West Indies

Rovman Powell only Jamaican named in West Indies ODI squad to face England

The 23-year-old Powell was this week bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League auction 2017.

He was Jamaica Scorpions top batsman in the just concluded regional Super50.

The 15-man squad will have a camp in the build-up to the three-match rubber against the visitors. The squad will arrive in Antigua later this week and will work under the guidance of new Head Coach Stuart Law.

The West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Selection Panel also announced the WICB’s President’s XI 12-man squad to face England in a 50-over match.

Misbah 'most likely' to face West Indies

The veteran Pakistan Test captain stated late in January that he plans to make a decision on his future within a month after he came in for criticism following a poor tour of Australia.

Misbah was out of sorts with the bat against Steve Smith's side, scoring just 76 runs across the three Tests.

But Misbah said he would not make a call on whether to play on at international level before leading Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League [PSL].

WICB announces poster competition to celebrate Sabina Park's 50th Test match in April

The venue, located in Kingston, Jamaica, will celebrate the milestone when it host the first Test between West Indies and Pakistan from Friday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 25.

As part of that recognition, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has joined with the Kingston Cricket Club and the Jamaica Cricket Association to have a poster competition to celebrate the milestone.

The WICB said the poster competition will be part of the list of activities that is scheduled to happen during the period.

Expanded Scotiabank/WICB Kiddy Cricket Programme launched

This was disclosed during the official launch of the 2017 programme on Thursday at Sabina Park.

The 2017 staging has attracted 242 participants up from 224 the previous season.

Key stakeholders from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Ministry of Education and Scotiabank were present at the launch.

It was also announced that there will  be an increase in the number of coaches, one for each parish, an adjustment that will allow at least 16 schools in each parish to get special attention during the programme.  

Marlon Samuels cleared to resume bowling for West Indies

Samuels was banned for 12 months by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in December 2015 after his action came under scrutiny in a Test match with Sri Lanka in October that year.

Samuels' action was deemed illegal after an assessment, which took place in Brisbane, revealed his elbow extension was over 15 degrees when bowling.

It marked the second time Samuels had been banned in a two-year period and resulted in his 12-month bowling suspension, but after undergoing analysis in Loughborough he is once again free to join the Windies' attack.

Samuels, Narine top West Indies players in ODI rankings

The 36-year-old Samuels lies 28th in the batting rankings while Narine sits third in the bowling rankings.

Samuels last featured for West Indies in the three-match series against Pakistan last September/October, gathering 116 runs at an average of 38, as the Caribbean side lost all three matches in the United Arab Emirates.

He subsequently pulled out of the Tri-Nations Series against Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe the following month, opting rather to play in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Wavell Hinds returns as WIPA president

The AGM, held at the Halcyon Cove by Rez Resorts, returned the entire administration for a third term.

The result means the Hinds, who leads a slate of Nixon McLean as his vice president, Wayne Lewis as honorary secretary, Ridley Jacobs as honorary treasurer and Liam Sebastien as honorary assistant secretary, will now take on another two years at the helm of the organisation.

Hinds, said, that for his part, he will continue to lead WIPA in a direction that will foster development opportunities and provide welfare and other benefits for its members.

Afghanistan employ former WI coach Phil Simmons as consultant

This was announced by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

According to the ACB, Simmons will assist head coach Lalchand Rajput on technical issues for the next three series against Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies.

Afghanistan's tour of Zimbabwe starts on February 16 in Harare and includes five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), before they host Ireland in Greater Noida, India, in March. Afghanistan are scheduled to visit the Caribbean in June.

"He will be working with the team as a consulting coach," ACB chief executive officer Shafiq Stanikzai told ESPNcricinfo.

Verdict in Andre Russell’s doping case to be handed down today

The independent tribunal is looking into whether the explosive batsman breached the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) code by being negligent about filing his whereabouts three times between January and July 2015.

The 28-year-old Russell is praying and hoping that the independent anti-doping tribunal does not ban him.

Russell told the media that "It's been stressing and hard playing cricket and all that's in the back of your head. But at the end of the day you have to do what you have to do,"

England name ODI squad for West Indies series

The squad remains unchanged from the side that finished the recent ODI series in India. 

James Whitaker, National Selector, said: “There is a huge emphasis on white-ball cricket during the first half of 2017, as we continue our preparation ahead of this summer’s ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England.