September 4 – West Indies Cricket Board and Digicel announced details of the Digicel Youth Cricket Development Programme on Friday, Sept. 3. The two-year agreement will see youth development clinics take place in all WICB territorial boards – Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands. Hundreds of aspiring young cricketers will be coached in the basic skills of the game, with a view to creating a pool of talent that will go forward and compete at national level, and one day potentially play international cricket for the West Indies senior team. The first set of clinics is for 12 to 15 year old boys and girls with basic cricket skills and will take place in the form of one clinic per week – each lasting two to three hours – over a period of six months. Coaches will focus on the technical, mental and physical aspects of the game, as well as coaching the young cricketers in the areas of scoring, umpiring and the history of West Indies cricket. The second set of clinics is for 15 to 17 year old boys and girls, with one clinic – lasting three hours – taking place each week across several countries over a period of six months from September 2010 to April 2011. The clinics will focus on introducing the cricketers to more intensive practice and preparation processes, as well as simulating competitions to teach them how to compete. At the end of the six months, 20 players will be selected to play for their national team and be in with a chance to be selected to play in the WICB Under 17 tournament. The third and final element of the Digicel Cricket Youth Development Programme is a clinic for volunteer coaches to develop their coaching skills, so that future West Indies cricketers receive the highest standard of professional coaching. Source: WICB