Nzingha Prescod (left) at the 2018 Senior World Championships, Quarterfi nals. Augusto Bizzi
By Azad Ali
West Indies Captain Jason Holder has
been knocked out from the top of the allrounder
rankings following the first Test
debacle against West Indies recently in
Holder, 29, endured a lean time with
both the bat and ball as the regional
team suffered in a humiliating defeat at
Seddon Park in less than four days and
has slipped to second in the all-rounder
charts and 44th in the batting rankingslosing
Holder also suffered in the bowler’s
rankings, dropping two spots to seventh.
He remained one of the three Caribbean
players in the top 20 with Kemar
Roach slipping to 16th and Shannon
Gabriel moving up to 19th.
Both Roach and Holder finished with
three wickets apiece during the New Zealand
Holder managed 25 not out in the first
innings and eight as West Indies were
bundled out for 138 and 247, to trail 1-0
behind in the two Test series.
Meanwhile, Jermaine Blackwood,
climbed 17 places to 41st following his
superb 104 in the second innings-his
second Test century.
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West Indies’ Jason Holder in action.
Martin Rickett / Pool via REUTERS
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Two Tournament, USA Cricket is now
on a global scouting campaign to
gather resources towards increasing
the sport’s popularity in the USA.
The Trinidad & Tobago Knight
Riders Group majority owned by Bollywood
superstar, Saha Rukh Khan,
agreed to partner with AEC for a
major long-term investment in US
A joint media release by Major
Cricket League and Knight Riders
said this long-term partnership will
include financial investment and significant
expertise to help ACE develop
and launch Major League Cricket
in the USA.
The West Indies and other international
countries now risk of losing
potential stars owing to attractive
incentives by USA Cricket.
However, Cricket West Indies (CWI)
President, Ricky Skerritt does not
believe USA’s recent developments
poses any risk towards the region’s
budding cricketing prospects.
bal lockdown due to the coronavirus
“We are delighted that our Men’s
and Women’s teams have won the
prestigious Christopher Martin-
Jenkins Spirt of Cricket Award,”
said Chief Executive Officer, Johnny
“It was a bold but necessary decision
made by the CWI Board, supported
by those who traveled to the
UK in keeping with our Cricket First
philosophy,” he said.
MCC president and former Sri
Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara
hailed the “courage” of the CWI
The first African-American fencer to
win an individual medal at the Senior
World Championships with a bronze in
2015, USA Fencing said Prescod was
instrumental in leading the US Women’s
Foil Team to three straight medals at
Senior World Championships, including
the squad’s first-ever gold in 2018.
A graduate of Columbia University,
with a bachelor’s degree in political science
with a concentration in race and
ethnicity, Prescod is one of the founding
members of USA Fencing’s Diversity,
Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Resource Team, USA Fencing said.
“She continues to serve as an instructor
and mentor at the Peter Westbrook
Foundation and is the founder of Fencing
in the Park, a community-based, outdoor
summer series in Brooklyn that introduces
fencing to children of color,” USA
It said a total of 119 athletes voted in
the election, which was open to all athletes
who have represented the United
States at the Olympic or Paralympic
Games, Pan American Games or Senior
USA Fencing said that athletes were
allowed to vote for a maximum of two
candidates in an electronic election conducted
from Dec. 4-11.
In the complete vote count, USA Fencing
said Prescod received 87 votes, or
73.11; Bouwkamp received 44 votes, or
36.97 percent; Susan Jennings 38, or
31.93 percent; Justin Tausig 23, or 19.33
percent; Dennis Kraft 13, or 10.92 percent;
and Mario Rodriguez 10, or 8.4
“It’s an honor to know the Olympic,
Paralympic and World Championship
team members support me as a leader
and trust me to represent their interests,”
Prescod told Caribbean Life in an exclusive
interview on Monday. “It was a landslide.
I believe I deserve the position but
that doesn’t always translate to votes.”
She said that, from September to
early December, there hasn’t been any
Black representation on the USA Fencing
Board of Directors.
Prescod said that lack of representation
came at a time when the organization
was facing “important disciplinary
decisions regarding racial discrimination
and setting a strong precedent to protect
people of color from that form of mistreatment.
“Their sentence reeked of lenience and
favorability for the offender,” she said.
“It’s unfortunate that there haven’t been
more voices of color to provide perspective
on issues affecting us. I hope to fill
that role and empower more people of
color to join the Board, as well.”
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Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny
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ELITE FENCER ELECTED TO BOARD
Holder knocked from the top of all-rounder ICC rankings