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West Indies and T&T leg-spinner
Samuel Badree says that the claim of
spot-fixing against him is just mere
speculation at this point in time.
In a report carried on yahoo.com, it
is alleged that Badree was surprisingly
mentioned in the Indian Supreme Court
yesterday, among six names in the Justice
Mukul Mudgal committee report that
probed the allegations of betting and
spot fixing in the 2013 edition of the
Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Supreme Court also ruled that
the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) cannot hold its annual elections
till the board addresses issues related to
IPL, ICC chairman N Srinivasan, his
son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan,
Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra,
IPL CEO Sundar Raman, Stuart Binny,
Badree and Owais Shah.
The court also ruled that the non-
players who are named in the report have
to file their objections within four days.
There are six other names to be revealed
until the next hearing which is carded
for November 24.
Badree speaking to the T&T Guardian
yesterday said: "I don t know what is
the situation with that. The only thing
I know about it, is what I read online
and I have not been communicated (with)
officially by anyone on this.
"In the 2013 IPL, I played only one
game for Rajasthan Royals, so I don t
know on what basis they are calling my
name, what was the infringement.
"At this point, while I have no infor-
mation on what they are talking about,
I will dismiss it as mere speculation."
He ended: "I have always played the
game in the true spirit with all fairness
and this is disappointing. I will now wait
to see if I am communicated with offi-
Normally the saying is, once you need
rain you put stumps into the ground at
the Queen s Park Oval. Well yesterday
it was the total opposite because while
the rest of the country enjoyed a good
washing from the heavens, men in white
were chasing the red cherry at the
Mecca of local cricket.
With the West Indies tour of South
Africa on the horizon, Brathwaite scored
a typically workmanlike 115 not out to
lead his team, the Barbados Pride, to 209
for four at the end of the opening day
of the opening round of the WICB Pro-
fessional Cricket League (PCL).
Sent in to bat after losing the toss in
tricky conditions, the right hander was
able to battle through and restore pride
to his team, after the loss of four early
At 10 am a new chapter in the history
of West Indies cricket was opened, as
the first ball in Regional First Class fran-
chise cricket was bowled. Red Force
quickly got into the act as the medium
pacer Marlon Richards was seaming the
ball beautifully. He opened his account
this season, when Omar Phillips touched
one to Denesh Ramdin for nine. Soon
after the Guyana-born player was touch-
ing the edging of Dwayne Smith for ten
to leave the visitors wobbling.
The steely West Indies A team bats-
man, Kevon Carter was up next and the
big fish feathered a loose drive into the
waiting gloves of Ramdin. As he walked
off the four scoreboards at the Oval, all
showed zero against his name.
Pacer Shannon Gabriel then got into
the act and sent back a stubborn Roston
Chase for 24 via the leg before route.
The score at that point read 85 for four
and local cricket boss Azim Bassarath
taking in a bird s eye view from the
TTCB s enclosure gave a nod of approval.
While the ball continued to move
around Brathwaite was playing straight
and reminded the Red Force players that
Gray Nichols made great bats. He brought
up his half century soon after and found
a great ally in his school days friend
The two were able to bring Barbados
right back into the match with sensible
batting on the slow pitch. Red Force
skipper Rayad Emrit used eight bowlers
in an effort to break the partnership but
they stood firm.
Brathwaite soon brought up his ninth
First Class hundred off 232 balls in 281
minutes of studied application. He scored
eight boundaries on his way to his mile-
As the Pride skipper raised his bat, he
also raised the century partnership for
the fifth wicket with Dowrich. The pint-
sized Dowrich who was flown into T&T,
as a replacement for Shai Hope, the day
before the match, looked good in both
defence and attack.
He brought up half century just before
the bad light brought a premature end
to the game. He faced 160 balls, batted
for 186 minutes, hitting five fours.
Play gets underway at 9.30 am this
morning to make up for lost time.
Soca Warriors captain and Cardiff City striker Kenwyne
Jones is expected to be among the returning players to the
starting line-up when T&T comes up against Cuba in their
final Pool A round-robin match of the 18th Caribbean Foot-
ball Union Cup Finals tonight at 9 pm TT Time.
The match, the second of a double-header at the St Cather-
ine Sports Complex, Montego Bay, Jamaica, kicks off with
the Stephen Hart-coached Soca Warriors, record eight-time
winners, needing only a draw to reach a record 13th final.
T&T, which was beaten in the 2012 final by the Cubans
in Antigua on an error by goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams,
won the crown in 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
and 2001, the last on home soil, while it also ended second
in 1991, 1998 and 2007 to be the most successful team in
the competition s history.
However, with only the group winner advancing to the
final, coach Hart is expected to turn to Jones, the scorer of
a brace in his team s opening 3--2 win over Curacao at the
same venue on Tuesday night, to lead the front-line with
Kevin Molino, the tournament s top scorer with three goals
after he netted the winner in the opening match and followed
up with a double in the 4--2 defeat of French Guiana on
Thursday night to improve T&T to maximum six points and
certain of a second consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup qual-
Cuban, meanwhile, edged Curacao 3--2 in Thursday s late
match to move to second with four points after a 1--1 draw
with French Guiana in its opener, and must take all three
points from T&T to have a chance of defending its title.
In the win over French Guiana, Hart also brought in Lester
Peltier, who scored a penalty, as well as Radanfah Abu Bakr
and Justin Hoyte in defence with Ataulla Guerra also coming
in and scoring a scorcher to clinch victory.
Defenders Carlyle Mitchell and Yohance Marshall were
rested while Khaleem Hyland wore the captain s armband
in his first match of the finals .
The quartet of Hughtun Hector, Aubrey David, Daneil
Cyrus and Andre Boucaud retained their places and performed
creditably on the night.
Reflecting on the win over French Guiana, Hart was pleased
about T&T s Gold Cup qualification achievement but found
that T&T was still a bit uncertain when it came to closing
"We came here and our first objective was to get to the
Gold Cup and then we would think about getting to the final
and have a chance of winning it. So one piece of the puzzle
is completed," Hart said.
"It s important because we have not played a lot of games
so these games are serving us well. But we gave up one goal
in the last one but not we are leaking a bit for some reason.
And we gave up two goals against ten men. They scored a
fantastic free kick and they had nothing to lose at that point
in time. We started to drop off a bit and lost our composure
a little bit. That s a concentration thing which I will work
on with the team," Hart stated.
"But with that being said, we created a lot of chances. On
another night that could have been a very good score for us.
Now we will prepare for Cuba.
Looking ahead to tonight s clash with the Cubans, who
has led T&T to five straight wins in the tournament dating
back to the semifinal round last month in T&T, said: "Cuba
are what they are... a very organised team. They know each
other inside out and they play like a real team. They will be
a very difficult team to play against on Saturday."
T&T now joins US, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala,
Panama and El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup which
takes place from July 7-26 in the US.
Brathwaite holds up
Red Force at the Oval
Soca Warriors point
away from CFU final
one of his three
during his 14
over which cost
34 runs on the
first day of the
(PCL) at the
Current CFU CUP Finals
T&T Red Force vs Barbados Pride
Barbados 1st inns
K Brathwaite not out ................................115
O Phillips c Ramdin b Richards .........9
D Smith c Ramdin b Richards ..........10
J Carter c Ramdin b Richards ...........0
R Chase lbw Gabriel...................................24
S Dowrich not out .......................................50
Total four wickets......................................209
Fall of wkts: 22, 36, 40, 85.
Bowling: S Gabriel 14-3-33-1, M
Richards 14-5-34-3, R Emrit 9-1-24-0,
A Hosein 16-6-38-0, I Khan 11-2-38-0,
Y Ottley 4-0-7-0, Y Carriah 5-0-13-0, J
Badree says spot fixing claim is mere speculation
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