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    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Attacking batsman Nicholas Pooran is anxious to resume his first-class career after making a full recovery from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident last year. The 20-year-old was preparing to turn out for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the 2015 Regional Super50 when he was involved in a car crash while returning home from training in January. He sustained leg and knee injuries which kept him out of action for a protracted period but has worked his way back steadily and played his first competitive match last Sunday for Queen’s Park Club in the domestic 50-overs competition. “I really thought I could have played in the [Regional Super50], but I didn’t get the chance to prove myself,” he told TV6 Sports here. “I didn’t have many trial games and that was a bit unfortunate so now I guess it’s back to club cricket and when I make runs hopefully everything goes good and I get picked in one of the four-day games.” He added: “The next step will be CPL, I’m looking forward to that.” Pooran has played just three first class games but has already shown sparks of promise with a half-century against Jamaica Scorpions and 47 against Guyana Jagaurs which came in his last innings. The former West Indies Under-19 player said his return to cricket had been a gradual one but after initial struggles, he now felt back to his old self. “I started back playing some wind ball cricket… with some T20, T10, minor league cricket,” he noted. “It was good for me, I still had my batting intact. Nothing had changed. It’s just the keeping was a bit difficult at the start but now I’m back to keeping as normal.” Pooran said his time away from the game was a trying experience but pointed out he had come to appreciate cricket even more as a result. “I have to thank God for life because it was a difficult period for me. Every day I looked at cricket, I kept missing it more and more and when I started back playing. I was really eager to start back playing,” he said. “At a point in time I wanted to rush to play but that wasn’t good for me. Every time I saw cricket I missed it a lot. I would be sitting down and watching other players batting, bowling, keeping or whatever and I would say ‘I know I can do better than that’. I can do this and I can do that.” Pooran came to the fore when he lashed a superb hundred for West Indies at the Under-19 World Cup two years ago against Australia.

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  • Under-fire West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has been retained by Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming Indian Premier League season, despite currently being banned from bowling in international cricket. Westindiesforum.com

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  • We hasten to say that the weaknesses we have identified reflect the state of West Indies cricket. Under-resourced and under-capitalised at every level, West Indies players are ill-prepared for competition at the international level. Indeed, given the weak domestic nurseries, both in terms of competition and training, Caribbean cricketers have been punching way above their weight for many years.

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has assured the region his squad will not boycott the upcoming T20 World Cup in India next month. Fears the 15-man squad would opt out of the March 8 to April 3 tournament were heightened over the past week when it emerged that yet another contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board was simmering. Writing on the players’ behalf, Sammy told the WICB that the new contracts pay structure was unacceptable, arguing it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent reduction in earnings. However, in an interview with a radio station here Thursday, he said the squad had never considered skipping the event and were committed to play even though their concerns were yet to be resolved. “I would like to let it be known that not at any given time did the West Indies team think about not going to the Cricket World Cup,” Sammy said categorically. “We’ve all made it clear that we were going to play the World Cup. At the end of the day we are professionals, we are paid to play cricket. It is our job. It is our life. We just had some issues, some questions we wanted to ask and we asked them and we’ve just not gotten a response. “But we want to assure the Caribbean that playing the World Cup has been at the forefront of all the players’ minds and we will do whatever we can in our power to go out there and win the World Cup for the Caribbean people.” Players complained that under the new pay structure, their guaranteed income for the upcoming World Cup stood at a mere US$27 600. In the past, the lowest paid player was guaranteed nearly $60 000, with the highest paid player raking in $137 000. The WICB hit back by outlining the new ICC pay system which now sees funds to ICC members disbursed over an eight-year period instead of for specific tournaments. Further, the board pointed out that it had, along with players union WIPA, the International Cricketers Association (FICA) and a representative from the International Cricket Council (ICC), engaged in mediation last year to hammer out the new agreement for players – which was then communication to them. Sammy said even though players would go ahead with the tour, serious concerns remained over the agreement and noted the WICB and the players needed to continue communication on the matter. “The issues we raised, the questions we asked, when we come out of the cricket, the younger players will get experience and come out and ask the same set of questions, so you need to find a common ground where both parties are happy or we need to find a way to communicate better,” the all-rounder advised. “We must put our egos aside. At the end of the day, the board cannot do without the players and the players need our cricket board in order for things to function.” He continued: “The cricket will always go on. At no given time under my watch, were we not going to play the World Cup but we had some issues we wanted to raise and find answers to and which we still have not found the answer, but we as a group we are going to play the World Cup and try our best and win the World Cup.”
Today at 05:22 AM by thedeatheater1410 | Views: 168 | Comments: 2

West Indies U19 just beat India Under19 by 5 wickets to win the World Cup. They were set to chase just 146 after Indian batting collapsed on a green wicket when Alzarri Joseph making them suffer by picking up the first three wickets cheaply. Sarfarz Khan managed to pull them back but they were able to set only 145. The West Indies began slowly and steadily but lost a few wickets to spin and false ...
Today at 03:46 AM by thedeatheater1410 | Views: 46 | Comments: 0

Look at this video of New Zealand Player Corey Anderson take a stunning return catch, and then roll on and get up to show off the ball. It's freaking awesome!

https://streamable.com/72g2
Today at 03:28 AM by dillinger10 | Views: 84 | Comments: 6

The fifth and final ODI at Cape Town. England lose the toss and lose Jason Roy early. It sure would be nice if Roy can at some point live up to his potential. The selectors have stuck with him so far, but he is going to need to start scoring some runs to keep his place in this side. England 30/1 (6 ov).
Yesterday at 04:47 PM by ketchim | Views: 305 | Comments: 47

ICC Under-19 World Cup, Final  Feb 14, 2016

starts in 5 hours

Goooo Wiiinnndddiiieeess !
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02/06/2016, 11:48 AM by The Chairman
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SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — Not even a sensational beaver-trick by former Jamaica and West Indies left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie could prevent Gemini Arabians from pulling off a 12-run victory over Sagittarius Strikers in the Masters Champions League here yesterday.

The 31-year-ol...
The Chairman
01/31/2016, 02:28 PM by The Chairman
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Surrey have signed West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo as their second overseas player for the T20 Blast.
The 32-year-old, who has scored 4,492 runs and taken 285 wickets in 277 career Twenty20 appearances, will be available to play throughout June.
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