Alfonso Thomas Named Windies New Bowling Coach

Cricket West Indies has appointed former South African fast bowler Alfonso Thomas as the bowling coach of the senior men’s team. The board made a number of changes to the coaching and support staff for the current squads keeping in mind the World Cup Qualifiers and the Women’s World T20 scheduled for later this year.

Former West Indies legspinner Rawl Lewis, who previously worked with the side as team operations manager during their successful World T20 campaign in 2016, was named the team manager.

Thomas, who represented South Africa in a sole T20I in 2007, has held specialist roles in Championship cricket in the UK. The former Somerset limited-overs captain, who is ninth on the list of most successful T20 bowlers, has also played in the IPL, BBL and the BPL, with 263 T20 wickets to his name.

We are focused on improving team performance, as well as broadening and deepening the coaching expertise in the region,” CWI director Jimmy Adams said. “We know we’ve got vital games and tournaments this year and we’re confident that these appointments will strengthen the Windies squads for this year and our future plans.”

The other new inclusions in head coach Stuart Law’s crop are team physio David Kershaw and strength and conditioning coach Corey Bocking.

In relation to specific changes, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said, “Joel Garner has agreed to become an Ambassador, supporting the fundraising IT20 match at Lord’s at the end of May and helping us launch the Windies Foundation planned for later this year. Ronald Rogers will remain in the region working with Alzarri Joseph on his rehabilitation programme following his stress fracture.”

Cricket Canada Responds To Media Articles Touring New T20 Canadian Premier League

Via its http://gocricketgocanada.com website, Cricket Canada has proactively responded to a number of recent articles, largely in the Indian press, regarding plans for a “Canadian Premier League” to be established. Cricket Canada indicated that it wishes to make it clear that this proposed league will require sanction from Cricket Canada, and that no application has been made.

Cricket Canada continues to progress plans with Mercuri Talent Management (Pvt) Ltd. (Part of the Mercuri group, an India based media company) to bring professional cricket to Canada. The group has complied with all aspects of Cricket Canada’s sanction policy, and the two parties have now entered into a 25 year Master Licensing Agreement are now working towards seeking ICC approval.

The agreement includes extended off shore training for Canadian players and investment capital for development of elite players and cricket infrastructure.
The Mercuri proposal involves franchise-based teams involving high-level cricketers from across the world competing in a twenty over league in Canada, starting in 2018. Each team will be required to include Canadian qualified players in their squads.

It is planned that initially games will be played in the Toronto area. Cricket Canada is pleased have Mercuri as our partner for facilitating future growth of Canadian cricket.