The Scotiabank West Indian Jubilee

In 1929 the first major international match was played in the Caribbean when the MCC arrived in Jamaica. In January the next year MCC and the West Indies played the first Test match in the Caribbean.

With England in the Caribbean and then - unusually - the West Indies touring England later in the summer it is the perfect occasion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the West Indies' entry into the international game - a Jubilee to honour the greatest players and performances in the history of Caribbean cricket.

Scotiabank, the longtime supporter of West Indian cricket, has teamed up with Quintus - an international television and events production company based in London - to stage a series of live events, television programmes and other promotions to allow fans of West Indian cricket to celebrate all over the world.

The highlight of these festivities will be the selection by a jury appointed by Wisden of Wisden's Five Jubilee Cricketers - the greatest players in the history of West Indian cricket.

The Scotiabank West Indian Jubilee is broken into two parts:

National Celebrations

Public Events television programmes and promotions in Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados and The Combined Islands (The Leewards and Windwards) run between March and May 2004 where the people of each country elect their own Jubilee Cricketer and the other players from their country to go through to the Jubilee shortlist.

A National Jury will also debate and select the all-time greatest bowling, batting and ODI performances by players from their country.

Caribbean Celebrations

In May, after the National Celebrations, the promotions will begin for the main Scotiabank West Indian Jubilee culminating in the Scotiabank Jubilee Gala broadcast on television to an audience of millions around the world. The finale to the show will be the announcement of Wisden's Five Jubilee Cricketers.

The Scotiabank West Indian Jubilee Shortlist

The Jubilee Shortlist comprises the top 26 players selected by the public of Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados and The Combined Islands (The Leewards and Windwards), and 4 wild cards held by Wisden. The number of cricketers elected by each country is calculated according to the number of Test cricketers (playing more than ten tests) each country has supplied:

No
Country
players
Shortlist %
Jubilee
National
1.
BARBADOS
30
27.5%
7
20
2.
JAMAICA
21
20%
5
15
3.
TRINIDAD
21
20%
5
15
4.
GUYANA
21
19%
5
15
5.
ANTIGUA
15
14%
4
10
108
100 %
26
75
Plus 4 Wisden 'Wild Cards'

Therefore, for example, as Jamaica has supplied 20% of all West Indian cricketers who have played more than 10 tests the people of Jamaica will have the right to elect 5 of the final shortlist. These five cricketers will be selected from a Jamaican Shortlist of 15 players.

The Public Voting Process

The people of Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana and the Combined Islands can vote through Scotiabank branches.

A special Cable & Wireless promotion has been arranged whereby the people of Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica and the Combined Islands can vote through the Cable & Wireless number 1900 - JUBILEE. In Guyan there will be no telephone voting.

From March 30th 2004 people from around the Caribbean can vote through the official Scotiabank West Indian Jubilee website. Voters can access the site through the homepage of www.scotiabank.com