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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The West Indies are likely to head off
to India for their five One-day Interna-
tionals, three Tests and one T20 match
without an officially appointed coach.
The Denesh Ramdin team has been with-
out an official coach since Ottis Gibson
was sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) prior to the start of the Bangladesh
Team manager Sir Richie Richardson has
been holding down the spot with help from
bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose and
assistant coaches Andre Colley and Stuart
The West Indies outplayed Bangladesh,
whitewashing them in both the limited overs
series, as well as the Test matches. The
regional boys took the three-match ODI
series 3-0, while the two-match Dhaka Bank
Test series also went in their favour 2-0.
The lone T-20 in St Kitts was rained out.
At its regular meeting at the Accra Beach
Hotel in Barbados, the WICB failed to dis-
cuss in detail the hiring of a coach since it
was not on a agenda. However, according
to a well placed sources, the matter did
come up for discussion as a special item
on the agenda but at the end of the meeting,
no one was confirmed.
According to the source: "At this point
in time the situation remains the same as
far as a coach for the West Indies senior
team is involved."
Reminded that the West Indies was about
to tour India the source added: "They don t
leave for India until early October, so there
is still time and a lot can happen in that
Asked whether Richardson would con-
tinue his dual role, the source responded:
"That is not cast in stone, all the matters
are of a sensitive nature at this point but
there is still time before the team leaves for
India, so one cannot say for sure if the team
would be there without a head coach."
With the directors not due to meet until
the tour is on, there is doubt over anyone
The source noted, however that if a can-
didate for the position is forwarded by cricket
operations manager Richard Pybus, there
is the possibility that a decision can be made
the round robin way.
The WICB directors channeled their ener-
gies over the weekend on the Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) and Collective
Bargaining Agreement that was signed
between the board and the West Indies
Players Association (WIPA).
This held the spotlight since regional
cricket is going the franchise route which
is new to these parts.
The West Indies leave for India on Sep-
KINGSTON---Top West Indies Women
batter Stafanie Taylor has praised the
efforts of the team thus far in their
home series against New Zealand
Women, describing their showing as
one of the best she has ever seen.
The West Indies, who have been rising
in stock, in recent years, overcame the
challenge of world rated New Zealand
4-0 in their recent one-day interna-
tionals at Warner Park in St Kitts.
The triumph represented the first
time that the regional women were
recording a series whitewash over an
established International Cricket Coun-
cil top-three ranked team.
"I have never seen us play this type
of cricket before," said Taylor, shortly
after the series triumph, which put the
2012 beaten ICC World Cup finalists in
pole position atop the new ICC
Women s Championship table.
The West Indies, as a result of win-
ning the first three matches of the
series, currently have six points. The
points are identical to Australia, the
reigning world champions, who recently
defeated Pakistan in a recent series. The
West Indies, however, lead by virtue of
having a better net run rate of +0.35.
"I think the girls are really maturing,
both as players and as individuals," said
Taylor, who added that going forward
it was good for the team.
The 23-year-old, who ended the one-
day series with 159 runs to finish second
to overall leader, behind teammate
Deandra Dottin, who scored 176, also
pointed to the upcoming Twenty20
series against the New Zealanders.
She said the series, which bowls off
today at Arnos Vale in St Vincent, pre-
sented a good opportunity for the team
to complete the double
on a high ahead of their preceding tour
of Australia in November.
The West Indies were beaten 3-0 in
one-dayers and 4-0 in Twenty20s,
while on tour of New Zealand earlier
"This is a revenge series, as we had
a hard tour in New Zealand where it
was really, really tough," she said.
"It is really good to know that we are
at home and that we bounced back well
as we really needed it going into our
tour of Australia.
"We hope that winning the one-day
series will give us good momentum
going into the T20s, where hopefully
we will finish off well again, and have
an overall good home series."
Tiwary to lead India-A
BANGALORE---India yesterday selected their
A team for the two practice one-day games
against West Indies, which will precede the ODI
The first game will be played at the Brabourne
Stadium, Mumbai, on 3 October, and the second
will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai,
on 5 October.
Harper goes after
National chess champion FIDE Master (FM)
Ryan Harper will be going all out to capture the
second annual Pan American Life Insurance
Challenge Trophy which was won last year by
(FM) Marcus Joseph in his absence abroad.
The tournament begins tomorrow at Pan Amer-
ican Life Insurance Group (Palig) Plaza, St. Vincent
Street, Port of Spain. Harper remains fresh from
the 41st World Chess Olympiad which took place
last month in Tromso, Norway, where he was
T&T most outstanding player. He is in fine form
and will start as favourite. His biggest challenge
will come from his Olympiad teammates (FM)
Mario Merritt, Candidate Masters (CM) Ravishen
Singh, (CM) Joshua Johnson and (CM) Adrian
Other Candidate Masters (CM) Vishnu Singh,
(CM) Kevin Cupid, (CM) Dev Soondarsingh,
(CM) Esan Wiltshire and veterans (CM) Cecil Lee
and (CM) Frank Sears are also in the reckoning.
Not to be underestimated are Andrew Bowles,
David Jones and Colin Knight all of whom have
already qualified for this year s National Finals to
take place next month.
Last year s female champion, Women Candidate
Master (WCM) and eight times Women s National
Champion Aditi Soondarsingh will defend her
title among the female players. Soondarsingh, was
a top performer at the World Olympiad scoring
four wins and two draws from ten games which
included a shock draw against Woman FIDE Master
(WFM) Laima Domarkatie from Lithuania and
another shocking victory against Woman Inter-
national Master (WIM) ESSA Kholoud Al-Zarouni
of the United Arab Emirates. Her teammates, new
Woman Cadidate Master Gabriella Johnson and
Najarah Rahaman are expected to give her good
A large number of juniors have registered in
the junior category. However, 12 juniors will be
leaving on October 3 for Columbia to participate
in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC)
youth championship and will be unable to complete
The seven-round championship begins at 10
am and players interested in participating can
contact tournament director Bhisham Soondars-
ingh at 761 7091 or Andrew Bowles at 741 3982.
INDIA 'A': Manoj Tiwary (captain), Unmukt
Chand, Murali Vijay, Karun Nair, Kedar Jadhav,
Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Parvez Rasool,
Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni,
Rahul Shukla, Karn Sharma, Gurkeerat Singh
WI to tour India without coach
Taylor: Windies Women on different level
West Indies players Kycia Knight, left, Stafanie Taylor, centre, and Shanel Daley celebrate
their team's sweep of New Zealand after winning the fourth One-day International at Warner
Park last Friday. PHOTO: WICB MEDIA
Ottis Gibson.... sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
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