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The facts about the WICB & Cameron

March 18 – Today I am also going to talk about the WICB under Dave Cameron and a team he has assembled along with the Cricket Community. He became President March 2013 and since then, the following has happened
1. There are now 90 First Class players contracted – what this means, they have a (cricket) job
2. There are 11 women who are contracted – same rule as above
3. There are 15 players who are “retained” – at a significantly higher salary than the other two groups
4. We have a number of players on pay-per-play
5. The 50-over version of the game has been expanded. This year 27 games in 18 days
6. The Regional 4Day has also been expanded – two seasons of 10 rounds of games – first time in the history of 1st class cricket
7. The CPL is the region’s T20 (yes it is) it is a partnership with the WICB – with additional salaries ranging from US$5,000 – US$150,000 per game + incentives
8. The players have windows to ply their trade overseas and the IPL schedule is open to all those who qualify
9. The deficit has been reduced and in the last Financial year which ended Sep 30, 2015 a surplus of US$3.5 million was reached
10. WIPA & WICB have a much better relationship & the astronomical legal fees have moved from 2.4 million to under 400K last year.

Let us talk about CHANGE – and the impact 116 paid players have on different economies in the region. That has to be sustained so the teams can compete with their peers worldwide.

Since 1928 – the West Indies has had 19 interruptions in tours and while we do not want to see walk outs – they happen. How we manage that going forward is key.

Some conservative figures…Cricket alone can account for anywhere up from US$100million a year of business in the region and that figure does not include athletes’ endorsements. All of our players live in the region. That can triple in three years – give it time. This is considerable based on the size of our economies in the region. This figure does not include what individual countries earn when we host a tour.

We want CHANGE – let’s be the change and play our respective roles.

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Quantity and Quality, the case for domestic cricket

January 3 – Ever since the West Indies team has performed under par at least in the last decade a number of suggestions have come forward regarding ways and means to improve its current state. In the last year though so many more of those recommendations have taken place and now the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its partners must now determine and chart the way forward.

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From reports, studies, assessments and opinions from experts – cricket in the Caribbean must take centre stage to, among a number of things, help and develop economic activity and provide wealth to its players, technical teams and officials around the region. The WICB does have a lot of recommendations to fudge through, but it is safe to say WI cricket will be improving over the next three years.

A brief history of Caribbean is found here http://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/content/story/259978.html- but what we know is the WICB has been associated with the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1926 and first played Test Cricket in 1928 – so a lot of time in the next two years to celebrate “90”. There will be sometime for the region to unite for a milestone cause and any organisation with 90 years for anything under its belt must celebrate and with the anticipated turnaround of the game in the region, now is as good a time to plan.

Expanded domestic tournaments 

Over the last three years, the WICB has hosted with its partners a significant amount of domestic cricket. The four day competition, the Professional Cricket League in its second year, has ten games on its schedules for the participating teams. The NAGICO Super50 has also expanded and will in 2016 see eight teams competing between January 7 to 23.  The third year NAGICO Insurances-sponsored tournament will be co-hosted by Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts Nevis http://windiescricket.com/news/tt-st-kitts-host-nagico-super50 – Later in July the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in its fourth year will also have a new format http://cplt20.com/news/cpl-ensures-greater-excitement-new-draft-format-2016

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What that says is from November back to July the region is able to host its best local talent. In between those months there are international tournaments in all three formats, T20, ODIs and Test for a full year’s schedule. An enterprising young cricketer anywhere from 17 to 40 has a distinct opportunity to earn and to be exposed to all levels of the game across the region and the world.

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The case for an improved product can be made if energies are focused on a few things

  • the best players must participate in the domestic tournaments
  • the top marketing companies in the region must support the game through its products and/or services
  • the preparation of these players must be of importance and must be handled by each region; the blue print is available
  • At least twice a year a camp is to be assembled to ensure players attain appropriate fitness levels and have an opportunity to bond at that level – time permitting. I am aware of the camps prior to departure for tournaments

The domestic tournaments ought to be used along with the approved development programmes in each territory and must be priority if we want positive change. The number of games (with expand formats) already matches the quantity; the best players available will create the quality. This substantiates the case for quantity and quality of regional (domestic) cricket and it will clear the path towards a positive case for the improved path of West Indies Cricket.

 

 

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Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20

The news of Limacol being a sponsor for the Caribbean’s inaugural (franchise-styled) Premier league in cricket spread through the region like wild fire. Most of the people under 30 wondered what Limacol was and did extensive research on this fresh scented liquid. So by the time July 30 came, most people who watched cricket were ready for this competition. 

The team from CPLT20 moved around the region in droves and saw to it that the games which were played in six territories were well managed. The opener in Barbados was a stunner, and nothing changed since then. 

The Elite cricketers from the region each captained a team from Hawkbills (Antigua); Tridents (Barbados); Amazon Warriors (Guyana); Tallawahs (Jamaica); Zouks (St. Lucia) and Red Steel (Trinidad & Tobago). The teams all had an eclectic mix of athletic, skilled, shy, explosive and exciting players. 

There was a suggestion that the mix may not work; however with Kieron Pollard captaining the B’dos Tridents to three straight wins in B’dos, the tone and pace were set. The scores for each game were looking to be somewhere from 93 – 176 runs in the allotted 20 overs. 

The West Indies Cricket Board along with its partners CPL, Digicel, Virgin, Limacol were well represented at all venues and by the time the tournament ended Hollywood came and will stay. 2Guns star Mark Wahlberg and Law Abiding Citizen’s star, Gerald Butler were two of the early investors, while Sir Richard Branson showed his hands early. 

The inaugural tournament has been hailed a massive success http://cplt20.com/news/inaugural-limacol-caribbean-premier-league-tournament-hailed-%E2%80%9Cmassive-success%E2%80%9D

Some stand outs were obvious through the tournament – Hawksbills’ Sheldon Cotterrell; Amazon Warriors’ Krishmar Santokie and Sunil Narine; Red Steel’s Nicholas Pooran and the obviously well executed leadership from the Caribbean Elite Stars. 

What was also more noticeable were the faces of Curtly Ambrose, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Sir Vivian Richards on the benches of teams and a cross-section of sport officials to include managers, physiotherapists and coaches. The CPL model is here to stay and the cricket can only grow from this initiative.

There were impressive displays from the internationals from other regions most of whom enjoyed the Caribbean ‘party’ – Vernon Philander was the true honorary Jamaican. 

SUPPORTING THE FRANCHISE MODEL 

The integration of the Caribbean players and officials with the other international stars is what can benefit the growth and further development of cricket and in copying what the NBA and other elite sport franchises too, it makes for a great formula. 

Check out the team again if you missed them http://cplt20.com/team-locations/jamaica

The dates have been set for the 2014 renewal from July 5 to August 10 and the arguments have already started to swirl. Certainly the biggest one is the lack of lights at Sabina Park. Take a look at action from the day-time game in Kingston 

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So in summary – CPL T 20 – in 2013 – 25 days, sold out and packed games, wins, losses, parties, one winner – Jamaica Tallawahs 

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The Caribbean remains a potpourri of great talent on display in a destination conducive to great sporting moments. The inaugural Limacol, CPLT20 was just that. 

Let’s build on this for next year and WELCOME TO THE BIGGEST PARTY IN SPORT. 

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