who puts a shirt on and plays in the opposition, we know we have got to play a lot better than we have done.”

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