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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 4, 2015
PERTH--Legendary former West
Indies captain Clive Lloyd has dis-
missed suggestions the Caribbean
side has become overly dependent
on ace opener Chris Gayle and was
missing regular faces like Kieron
Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from
the middle order.
Speaking to media here Monday,
Lloyd said while Gayle was a key
member of the Windies batting
department, the team was blessed
with good talent which allowed them
to bat deep.
"Before the Zimbabwe game,
Gayle hadn t really contributed. It s
great whenever we get a good start
with him," said Lloyd, the current
chairman of selectors.
"He scores rather quickly. He s a
very strong player. Whenever he
takes off, it gives the team a good
He continued: "I think we have a
formidable side. We bat to eight or
nine; everybody from one to nine
has done extremely well, posted big
"I don t think we have any prob-
lem there [in the middle order]. Once
we bat to our potential, we will do
The left-handed Gayle blasted a
World Cup-record 215 against Zim-
babwe in Canberra recently, to end
a slump which had seen him with
just one half-century in 20 months
and an average of 14.
Prior to that innings, Gayle had
put together scores of 0 and 1 in the
official warm-up matches against
England and Scotland, and 36 and
4 in the first two group stage match-
es against Ireland and Pakistan.
West Indies lost to Ireland by four
wickets but beat Pakistan by 150
Gayle s double hundred led West
Indies to a 73-run win but his failure
against Pakistan -- he made just three
-- saw the Caribbean side plunge to
a 257-run defeat to South Africa in
West Indies face India in their
fifth match at the WACA Ground
Despite the Windies recent strug-
gles, Lloyd held out hope for the
Caribbean side especially in the fast
bowling area, noting that the results
would be seen soon.
"It s quite obvious [the pace
reserves have declined]," he said.
"We d love to have (Andy) Roberts,
(Michael) Holding, (Curtly) Ambrose
and (Courtney) Walsh but it doesn t
happen in any other country.
"We ve had a little bit of a decline,
but we have one or two young play-
ers coming through and you ll hear
about them in another year or so."
Chairman of the West Indies
selection panel Clive Lloyd says
that the West Indies is missing
mystery spinner Sunil Narine at
the current World Cup being
played in Australia and New
The T&T player was selected for
the tournament but decided against
touring, saying that he was not
comfortable with his bowling action
just yet. Narine was called for an
illegal bowling action during the
2014 Champions League T20 tour-
nament in India and had to remodel
his action. He did and was very
successful in the Nagico Super50,
where he bowled the Red Force to
Lloyd speaking in Perth said:
"Sunil (Narine) is one of the best
one day bowlers in the world and
with him not here he is sorely
missed. Look at the scores we have
been posting, 300 runs pretty con-
sistently. If he was here, people
won t be able to chase that down.
We miss him, we miss his wick-
et-taking ability, his economy rate
and the fact that he is a game
changer. All of these are reasons
why we miss Sunil but he is not
here, so we have to do without
Lloyd added that he thinks Nar-
ine s problems with his bowling
action are over.
It s obvious they (officials)
thought he was throwing but he
has rectified that. He played for
Trinidad & Tobago and did quite
well. His action has been passed,
so I don t see the issue anymore."
Lloyd who was the most suc-
cessful West Indies captain ever is
hoping to have Narine back in
maroon quickly, although he has
not been able to communicate with
his agents :"I tried to get through
to his agent and was unsuccessful
but he has promised me that he
wants to play Test cricket and one-
dayers for the West Indies, so I am
hoping he will make himself avail-
able for the England Series...I
Since the Nagico Super50 series,
Narine has not even appeared for
the Red Force in the WICB Pro-
fessional Cricket League (PCL) that
is currently on in the Caribbean.
He has been playing for Queen s
Park in the domestic cricket league
in T&T and has been doing well.
West Indies hosts England and
Australia in that order in Test
matches this coming season in the
region and Narine is more than
likely going to miss the England
series, to fulfil his Indian Premier
League obligations. The IPL starts
April 8 and ends on May 24, and
the Test series against England in
the Caribbean starts on April 13
and ends on May 5.
Big hitting West Indies bats-
man Chris Gayle says he will
meet with the West Indies Crick-
et Board (WICB) at the end of
the current 2015 World Cup to
assess his future in the sport.
Gayle, speaking in a specially
arranged interview by Digicel, said:
"I still have the passion for Test
cricket. Lately my back injury has
pushed me away from Test cricket
and being able to go five days have
been tough. I have not sorted my
situation yet which is the back
problem, so that s the issue."
Gayle missed the last Test series
against South Africa in South
Africa after initially been named
limited overs series.
The man who now holds the
highest individual score in World
Cup cricket---215 made against
Zimbabwe a week ago added: "I
have been playing cricket non-
stop on the road and I haven t
given the back much time to heal.
People say do surgery but once
you do surgery your career could
be over and your back will never
be the same as well. It s a lot to
think about, after the World Cup
we will see what happens, in terms
of where Chris Gayle will head or
what will happen or we can sit
and discuss and work out how we
go about playing for West Indies
cricket as well."
He said he would rather have
a dialogue with those in charge,
as he is not ready to retire as yet.
He continued: "This is your
bread and butter but it can drain
you, it is tough. It is going to take
a toll on your body so maybe the
Board can talk to the players and
get their feelings on getting a
KINGSTON---Despite losing a sprint to the
finish, legend Usain Bolt says he is in better
shape than he was last year when injury
forced him to miss most of the season.
The Jamaican sensation was unable to catch
up with Tyquendo Tracey while anchoring
Racers in an exciting 4 x 100 metres finish
against University of Technology (UTECH) at
the 39th staging of the Gibson/McCook Relays
over the weekend.
Bolt however has conceded that he needs
to get a lot more done if he is to perform to
his usual standards this season.
"I think I am getting there. I am not perfect
yet," said Bolt, after his first outing of the sea-
"I am in better shape than last season, but
I need a lot more work. My coach will now
decide what else I need to focus on".
Bolt received the baton behind Tracey and
despite making up significant ground, failed
to overhaul his rival.
However he told journalists that he has
identified his weak areas as he prepares to
defend his titles at the International Association
of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cham-
pionships in Beijing, China.
"You always try to win every race, but what
I got from it is that I need more leg power.
I will just keep working hard," said Bolt.
are not a
Bolt says he's in good shape despite losing
Sunil Narine...was not comfortable with his bowling action
"This is your
bread and butter
but it can drain
you, it is tough. It
is going to take a
toll on your body
so maybe the
Board can talk to
the players and
get their feelings
on getting a
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