Former Jamaica and West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding, has been honoured with a 'Lifetime Achievement' award at the University of East London's annual Sports Awards, celebrating an unprecedented year for the University’s sports teams.
Holding, widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, was a key player in the legendary West Indies squad which dominated international cricket at a time of global race riots and apartheid, with an exceptional winning streak that lasted from the mid-Seventies to the early Nineties.
West Indies have become the latest team to announce their final squad for the ICC Champions Trophy. The big news is that Dwayne Bravo has replaced Darren Sammy as captain.
West Indies Women will host England Women and New Zealand Women for a Twenty20 International tri-series in October in Barbados.
West Indies will play New Zealand in three One-Day Internationals in Jamaica while England will stay on following the tri-series to also play three ODIs in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Champions League Twenty20 will return to India for the 2013 edition of the high profile Twenty20 tournament in September and October of this year.
India will host the tournament, won in 2012 by Sydney Sixers when it was held in South Africa, for the third time in five years, from 17th September to 6th October.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a new playing condition for international cricket whereby a no ball will be called if a bowler breaks the stumps at the non-striker's end during the act of delivering the ball.
The playing condition has been implemented after the MCC decided to introduce a new law to the same effect from 1st October, advising the ICC to introduce the playing condition.
The West Indies have named four players uncapped at One-Day International level in their 30-man provisional squad for the ICC Champions Trophy.
Left-hand batsman Jonathan Carter and left-arm quick Sheldon Cotterell have yet to represent the West Indies in any format while batsman Nkrumah Bonner and pacer Shannon Gabriel have only played Twenty20 and Test cricket before.
There are a multitude of strong contenders for this week's Cricket World Player of the Week award from Peter Fulton's twin centuries in the Auckland Test to Shane Shillingford's ten wickets against Zimbabwe and AB de Villiers' series-clinching innings in the final ODI against Pakistan. However, because his performance helped his side achieve a historic 4-0 whitewash over Australia Ravindra Jadeja just pinches it due to his excellence in Delhi.
Zimbabwe's second innings was almost a carbon copy of their dismal first innings effort as they collapsed to defeat inside three days in Dominica.
A promising start from the openers, making the most of some wayward opening spells from the West Indians, was quickly squandered upon the introduction of spin as again they displayed a poor technique and played the sweep shot poorly against the bouncing ball.
Both Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored centuries on day two of the second Test against Zimbabwe in Dominica as West Indies assumed a controlling position in the match.
Chanderpaul's 108 was his third century in four matches and one he had to work hard for, particularly after Marlon Samuels was dismissed from the first ball of the day.
West Indian off-spinner Shane Shillingford couldn't have asked for much more on his return to Dominica as a Test cricketer, taking five wickets on day one against Zimbabwe.
His haul of five for 59, allied to Marlon Samuels taking three for 10, bundled Zimbabwe out for 175 before West Indies closed on 114 for two in reply.
West Indies have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Test against Zimbabwe, which begins in Dominica on Wednesday.
As well as the 11 that were on duty for the nine-wicket win in Barbados, the Guyanese pair of left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and left-handed batsman and off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine are included.
Shane Shillingford returned career-best figures of six for 49 to bowl West Indies to a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first Test in Barbados, and he has hailed his effort as his 'best performance ever'.
Zimbabwe were dismissed for just 107 in their second innings, leaving West Indies with a paltry target of 12, which either side of the lunch break on the third day, they polished off for the loss of Kieran Powell's wicket.
Zimbabwe's slim hopes of victory all but disappeared in the first over on day three as they lost captain Brendan Taylor for just six.
The remainder of the middle-order folded to Shane Shillingford, who ended with six for 49, and but for Craig Ervine, who was dropped twice, an innings defeat would have been the result. As it was, just two overs after an interestingly scheduled lunch interval, West Indies wrapped up a nine-wicket win.
There was a time on day two of the opening Test in Barbados, with West Indies teetering on 151 for six in reply to Zimbabwe's 211, that the home side were in trouble.
However, they were rescued by a record 106-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Darren Sammy, who struck 73 off 69 balls and Denesh Ramdin, who made 62.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has finalised Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) agreements with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).
The TAPP progamme has been designed to develop more competitive teams at the highest level of international cricket.
Marlon Samuels marked his latest comeback to international cricket by taking career-best figures of four for 13 on day one of West Indies' first Test against Zimbabwe in Barbados.
He took a wicket with his first ball and held on to a stunning catch early in the innings to remove Hamilton Masakadza as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 211.
West Indian Deandra Dottin is a player who has made herself synonymous with power hitting and big sixes, and her runs helped her side reach the final of the Women's World Cup for the first time in February.
They were comprehensively beaten by Australia, but Dottin then played important knocks during One-Day and Twenty20 International series wins in Sri Lanka. Now, she is hoping to add more consistency to her game to become an even better player.
West Indies are keen to extend their winning run and make it five Test wins in a row when they take on Zimbabwe in the opening Test, which begins later today in Barbados.
The team is in confident mood after winning the three One-Day Internationals and both Twenty20 Internationals and go into the match as heavy favourites.
West Indies have named a 13-man squad for the first Test against Zimbabwe, which gets underway on Tuesday (12th March) at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Opening batsman Chris Gayle returns to the squad having been rested for the Twenty20 and One-Day International series, while Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine are among those who miss out.
West Indies Women beat Sri Lanka Women by seven runs in the fifth and final Twenty20 International in Colombo, taking the series 4-1.
In another tight game, West Indies posted 122 for five as Deandra Dottin top scored with 44 before their bowlers held their nerve at the death to dismiss Sri Lanka for 115.