WICB says Antigua now permanent home for regional cricket

first_imgWest Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron says Antigua and Barbuda will be the permanent home of cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies cricket teams, at all levels, will meet there for training ahead of competitions. The WICB says that this makes sense since the body is already headquartered on the island. WICB marketing & communications manager, Carole Beckford, says that the new arrangement was made possible because of the relationship between the board and the Antiguan government. “All of the developmental infrastructure, the high performance centre, the centre of training – all of that facility will be in Antigua,” she says. “It was brought about by the arrangement we have with Antigua with regards to the former Stanford Cricket Ground – also known as ‘Sticky Wicket’. The government of Antigua and the West Indies Cricket Board have a Memorandum of Understanding and a relationship to occupy that property.” Beckford told The Gleaner that the remodelling of the cricket field is currently under way and other facilities such as the restaurant and the athletic club, will be built up over the next three years. Cameron says that this will follow the work the board has done to increase its full time staff to 300. This includes players (both men and women), administrators and umpires on retainer contracts. He added that this means that Jamaica has a lot more to do in order to not fall behind Antigua and the rest of the region with regard to cricket. “The rest of the region has engaged cricket much more than Jamaica,” he says. He would add that this is also why Jamaica has not been granted many Test matches by the WICB recently. This is because Sabina Park, which he describes as the “major cricket stadium”, is in Kingston. “I was recently asked why we aren’t seeing more Test matches in the island [Jamaica],” the president said. “Maybe one of the reasons is that our major cricket stadium is in the city. Some of us don’t see the city as a tourist destination. The other islands are not that big so all the stadiums are on the sea, basically. When we go to the governments in the region, they’re all begging (for) West Indies cricket, except Jamaica and that is a reality.” Cameron says the WICB facilitates negotiations with whichever government contacts it, as it is running a business. This business, he says, will bring more people and jobs to each Caribbean territory as he said the WICB is running what he describes as a sports industry in cricket.last_img read more

New boss Oktay gets Gor dancing again

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players Samuel Onyango and Ephraim Guikan celebrate one of the goals during their 4-0 win over Zoo Kericho at the Kasarani Stadium on December 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 – Defending champions Gor Mahia bounced back to winning ways in an emphatic manner thrashing Zoo Kericho 4-0 in a rescheduled Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Wednesday evening.Ephraim Guikan who at one point had waved the side goodbye showed that he still has some unfinished business scoring twice with Samuel Onyango adding the third and Ugandan Erisa Ssekisambu scoring his maiden goal for the record champions. Both teams however had to end the game a man down each after Francis Kahata and Dennis Kawanga were both sent off for an off the ball incident.This was head coach Hassan Oktay’s first victory for the side in open play having witnessed a 1-0 loss against Nyasa Big Bullets in the CAF Champions League and a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bandari in their season-opening league tit in Mombasa last weekend.Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay during his side’s 4-0 win over Zoo Kericho at the Kasarani Stadium on December 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Cypriot put up more or less the same team that played against bandari save for the defense where Pascal Ogweno came in to make his debut in place of the absent Joash Onyango.Gor went into the lead as soon as the game kicked off, Guikan breaking the deadlock inside the opening minute after tapping home a Shafik Batambuze cross.On the quarter hour mark, the Ivorian doubled his count for the game converting from the penalty spot after Samuel Onyango was hacked down by Sabiri Sindani.Gor Mahia striker Ephraim Guikan tries to go past a forest of legs during his side’s 4-0 win over Zoo Kericho at the Kasarani Stadium on December 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOnyango helped himself to a goal before the break, this time Guikan teeing his mate up with the former Ulinzi man curling a well taken shot beyond Martin Elung’at in the Zoo goal.K’Ogalo dominated the game further and they extended the lead in the second half when Ssekisambu slid past the keeper after picking up a well measured pass from Batambuze before slotting home.Gor will now shift their attention to Sunday’s crucial CAF Champions League first round home tie against Nigerian champions Lobi Stars with a place in the group stages beckoning should they maneuver past the two-legged tie. 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more