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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 12, 2015
Legendary West Indies batsman Brian
Lara is impressed with what he has seen
of new West Indies captain Jason Holder,
and is calling for the WICB to give the
young Barbadian its full support, which
could lead him to being in charge of the
team for all three formats of the game.
Speaking from Australia where he is cur-
rently doing analysis of the World Cup, Lara
said he is impressed with the potential of
the young allrounder, and he is confident
Holder will develop into a good leader if he
is given the backing of the Board.
"I am a Jason Holder fan. I like his
approach to leadership and the way he has
gone about his game. I can see him devel-
oping into the kind of leader who will give
years of service to West Indies cricket, given
the right kind of support."
Lara said Holder s sensible batting against
both South Africa and India where he scored
half centuries in both innings, put several
of his more illustrious teammates in the
shade, and demonstrated a maturity that
belied his age.
"Several of the so-called senior men on
the team should hold their heads in shame
after watching how sensibly he batted. They
should take example from him."
Lara noted that Holder showed a lot of
character when he was hammered by South
Africa captain AB de Villiers for 66 runs in
his last two overs against the Proteas.
"He returned against India and showed
no effects of that attack on his bowling.
This is a young man, playing in his first
World Cup, given the responsibility of lead-
ership against all odds, and being blasted
by AB de Villiers, the number one batsman
in the world. Instead of buckling under
pressure, he turns up against India and plays
with the calmness of heads in a sensible
and matured way."
Lara said he was also impressed with the
way Holder has responded to reporters and
other media personnel when interviewed.
"He has a good head on his shoulders and
the way he responds indicate that he is a
student of the game."
He felt that Holder was still learning.
"But from all indications, he is a quick learn-
er, and I am sure he will get it right soon."
Lara said that the future of West Indies
cricket was in the hands of a new generation
of cricketers. "We have to start preparing
young man with the qualities that can revive
He referred to South Africa s cricket under
Graeme Smith. "South Africa showed
tremendous faith in Smith, who was given
the captaincy at 22 years. They put him in
charge of several top class players like Shaun
Pollock, Jacques Kallis and Herschelle Gibbs.
But they made sure and supported him, and
he took his country to the top of the ladder.
I believe that Jason can do this, if given the
Lara said he is hoping that Holder will
lead the West Indies into the quarter finals,
as this would boost his confidence.
"A quarter final spot would be a good
thing to have under his belt. And if West
Indies gets there, who knows what can hap-
NAPIER---West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is
"struggling" with a back injury ahead of his
team s World Cup match against the United Arab
Emirates on Sunday (Saturday night TT time)
which will determine whether it qualifies for the
Gayle was unable to train with his teammates
in Napier yesterday, remaining at the team hotel
to rest in the hope of speeding his recovery.
Coach Stuart Williams wasn t able to say
whether Gayle will be fit to play on Sunday but
hinted he might not be risked with a possible
quarter final looming. Williams told reporters
"we d love him to play all the games (but) we ll
just have to manage him better."
The West Indies loss to Ireland in their opening
pool match means they must beat the UAE on
Sunday to have any chance of qualifying in fourth
place from Pool B and earning a likely quarter final
against New Zealand.
Williams said the setback against Ireland meant
the West Indies have known for some time that
"we have to win this game" to reach the knockout
"Our destiny is ahead of us," Williams said. "For
a few days our future is in our own hands and on
Sunday we ll know exactly what we ll have to do
Williams agreed the West Indies form through-
out the tournament had been inconsistent.
After the loss to Ireland, it comfortably beat
Pakistan and Zimbabwe before suffering another
form reversal against South Africa, conceding 405
"In reality it s better to have (bad performances)
earlier than now," Williams said. "Sometimes it s
up and sometimes it s down so we ve just got to
get the balance right, whether it s batting, bowling
He said the West Indies had a proven ability to
rise to the big occasion and he is confident they
will be a force in the quarter finals, if they can
"Right now we don t have a choice. We can
only finish fourth (in pool B)," Williams said. "So
once we qualify, nobody will want to play the West
"On our day we will beat anyone in this tour-
nament and our men will be ready for that." AP
Lara bats for
West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin during the West Indies training session at
Nelson Park, Napier yesterday. PHOTO: WINDIESCRICKET.COM
a worry for
of ICC decider
LONDON---Thiago Silva sent 10-man Paris
Saint-Germain into the Champions League
quarterfinals on away goals after a 2-2 draw
at Chelsea in extra time of a fiery and ill-
disciplined game yesterday.
Although PSG had striker Zlatan Ibrahi-
movic sent off in the 31st minute for a chal-
lenge on Oscar, the visitors still provided the
greater threat at Stamford Bridge.
Gary Cahill had given Chelsea the lead in
the 81st minute---after a 1-1 draw in the first
leg---but former Chelsea player David Luiz
headed PSG level to send the game into extra
Eden Hazard restored Chelsea s lead from
a penalty, but Thiago Silva s looping header
in the 114th minute allowed PSG to avenge
last season s loss to Chelsea in the quarter-
"Our performance was not good enough,"
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "They
were stronger than us. They coped better
than us with the pressure of the game."
Mourinho had used his pre-match media
conference to decry the "aggression" of PSG
in the first leg. And referee Bjorn Kuipers s
instant reaction to Ibrahimovic s lunging
challenge into Oscar was to send off the Swe-
Even though Kuipers was already preparing
to brandish the red card, he was surrounded
by furious Chelsea players, some demanding
a stretcher for Oscar.
Oscar, though, emerged unscathed from
the challenge that replays suggested was less
reckless than it appeared in real time when
both players were sliding in for the ball.
PSG wasn t happy and following protests,
Thiago Motta was booked by Kuipers as the
game became increasingly heated while lack-
ing much goalmouth action. But the decisions
weren t all going Chelsea s way.
When Luiz swung his right elbow at Costa
as the striker advanced on goal, the former
Chelsea player went unpunished. And
Chelsea s grievances grew stronger when
Costa was tripped by Edison Cavani in the
penalty area, having already withstood sev-
eral challenges, but no spotkick was award-
ed.Chelsea was failing to test goalkeeper Sal-
vatore Sirigu, who had a comfortable save
from Oscar just before the penalty appeal.
The second half was no less stormy---
Ramires was booked for a foul on Motta---
but it was PSG still looking more confident
going forward despite its numerical disad-
PSG advances to the last eight along with
Bayern Munich, which advanced by routing
Shakhtar Donetsk 7-0 also yesterday fol-
lowing a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Ukraine.
10-men PSG ousts Chelsea on away goals
PSG's Thiago Silva celebrates after scoring his
side's second goal during the Champions League
round of 16 second leg football match between
Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford
Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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