The Government of Dominica will appoint West Indies cricketers Alick Athanaze and Kavem Hodge as sports ambassadors for the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The appointments are in honour of their recent performance as part of the senior men’s West Indies cricket team.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit met with the two sportsmen on Monday, June 26 following their appearance in the One Day International (ODI) series against the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.

Athanaze made a stunning debut for the West Indies, scoring a record-equaling fifty in the third ODI against the hosts on June 9.

Athanaze, the Windward Islands Volcanoes four-day captain, made his first-class debut for the Windward Islands in 2018 and was the leading run scorer in the 2022-2023 Regional Four-Day Competition.  He was also the leading run-scorer of the 2018 Under19 Cricket World Cup.

Hodge made his first-class debut for the Windward Islands in 2012, and was the leading run-scorer in the 2019-2020 Regional Super 50 Tournament for the Windwards. He made his ODI debut in the first ODI against the UAE on June 4, 2023.

Hodge previously played for the St. Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League.

Prime Minister Skerrit congratulated the two sportsmen and wished them continued success in their cricketing careers.