ICC Americas Development Officer, Wendell Coppin, and Performance Officer, Andy Pick, recently made a short trip to the Caribbean to make a site visit and further push along the arrangements for the inaugural Academy camp scheduled for St Kitts in March.
While there they also took the opportunity to meet with members of the West Indies Cricket Board in Antigua to explore other opportunities for the elite young players in the region.
Arrangements for the upcoming ICC Americas Regional Academy have entered into the final stages with a site visit to meet with officials of the St. Kitts Government, the St. Kitts Cricket Board and people in charge of the various facilities to be used. Wendell and Andy met with Mr. Cosbert Manchester, President of the St. Kitts Cricket Board, to discuss the inclusion of two local young players in the programme, one each from St Kitts and Nevis. The two local boys will be fully included in the programme as a thank you for the generous help given to ICC Americas by the people in St. Kitts. The Government has made the Warner Park Test Ground available for us to use for the academy, this means our players will be practicing in and on the very best facilities for the academy.
After a meeting with the management of the Timothy Beach Resort, it was secured as the official hotel for the event. The Timothy Beach Resort has also made a generous offer to accommodate the two local players free of charge. Other things such as transportation, laundry and food requirements have also been firmed up with the help of Mr. Manchester and supporters of the St. Kitts Cricket Board. The Board will also be providing a team for the Academy group to play their one fixture against. Flights have now been confirmed and the selected regional players have received the initial paperwork for the Academy.
More information will be released at a later date giving profiles of the staff engaged for the event and an outline copy of the programme.
During their trip, Wendell and Andy had a meeting with the WICB Board members to have to discuss any possible opportunities for the region's best young players. Our main target was to be allowed to put an Americas Regional team in the West Indies U19 and U17 Tournaments. This proposal received a warm welcome and will be referred to a meeting of the full board in March.