The new kids on the block: Trinbago Young Starz Under 16 Boys’ Academy Cricket Team

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The Trinbago Young Starz Under 16 Boys Academy Cricket Team. Source: R. Gooding

     I would have previously written an article last year stating that the Trinbago Young Starz Touring Cricket Academy is a registered non-profit sporting organization ( N.G.O.) founded within Trinidad and Tobago. In March 2024, this talented academy cricket team decided to manifest a boys’ Under 16 team. The main objective of forming a boys’ Under 16 cricket team is to nurture and develop young cricket talent by providing a structured environment where they can learn, grow, and excel in the sport. Cricket can play a significant role in building confidence in young boys. Continue reading “The new kids on the block: Trinbago Young Starz Under 16 Boys’ Academy Cricket Team”

The highs and lows of a T20 World Cup final

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South Africa players distraught over their loss in the T20 final at Barbados. Source: Getty Images.


On June 29th 2024 at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Barbados, one team was in ecstasy and the other in complete agony. Such contrasting emotions tend to occur when a final of a major global tournament is played. The scenes were extraordinary as players from both India and South Africa were in tears. Rohit Sharma lying on the ground thanking the heavens, whilst David Miller looked distraught in the dressing room. Continue reading “The highs and lows of a T20 World Cup final”

What will it take to win the 2024 World T20 Cup?

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West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran plays a shot against Papua New Guinea during an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket match at Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana, Sunday, June 2, 2024. Source: AP Photo

Winning the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and U.S.A. will require a well-rounded strategy, also taking into consideration various factors pertaining to the various venues. We have seen thus far that high scores in excess of 200 is clearly not on the cards. Aiming too high on these pitches will be detrimental. Let’s take a look at some key factors. Continue reading “What will it take to win the 2024 World T20 Cup?”

Can T20 Cricket become enervating?

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Sunil Narine smashing the ball in this season's IPL 2024. Source: AP/Getty Images

In life, no matter how many positives there are, the negatives are always inevitable. In the modern era of cricket, smashing sixes have increased exponentially. In the ongoing IPL taking place in India, the maximum number of sixes hit by the batters may comfortably be achieved. England’s all-rounder Sam Curran stated recently that cricket is turning into baseball. Surely any sport, including T20 cricket can become enervating under certain circumstances. Continue reading “Can T20 Cricket become enervating?”

Shamar Joseph: The Savior of Test Cricket

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West Indies celebrate a famous Test win over Australia to draw the series 1-1. Source: Getty Images.

After twenty seven years of heart-break, the West Indies team produced one of their most significant victories ever on not just Australian soil, but in the history of Test Cricket to draw the series 1-1. Surely in the early hours of Sunday January 28th 2024, Shamar Joseph would not have been even pondering being on the famous Gabba ground, yet alone bowling his team to what was a sensational win for the ages. After a toe-crushing yorker from Mitchell Starc the evening before, surely it was all but over for Shamar Joseph. Cricket is such a funny game. Continue reading “Shamar Joseph: The Savior of Test Cricket”

West Indies deliver early Christmas gift

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Shai Hope sealed the T20I series for the Windies vs England. Source: Getty Images.

What another year in West Indies Cricket. After the regional team failed to qualify for the 2023 50 over World Cup in India a few months ago, they somehow managed to put back smiles on the faces of West Indian fans. For the first time ever having International Cricket at home in the Caribbean before Christmas, the West Indies achieved the double by claiming the ODI and T20I series against the England men’s team. The one consistent factor in both series was the sensational batting by Shai Hope. He ended the series in similar fashion to how it started, smashing a six in the fifth T20I. Continue reading “West Indies deliver early Christmas gift”

The importance of coaches at the grassroot level

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Participants of the CWI Coaching Level 1 Course at Inshan Ali Park, Preysal. Source: Rachael Ann Dookhoo

There is no doubt that Cricket in the West Indies is the only sport that is represented under a chain of these lovely Caribbean islands. The rich Cricketing history that has seen the West Indies men’s team dominant in the late 1970’s to 1990’s. Unfortunately that proud winning record has dwindled significantly over the last two decades or so. One has to ponder why so? Although there maybe many contributing factors to the decline of West Indies Cricket, let’s focus on what can be achieved propelling forward. Continue reading “The importance of coaches at the grassroot level”

The New Sensations: Trinbago Young Starz

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Trinbago Young Starz in celebration after winning the final in Florida August 2023. Source: Ravi Ramdenny

The Trinbago Young Starz Touring Cricket Academy is a registered non-profit sporting organization ( N.G.O.) founded within Trinidad and Tobago. The main goal of this team is to develop and harness the talent possessed by the country’s young cricketers and within the region by having them heavily involved in international cricket, thus giving them exposure and training. By doing so, this will build confidence, character and talent at a personal and also professional level. International tours will further aid in successfully developing these young men, providing them with the experience, recognition and opportunity to demonstrate and test their skills against their global competitors in foreign lands with multinational teams. This article is of it’s first kind in recognizing the youthful and naturally talented cricketers this country of Trinidad and Tobago has in existence. Continue reading “The New Sensations: Trinbago Young Starz”

West Indies need a World-class spinner

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West Indies celebrate series victory over India in T20I. Source: AP.

It was a hard-fought series victory for the West Indies over the World’s number one ranked T20 team India. The series margin 3-2 in favor of the home team and it was a bit of fresh air for once. Captain Rovman Powell led from the front with his astute captaincy skills on the field. West Indies have now recorded back to back T20I series victories in the last 4 months. Perhaps this latest T20I series win can be the catalyst this young West Indies team needs going forward. After all, it has been a very disappointing last year or so having not qualified firstly for the 2022 T20 World Cup super 12 in Australia and more recently booted out of the 50 over World Cup taking place in India later this year. Having said all that, the West Indies desperately need a World-class spin bowler in white ball Cricket. Continue reading “West Indies need a World-class spinner”

Country vs Franchise Cricket

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Nicholas Pooran in action for his IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants earlier this year 2023. Source: AP Photo

It seems as though Cricket is propelling along the same path as football, with clubs having authority over the players. With this progression, it means therefore International Cricket could be severely impacted. Bilateral series henceforth would suffer and national teams will basically be assembled just before major global tournaments such as the World Cup. Players would have played very minimum bilateral series and franchise teams will have the final say in releasing those players to these mega events. That’s the way of modern sports unfortunately. Continue reading “Country vs Franchise Cricket”