President Granger signals support for proposed Commonwealth cricket tournament

Georgetown, Guyana – (May 3, 2018) President David Granger, (on Thursday), received a courtesy call from Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland, who is currently in Guyana to attend the Workshop for Judges and Prosecutors which is being hosted by Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).

The Secretary-General informed the Head of State of a proposal to host a Commonwealth Cricket Cup for 19-year old boys and girls from Commonwealth countries. She explained that cricket is a game that is universally enjoyed in the Commonwealth and a championship like this will not only open doors for youths, attract people and investments to the Caribbean region, but will also serve as a vehicle for cultural exchange.

Additionally, she said that the Caribbean leg of the series will raise money for a fund, which will be dedicated to the rebuilding of islands affected by hurricanes. Already, several CARICOM Heads have given their nod of approval for the plan to move forward and Baroness Scotland said that she has also reached out of cricket legends such as Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Clive Lloyd and Mr. Keith Bradshaw from Australia and they have all expressed their willingness to lend their support to this initiative. President Granger too, after listening to Baroness Scotland, has signal Guyana’s support for this venture. (more…)

Seriously re-examine cricket recommendations – PM Mitchell

Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is calling for a serious re-examination of the recommendations of the Governance Review Panel on Cricket.

In his address to the opening of the Twenty-Ninth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Monday in Haiti, the Grenada Prime Minister raised West Indies cricket as a “burning issue for which our Community must take due responsibility”.

“West Indies Cricket is a regional public good, and must, therefore, be subject to a regulatory framework, recognising its public good character,” he said.

In recognition of the “public good nature” of West Indies cricket, the Prime Minister said that forging a governance framework was required. That framework would respect the rules and independence mandated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and provide a proper framework  for all stakeholders in the governance of  West Indies cricket.

“Colleagues, we must move beyond entrenched polarised positions, which have not been helpful to the re-emergence of West Indies Cricket supremacy. I urge the Chairman of the sub-committee, and my good friend, Ralph Gonsalves, to seriously re-examine the recommendations, and champion our approach to addressing this issue so that West Indies cricket does not continue to wallow in the land of under-performance and mismanagement,” he said.

‘Cricket in the West Indies is about building a sensibility for all’ – Sir Wes Hall

“…cricket in the West Indies is not a new development; its logic, its values, artistry, morality and spirit are very different from other cricket cultures. That is so true.” – Sir Wes Hall
In his prime he terrified batsmen the world over. Towering at 6’2” he was as good as they came- fast and accurate with a classical action.

Today at 80, he walks with the support of a cane; his strapping structure clearly weakened by the rigours of bowling at high speed against the finest batsmen, in the most intense of conditions.

“The human body was not designed for fast bowling,” Sir Wesley Winfield Hall told a gathering at the Pegasus Hotel on Friday evening.

“We either die early or we walk with a cane or with two mock knees, but we don’t do very well after bowling for a long time,” he continued.

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Cricket history could be added to CXC

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The history of cricket as a subject could be added to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations Physical Education curriculum if the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has its way.

WICB Marketing and Communications Manager Carole Beckford says that the body wants to have the subject added, saying the intention is to have the younger generation understand how important the sport is to Caribbean unity.

“Physical Education is already on the CXC [Caribbean Examinations Council] Curriculum. Because of the strong history of cricket as a subject, we thought it would have been an important partnership with CXC to ensure that the history of West Indies Cricket is being carried on – that people understand how important it is, whether it’s social, business or political.

If a young student passes through the region and does Physical Education. They’ll understand not just the physical part of it, but the historical and the social context as well,” she said.

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