Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 23rd 2014 Contents VINODE MAMCHAN
Executive member of the T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB), Patrick
Rampersad says that Jason Holder
is the wrong choice as captain of
the West Indies 50 overs team at
this point in time.
The West Indies selectors headed
by legend Clive Lloyd recently
appointed the Barbadian all rounder
as captain of the regional team for
the upcoming limited overs series
against South Africa in South Africa.
He replaced the Trinidadian Dwayne
Bravo who stood in the position for
Bravo was not even considered
for the series and so too were Keiron
Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Bravo
and Sunil Narine.
Rampersad said: "I don t think
that Holder is the right man for the
job at this point in time especially
with a tough South Africa tour that
leads to the World Cup. In the cir-
cumstances I don t think you would
want to appoint a new captain. Given
the fact that he is so young, I don t
know that he will get the support
of the players.
"Changing captains now is not
the right thing and even if they had
to do it, they should have gone back
to Darren Sammy. I always thought
that he was the right choice for the
50 overs and T20 versions of the
game. I am glad to see that they
have kept him as captain of the T20
On the point of Bravo, Pollard and
the others not being included on the
ODI team for the tour to South
Africa, Rampersad said : "Shake up
in West Indies cricket at this point
in time is necessary. The only thing
that I am concerned over, is whether
they were removed as a result of the
aborted Indian tour.
"I really hope that this is not the
case because the results of the inves-
tigation coming out from the WICB-
appointed task force is that all parties
Meanwhile, Guardian Media
understands that Bravo and Pollard
are looking forward to coming home
to play for T&T in the Nagico
Super50 series that will be staged
in this country from January 15 right
here in T&T.
They have been named in the pro-
visional 30 for the World Cup 2015
and not being involved in the South
African series, they would have no
chance to address the selectors in
this format. They will however play
in the three-match T20 series against
the South Africans in early January.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 23, 2014
West Indies touched down here
yesterday afternoon, to start
preparations for the crucial Sec-
ond Test against South Africa
starting Boxing Day.
The visitors, still smarting from
their heavy innings and 220-run
defeat at Centurion in the First
Test, arrived to a distinctly
involving dancers and steel pan
Following a rest day, the Windies
will hold their first training session
today evening, as they beef up
preparations for the Test they must
win if they are to have any chance
of clinching the three-match series.
They are expected to be joined
shortly by left-arm seamer Kenroy
Peters who was called up last week-
end to replace injured fast bowler
Barbadian Roach has been ruled
out of the series after injuring his
right ankle during the final session
of the opening day of the first Test.
There has been no word yet on
the arrival of left-hander Narsingh
Deonarine, a replacement for the
injured Assad Fuddin.
West Indies won the last Boxing
Day Test here seven years ago, when
they beat the hosts 128 runs, but
went on to lose the three-match
Yesterday captain Denesh
Ramdin warned detractors not to
write West Indies off just yet.
The tourists were humiliated by
an innings and 220 runs on the
fourth morning of the opening Test
at Centurion on Saturday, to send
them 1-0 down in the three-Test
West Indies now head into the
second Test starting Boxing Day in
Port Elizabeth, a venue where West
Indies pulled off their only success
on their last tour of South Africa
seven years ago, when they won by
Ramdin is taking hope from that
"The first hour, on the first day
of the Test match was good, getting
three wickets for a little bit of runs
[but] we didn t assess it well going
forward. Hashim Amla and AB de
Villiers came together and had a
brilliant partnership and we didn t
bowl in the areas we want to that
would have created more oppor-
tunities," Ramdin said.
"Our last memory there we won
a Test match and from this game,
we would like to take some of the
positives when we go down there,"
he told reporters.
"We should be having that little
bit of confidence from the last time
we won but having said that, crick-
et plays on the day and everyone
needs to come up with their A
"We re 1-0 down in the series
and it is tough to beat this South
African team which is the number
one team [in the World] but I think
we have some fight in us and we
can give them a good fight down
in Port Elizabeth."
West Indies put in a poor show-
ing all-round at Centurion. They
reduced the hosts to 57 for three
after winning the toss and bowling
in good conditions, but allowed
captain Hashim Amla (208) and AB
de Villiers (152) to add a record 308
for the fourth wicket and propel
South Africa to 552 for five declared
in their first innings.
In reply, the Windies were dis-
missed for 201 in their first innings
and following on, were bundled out
for 131, to suffer their heaviest
defeat in South Africa.
Ramdin said the West Indies
attack was good enough to bowl
South Africa out twice but needed
to be disciplined.
"Having Kemar Roach out was
up with the other guys," he added,
referring to Roach s ankle injury in
the final session of the opening day
that ruled him out of the series.
"I believe we have the resources,
I just believe we need to adjust to
the pitches here. I think we bowled
too short," he contended.
"The results that we got on the
first morning of the Test match,
guys got caught behind and if you
look back at it, you can say we were
[guilty] of bowling too short to AB
de Villiers and Hashim Amla
[allowing them] to score square of
the wicket." CMC
PERTH---West Indies Twenty20
star Kieron Pollard failed but his
Adelaide Strikers did just enough
to sneak to a one-wicket win over
Perth Scorchers with two balls to
spare in the Big Bash League here
Opting to bat, the Scorchers fin-
ished on 146 for seven and the Strik-
ers then stumbled and stuttered
before securing eight runs from the
last over to steal a nerve-wracking
victory at the WACA.
Brad Hodge led Adelaide s charge
with 42 from 36 balls with five fours
and a six, but no other batsman
managed to reach 20.
He posted 26 for the third wicket
with Travis head (12) and further 27
for the fourth wicket with Pollard,
whose 15 contained a six and a four
and came from 11 balls.
Pollard was bowled by left-arm
seamer Jason Behrendorff in the
13th over, playing around a full
Hodge, however, batted deep into
the innings to put the visitors in
sight of victory.
Earlier, Michael Klinger hit 49
from 33 balls to create the early
momentum in the Scorchers
T&T Olympic Committee
(TTOC) president Brian Lewis is
confident that this country can win
ten gold medals at the 2024
Olympic Games, and the creation
of the Athlete Preparation Welfare
Fund will help local athletes reach
their full potential.
At the launch of the fund yester-
day at the TTOC head office at
Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain,
Lewis explained the committee s
Lewis stated: "The concept of this
fund, the Athlete Preparation Welfare
Fund, is to raise awareness about
athletes striving to raise awareness
to let the country come together."
The TTOC president said the
Olympic Games is seen as the pin-
nacle in sport and the goal is ten
Olympic gold medals by 2024.
T&T has won two gold medals in
its history. At the 1976 Montreal
Games, Hasely Crawford won the
country s first gold medal in the
100-metre sprint. Thirty-six years
later at the 2012 London Olympics,
Keshorn Walcott won gold in the
men s javelin.
Lewis stated that simply partic-
ipating in the Olympics was con-
sidered a success in the past, how-
ever, an athlete s success is now
measured by results. "Given the evo-
lution of the sport, where the
emphasis was on participation, the
reality is the results and the per-
formance. It (results) is not the only
focus, but you have to be part of
what the real world is."
Lewis believes the creation of the
Athlete Preparation Welfare Fund
will get the country more involved
in helping T&T athletes.
He said: "I believe we have the
potential in T&T to do more than
we have done (in the past). It is not
just a big objective or big target, it
is about trying to create a culture
or system that supports the athletes
because the athletes can t achieve
their full potential without having
things in place."
Windies touch down for crucial Test
Kemar Roach of West Indies celebrates the wicket of Faf du Plessis for a
duck during day one of the first Test match between South Africa and West
Indies at SuperSport Park last Wednesday. Roach suffered an ankle injury
in the final session of the opening day that ruled him out of the series.
PHOTO COURTESY WICB
TTCB official wants Sammy as W Cup captain
Lewis launches TTOC
Athlete Welfare Fund
Pollard fails but Adelaide sneaks narrow win
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