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"The Australians caught everything that
came their way and our guys put down a
few chances in the first Test. It is something
that they have been working very hard on
and we are looking for a much improved
performance in the upcoming match."
Despite the loss inside three days the West
Indies is expected to play the same team,
which means that the off colour Kemar
Roach will miss out as well as the Guyanese
pair of Rajindra Chandrika and Veerasammy
The Australians are also expected to go
into the match unchanged, as regular opener
Chris Rogers is still not ready to take up
battle, after being struck on the head during
practice in Dominica.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 11, 2015
KINGSTON---Combative left-arm spin-
ner Sulieman Benn emerged with the
Player-of-the-Year award while the out-
standing Stafanie Taylor picked up the
corresponding women s award, at the
West Indies Player Association/West
Indies Cricket Board Players Award cer-
emony held here Tuesday night.
The 33-year-old enjoyed a resurgence
in his career last year, picking up 31 wick-
ets at 30 apiece, with a best of five for
39 in the first Test against Bangladesh
last September at Arnos Vale.
Taylor, meanwhile, scored 343 runs at
an average of 38 last year, to be one of
the leading players for the West Indies
Young opener Kraigg Brathwaite was
voted Test Player-of-the-Year, Denesh
Ramdin received the One-Day Interna-
tional Player-of-the-Year while leg-spin-
ner Samuel Badree walked away with the
Twenty20 Player-of-the-Year honour.
Jamaican stroke-maker Jermaine Black-
wood was named Emerging Player-of-
In his feature address, WIPA president
and chief executive Wavell Hinds, reit-
erated the idea that the players were the
game's most precious resource and need-
ed to be treated as such.
He revealed that WIPA and the WICB
had put the finishing touches on the con-
tentious Collective Bargaining Agreement
and had already signed off on it.
"The West Indies Cricket Board and
the West Indies Players Association do
recognise, appreciate and respect that
the most important asset in West Indies
cricket is our players and our players
must be treated accordingly," the former
West Indies batsman said.
"As such, we have embarked on final-
ising on our agreements...we've penned
the agreement in full."
WICB president, Dave Cameron, hailed
the strength of the relationship with
WIPA, noting that much could be accom-
plished in West Indies cricket once the
two bodies continued to cooperate.
"This marks the third year of our joint
Awards Ceremony and it puts in per-
spective the opportunity we can explore
when we as a cricket community
approach the rest of the world as a joint
unit," said Cameron.
Several special awards were given out,
with cricketing knights Sir Garfield
Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Vivian
Richards, Sir Wes Hall, Sir Andy Roberts,
Sir Richie Richardson and Sir Curtly
Ambrose all honoured for their contri-
Former Guyana Cricket Board president
and WICB director, Chetram Singh, was
given the WICB's Lifetime Achievement
Award for his service while Renford Pin-
nock, the former Jamaica
wicketkeeper/batsman, received the
equivalent award from the players union.
Benn, Taylor cop top awards
The owners of IPL side Kolkata Knight
Riders have bought a stake in Caribbean
Premier League franchise T&T Red Steel.
It is the first instance of an IPL franchise
investing in an overseas Twenty20 league.
"This is in line with our vision to expand
globally. We are thrilled to become part of
the cricketing tradition of Trinidad & Toba-
go," Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of Knight
Riders, told the Times of India. "The pas-
sion for franchise cricket in the Caribbean
is evident with the success of CPL and we
hope to bring all the best practices of KKR
to the T&T franchise."
KKR's announcement coincided with
Hero Motors, an Indian company, being
unveiled as the tournament's title sponsors
for 2015. Hero had been presenting sponsors
in 2014 for two of the six CPL teams,
champions Barbados Tridents and St Lucia
Zouks. Red Chillies Entertainment, the
parent company of KKR, has been able to
encash on the mass following of two of
their co-owners. Khan and Juhi Chawla
are popular Hindi film actors and their
presence had helped Knight Riders become
one of the first IPL franchises to break
even. Indian diaspora being the dominant
ethnicity in T&T, Red Steel was an appeal-
ing choice for the Red Chillies manage-
Venky Mysore, chief executive officer of
Red Chillies, hoped that the two-time IPL
champions Knight Riders' success would
be duplicated in the CPL.
Caribbean cricketers have emerged as
the most sought-after overseas lot in the
IPL. Offspinner Sunil Narine and allrounder
Andre Russell are key players for Knight
The CPL was launched in 2013 with six
franchises. Red Steel, lead by Dwayne Bravo,
couldn't make it to the final in the first
two editions of the tournament.
Regional Under-19 Team Of The Year: Guyana
Under-19 Player Of The Year: Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana)
Outstanding Performer WIPA In The Community: Ronnie Goddard
Regional 4-day Team Of The Year: Barbados
Regional Limited-Overs Player Of The Year: Dwayne Smith (barbados)
Regional 4-day Player Of The Year: Shacaya Thomas (Combined Campuses & Colleges)
Regional Twenty20 Player Of The Year: Lendl Simmons (Trinidad & Tobago)
One-day International Player Of The Year: Denesh Ramdin
Test Player Of The Year: Kraigg Brathwaite
Twenty20 International Player Of The Year: Samuel Badree
Emerging Player Of The Year: Jermaine Blackwood
Women's Player Of The Year: Stafanie Taylor
Player Of The Year: Sulieman Benn
WICB Lifetime Achievement Award: Chetram Singh (former president of the Guyana
Cricket Board and WICB director)
WIPA Lifetime Achievement Award: Renford Pinnock (former Jamaica wicketkeeper/bats-
Stafanie Taylor, left, collects the women's Cricketer of the Year award during the
WICB/WIPA awards at the Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday night.
An alien from Mars has just landed and Chris
Gayle is the man tasked with explaining what
the CPL is all about.
"I'd say Just come to Jamaica, observe and
you'll see it all - the biggest tournament ever."
Gayle, the Jamaica Tallawahs captain and tal-
isman, says the island is bursting with excitement
as champagne corks prepare to pop for the biggest
party in sport.
The man who has claimed the title of World
Boss' is living up to his name in England at pres-
Gayle is in sparkling form for Somerset in the
#T20Blast, smashing 328 runs in three innings
to date, including a blistering 151 not out.
But he says he is excited at the prospect of
heading back to the Caribbean and sampling the
legendary atmosphere generated by the fans in
his home country.
"The fans in Jamaica are fantastic. We love it,
we are passionate about our game there," Gayle
"They are looking forward to the party, the
music, the sexy ladies coming out to watch the
game, the cheerleaders.
"There's a great atmosphere, everyone is look-
ing forward to it. You have a beer or you have
some rum - you can choose which one you want.
"Everyone will be drinking something for sure
and then after the game it's a big party.
"Hopefully we can lift the trophy for them
again and I'm sure they will get behind us when
the games are played at Sabina Park - it should
be a fantastic crowd. It's going to be a great
Gayle, the first man to hit a century in the
CPL, is desperate to help the Tallawahs land a
second CPL title, after they clinched the inaugural
tournament in 2013.
"We want to lift the trophy once more because
we know what it's like to celebrate a champi-
onship," he said.
"We want to be the last team standing."
Gayle: 'It's party
time in Jamaica'
Gayle in charge of Tallawahs
Following are the members of the Jamaica
Tallawahs and their values, as they prepare for the
CPL which bowls off in nine days. Yesterday former
champions Guyana Amazon Warriors were high-
MahelaJayawardene . . . . . . . . . . .$100,000
KKR owners buy stake in Red Steel
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