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"Listen, it s like having a close one that is not
too well, you don t forsake that person, you stick
with them and five unconditional support."
The words of Abdullah Khan from T&T, who made
the trip all the way to Sri Lanka to support the West
Indies team on their current tour of the Island.
Khan, who resides in Vistabella, South Trinidad,
was accompanied by his wife Ria, as they made the
trek halfway across the world to support the West
Indies. They have been visiting the ground showing
their support and making their presence felt in the
Whilst in Sri Lanka they have made a number of
friends, who found it strange that they would come
all the way from the West Indies to support the team.
Khan told Guardian Media: "West Indies have been
struggling for the longest while and you have people
who would rather condemn than come out and sup-
port the young players. I decided to make this trip
to Sri Lanka because when I looked at the team, it
was full of youngsters and I thought to myself that
these guys need to know that although they are
halfway across the world, there people are in the
stands here lending support to them."
Ria said, "It felt good being here and supporting
your country, I was making noise in the stands and
the people here were just watching me, probably
thinking that I was a Sri Lankan that had turned and
was supporting the West Indies. When you look at
it, those are our players out here and although the
results have not been the greatest I think it will
improve once everyone show them that encourage-
Abdullah said that the Professional Cricket League
(PCL) which was started in the Caribbean last year
would go a long way in assisting in the development
of the players.
"I think the PCL was a good move because now
you have players working on their game all year
round, they are now professional even at the regional
level and this would go a long way in bringing out
In the meantime the Khans are in Sri Lanka doing
their part from off the field and keeping the faith in
the Caribbean men.
Trini fans show
faith in Windies
Abdullah Khan, left, and his wife Ria flank a Sri
Lankan supporter at the IOC Pavilion at the P Sara
Oval in Colombo Sri Lanka. PHOTO: VINODE MAMCHAN
COLOMBO---Sir Garfield Sobers has hailed
Clive Lloyd s all conquering team of the
1970s and 80s as the greatest in the sport,
the likes of which will probably not be seen
The legendary all-rounder made the asser-
tion as he spoke passionately here earlier this
week to members of the cricket fraternity.
"In the 1970s and 1980s and into the
1990s, West Indies were champions and had
the best players in the world," Sir Gary said.
"I don t think you ll see that again in the
history of cricket. They were simply the best
team in the world, the greatest cricket team
ever, and probably one of the greatest sports
"People talk about the fast bowlers, but
I don t call them fast bowlers, I call them
express bowlers. You had Michael Holding
and Andy Roberts coming at you and when
they were finished you had Colin Croft and
Joel Garner to follow up. There was no let
He continued: "Waiting in the wings you
had Wayne Daniel and my boy Sylvester
Clarke, who was just as quick as anyone
going around. Malcolm (Marshall) came along
a little later and he was just world-class. So
this made for a tremendous bowling attack.
"You must remember that before the West
Indies produced that kind of attack there
was always two quick bowlers, a medium
pacer and a spinner. But then Clive Lloyd
came up with the master plan and the world
had to contend with something they had
never seen before -- four big strong men
bowling at express pace."
As part of their world dominance, Lloyd s
team won the first World Cup in 1975 when
they beat Australia at Lords and repeated in
1979 when they rolled over England at the
The side went on to dominate the longer
format under Lloyd and then under his suc-
cessor, Sir Vivian Richards, who never lost
a Test during his time in charge.
Sir Gary pointed out that Sir Viv, along
with several other batsmen, made Lloyd s
team extra special.
"Clive was a great captain and a great
leader and he was also a tremendous play-
er...he was respected by everyone," Sir Gary
"They dominated because they had the
amazing players. When you look at the batting
line-up, they had Gordon Greenidge and
Desmond Haynes, the great opening com-
bination, the best opening pair of the time.
"Then you had Viv Richards and Lawrence
Rowe and Alvin Kallicharan, players who
really established themselves and dominated.
Larry Gomes and Richie Richardson followed
and that made the team quite powerful.
"They had someone special in every
department. They had it all. I don t think
you will ever see than again. It was simply
a great team."
Sir Gary is in Sri Lanka for the second
Test match of the Sobers/Tissera Series
between West Indies and Sri Lanka. The
two-match rubber is named in honour of
Sir Gary and Michael Tissera, the former Sri
Lanka player and manager.
The two were the captains when West
Indies played a three-day unofficial Test
against Ceylon back in 1967.
Sir Gary is universally hailed as the greatest
Test all-rounder ever. He played 93 Test
matches between 1954 and 1974 and made
8,032 runs, took 235 wickets and held 109
Sir Gary: Lloyd's team
the greatest one ever
New champions will be crowned when
the 20th edition of the Scotia Schools
table-tennis Championship Singles com-
petition serves off at the Central Regional
Indoor Sporst Arena, Chaguanas from
9.30 am today.
The singles will feature competition in
the boys and girls Open Division, Under-
15, U-13, and U-11 age-groups.
However, only the Open, and U-15 finals
will be contested this weekend with the
Under-13 and Under-11 finals carded for
the Scarborough Secondary on October 31.
In the Open Division, Amresh Mungal,
Daniel Henriques, Shaquille Mitchell, Korren
Welch and Benoni Daniel are the major con-
tenders among the boys while Nalini Boodoo,
Gyshan Latchman and Anjana Valsalan will
are the leading Open girls title hopefuls.
Jakeem Welch and Derron Douglas are
the clear favourites in the boys U-15 age-
group and among Shreya Maharaj, Chelsea
Fong, Brittany Lee, Jasher De Gannes and
Shanekah Johnson will battle it out for top
honours in the girls U-15s.
Last week at Preysal, the qualifiers for
the Under-13 and Under-11 competition
were held while yesterday, the tournament
served off with the Open and Under-15 team
Scotia singles titles up for grabs
Stephanie Mitchell and Rahul Ramper-
sad were the standout players when the
T&T Badminton Association Doubles Open
and Masters tournament concluded at the
Central Regional Indoor Sporting Arena
in Chaguanas, on Friday night.
Mitchell and Rampersad joined forces to
win the mixed doubles title, defeating Arthur
Alexander and Kamasha Robertson 21-19,
In the men s doubles final, the top ranked
duo of Rampersad and Justin Siu outlasted
the second ranked pair of Alistair Espinoza
and Will Lee 21-14, 21-15 to hand Rampersad
his second title.
Mitchell was also a double crown winner,
winning the women s doubles round robin
crown with Robertson. The pair played
undefeated, winning three matches and also
recording a walkover win.
Christopher Joachim and Arnand Maharaj
were also winners on the night, snatching
the master s round robin title with two wins
and two walkover wins to finish with a per-
Mitchell, Rampersad star at Doubles Badminton
Men's Doubles: Final: Rahul Rampersad/Justin Siu
def Alistair Espinoza/Will Lee 21-14, 21-15
Semifinals: Rahul Rampersad/Justin Siu def Arthur
Alexander/Roger Moore 21-9, 21-13
Alistair Espinoza/Will Lee def Sheraz Nabbie/Anil
Seepaul 30-29, 14-21, 21-16
Winners Stephanie Mitchell/Kamasha Robertson
(won three matches, one walkover win)
Final: Rahul Rampersad/Stephanie Mitchell def
Arthur Alexander/Kamasha Robertson 21-19, 21-10
Semifinals: Rahul Rampersad/Stephanie Mitchell --
won by default
Arthur Alexander/Kamasha Robertson def Jade
Allman/Arielle Gomez 21-9, 21-13
Masters Round Robin: Winners - Christopher
Joachim/Arnand Maharaj (won two matches, two
Some of the winners at the T&T Badminton Association Doubles Open and Masters
tournament. front row from left: Stephanie Mitchell, Kamasha Robertson, Tessrah Fletcher,
Jemima Serrano, Reba Fleary, Arielle Gomez, Arthur Alexander. Back row from left: Rahul
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