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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 17, 2014
CENTURION---A young West Indies side is embark-
ing on a herculean task of upsetting the world s
best team, South Africa, as the first test begins
here at SuperSport Park in Centurion today.
Denesh Ramdin s outfit, languishing at number
eight in the test rankings, is taking on the number
one ranked South Africans in a David and Goliath
clash, the first in a three-test series.
The West Indies, whose last win against South
Africa was in the opening test in 2007/08 series,
are playing the homeside at a venue where they have
won 14 of 19 tests.
"This would be a very challenging series for us,"
"South Africa has been doing something very
good to be at the top of the rankings. It is important
that we play consistent cricket throughout."
The lowly ranked Caribbean side, above Bangladesh
and Zimbabwe, in the ICC test rankings, is without
opening batsman Chris Gayle, whose back injury
returned when playing Twenty20 cricket in South
Africa last month, and Darren Bravo, who opted out
of the tour for personal reasons.
Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon
Samuels, who was top run scorer on the last tour
of South Africa and who hit a double-century in
the warm-up game, are expected to be key to the
"Our batting has not been up to scratch in the
past couple years," admitted Ramdin.
"So it s important that myself, the Marlon Samuels,
the Chanderpaul and the senior guys put up our
hands and the younger guys go along."
South Africa are wary of a West Indian bowling
lineup that includes left-arm fast bowler Sheldon
Cottrell, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Jason
Holder and coached by former pacer Curtly Ambrose.
Rookie pacer Cottrell is being tipped to be a surprise
element for West Indies after recent spells in the
WICB Professional Cricket League and an explosive
five-wicket burst in last week s three-day tour match.
"No one bowler can win a game for you, it takes
a team. As long we play together as a team, we will
do well here," said Ambrose.
"The most important thing is to maintain your
focus. Even though the pitch is bouncy, you have to
put the ball in the right areas consistently. You won t
see us doing anything out of the ordinary."
The surface at Centurion is known to offer bounce
and carry despite a significant amount of green grass
being stripped from the pitch on Monday.
Atmospheric conditions will also favour fast bowlers
and rain is forecast for every day of the match, except
Still, both teams are considering including a spinner
in their line-up.
"It s the biggest decision management will have
to make," said AB de Villiers said.
"Centurion normally doesn t turn that much which
makes you feel that you ve maybe go with that extra
seamer but with the team we are playing against,
it might not be a bad idea to play a spinner."
The West Indies clash against South Africa is their
first international match since its tour of India was
abandoned in October because of a pay dispute.
Despite their high ranking status the South Africans
have not written off their Caribbean opponents and
are concern about players who they are unfamiliar
"Ramdin has rallied them quite nicely after their
recent troubles so they could be quite difficult to
beat," fast bowler Dale Steyn said.
"The wounded buffalo is always the most dan-
gerous. That could be the type of side we are playing
against. They could come out firing and playing the
most determined cricket they have in a long time
or they could come out as individuals and quickly
Hashim Amla, who is captain in a home series
for the first time since replacing iconic Graeme Smith
in March, says Ramdin s men must not be taken
"The West indies team are a good team," said
Amla, who attended a joint news conference with
"They have a lot of young faces and inexperienced
guys but many teams have come here before in
similar situation and provided a very formidable
challenge. So we will have to be on top of our games."
First ball is 10.30 am daily (4.30 am Eastern
factor troubles SA
Captains Denesh Ramdin of West Indies, right, and South Africa's Hashim Amla, shake hands at a press
conference in Centurion yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY WICB
MUMBAI---West Indies Twenty20 cap-
tain Darren Sammy is among five
Caribbean players released by their Indian
Premier League franchises, ahead of the
new season which bowls off next April.
The former Test skipper has been joined
by pacers Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder,
Krishmar Santokie and Kevon Cooper, as
players who will be seeking a new franchise
for the upcoming IPL season.
Since his retirement from Test cricket
earlier this year, Sammy has plied his trade
extensively in the T20 leagues around the
globe, playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in
India, Glamorgan in England and more
recently, Titans in South Africa.
A big-hitting lower order batsman who
bowls deceptive medium pace, Sammy is
already a seasoned campaigner in the
game s shortest form, having already played
However, he spent just two seasons with
the Sunrisers franchise.
He and Holder, who has 52 T20s to his
name, are among ten players let go by
Meanwhile, left-arm Santokie is among
eight players released by giants Mumbai
Indians with Rampaul among seven let go
by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Cooper, meanwhile, will be on hunt for
a new club after spending the last three
seasons with Rajasthan Royals.
He was this year reported in the IPL for
having a suspect bowling action. CMC
five out of
West Indies Under-19 players Akeel
Seetal and Amir Jangoo are currently
leading a T&T U-18 Development squad
on a Barbados tour.
The 14-man squad, which is coached
and managed by former West Indies wick-
etkeeper David Williams, is expected to
be tested in several competitive matches.
Jangoo and Seetal were recently selected
for the West Indies U-19 team to partic-
ipate in the Nagico Super50 next month.
The development team will play two
50-Over matches and one two-day con-
test. According to Dudnath Ramkessoon,
Operations Manager of the T&T Cricket
Board (T&TCB) the squad recently com-
pleted a National Gas Company (NGC)
sponsored Cricket Academy at the Sir
Frank Worrell Development Centre.
Ramkessoon, a former West Indies youth
team captain, said the cricketers underwent
intensive holistic training over the past
ten weeks and left on Monday to play
matches against their U-18 Barbados coun-
terparts. The T&T team will return on
PROVIDENCE---A US man is
trying to sue Cristiano Ronal-
do in a dispute over an under-
wear line, but he can t get to
the international soccer star.
Christopher Renzi sued the
Real Madrid forward and a
Danish underwear maker in
July after being told of their
plan to use the phrase "CR7"
to sell underwear in the United
States. Ronaldo is known as
"CR7"---it s a combination of
his initials and jersey num-
ber---and he sells "CR7"
underwear and other clothing
in Europe. Renzi, however,
owns the trademark in the
Renzi had until the end of
November to notify Ronaldo
of the lawsuit, but his lawyer
said this week they so far
haven t been able to track
down one of the world s most
In the meantime, lawyer
Michael Feldhuhn said he s
keeping an eye out for "CR7"
underwear being sold in the
US.Feldhuhn said a Spanish
justice official went to the
headquarters of Real Madrid
in Spain and tried to deliver
the legal papers there, but the
official said in a filing that a
receptionist refused to accept
them because the lawsuit
doesn t involve the team. Feld-
huhn said they are now trying
to serve the papers at an
address where they believe
The judge overseeing the
case has given Renzi until
March 26 to find Ronaldo and
serve him with the papers.
Feldhuhn said his client
sued only after JBS Textile
Group asked the US Patent
and Trademark Office to can-
cel Renzi s trademark, saying
it had "imminent plans to
enter the US market" and sell
clothing with the "CR7" and
"CR7 Cristiano Ronaldo"
Renzi scored a small victory
last week when the US Patent
and Trademark Office sus-
pended JBS Textile s petition,
citing the Rhode Island law-
A person who answered the
phone at Real Madrid s head-
quarters yesterday said the
office was closed and no one
was available to speak until
today. Lawyers for JBS did not
immediately return messages
T&T DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
Akeel Mohammed, Akeel Seetal, Amir
Jangoo, Anderson Phillip, Bryan
Boodram, Clevon Kalawan, Dejourn
Charles, Jarlanie Seales, Jyd Goolie,
Keagan Simmons, Kirstan Kallicharan,
Sachin Seecharan, Saiba Batoosingh,
Shaquille McDavid, David Williams
(coach/manager), Adarayll John (trainer)
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