Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 16th 2015 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Internal problems currently
facing the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI) are likely
to inflict further woes on the West
Indies as the regional board seeks
to find a mechanism to deal with
the future relationship between
the two Boards.
A lawsuit worth US$41.97 mil-
lion and the possibility that all
future bi-lateral ties may be severed
by the BCCI, continue to haunt
the WICB, and recent develop-
ments within the BCCI are unlikely
to ease the pressure.
The governing body for Indian
cricket is currently engaged in a
court battle with its former pres-
ident N Srinivasan that is prevent-
ing it from holding general elec-
Last week, the BCCI sought the
opinion of the Supreme Court on
whether Srinivasan could attend
the meetings of the board as the
authorised representative of Tamil
Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).
Srinivasan has been told to stay
away from BCCI meetings before,
owing to conflict of interest issues,
and had even been made to apol-
ogise to the Supreme Court for
Yet Srinivasan came to the
working committee meeting in
Kolkata last week, at his own risk,
and BCCI president Jagmohan
Dalmiya called it to an end mere
minutes after it had begun.
Dalmiya said he would seek a court
directive with regards to Srini-
vasan s eligibility to participate in
Since Srinivasan has technically
attended the meeting before it was
adjourned "sine die", the Cricket
Association of Bihar, the petitioner
in the IPL corruption scandal, is
likely to move a contempt plea to
the court. The legal muddle is likely
to result in the postponement of
the BCCI s AGM, which needs to
be held before September 30, for
the second year in succession.
A source close to the WICB
revealed that at last weekend s reg-
ular quarterly meeting of the
WICB, the India matter came up,
concerning the severing of bi-lat-
eral ties and the also the lawsuit
"The matter was discussed by
the WICB directors but at this
point there is little they could do
to advance the discussions with
the BCCI. They are having internal
problems and as such it is difficult
for the WICB to get them to sit
down to discuss the matter further.
When their elections are held, then
and only then would the WICB
get an opportunity to engage these
men in talks, so that cricket rela-
tions can resume."
The source added that the Inter-
national Cricket Council (ICC) has
gotten involved in the matter and
has written both bodies, asking
them to meet at their earliest con-
venience to work out a deal moving
India is due to tour the
Caribbean next year to play four
Test matches and if they fail to
make the trip, the WICB stands
to lose significant revenue from
what is expected to be a very lucra-
time with BCCI
T&T Soca Warriors will play an
international friendly against a Central
American or African nation on Octo-
ber 12 or 13, before kicking off its 2018
Concacaf semifinal qualifiers.
This was confirmed by T&TFA gen-
eral secretary Sheldon Phillips when
contacted yesterday for an update on
the team s preparations ahead of its
World Cup qualifying campaign which
begins on November 13 away to
Guatemala, followed by a home clash
four days later versus USA.
St Vincent and The Grenadines is
the other team in the group from which
the top two will advance to the six-
team Concacaf final round.
It was initially thought the Stephen
Hart-coached Soca Warriors prepara-
tions for the World Cup qualifiers would
be derailed by its home-and-away Copa
America 2016 playoff matches with
However, word reaching the T&TFA
is that the Copa America tie will not
be played until later in the year, giving
Hart ample time to focus on his team s
World Cup qualifying Group C prepa-
Phillips said a warm-up game with
Panama in Panama City was finalised
for October 8 and discussions were on
going with a number of associations
with regards to the second Fifa inter-
national date in the month.
Pressed as to a possible opponent,
Phillips hinted that Nicaragua was one
of the teams with which the T&TFA
was holding discussions.
"We have taken note of the perform-
ance of the Nicaraguans in their series
against Jamaica and we see them as a
possible warm-up for the second match
in October, but we also are exploring
the options of an African nation," stated
The son of former national goal-
keeper, Lincoln Phillips, the younger
Phillips confirmed that no matter which
team T&T plays, the match on October
12 or 13 will be played here in Trinidad.
"It s just a matter of us confirming
which venue between the Ato Boldon
Stadium, Couva and the Hasely Craw-
ford Stadium, Mucurapo based on their
availability," stated Phillips.
In their recent warm-up, the Soca
Warriors squandered a 2--0 lead before
drawing 3--3 with Mexico in Salt Lake
City, Utah, on September 4, less than
two months after a 4--4 thriller at the
Concacaf Gold Cup.
T&T s drawn result has now seen
coach Hart improve his overall record
to 12 wins, nine loses and five draws
in 26 matches.
The winner of the T&T and Haiti
home-and-away series will qualify for
next year s Copa America Champi-
onship, the 100th edition, which will
be held in the USA.
The 16-nation Centenario is sched-
uled to run from June 3-26 and includes
the ten South American teams and six
invited teams from Concacaf, led by
USA and Mexico, the recent Gold Cup
The South American contingent
includes Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,
Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador,
Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay while
recent Gold Cup runner-up Jamaica
and Costa Rica have sealed places from
Concacaf and will be joined by the win-
ners of the T&T/Haiti, and
Panama/Cuba home-and-away ties.
LAHORE---Top rated West Indies
cricketers Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard
and Dwayne Bravo are among head-
line names for the inaugural Pakistan
Super League (PSL), a franchise-based
T20 tournament to be held in Doha
in February next year.
West Indies players Darren Sammy
and Sunil Narine are also part of the
PSL draft pool along with former Eng-
land batsman Owais Shah.
The agency that manages Gayle, one
of the most valuable Twenty20 players,
confirmed that he had signed the pre-
draft agreement on Monday.
"Obviously top guns like Gayle are
stars who attract fans," Najam Sethi,
head of PCB Executive committee, said.
"They lend commercial value, show-
biz glitz and tournament credibility.
They are also sources of inspiration
and emulation for our budding play-
The PSL matches will be played at
the West End Park International Cricket
Stadium, with a capacity of about
13,000, used last year for a women s
limited-overs tri-series involving Pak-
istan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
The first edition of PSL will feature
five franchise-based teams from Lahore,
Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islam-
abad, with prize money of $1 million.
The tournament, featuring 24 match-
es, is scheduled to run from February
4 to 24, one month before the World
T20 in India. CMC
Indies captain Brian Lara is
among celebrities listed to play
in a fund-raising Twenty20
match at Kensington Oval here
on September 26 in support of
Dominica following devastation
caused by Tropical storm Erika
The match is being staged by
the University of the West Indies
(UWI) in partnership with the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
It will feature a WICB Presi-
dent s Celebrity XI and a UWI
Vice-Chancellor s Celebrity XI.
Apart from Lara, fellow Trinida-
dian, footballer Dwight Yorke and
Jamaican Olympian athlete Yohan
Blake are among celebrities who
have confirmed their availability.
Each team will field six WI crick-
eters and five Caribbean celebrities.
UWI Vice-Chancellor, Sir Hilary
Beckles, said the UWI was pleased
to collaborate with the WICB to
support the Dominica Relief Fund.
Expressing sympathy to families
who lost relatives and property in
the storm, he said: "The UWI is
committed to doing everything we
can to help in the resuscitation of
Dominica and its people."
Warriors gear up
for Concacaf semis
Windies stars for
new T20 tournament
Lara in charity match for Dominica
Manchester United's Luke Shaw is taken off the pitch by medical staff after being injured during
the Champions League Group B soccer match between PSV and Manchester United at Philips
stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, yesterday. United lost 1--2. AP PHOTO
Chris Gayle ... headed for Pakistan
Links Archive September 15th 2015 September 17th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page