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Cameron positive about WICB rebranding, commercialisation

first_imgHead of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron, is hoping that the creation of a new commercial entity for the regional body will over time transform its economic fortunes. The entity, which, according to Cameron, is to be filled with suitable and qualified individuals, will, among other things, seek to implement income-generating activities, including the acquisition of sponsorships and the striking of television broadcast deals. “We have just created a new commercial arm of the WICB and have hired Pitch International,” says Cameron. “The real aim of this is to ensure that we move away from the sociopolitical issues we have at the WICB and have a company that is fully geared at commercialising West Indies cricket.” He added: “We have also changed the name of the WICB – again, too much (negative) history, and baggage – to Cricket West Indies.” Cricket West Indies, Cameron said, is to largely focus on governance and management-related issues. The organisation’s commercial arm, Cameron highlighted, will be similar to that of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which, in recent years, instituted the ICC Business Corporation to carry out its corporate functions. The Jamaican business executive, in expressing confidence about the new ventures, also said that the compilation and duties of the commercial entity will be revealed shortly. “We will not release the names at the moment, but I am sure you will hear very, very soon,” he said. Meanwhile, reporting on the financial state of the WICB, Cameron said the organisation, for the first time in a while, has realised a US$3.5m surplus, and the hope is that this trend will continue. “As of September 30, 2015, the WICB has recorded a surplus in excess of three-and-a-half million US dollars, unaudited,” he said. “This is the first time, I can remember, that we have ever done that.”last_img read more

Trafalgar KO defending champs

first_imgBerbice Zone Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’…-join Hopetown, Outsiders and Lichfield in semisThe West Berbice community of Trafalgar sent defending champions New Amsterdam (NA) Kings crashing out of this year’s Berbice Zone Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition, inflicting on them a crushing 3-0 defeat as quarter-final action concluded on Saturday night at the Old Stelling Road in New Amsterdam.Part of the quarter-final action in the Berbice Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ CompetitionThe game was played in front of another large crowd, and Trafalgar joined Hopetown, Outsiders and Lichfield in last night’s semi-finals and final played at the same venue.Following completion of the Round of 16 play earlier in the evening, Trafalgar squared off against the reigning champs in the third quarter-final game; and even though the contest was an evenly contested one in the first period, one could sense that the visitors were gaining momentum in the final period.Their hero, Kevin McKenzie, opened his account in the 16th minute with a neat flick into an empty goal, and he was back in action three minutes later when he netted a Guinness goal to seal a well-deserved victory and a place in the last four for his team.In the first quarter-final matchup, Hopetown, another team from West Berbice, beat Mahaicony 2-0, thanks to a goal from Darren Douglas in the 13th minute and another from Akeemo Watts in the 16th.Derick Taylor’s solitary strike in the 9th minute booked Outsiders’ place in the last four over Dam Boys, while Lichfield outlasted East Bank Gunners 2-0 in a penalty shootout after their clash ended in a 0-0 stalemate.Over $700,000 in prize money and trophies are up for grabs, while a place in the national playoffs is the other incentive to be derived for winning the competition.Complete ResultsGuinness Goal-(GG)-2 GoalsQuarterfinal RoundGame-1Hopetown-2 vs Mahaicony-0Darren Douglas-13thAkeemo Watts-16thGame-2Outsiders-1 vs Dam Boys-0Derick Taylor-9thGame-3Trafalgar-3 vs NA Kings-0Kevin McKenzie-16th and (GG)-19thGame-4East Bank Gunners-0 vs Lichfield-0Lichfield won 2-0 on penalty kicksRound of 16Game-1Hopetown vs Young StrikersHopetown won via walkoverGame-2Outsiders-0 vs Street Knights-0Outsiders won 1-0 on penalty kicksGame-3Orealla Falcons-1 vs East Bank Gunners-2East Bank ScorersRonaldo August-14thQuin Hazel-16thOrealla ScorerRawlston Alpin-13thGame-4Soccer Ville-2 vs Dam Boys-3Dam Boys ScorersOrlan Hinds-9th and (GG)-18thSoccer Ville ScorerAkeem Cadogan-(GG)-19thGame-5Trafalgar-3 vs Platinum Squad-0Adrian Prince-(GG)-19thRyan Schultz-12thGame-6Tucber Giants-0 vs Mahaicony-3Jose Ali-(GG)-19thEwart Abel-5thGame-7NA Kings-3 vs Top-7:1NA ScorersJoshua Butt-5thRay Reddock-9thOwn Goal-16thTop-7 ScorerShaquille Batson-2ndGame-8Lichfield-1 vs Twenties-1Lichfield won 2-1 on penalty kicksLichfield ScorerAllan Garnett-4thTwenties ScorerRonaldo Cassiano-15thlast_img read more