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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, January 31, 2015
T&T s cricket team has been dealt a severe
blow heading into its Professional Cricket
League (PCL) Four-day clash against the
Windward Islands in St Lucia next week.
Chairman of the T&T selection panel, Alec
Burns told the T&T Guardian that the five
senior players are out for varying reasons.
Kieron Pollard indicated to the selectors
that he needs time to work on his injury with
his physiotherapist and will play some club
cricket before coming back into the First Class
Burns added that both Sunil Narine and
Kevon Cooper indicated that they were not
ready for the four-day tournament just yet
and would like to work on their respective
bowling actions. As a result, they will also to
play club cricket for Queen s Park before mak-
ing themselves available.
Burns could not give a timeline as to when
the players will be available saying: "They
have indicated that they are unavailable until
Pacer Ravi Rampaul is also out, as he is
recovering from a side strain.
As far as Dwayne Bravo is concerned, Burns
said, "Bravo has indicated to us that he is not
available to play in the First Class format and
hence we did not consider him."
Meanwhile, just days after T&T lifting the
Nagico Super-50 regional cricket championship
title, team manager Manohar Ramsaran
resigned and will be replaced by former nation-
al allrounder Roland Sampath.
Ramsaran informed the T&T Cricket Board
(T&TCB) of his decision to step down in an
e-mail earlier this week and it was accepted
by the organisation s executive which also
approved the naming of Sampath.
The announcement was made yesterday by
Dudnath Ramkessoon, Cricket Operations
manager of the T&TCB. Despite an indifferent
start to the 2014-2015 regional season late last
year in the four-day league format, which will
soon resume, Ramsaran left the position on
a high as the home team played unbeaten in
the recent Nagico Super50 limited overs com-
petition, hosted for the second straight year
President of the T&T CB Azim bassarath
extended on his executive s behalf his sincerest
appreciation for the service rendered by Ram-
saran, an active cricketer at Monroe Road
Sports Club of which he is the president.
"As a former Minister of sports and MP
and present club cricketer, Manohar brought
a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the
job of manager of the national cricket team.
It is a very challenging position and he brought
to bear all the qualities that helped the T&T
team to its recent success in the regional tour-
nament," said Bassarath.
He said Ramsaran remains on the executive
of the T&TCB and his support and guidance
will still be counted on as the national organ-
isation moves forward with its plans and pro-
grammes. Bassarath also wished Ramsaran all
success in his future endeavours.
Bassarath also expressed his optimism that
Sampath will continue the good foundation
laid by Ramsaran saying he comes at a crucial
time as T&T seek to claim dominance on the
four-day league competition, a title which
has eluded the national cricketers for several
"T&T have just won the Super50 crown
and will be challenging strongly for the four-
day title and we are expecting Sampath, who
is a former successful national and Police
Sports Club cricketer to bring to bear the seri-
ousness of what needs to be done to achieve
the team s goals," said Bassarath.
SYDNEY---A weary but upbeat
West Indies side arrived in Aus-
tralia yesterday to begin prepa-
ration for the 2015 Cricket World
They arrived to a warm recep-
tion from fans and well-wishers,
following a 12-hour flight from
South Africa, and are expected to
get right down to preparation
ahead of the February 14th start
of the tournament.
The team will spend eight days
in the glitzy east coast city prior
to the start of the World Cup, and
will focus on specific skills of death
bowling, power play bowling and
batting, and fielding.
They will utilise local club facil-
Off the field, West Indies are
expected to meet with a few mem-
bers of West Indian community
in the Sydney area.
The Caribbean side enter the
World Cup on the heels of a solid
4-1 drubbing in the five-match
one-day series against South Africa
which finished earlier this week.
In Wednesday s final game, they
went down by 131 runs, a result
that summed up the tone of the
They face old rivals England in
their first warm-up game at the
Sydney Cricket Ground on Feb-
ruary 9th before taking on Scotland
at the same venue two days later.
West Indies will then fly to New
Zealand for their first game of the
World Cup, taking on Ireland at
Saxton Oval in Nelson.
They have been installed in
Group B of the competition along-
side the likes of Pakistan, Zim-
babwe, South Africa, India and
United Arab Emirates.
CASTRIES---Current West Indies
coach Stuart Williams will be in
charge of St Lucia Zouks for the
upcoming Caribbean Premier
The 45-year-old, currently on
tour with the Caribbean side in
Australia, will replace Englishman
Matthew Maynard who has taken
up a post as Director of Cricket at
English county Somerset.
Williams served as Maynard s
assistant last year.
The Antiguan is a former West
Indies batsman who played 31 Tests
and 57 One-Day Internationals
during his career. He was dominant
at first class level, amassing nearly
10 000 runs at an average of 40.
He quit international cricket in
2005. Williams joins another for-
mer West Indies batsman, Carl
Hooper, who has already been
appointed Guyana Amazon War-
riors head coach.
Meanwhile, South African Mick-
ey Arthur will head 2013 cham-
pions Jamaica Tallawahs, Australian
Simon Helmot will again be in
charge of the T&T Red Steel while
Indian Robin Singh has returned
to lead reigning champions Bar-
bados Tridents. (CMC)
Defending Shanghai Construc-
tion Group National League Pre-
miership champions Merry Boys
will open its title defence today
against Preysal at the former s
home ground in Diego Martin.
Merry Boys is hoping the new
league format will bring the team
further success. Three-day matches
will be played this season, unlike
the two-day format in previous
years. The organisers are hoping that
the longer format will encourage
batsmen to spend more time at the
crease. In the two-day format, bats-
men will often look for quick runs
in an effort to force outright victories
and this led to poor shots.
The matches will bowl off today
at 10 am, continue on February 7
and conclude on February 8. Tomor-
row the 50-over competition will
Merry Boys ended the 2014 cam-
paign with 237 points, 17 more than
runners up Queen s Park Cricket
Club (QPCC). Merry Boys also cel-
ebrated its 50th anniversary last year
and the league title was icing on the
cake. Rounding off the top three last
year was southern-based team Pow-
ergen. In arguably the most enticing
match of the round, QPCC will bat-
tle Clarke Road, which finished
fourth last year.
In other matches Alescon Comets
will welcome Victoria at its Char-
lieville ground, Caldrac will visit
Esmeralda and Powergen will travel
to Jenexcon Tableland.
Bravo, Pollard, Cooper, Ravi, Narine out
Williams takes charge of Zouks
Windies arrive for World Cup campaign Merry Boys, Preysal clash
in new look national league
Jenexcon Tableland vs
Powergen at Tableland.
Esmeralda vs Caldrac at
Alescon Comets vs Victoria at
Queen's Park vs Clarke Road
at Queen's Park Oval.
Merry Boys vs Preysal at
TT team to face Windwards:
Evin Lewis, Jeremy Solozano, Jason
Mohammed, Yannic Cariah, Khesan
Ottley, Kjorn Ottley, Imran Khan, Akeal
Hosein, Rayad Emrit, Steven Katwaroo,
Shannon Gabriel, Marlon Richards, Deron
Davis, Roland Sampath-Manager,
Augustine Logie-Coach, Kelvin Williams-
Assistant coach, Oba Gulston-
Spinner Sunil Narine, left, and allrounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, three of the five leading players who opted out T&T's match against
Windward Islands in the Professional Cricket League Four-day clash in St Lucia next week. The others are pacer Ravi Rampaul (injured) and
allrounder Kevon Cooper.
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