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The Limacol Caribbean Premier League’s 2013 champion, the Jamaica Tallawahs, defeated the St. Lucia Zouks by seven wickets during the opening Twenty20 match in St. George’s, Grenada last Saturday. Captain of the Jamaica Tallawahs Chris Gayle scored his first C.P.L 100. Gayle scored 111 runs off 63 balls with 10 massive sixes and five fours. The St. Lucia Zouks scored 161 runs off their 20 overs while the Jamaica Tallawahs scored 162 for 3 off 19 overs.


1. Jamaica Tallawahs

2. Antigua Hawksbills

3. Trinidad and Tobago Redsteel

4. St. Lucia Zouks

5. Guyana Amazon Warriors

6. Barbados Tridents

Bangladesh tour to the Caribbean

Aug. 20 - First One-day international in Grenada

Aug. 22 - Second One-day international in Grenada

Aug. 25 – Third One-day international in Warner Park, St. Kitts

Aug. 27 - Twenty20 in St. Kitts

Sept. 5 – First Test match in Arnos Vale, St. Vincent

Sept. 13- Second Test match at Beausejour Stadium, St. Lucia


West Indies losing the recent Test series to New Zealand 2-1 clearly shows the weakness within the West Indies senior decision makers. West Indies players are bewildered with poor decisions at the managerial and lower levels. Many of the cricketers are more focused on the shorter version of the game while few West Indies players are fully committed to the longer version. Test cricket calls for much concentration, patience and few West Indies players have displayed those qualities. It is rather unfortunate that after so much have been invested into the development of cricket, there are no meaningful improvements displayed by the players.


Much work has to be done to improve the quality of batsmen coming out of the West Indies. Their approach and strategy must be modified if any improvements are to be realized. Test cricket nations such as South Africa, Australia and England have many training techniques employed to make their teams proficient. Test cricket calls for numerous preparation techniques and an in-depth study of the game. The West Indies team is behind in most of the ICC ratings and much hard work has to be done for them to improve their standings.

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Clifford Jones from Ocala,Florida says:
Since 1995 when West Indies lost the Frank Worrell Trophy to Australia in Jamaica they have never been able to retain the standard of play in Test Match Cricket that was enjoyed under Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards.
The main cause of this problem is that all players were forced by the WICB to return to the West Indies and play in the local cricket matches arranged by the WICB to be considered for selection in Test Matches.This started with Desmond Haynes in 1995 and has continued ever since.Gradually all upcoming players have not been playing League and County Cricket in England as they had been doing since the 1930's starting with Learie Constantine and George Headley. This is a quote from Frank Worrell's book
(Cricket Punch)"There is nothing better for a young cricketer from the tropics to have experience in the leagues,for it is in league cricket that you come up against so many different varieties of bowling from the ones you are used to in your home country.You meet swerve,spin,varying pace-the lot.Furthermore,it gives the cricketer from the tropics invaluable experience of English weather and English wickets.But playing as a professional for a league club does more than give experience of English conditions.It gives a young player a sense of responsibility,and a strong sense of responsibility is essential for any good international cricketer."
When West Indies dominated Test Match Cricket for fifteen years and did not lose a Test Series every cricketer on the team had a background of playing League and County Cricket!Three West Indies cricketers have been appointed captains of County Cricket Teams in England-Roy Marshall(Barbados) Garry Sobers(Barbados) and Clive Lloyd (Guyana).
Need I say more!
July 23, 2014, 1:39 pm

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