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TYLER COLE, 15,
won three events
including the main
event at the T&T
Track League Two at
the Arima Velodrome
on Wednesday night.
"There is no sport
sport called adminis-
tration. I know of a
sport called football
and it is a beautiful
Guyana head coach
wants the bickering in
the Guyana Football
Federation to end.
BUENOS AIRES---Venus Williams
opens against Paula Ormaechea today
when the United States takes on
Argentina in World Group II of the Fed
The United States is an overwhelming
favorite to win the tie with sister
Serena Williams in second singles today
against Maria Irigoyen. The best-of-five
series on clay finishes tomorrow.
Yesterday's draw was a reminder of
the likely mismatch. The Williams
sisters have won 56 different Grand
Slam singles, doubles and mixed
doubles titles. Serena is fresh from
winning the Australian Open singles
Ormaechea is ranked No 121 by the
WTA and Irigoyen is No 197.
The winner advances to the World
Group playoffs April 18-19 with a
chance for a spot in the 2016 World
Group --- the top grouping in the team
Venus, Serena take on Argentina in Group II of Fed Cup
The West Indies has failed to reach the
semifinals in the last four Cricket World
It s a stretch likely to extend to five next
The squad includes some of the world s
most desired limited-overs players, who can
tear apart any side on their day. Too bad
those days don t come often.
The team s buildup has been disheartening
enough for seasoned observers to believe
the West Indies won t even get out of its
The two-time World Cup champions
haven t won a limited-overs international
series of note since mid-2012, against New
Zealand at home. Cap that with the ill-
judged walkout from the tour of India in
October, and the pounding dished out by
South Africa last month, and the portents
are there of an early exit.
The main concern: the same mistakes
keep repeating themselves.
By the batsmen, a lack of patience, con-
founding and lazy strokes, and little com-
mitment to building partnerships. The
bowlers have primarily bowled too short
and off-line. Overall, the team seems to fail
in adapting to the changing needs in a
"We are still a bunch of confident guys,"
Darren Sammy said in South Africa. "Obvi-
ously, you want to win matches and series
but the purpose here was to build for the
World Cup. I was telling the guys in the
change-room, I don t mind a series loss if
we beat South Africa in the World Cup.
That would be the perfect response.
"With the amount of match-winners we
have in our squad, we could be a force to
be reckoned with, but we ve got to play as
To shake up the squad before South
Africa, the selectors dropped captain Dwayne
Bravo and Kieron Pollard, and made Jason
Holder of Barbados the youngest captain
of the West Indies at 23.
Chris Gayle described the decision to
drop Pollard and Bravo, who was picked in
the world ODI team for 2014, as ridiculous.
Their lawyer said they were being victimized
for the India tour withdrawal. Chief selector
Clive Lloyd said they d done nothing excep-
tional: Bravo had a century and two fifties
last year but nothing since March, while
the allrounder Pollard had one half-century
in almost two years, and no wickets since
Gayle is lucky to be going to his fourth
World Cup, his reputation shielded by his
Twenty20 blasts. In ODIs, he has one half-
century in his last 17 matches, against
Bangladesh in Grenada. His last century
was against Sri Lanka in Jamaica, 20 months
ago. He finished the South Africa series
with 71 runs at 14.20. Despite his immense
talent, he averages only 32 at the World
After Gayle, vice-captain Marlon Samuels
was the most experienced. He had two cen-
turies against India in October, averaged 39
in South Africa, yet he was still guilty of
throwing away his wicket, and was involved
in four run-outs.
Tasked with managing these personalities
and drawing the best out of them was Hold-
er, whose debut as captain was exactly a
month before the team s first World Cup
match on February 16.
The West Indies captaincy is no easy ride.
Richie Richardson, Brian Lara and Shivnarine
Chanderpaul quit the post, and Gayle and
Sammy were fired. Holder, a fast bowler,
has reportedly showed a level head and a
commanding presence since his school days.
Lloyd praised Holder s cricketing brain and
leadership, but some critics believed he
should have taken over after the tourna-
Holder did all he could in South Africa
to lead by example. He even cancelled train-
ing two days before the fourth ODI to call
a players meeting to outline his assessment
of their performance. They won that match,
chasing down 263-9 to win by one wicket.
South Africa had rested Hashim Amla and
Dale Steyn, then won the fifth ODI by 131
In a blow to West Indies hopes, left-arm
offspinner Sunil Narine withdrew to con-
tinue remedial work on his bowling action,
while still taking wickets in domestic com-
petitions. But the team has been bolstered
by the return of middle-order bat Darren
Bravo, after dealing with stress, and fast
bowler Kemar Roach, after an ankle injury.
With hope in his heart, coach Stuart
Williams, said, "Maybe (Bravo and Roach
are) the spark that we need in the
World Cup." (AP)
Humbling buildup by
WI lowers expectations
CRICKET WORLD CUP
West Indies Chris Gayle will be looking to lead the regional side at the ICC
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