Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 8th 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 8, 2015
T&T Red Force will not be engag-
ing any international players for the
next West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) Professional Cricket League
The last meeting of the WICB saw
the directors taking an in-depth look
at the first PCL season and making
a strong recommendation that each
of the six territories must include two
foreign players for the next season.
Foreign , in this case, means two
Caribbean players born outside the
respective territories for which they
would be allowed to play.
They also made a recommendation
that one international player can come
in and play as well for each territory.
President of the T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB), Azim Bassarath said yester-
day said this country will abide by
the two regional players rule, but will
not be seeking an international play-
er.The T&T Red Force won the Nagi-
co Super50 title but played dismally
in the regional four-day tournament,
finishing fifth among the six fran-
chises. This, however will not lead to
the TTCB seeking an international
player. "We are not entertaining the
idea of bringing in an international
player because it would be costly and
we are not in a position to spend that
money right now.
"We will go for two players from
outside T&T though, as we did in
the first season, we went for one---
Ramnaresh Sarwan. Things did not
work out as planned but we will go
for two regional players for the next
T&T Red Force and eventual win-
ners Guyana Jaguars were the only
two franchises that went for players
from outside their country. Barbadian
Floyd Reifer was picked up by Guyana
Looking at the team structure for
the new season, each franchise will
contract a minimum of 15 players, as
follows: Ten players pre-selected from
the home territory; and five players
drafted from the pool a minimum of
two must be from outside the home
territory. Each franchise can have one
international player at its own cost.
The franchise must notify the
WICB of the players who have been
pre-selected by Friday May 1, which
is ten days before the draft on May
12. The franchises will then have to
submit to the WICB eligible players
to be included in the pool by May 1.
The draft will be conducted over
five rounds and each franchise must
pick a player in each round. Given
the fact that the T&T Red Force fin-
ished fifth this year, they will be the
second team allowed a pick in the
draft. The Leewards Hurricanes, who
finished bottom of the table, will have
the first pick.
England enjoyed a second day of
domination in Basseterre yesterday
but behind-the-scenes negotiations
suggest the tourists have been left
frustrated by the calibre of their
A St Kitts & Nevis XI only just
clung to a draw in the two-day mis-
match, following up their first-innings
total of 59 with 76 for seven.
England had earlier declared on
379 for six, with both Alastair Cook
(101) and Ian Bell (59) retiring to give
others the chance to share the cheap
Another two-day game follows
against the same shellshocked side
but an agreement has been struck
that will see England bowl for a full
90 overs today and bat for the same
period tomorrow, regardless of wick-
ets.Those contrivances reduce the fix-
ture to little more than a glorified
training drill and threaten to leave
England short of proper preparations
going into the first West Indies Test
But it does at least guarantee coach
Peter Moores and captain Cook a
chance to survey all their options
before moving on to Antigua.
The first hint that England were
losing faith in the pretence of com-
petitive cricket came when Liam
Plunkett and Mark Wood, initially
left out of the side, shared the new
ball in the second innings.
That swelled the tourists ranks to
14 players as Moores did his best to
gerrymander match conditions to suit
The day began with Cook on 95
not out and eyeing a first century in
England colours since a tour game in
Hobart in November 2013. He sent
the first ball of the morning to the
third man boundary---via a controlled
thick edge---and brought up his ton
with a nudged two into the on-side.
It was hardly a memorable innings
but should at least offer a psycho-
logical boost for a player whose lack
of major scores has become an alba-
tross around his neck.
Cook wandered off contented but
Gary Ballance was finding life less
comfortable and managed only 16
before donating his wicket to Elvin
Berridge, a left-arm spinner England
used as a net bowler at the weekend.
That brought together Bell and Joe
Root, who settled in for a fourth-
wicket stand of 118.
Bell took time to get going, but
eventually reacquainted himself with
his trusty cover drive and late cut.
Root, meanwhile, looked to score
briskly but should have gone for 19
when Quinton Boatswain found his
edge with the new ball which sailed
in to Jacques Taylor s hands at first
slip and bounced out again, much to
the bowler s frustration. Both Root
and Bell eased to fifties in the after-
noon session, in 83 and 82 balls
respectively, but all the impetus had
evaporated from proceedings.
When Leon Clarke had Root lbw
for 64, Bell simply decided to go with
him, allowing Ben Stokes and Jos
Buttler some time in the centre.
Stokes hit seven fours and a six as
he made a breezy 41 before holing
out to hasten the tea-time declaration.
For the second time in as many days
the St Kitts & Nevis batsman were
dismal in response.
NORTH SOUND---Kraigg Brath-
waite, the West Indies opener, says
he is quietly confident of doing
well against England as the home
team started their preparations for
the upcoming three-Test Series.
The 22-year-old was speaking
as the Windies started their prepa-
rations at the Sir Vivian Richards
Cricket Ground on Monday.
The Barbados batsman has been
in terrific form scoring three cen-
turies in the recently concluded
inaugural WICB Professional Crick-
et League (PCL) and a hard fought
century against South Africa in the
second Test at Port Elizabeth last
"I am obviously looking forward
to this home series against England.
England is a tough opposition so
you know you got to work hard,"
said Brathwaite, who scored three
test centuries last year.
"And in terms of my form I am
coming from first class cricket feel-
ing quite confident and just keep
believing in myself and carry that
into this series".
Brathwaite s recent centuries
include 102 and 112 against Guyana
Jaguars and 106 against South
Africa last year.
The West Indies continued their
preparation with a full training ses-
sion at the Sir Vivian Richards
Cricket Ground on Tuesday morn-
ing under the supervision of new
head coach Phil Simmons, the for-
mer West Indies allrounder.
"I think we had a good practice
sessions. All the guys enjoyed it,"
"The new coach seems pretty
cool and relax and I enjoyed the
first day working with him. I
thought it was a good day for the
The last time West Indies and
England played a test series in the
Caribbean, the regional side
emerged victorious one-nil.
"It would be phenomenal (win-
ning the series)," said Brathwaite.
"Obviously the team is a little
bit young but we have some good
experienced guys and coming out
on top would mean a lot for the
region and I believe the guys can
do it". (CMC)
T&T's Giselle Laronde-West, left, and Cindy Guevara, right, pose at the USA Open and Junior International Cup
Karate Championships at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas over the weekend. The local ladies did the country proud,
with West copping bronze medal in kumite and Guevara silver in kata at the Championships. The pair train
under sensei Neville Mason and are both senseis with SKIFTT---Shotokan Karate International Federation T&T.
Brathwaite confident as WI starts era under Simmons
No international players for Red Force
DOING T&T PROUD
4x100 teams picked up three medals on
Sunday night, the 4x400 teams earned
one silver and two bronze. Both the girls
and boys U-20 4x400m teams won
bronze, while the boys 4x400m U-18
quartet grabbed silver. The girls 4x400m
U-18 team finished a disappointing fifth.
On Sunday the girls 4x100m U-20 unit
finished third, but was unfortunately dis-
qualified for a baton exchange outside
The team returned home yesterday and
both T&TOC president Brian Lewis and
Sportt s executive manager Anthony
Creed were at the airport to greet them.
Boys 200m Under-18 Finals
1 Hislop, Akanni - T&T - 20.91
2 Martin, Javan - Bahamas - 21.16
3 Angus, Xavior - Jamaica - 21.17
Girls 200m U-20 Finals
1 Clarke, Kayelle - T&T - 23.12
2 Cameron, Saqukine - Jca - 23.32
3 Albury, Keianna - Bahamas - 23.49
Boys Long Jump U-18 Finals
1 Dudley, Pakito - Jamaica - 7.03m
2 Wellington, Shammawi - Jca - 7.02m
3 Campbell, Clement - T&T - 6.86m
Girls 100 M Hurdles U-20 Finals
1 Thompson, Yanique - Jca - 13.21
2 Williams, Jeanine -- Jca - 13.40
3 Parris, Jeminise -- T&T - 13.85
Boys 4x400m Relay U-18 Finals
1 Jamaica - 3:12.07
2T&T- 3:14.23 (Kobe John, Terry
Frederick, Judah Taylor, Jacob St
3 Bahamas - 3:18.12
Girls 4x400m Relay U-20 Finals
1 Jamaica - 3:37.96
2 British Virgin Islands - 3:46.43
3T&T- 3:47.55 (Thyla-Maree Scott,
Kayelle Clarke, Jeunice Maxime,
Country G S B Total
Bahamas 8 13 10 31
Barbados 7 4 5 16
Continued from Page A56
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