2010
05.29

A new phase of cricket in the West Indies will be unveiled on Monday with the start of the Sagicor West Indies Cricket Board High Performance Centre. The Centre will be based at the 3Ws Oval at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados and is geared towards refining the skills and charting the way forward in the development of 15 of the best young cricketers in the region.

President of the West Indies Cricket Board, Dr Julian Hunte, outlined the details behind the Sagicor West Indies Cricket HPC.

“This is a very significant step forward in the future development of cricket in the Caribbean. As everyone if fully aware, West Indies cricket has faced several challenges and we are taking steps to ensure that were harness and nurture the talent that we see in this cricket-loving region. We have assembled an excellent group of young men to form part of the future of West Indies cricket and I want to wish then all the best,” he said.

“Gone are the days when you could dominate world sport on talent alone, so we know that in order to compete with the other teams on the world stage, we have to look closely at the development of our young players, and provide them with the skills and equip them with the tools to do the job. This is what we aim to do at the Sagicor West Indies Cricket HPC.”

The first groups of 15 young cricketers were selected from players across the regions, who were nominated by their local cricket board. They are: Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich (Barbados), Kyle Corbin, Kevin McClean (Combined Campuses & Colleges), Brandon Bess, Ravindra Chandrika, Veerasammy Permaul (Guyana), Nkrumah Bonner, Andre Creary (Jamaica), Kieran Powell, Devon Thomas (Leeward Islands), Shannon Gabriel (Trinidad and Tobago) Keron Cottoy, Delorn Johnson (Windward Islands).

The Head Coach and Director for the Sagicor West Indies Cricket HPC is Toby Radford. As a cricketer, he represented Middlesex for several seasons in the English County Cricket Championship and after retiring from the game, distinguished himself as the head of the Academy at the Middlesex County Cricket Club. He was also Head Coach at Middlesex when they won the domestic Twenty20 Tournament and a National Coach with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Radford said it is an honour to work with the emerging players in Caribbean.

He noted: “I know the people of the West Indies are very passionate about the game of cricket and so am I. I am really looking forward to working with this excellent group of young men, who I believe will form the future of West Indies cricket. They are all very talented and eager and enthusiastic, and what we do is hone their individual skills, while at the same time, prepare them to represent the region in cricket and recapture West Indian glory.”

Dr Ernest Hilaire, Chief Executive Office of the WICB, noted that the Sagicor West Indies Cricket HPC is a significant step forward and is part of the overall masterplan to “return the West Indies team to the top tier of world cricket.”

Dr Hilaire continued: “We are fully aware that this goal cannot be achieved overnight. Therefore we are putting the systems in place. We know the formula. Now we have to make it happen and we are confident we have the right people in place to do the job.  The Sagicor West Indies Cricket Board HPC is not just about the bat and the ball, but about the way the game is to be played; the way players are to conduct themselves; the history and legacy of West Indies cricket; being ambassadors for the game and the people they represent and preparing the present so we can have a successful future. That is our vision.”

Dr Hunte added: “The WICB wants to thank Sagicor for their tremendous support in bringing this idea to fruition. Their contribution is invaluable in the development of West Indies Cricket. We also want to acknowledge the support from the officials Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies and the 3Ws Oval.  This involved a tremendous amount of planning and I would like to thank all of those worked tirelessly to get the Sagicor West Indies Cricket High Performance Centre started.”

-WICB

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  1. A while back, last summer I think, the Barbados cricket board did an exchange program with 2 of it’s players in a league team in England.
    This might not be a bad investment.
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  2. @neil

    It is something the WICB and the ECB can partner for the established players as a professional County set up is unlikely to offer contracts to unknown unproven players. What the WICB can do with these HPC players is to encourage them getting involved in the County Leagues.

    Some league clubs already have overseas players and they ask them to coach, are put up and in cases work is found for them. It is quite an expensive venture but not impossible. Each Club welcome overseas players and without the WICB, players can apply of their own accord but may need permission.

    Counties like County Leagues tend to be attracted to the top teams although we have a few, like Colleymore, playing.

    The English season April to September fits in well with the Domestic 4 Day competition.

  3. given the reshaping of the WI team w/ youth, is the WICB actively trying to place some of these younger players in the English county cricket circuit, so as to continue to hone their skill set as well as professionalism? it would be a shame to see the continual improvement w this team as seen from the series w/Pakistan to the series w/ India abruptly end and have to start all over when the next test series begins later in the year. There should be no significant off season for these younger players.

  4. [...] Islander from Antigua & Barbuda, smashed the topscore of 75 to help set up victory for the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) by 36 runs over Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) in a Twenty20 practice match at the 3Ws Oval [...]

  5. @RANDY BRIDGEMAN
    what’s the prohibition with Foreign coaches? not like we had any local coaches in recent times who lit the scene on fire.
    The former WI U19 coach Cooley from JA who had great success is now involved in the set up with Radford.
    Radford has a very impressive resume and would even say no one in/from the Caribbean can match his experience. Especially in dealing with youth and youth development.
    From a cultural standpoint, we are coaching players for an International Game. Can’t say having a foreign coach will definitely hurt. Plus it is not like we are surrounding the youths with foreigners. There is a full coaching staff and most of them are West Indians.

  6. I’m hoping that Mr. Radford isn’t another Bennett King or John Dyson, two foreign coaches who promised much but delivered little. By the way, why did the Board feel the need once again to look outside the region to find someone to coach our emerging players? Don’t they have confidence in home-grown coaches? Why must we keep importing coaches when we have qualified ones in the territories? Nothing against this fellow, but I think we would better off in the long run entrusting our future players to someone who knows the nuances of Caribbean culture, who is qualified and there’s no question that this person is deeply attached and committed to the up and coming young regional players for the long haul.

  7. It’s not a Bajan thing,silly. Traditionally, the Windward & Leeward islands have produced a lesser amount of quality players than the so-called bigger islands. There are many reasons for this which I won’t go into now.You seem to be forgetting too that the players were nominated by their respective Boards. That 5 players are from Bim is really irrelevant in the long run as hopefully all of them will represent the WI one day soon. When they do, they will be issued a maroon cap, not one worn when representing their territory. Get it? Hope so.

  8. @matchstick

    i hope thats true

  9. @HMM

    There is word that this team will replace the CCC team in regional competitions…

  10. Interesting: Five out of fifteen are Bajans but only two from the Windwards – Combined Campuses reps are Bajans too.

    Guess its a Bajan thing…we go see

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