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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, May 28, 2015
Shane Dowrich led a trio of half-
century makers as West Indies
President s XI recovered from a
shaky start to stretch the touring
Australians on the opening day
of their three-day tour match in
The right-handed Dowrich
carved out a top score of 78, opener
Rajindra Chandrika stroked 74
while Roston Chase finished
unbeaten on 65, knocks that pro-
pelled the hosts up to 288 for five
after they won the toss and opted
Jason Mohammed was also eye-
ing a half-century, finishing the
day unbeaten on 42.
Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood,
with two for 26, and leg-spinner
Fawad Ahmed, two for 95, picked
up two wickets apiece.
Australia had the better of the
rain-hit first session, however, pick-
ing up three quick wickets to reduce
the President s XI to 38 for three,
before a second rain stoppage soon
afterward forced an early lunch to
be taken at the Vivian Richards
Opener Tyrone Theophile fell in
the day s ninth over, lasting just
over half-hour for his four before
slicing Hazlewood to gully where
he was taken by Mitchell Marsh.
Two overs later, captain Leon
Johnson steered the seventh ball
he faced to his opposite number
Michael Clarke at gully, to depart
without scoring and give Hazle-
wood his second wicket, leaving
the hosts tottering on 20 for two.
Shamarh Brooks lasted all of 14
deliveries for his four before driving
off-spinner Nathan Lyon inside
out to Shaun Marsh at cover, as
the President s XI declined at lunch,
leaving Chandrika unbeaten on 27
at the break.
Afterward, Chandrika and
Dowrich posted 103 for the fourth
wicket to lead the recovery and
help repel Australia s attack.
Overall, the right-handed Chan-
drika struck ten fours and faced 132
balls in an innings spanning a trifle
over three hours while Dowrich,
also a right-hander, hit seven fours
and a six off 167 balls in another
three-hour sojourn. The game is
the only warm-up fixture for Aus-
tralia before they face West Indies
in the first Test of the two-match
series at Windsor Park in Dominica
starting next Wednesday. (CMC)
MIAMI -- Embattled confederation CONCA-
CAF said yesterday it planned to cooperate
with authorities to "its fullest capacity", after
its president Jeff Webb was among several
FIFA officials arrested in Zurich and indicted
on corruption offenses by the United States
Department of Justice.
In a brief statement, the confederation said
it was "deeply concerned" by the arrests of the
officials, including those linked to CONCACAF,
but would continue to carry out its operations
"At present, CONCACAF is not in a position
to comment further on the specific allegations,
which have been referred to the appropriate
legal counsel through the pertinent channels,"
the statement said.
"CONCACAF continues to operate in the
ordinary course of business, hosting all of its
upcoming tournaments in a successful and
timely manner, including the 2015 CONCACAF
The Gold Cup is set to be played from July
7-26 in 14 cities across the United States.
Media reports indicate that CONCACAF s
Miami Beach headquarters were yesterday
searched by FBI agents, hours after Swiss law
enforcement authorities swooped down on the
Baur au Lac hotel in the early hours of yesterday,
arresting among others Webb, Costa Rica fed-
eration president Eduardo Li and Eugenio
Figueredo, a current FIFA vice president and
former president of the South American Football
In a 47-count indictment implicating nine
present and former FIFA officials along with
five corporate executives, the US Department
of Justice alleged an elaborate 24-year scheme
involving $150 million in bribes and kickbacks
relating to media and broadcast deals for a
plethora of football tournaments.
The 14 have been charged with racketeering,
wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies,
among other offenses.
Trinidadian Jack Warner, a former CONCA-
CAF president and powerful FIFA vice-pres-
ident, has been named among the 14, though
he resigned from all football related activities
four years ago.
Yesterday, he turned himself into police fol-
lowing a US request for his extradition. (CMC)
Officials of leading sporting organisation
in T&T firmly believe yesterday s arrest of
top FIFA officials on allegation of fraud, rack-
eteering and money laundering by the United
States department of Justice has thrown the
spotlight on the need for good governance
codes and practices in the world of sport.
Brian Lewis, president of the T&T Olympic
Committee (TTOC), Ephraim Serrette, president
of the National Association of Athletics Admin-
istrations (NAAA) and Robert Farrier, president
of the T&T Cycling Federation expressed similar
views during separate T&T Guardian inter-
Citing the presumption of innocence and
due process, Lewis said, the allegation would
have to be addressed in the appropriate forum
and believed it was crucial for FIFA president
Sepp Blatter to both take responsibility and
show leadership as the world governing body
for football could not operate as if it was busi-
ness as usual.
FIFA, as one of the leading sport bodies,
said Lewis, would have to take very decisive
and proactive action to address the issue and
work to rebuild its credibility and positive rep-
utation, citing at the end of the day, it was
more than just the FIFA executive--it was about
"It highlights the importance of sport in the
Caribbean, notwithstanding around the world,
adhering and adopting to the universal principles
of good governance as it relates to transparency,
accountability and ethical conduct and behav-
iour in the discharge of our duties as sport
administrators and sport leaders, with regard
to the sports which we are charged with the
responsibilities to be stewards of. We represent
the bigger picture of sports, most particularly
the athletes and the youth. I think that we
have to be exceedingly mindful in the context
of how we administrate sport," said Lewis.
"None of us are perfect! None of us are
saints or angels. We have our weaknesses,
shortcomings and we make mistakes, but in
the context of how we administrate sports and
lead sports, we must strive to have zero tolerance
for corruption, bribery and all the different
manifestations. Even though the allegations
are still to be proven, it is a dark day for FIFA
in the context of the spectacle of senior high
ranking officials being arrested by a body and
an entity such as the FBI (Federal Bureau of
Investigations) and the Swiss authorities. It
can t do well for the positive image and rep-
utation of FIFA.
Farrier, the TTCF head, said, "It sends a
message that governance in sport is very impor-
tant and we need to do things like constitution
reform. We need to follow all the procedures
that we put in place. Sport is big business and
there must be proper governance."
Serrette, meanwhile, said, when he decided
to get involved in the administration of sport,
it was always to be done in a transparent man-
"After taking over the presidency of the
NAAA, it was the first time that we were able
to deliver audited statements and we always
informed our stakeholders about what was
happening. It is about the work we are doing
that we don t get paid for, but we are enjoying
the fruits of the hard work that we do when
the athletes do well," Serrette said.
Minister of Sport and former Soca Warrior,
Brent Sancho described the indictment against
former FIFA vice president and president of
CONCACAF as an historic development in
sports and in football.
Sancho said he was not surprised in relation
to Warner being charged for corruption.
"FIFA for a very long time acted on its own.
No world government have ever interfaced or
gotten involved in FIFA s business. It is not a
surprise that this is happening but I think it
did take long to develop like this. I am not sur-
prised," Sancho said.
When asked about his longstanding rela-
tionship with Warner and how he felt on a per-
sonal level, Sancho replied: "It was always dif-
ficult to judge Warner s impact in the local
game. It is hard because he never really had a
lot of accountability and transparency. For one
championing his cause, Warner played an inte-
gral part in a positive way in football.
"It is a sad day despite all achievements
Warner had on and off the pitch."
When asked what was the reaction by his
Cabinet colleagues on the news, Sancho said
that everyone was watching to see what will
Meanwhile, the T&T Football Association
(TTFA) said it is observing, with concern, the
events that took place yesterday morning in
In a release late yesterday, the TTFA assured
that it will give the ongoing investigation the
respect it deserves and as a result, will refrain
from making further statements on the ongoing
investigation at this time.
"We acknowledge this investigation and hope
it will lead to improved governance in the world s
most popular sport of which our organisation
is actively involved," the TTFA said.
The TTFA reiterates that it is currently
involved in a process of reforming and re-organ-
ising its governance, organisational structures,
and "practices in striving to meet ever-increasing
expectations of transparency, accountability
and performance from a wide range of stake-
"This process was started immediately by
president Raymond Tim Kee after he was elected
as president of TTFA in 2012."
Tim Kee is currently in Zurich, Switzerland,
attending the 65th FIFA Congress.
Rajindra Chandrika drives through the off-side on the opening day of
the Tour Match between WICB President's XI and the Australians
yesterday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
PHOTO: WICB MEDIA/ADRIEL "WOODY" RICHARD
Half-centuries from Dowrich, Chandrika, Chase deny Aussies
WI PRESIDENT'S XI 1st Inns
T Theophile c M Marsh b Hazlewood .4
LJohnsoncClarkebHazlewood . . . . . .0
SBrookscSMarshbAhmed . . . . . . . . .4
+SDowrichcSiddlebLyon . . . . . . . . . .78
TOTAL(5wkts,91overs) . . . . . . . .288
To bat: C Brathwaite, J Warrican, M
Mindley, M Cummins.
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-20, 3-38, 4-141,
Bowling: Hazlewood 15-6-26-2 (nb1),
Siddle 13-3-29-0, Lyon 24-4-73-1, M
Marsh 10-1-37-0, Ahmed 25-5-95-2,
AUSTRALIA: Michael Clarke (captain),
Shaun Marsh, Chris Rogers, Adam
Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin,
Peter Nevill, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon,
Josh Hazlewood, Fawad Ahmed.
Toss : WI President's XI.
Umpires: Leslie Reifer Jr, Nigel Duguid.
On Warner's corruption charge...
Sancho not surprised
...but pressing ahead with business
CONCACAF to cooperate with authorities
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