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Friday, February 05, 2016
Suspended Country's Players Included in CPL Draft

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) announced record applications for CPL Player Draft 2016, however it is clear from the ICC Americas and the West Indies that Bermuda is not in their plans to help develop or be involved.

The continued argument would be the fact that in their Meeting earlier this week the ICC stated that USA will remain suspended, however they are allowed to still compete in tournaments and the ICC is still spending or planning to spend Millions of dollars to the Country.

A record number of local and international stars have been officially registered for the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Player Draft which takes place on February 11th in Barbados.

Commenting on this year’s record list of applicants both in the West Indies and across the world, Director of International Cricket for CPL, Tom Moody said, “Some of the leading names in world cricket have signaled their intentions to join the biggest party in sport at the CPL, so this year’s competition is sure to be our most exciting to date.

“Outside of our ‘marquee’ players, there are international players of the highest standard including a host of World champions, and a myriad of players who continue to entertain and enrich the global game.

Amongst the list of West Indies talent who are in the frame for the six franchises this year are stars of the caliber of Chris Gayle (a winner of the inaugural competition with Jamaica Tallawahs back in 2013), West Indies World T20 captain Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons.

Darren and Dwayne Bravo are set to join the number one ranked T20 international bowler Samuel Badree, as well as Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard, who was such a driving force in Barbados reaching last year’s final before being edged by eventual winners Trinidad & Tobago.

To supplement the outstanding pool of local talent on display, some of the biggest names in international cricket will bid to join the five marquee players - Faf du Plessis, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara and Shane Watson - who were confirmed last week.

Amongst the assembled overseas stars is a 34-strong South African contingent headed by prolific top order batsman Hashim Amla, leg-spinner Imran Tahir and fast bowler Morne Morkel.

There is sure to be a strong Pakistan presence in the tournament, which takes place from the end of June until the beginning of August, with one of the stars of last year’s CPL for Barbados Shoaib Malik included amongst a plethora of big names including Shahid Afridi, Misbah-Ul-Haq (who has played in both St Lucia and Barbados to date) and left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz.

Across the continents, there will be seven Bangladesh (including Shakib Al Hasan who is one of the finest all-rounders in world cricket), while there will also be seven Afghanistan players which is indicative of their recent rise in the shortest format of the game. Sri Lanka, currently ranked third in the T20 team rankings, will have 20 representatives in the frame including legends Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga will be looking to join their compatriot Sangakkara.

There will be 23 players from Australia in the Draft, including a blend of experience in Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge and Michael Hussey allied to a crop of up-and-coming talent, and a further 11 New Zealanders, including the likes of Nathan McCullum.

With coveted spots up for grabs from the ICC Americas region, there is sure to be a lot of interest across North America as players from Canada (seven) and the USA (10), who recently competed in the Nagico Super 50 competition, all aim to book one of the six coveted places.
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Outcomes from ICC Board and Committee Meetings

The ICC Board held its first meeting of 2016 at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on 3 February. Among the decisions made and reports received were:

Review of the ICC’s constitution and governance structures

The Board considered amendments that had been made to the ICC’s constitution in 2014 and agreed that, in order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and to follow best practice principles of good governance, it would seek to re-establish as quickly as possible the ‘independent’ position of ICC Chairman.

As such, the Board unanimously agreed to propose to the Full Council that a new Chairman should be elected by the Board for a two-year term commencing at the June 2016 Board meeting through a secret balloting process overseen by the ICC’s independent Audit Committee Chairman.

To qualify to contest the election, it has been agreed that all nominees must be either a past or present ICC Board director and should have the support of at least two Full Member directors.

Cricket’s potential participation in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games

The Board received a report from management on the status of on-going dialogue with the International Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games federation about the benefits and drawbacks of cricket’s future participation in the Olympic and/or Commonwealth Games. The Board acknowledged that this was a complex issue with a diverse range of views and factors to be taken into account and that further work was required before a final position could be adopted.

Anti-Corruption Unit Oversight Group constituted

The Board received an anti-corruption update from Sir Ronnie Flanagan and, as recommended by the Integrity Working Party during last year’s review, took steps to formally appoint an Anti-Corruption Oversight Group.

The oversight group will include the Chairman of the Executive Committee (under whose area of responsibility this function rests) and will also include former India captain Rahul Dravid, legal expert Louis Weston and independent anti-corruption advisor John Abbott, who was the Chairman of the Integrity Working Party. The Chairman of the ACU, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, and ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson, will also be ex-officio members of the group.

The group will meet once a year to review and provide independent input into the strategy adopted by the sport to tackle corruption and its implementation, and to offer its advice and guidance to the Chairman of the ACU where required.

USA Cricket

The Board received a detailed update on cricket activities in the USA, and approved a strategic planning framework that has been developed after wide-ranging consultation with the USA cricket community. In line with this strategy, a number of development and high performance activities were approved to take place during 2016 pursuant to the ‘special project’ budget that the ICC has set aside to support the development of cricket in the USA. In this respect, the ICC noted that the USA Cricket Association remains suspended by the ICC and encouraged it to work more closely with ICC management to try to unify the cricketing community in the USA.

ICC U19 CWC qualification

The Board approved a qualification pathway for future ICC U19 Cricket World Cups. It was agreed that the 10 Test playing countries and the highest-placed Associate team from the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 will qualify directly for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018, which will be staged in New Zealand from 12 January-4 February 2018. The remaining five sides will qualify through the regional qualifying tournaments.
Monday, February 01, 2016
All Eyes On Upcoming ICC Meeting

Bermuda Cricket Board’s CEO Neil Speight will take part as the ICC Board gather at the ICC headquarters in Dubai on Thursday, February 4th, for the first round of meetings of 2016.

In the lead up to these meetings, various other committee meetings, including the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) meeting, will take place. Speight is the member of the ICC Development Committee, he also sits on the ICC HR & Remuneration Committee.

A few things Cricket Clubs and the Bermuda Cricket Board should be interested in is the discussion to be had on the supposed to be suspended USACA and ICC initiatives in the USA as well as a progress on Cricket’s potential participation in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

The schedule includes the following meetings:

- ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (Mon)
- HR & Remuneration Committee and Governance Committee (Tue)
- Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee and Executive Committee (Wed)
- ICC, IDI and IBC Board meetings (Thu)

Key issues on the agenda of the meetings will include:

• Review of ICC Constitutional Amendments
• Structure and scheduling of bi-lateral cricket
• Cricket’s potential participation in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games
• Update on the ICC WT20 India 2016, including playing conditions and prize money
• Composition of ICC Cricket Committee
• Updates on USACA and ICC initiatives in the USA
• Updates on matters relating to anti-corruption and anti-doping
Friday, January 29, 2016
BCB Should Be Asking USA Eligibility Questions

The HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is set to feature a galaxy of international talent – including Twenty20 heavyweights Francois “Faf” du Plessis, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara and Shane Watson – who have all been confirmed into the Player Draft which is set to take place in Barbados on Thursday, February 11th.

Each squad has increased from 15 to 17 players (though franchises also have an option to have a current West Indies Cricket Board player as part of their squad) which must include the following, one ‘marquee’ player, one representative from the ICC Americas, one West Indies Under-19, five overseas (with four permitted to feature in any matchday starting XI) and 10 West Indies qualified players.

It is unknown if the ICC Americas has put forward any Bermuda players names, but after they only picked the players from Canada and United States of America for the recently concluded NAGICO Super50 Tournament, one will not hold their breath. Officials from the Bermuda Cricket Board would need to be asking several question but the first one would have to be HOW DOES A SUSPENDED COUNTRY HAVE PLAYERS REPRESENT THE REGION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This will be the inaugural inclusion of marquee international players in the CPL Draft and they need little introduction having been ranked amongst the game’s leading T20 exponents in recent years.

A prolific run-getter, McCullum was the first international player to reach 1,000 runs in T20 history and the New Zealander is the only player to date to have scored two international T20 centuries having featured in 71 T20 Internationals.

South African batsman du Plessis is currently ranked fourth on the ICC T20 Batting rankings, gripping the global cricketing public with a series of electrifying displays across all formats for many years.

Experienced Australian all-rounder Watson, a two-time ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) champion in 2007 and 2015, as well as his country’s T20 player of the year in 2012 and 2013, will also get his first taste of CPL action.

The CPL are also pleased to announce the identities of the other two marquee players who will both be returning for another stint at the biggest party in sport.

Black Caps’ batsman Martin Guptill (who incidentally holds the world record ODI score of 237 not out achieved against the West Indies in Wellington during the ICC CWC 2015) currently lies in fifth place in the World T20 batting rankings.

Sri Lanka’s ICC World T20 2014 winner Kumar Sangakkara is one of the most decorated and respected players at all levels in the history of the game. A former captain of his country, who scored 287 in what remains a world record Test partnership of 624 with Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar scored over 28,016 runs in 594 games across all three formats, and boasts an impressive T20 strike rate of over 120 in 56 internationals.

The identity of the final marquee player will be announced closer to the Draft.

All marquee players will enter the Player Draft and will each be assigned to one of the six franchises from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago.

The 2016 edition of the CPL is set to be played over a six-week period from the end of June until the first week of August, with this year’s fixtures to be announced in due course.

The full list of players to be enrolled in the Draft will be unveiled on Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Countdown to Cardiff MCCU 2016 Season

Leverock Hard Work Pays Off
Kamau Leverock and his Cardiff MCCU teammates are putting in the hard work as they prepare for the upcoming English Cricket Season.

The team are different drills, skills and initiative for warm ups, before getting down to the business of training.

The team will get their English MCC University Matches 2016 Season underway on April 4th when they face off against Hampshire, this will be followed on April 11th with a match against Glamorgan, before taking on Somerset on April 17th.

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