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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Leverock's Tour Dates & Matches Announced

Earlier this week www.islandstats.com reported Bermuda’s Kamau Leverock has been selected for the MCC Combined Universities Preseason Tour in March.

The Preseason Tour will see Leverock and his teammates heading to Abu Dhabi March 14th – 24th.

Leverock and his teammates will play a total of four matches on the tour as well as putting in training.

They are set to play Two 20Twenty matches, One Two Day Game and One 50 Over match.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Red Cards Could be Coming For Cricket

MCC, the Guardian of the Laws of Cricket, is to trial new on-field sanctions including penalty runs and the removal of players from the field in an attempt to arrest declining standards of player behavior.

If this proves to be a success, countries around the world could adopt the rules. Not just Bermuda, but many other countries including Test Playing Nations have seen players misbehave and altercations threaten the game.

Matches in Bermuda have come under criticism, because of the behavior of some players, last season saw the Eastern County Controversy, the incident at Lord’s in St. David’s filmed by www.islandstats.com go global, there was also an incident that saw a match at Southampton Oval halted.

MCC has used the ECB’s Code of Conduct Levels of 1 to 4 as a guide to what behavior constitutes what level of breach, with some minor alterations, but is also encouraging flexibility in order to gain a broad range of feedback.

The trials are part of a thorough review of the Laws of Cricket being undertaken by the Club with a view to publishing a new Code of the Laws (the first since 2000) in October 2017.

MCC's guidelines to Umpires for trial sanctions

Level 4 offences:

(a) Threatening an umpire or referee;

(b) Physical assault of another player, umpire, referee, official or spectator;

(c) Any act of violence on the field of play;

(d) using language or gesture that seriously offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion or belief, color, descent, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or background.

Suggested sanctions:

Player is sent off the field for the remainder of the match. If he refuses to go, the captain will be warned that it would constitute a refusal to play.
Additional 5 run penalty and report.
If it is a batsman who committed the offence, he is Retired out; and if 9 wickets are down, his team are all out.
Umpires instruct captain to remove player, or vice-captain/senior player if it is the captain who is the offender.

NB If the captain is already suspended, then his nominated deputy on the field is to be used.

Level 3 offences:

(a) intimidating an umpire or referee;

(b) threatening to assault another player, team official or spectator;

(c)using language or gesture that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion or belief, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or background;

(d) deliberately bowling a high full pitched ball which is deemed dangerous and unfair as defined in Law 42.6(b).

Suggested sanctions:

Player is sent off for 10 overs of playing time or 20% of that innings’ overs, whichever is fewer.
Any unexpired penance time is carried forward to next innings.
Additional 5 run penalty and report.
If a fielder, he can bowl immediately upon his return.
If a batsman, he is Retired not out, and if 9 wickets are down his team is all out. He may return at the fall of the next wicket after his suspension has been fully served or if one of the current batsmen is Retired out.
Umpires instruct captain to remove player, or vice-captain/senior player if captain is the offender.

Click Here to see the Full MCC's guidelines to Umpires for Trial Sanctions

Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Suspended from the ICC May be the Way to Go!

In a media release last week 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.

But here comes news that the ICC has planned several near-term and strategic initiatives as part of its continuing efforts to develop a strategy for promotion and development of cricket in the USA.

First, ICC is conducting a Youth Participation Seminar in Colorado Springs over the weekend of February 13th in furtherance of its vision of making cricket 'the fastest growing participation sport in America for females and males.' Colorado Springs was chosen due to its strategic location - the city is home to the US Olympic Training Center and US Olympic Committee's headquarters are located there as well.

The Bermuda Cricket Board has remained silent on these issues publicly, but the following questions need to be asked.

1. Why would a Suspended member of the ICC get more attention than members in the same region who have abided by all the rules?
2. If the USA is suspended who is the ICC or for that matter the West Indies Cricket Board dealing with to get USA players to attend events?
3. www.islandstats.com reported just yesterday that Kamau Leverock has been selected by the MCC Combined Universities for a Preseason Tour in March, but whomever is incharge of the ICC Americas selecting teams don’t think he or any other Bermudian cricketer is/was good enough to represent the Region?
4. Clubs should be looking out for their players and need to demand what the BCB is doing to fight for the right things in Cricket in the Americas.
Monday, February 08, 2016
Leverock Heading to Abu Dhadi

Bermuda’s Kamau Leverock has been selected for the MCC Combined Universities Preseason Tour in March.

The Preseason Tour will see Leverock and his teammates heading to Abu Dhabi.

More on this coming soon………………..
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.
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