ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 captain, Carlos Brathwaite, is among three players who have declined central contracts from the West Indies Cricket Board.In a release yesterday, the board said Brathwaite along with Test batsmen Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels had all opted not to sign retainers for the period which ends next year September.Brathwaite’s move is significant since he only assumed the helm of the T20 squad last August, controversially replacing two-time Twenty World Cup-winning skipper, Darren Sammy.The 28-year-old is also a member of the one-day international and Test squads, but has been unable to command a spot in the longest format despite a batting average of 45 after three games.Brathwaite is set to play for Barisal Bulls in the Bangladesh Premier League, which bowls off this weekend, and is also expected to sign for a franchise in the Big Bash League starting next month.Bravo, meanwhile, is the Windies’ leading batsman in Tests where he averages 40 from 48 Tests. The last of his eight hundreds came in the second Test in the historic day/night first Test against Pakistan in Dubai a fortnight ago.The left-hander is currently a member of the ODI squad but not the T20 unit, and unlike many of his peers, does not campaign in the plethora of T20 domestic leagues across the globe.Samuels, at 35, is in the twilight of his career and his recent form in the Test series against Pakistan has suggested the tour may be his swansong.He remains an important member of the ODI and T20 squads and like Brathwaite and Bravo, is part of the squad for the Tri-Nations Series against Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe starting later this month.Samuels is set to turn out in the BPL for Comilla Victorians.Meanwhile, 19-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has landed a central contract along with 22-year-old batsman Shai Hope and the 24-year-old left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.Joseph, a member of the West Indies Under-19 squad, which captured the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year, made his debut against India last August.He is currently a member of the Test squad on the Pakistan tour.Hope, who debuted against England last year, has played seven Tests, while Warrican has played four Tests, following a debut series against Sri Lanka last year.Central contracts for men’s players are worth between US$100,000 and US$150,000.RETAINED PLAYERS: Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson, Alzarri Joseph, and Jomel Warrican.
Story Highlights Duty ForecasterNational Meteorological CentreNorman Manley International AirportTel: 924-8055, 116 (severe weather hotline) The Meteorological Service has continued the Severe Weather Alert for Jamaica until 5 p.m. today, as the area of low pressure over the central Caribbean, continues to influence weather conditions over Jamaica and its coastal waters.Satellite imagery and radar reports indicated that moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms have been affecting sections of central and western parishes, since this morning. These showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue today over most of the island. Flash flooding, is therefore possible, over low-lying and flood-prone areas.A decrease in the showers and thunderstorms is expected on Wednesday as the area of low pressure moves away from Jamaica.Fishers and other marine interests are urged to exercise caution as strong winds are likely in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms particularly south and west of the island.The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation. The Meteorological Service has continued the Severe Weather Alert for Jamaica until 5 p.m. today. The area of low pressure over the central Caribbean, continues to influence weather conditions over Jamaica. Satellite imagery and radar reports indicate moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms.
The three newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn in today (November 7) during the sitting of the House of Representatives.They are Member of Parliament for St. Mary South Eastern, Dr. Norman Dunn; Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Southern, Mark Golding; and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Western, Dr. Angela Brown Burke.After taking the Oath of Office, the MPs were welcomed by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, as well as other Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.The members were sworn in after victories in the recently held by-elections on October 30. This followed the retirement of the Most Hon. Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller and Dr. Omar Davies from representational politics.The seat for St. Mary South Eastern was left vacant following the death of Dr. Winston Green in August.As a result of the by-elections, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party now has a 33-30 majority in the Lower House.