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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, October 10, 2015
Embattled West Indies head coach Phil
Simmons is standing his ground and until
he gets answers, he will not meet with the
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Simmons was suspended by the WICB
after he made public comments on the non-
inclusion of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard
on the One Day International (ODI) team
for Sri Lanka. Simmons said at a press con-
ference that the reason for the continued
snub of the T&T duo was due to "outside
He was immediately suspended and
replaced by selector Eldine Baptiste as coach
for the current series in Sri Lanka.
The WICB appointed a human resource
committee to meet with Simmons to discuss
the matter. It is understood that if they find
anything that needs to warrant discipline
then Simmons would be sent to the disci-
Simmons has written the WICB asking
that they clarify which regulation he breached
so that he could prepare himself before meet-
ing with any committee.
Only after getting a response from the
WICB would Simmons then seek to meet
with them to discuss the issue further. The
former Ireland coach s fate now lies in the
hands of the WICB, while his team under
young Jason Holder battles Sri Lanka in its
Holder speaking in Colombo ahead of the
Test series said, "The comments made by
Phil were by Phil, and I can t comment on
those things. It s down to him and the board.
We can only control the cricket because
that s what we came here to do. Whatever
his situation, his fate lies with him and the
board. Hopefully he can deal with that and
be back to us as soon as possible.
"No doubt [Simmons suspension] is a
bit of setback for us, but at this present
stage, all we can do is focus on the cricket.
I just hope that the situation with him is
solved quickly because we would love to
have him back. He s been a wonderful inspi-
ration to our team thus far." Simmons took
over coach of the West Indies team imme-
diately after the World Cup that was played
in Australia and New Zealand earlier this
year. He started off with a 1-1 draw against
England in the Caribbean and this followed
a 0-2 loss to Australia also in the Caribbean.
The West Indies cricket team has a very
hectic schedule ahead as it battles Australia
for three Tests towards the end of the year
down under and then hopefully the powerful
Indians for four Test matches in the
Later next year the regional team will also
play host to South Africa and Australia for
a tri-series, so the WICB will be looking to
get this issue out of the way before hand.
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After a nervous start by both teams Pana-
ma thought it had taken the lead in the 33rd
minute, as striker Roberto Nurse glanced
home a free kick, however the goal was right-
fully whistled off for offside. Seven minutes
later, T&T stunned the home crowd as Jones
unleashed a rocket from outside the penalty
box which beat former LA Galaxy goalkeeper
Jaime Penedo all ends up.
The burly T&T striker should have made
it 2-0 just before the interval when he was
picked out by Joevin s left sided centre, but
with Penedo and the goal at his mercy he
guided his header overbar. Four minutes into
the second-half, Caesar who replaced Glenn
worked his way to the right byline and picked
out an onrushing Joevin Jones at the edge
of the six-yard box, but the Chicago Fire
midfielder, somehow missed the target.
However, three minuets later, Abu Bakr
then put T&T 2-0 when he redirected Cum-
mings right side corner after substitute goal-
keeper Luis Mejia, raced off his line and failed
The home team was then fortunate to pull
a goal back in the 59th minute when Valentin
Pimentel s intended cross to a team-mate in
the 18-yard box deceived T&T custodian
Marvin Phillip and snuck in at the far post.
The Panamanians then mounted several
attacks on the T&T defence, but with Bakr
and second-half substitute Daneil Cyrus pro-
viding yoeman service, the Soca Warriors
held on for the win, their first win on Panama
soil since 2005, while they also won 1-0 in
a 2009 friendly. The local squad was expected
to return home last night and will continue
preparations for Tuesday s friendly with
Nicaragua at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
in Mucurapo at 7 pm. Tickets at $200 and
$100, can be purchased online at
www.islandetickets.com, Sports & Games,
Kenny s, Ramsingh s in Couva and The Fan
Club. T&T will open its World Cup qualifying
campaign away to Guatemala on November
13 before hosting USA four days later while
St Vincent and The Grenadines is the other
team in the group, from which two will
advance to the Concacaf Final Round qual-
Mendis named for
West Indies Tests
Batting allrounder Milinda Siriwardana and
20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Mendis
have been named in Sri Lanka s squad for the
two-Test series against West Indies.
Siriwardana had been expected to make an
appearance in the squad, having made an encour-
aging start to his international career in the lim-
ited-overs formats, in addition to top-scoring in
the most recent first-class season. Mendis selection
is something of a surprise, however. He had led
Sri Lanka s Under-19 team in last year s Youth
World Cup, but has only hit one hundred and
one fifty in 16 first-class innings so far. Both
Mendis and Siriwardana are playing in the ongoing
three-day practice match against the West Indians.
Mendis recent performances in the Moin-ud-
Dowlah tournament in India, where he captained
the Sri Lanka Development XI, had helped push
him into Test contention, chief selector Kapila
Wijegunawardana said. Mendis hit 156, 52 and 47
in his three innings in the tournament. "Kusal
Mendis has been on our radar for a while," Wije-
gunawardana said. "We felt that he earned a spot
in the Test squad with the way he has been batting,
and the way he batted on the recent tour to India.
All the selectors have assessed his skill levels to
be quite good and are backing him." Mendis and
Siriwardana displace two more experienced bats-
men from the squad. Upul Tharanga has been
dropped despite a decent home record in the past
two years. Jehan Mubarak has also been replaced,
after making the squad for the two recent series
against Pakistan and India.
The remainder of the squad holds few surprises.
Tharindu Kaushal retains his position after having
had his doors banned recently---but he was always
expected to remain in the side on the strength of
this offbreaks. Rangana Herath and Dilruwan
Perera are the other frontline spin options.
Sri Lanka s top order looks unlikely to undergo
drastic change, though each of the top six is likely
to be under 30 years of age. Lahiru Thirimanne
retains his position in the squad and remains vice-
captain although he has only averaged 21.09 in
the home Test season.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva look
set to rejoin each other at the top of the order
after a brief break from opening together in the
last Test against India. Kusal Perera s impressive
Test debut, in which he hit two valuable fifties,
will likely see him claim a place in the XI as well.
Seamer Suranga Lakmal has regained fitness
after missing the series against India due to a side
strain, and joins Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep
and Dushmantha Chameera in the squad. Shamin-
da Eranga remains unavailable after picking up
his third major injury this year, in his groin.
There is no place for left-armer Vishwa Fer-
nando, who was in the squad for the India series.
Sri Lanka will have to decide whether Kusal
takes the gloves or whether Dinesh Chandimal
keeps. In the most recent Test, Chandimal had
been sent up the order and relieved of the gloves,
while Kusal put in an underwhelming performance
behind the stumps. The first Test begins in Galle
on October 14, before the teams move to the P
Sara Oval for the second encounter.
Simmons stands firm
Windies batsmen struggle on rain-hit opening day
Soca Warriors push past Panama
TEAM LINE UPS
T&T 2 (Kenwyne Jones 35th, Radanfah Abu Bakr
52nd) v Panama 1 (Valentin Pimentel 59th)
T&T---1. Marvin Phillip (GK), 16. Gavin Hoyte (2.
Aubrey David, 79'), 6. Radanfah Abu Bakr, 4.
Sheldon Bateau (23. Daneil Cyrus, 55'), 17.Mekeil
Williams; 20. Keron Cummings, 8. Khaleem
Hyland, 14. Andre Boucaud (19. Kevan George,
64'), 3. Joevin Jones (15. Neveal Hackshaw, 77');
7. Jonathan Glenn (11.Trevin Caesar, 46'), 9.
Kenwyne Jones (10. Willis Plaza, 81').
Unused substitutes: 21. Jan-Michael Williams
(GK), 13. Aikim Andrews, 18. Yohance Marshall.
Panama---1. Jaime Penedo (GK) (12. Luis
Mejia (GK), 46'); 6. Gabriel Gomez, 13. Adolfo
Machado, 23. Felipe Baloy (captain), 15. Erick
Davis (17. Luis Henriquez, 62'); 14. Valentin
Pimentel (8.Gabriel Torres, 79'), 11. Armando
Cooper (2. Leonel Parris, 46'), 20. Anibal Godoy
(7. Renan Addles ,62'), 19. Alberto Quintero; 9.
Roberto Nurse, 10. Luis Tejada (16. Rolando
Unused substitutes: - 22. Jose Calderon (GK),
3. Roderick Miller, 4. Abdiel Macea, 18. Darwin
Pinzon, 21. Ricardo Buitrago.
COLOMBO---West Indies batsmen made a
sluggish start to their tour of Sri Lanka, on
a rain-hit opening day of their three-day
tour match in Sri Lanka, yesterday.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored with
46 but West Indies struggled to 127 for six
against the Sri Lanka Cricket Board President s
XI, on a day when only 46 overs were possible
at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Rookie Shai
Hope was unbeaten on 24 while Darren Bravo
made 21 but opener Rajindra Chandrika (18),
Jermaine Blackwood (3), Shane Dowrich (3)
and Marlon Samuels (0) all failed. Off-spinner
Suraj Randiv was the President s XI best
bowler with three for 33 while seamer Suranga
Lakmal supported with two for ten.
Rain and a wet outfield forced the aban-
donment of the morning session and when
play finally got underway at 1:45 pm, West
Indies lost Chandrika cheaply with the score
on 23, pulling Lakmal to mid-wicket in the
16th over. The right-hander faced 49 balls
and struck three fours.
Brathwaite and Bravo then put on 55 for
the second wicket, to take the Windies to
tea at 78 for one.
The left-handed Bravo fell to the fourth
delivery following the break, however, edging
one behind off Randiv without a run added
to the interval total. He struck three fours
and a six in 32 balls at the crease.
His dismissal sparked a collapse where
five wickets fell for 35 runs as Randiv and
Lakmal ran through the middle order. In the
second over after tea, the right-handed
Samuels edged the fourth ball he had faced
to the keeper off Lakmal, and Blackwood
spent 19 balls at the crease before holing out
to mid-on off Randiv.
The obdurate Brathwaite, who faced 102
balls and counted six fours, perished in the
next over lbw to 24-year-old seamer Vishwa
Fernando and Dowrich fell six overs before
the eventual close, to give Ramdiv his third
wicket of the day. Though 59 overs had been
scheduled, bad light forced a premature end
to the day s play, with Hope and Denesh
Ramdin, unbeaten on five, attempting to
steady the innings. The right-handed Hope
has so far struck three fours in a 35-ball
WEST INDIES 127 for six (Kraigg Brathwaite
46, Shai Hope 24 not out, Darren Bravo 21;
Suraj Randiv 3-33, Suranga Lakmal 2-10) vs
SRI LANKA CRICKET PRESIDENT'S XI.
Sri Lanka Test squad Angelo Mathews (capt),
Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Kaushal Silva,
Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal
Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Kusal Perera,
Kusal Mendis, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan
Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad,
Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal,
with 46 for
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