Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 29th 2015 Contents COLOMBO -- Newly appointed Test captain
Jason Holder has been given a passing grade by
interim head coach Eldine Baptiste, who says
the 23-year-old needs to continue to back himself
in the role.
Holder was elevated to the Test captaincy prior
to the Sri Lanka series, taking over from wick-
etkeeper Denesh Ramdin who led the side for 15
And while his first series in charge was marked
by 2-0 defeat to Sri Lanka, Baptiste said Holder
had been excellent throughout.
"You couldn t ask for more. To be quite honest,
Jason has been very, very good," Baptiste said.
"It s a pleasure to sit out here and watch what
he is doing.
"As I said to him, don t be afraid. He s a young
man, he s going to make mistakes but don t be
afraid to make mistakes. [He needs to] back his
instinct, back his gut feeling and he s done that."
Holder was named one-day captain last year
ahead of the tour of South Africa in January, and
also led the team to the World Cup in Australia
and New Zealand.
With his appointment as captain in the longest
format, he became West Indies youngest ever
Test captain but Baptiste said Holder had taken
to the job easily.
"You can see tactical-wise and all that, he s
been doing a very good job. Hats off to him, he s
look very good and comfortable in the job that
he s doing."
Seamer Ravi Rampaul, who has joined the
squad here for the upcoming limited overs series,
also threw his backing behind Holder.
The 31-year-old has played extensively with
Holder for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean
Premier League, and said he admired his desire
"He has a never-say-die attitude. He doesn t
like to lose any game and from the couple of
games I ve played with him he s always wanting
to win and never gives up," Rampaul pointed
"That s what I like about him. He s doing a
good job so far with the captaincy so it s just for
the senior guys to rally around him and give him
some support." (CMC)
very good', says
Jason Holder...given a passing grade by interim
head coach Eldine Baptiste.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 29, 2015
COLOMBO---After spending a year out of
West Indies colours, experienced seamer
Ravi Rampaul says he is hoping to make
the most of his latest opportunity with
the Caribbean side.
The 31-year-old is one of several new
players who have joined the Windies squad
here following the Test series, to contest
the three One-Day Internationals and two
Twenty20s against Sri Lanka starting Sun-
"It s been a while since I played for West
Indies and I m happy to be back. Hopefully
I can put together some strong performances
and really cement my place on the team for
a couple years," the Trinidadian said here
He added: "I have been waiting for this
opportunity since I was out of the team.
Hopefully I feel a part of the team and make
the most of the opportunity."
Rampaul is the most experienced bowler
in the West Indies line up, with 90 ODIs
and 22 T20s under his belt and will be
expected to carry the weight of the seam
attack along with Jerome Taylor and captain
And he believes his skill with the new
ball and at the death could make him a for-
midable opponent especially on the low,
slow subcontinent pitches.
"[I bring to the team experience] with
the new ball and coming down to the death,"
he pointed out.
"Hopefully I can pick up early wickets
and give the team a good start with the new
ball and then come in and finish it off at
the end. My experience will play a big part."
He added: "Over here is similar to India.
You have to use a lot of variation because
the wickets tend to be a little slow but exe-
cution in any game or on any pitch is the
most important thing."
Rampaul said while his arsenal remained
basically the same, he was experimenting
with a few things.
"There are no new deliveries but I have
been working on some slower balls and try-
ing to perfect my yorkers so hopefully in
this tournament, everything will come [out]
There is also a return to the squad for
mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine who, like
Rampaul, has not played for West Indies in
over a year.
Rampaul said Narine s inclusion in the
squad automatically strengthened the bowl-
"It s always good to have Sunil, turning
the ball both ways. He brings a lot of con-
fidence to your bowling line up knowing
that we have him there. He takes wickets
and he s economical so he s a plus for our
bowling team." (CMC)
Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul...hoping to make
the most of his latest chance.
Rampaul hoping to capitalise
on latest opportunity
BRIDGETOWN---Former West Indies
Under-19 head coach, Roddy Estwick, has
been appointed bowling consultant to Bar-
bados Pride for the upcoming WICB Pro-
fessional Cricket League.
The 54-year-old former fast bowler, who
represented Barbados and West Indies B,
will work to develop the Pride s fast bowling
stock which franchise chairman Conde Riley
said had endured some problems in recent
"A couple months ago it was mooted by
the West Indies Cricket Board that they
were going to have points for fast bowling.
That is not any longer on the table. I think
that is going to come from next year. That
was one of the reasons why we thought we
should sharpen up on the fast bowlers,"
Riley said here this week.
"Also, Miguel Cummins who has been
on every West Indies A team tour since he
burst onto the scene with 35 wickets a couple
years ago, developed a no-ball problem and
"Last year, at some point in time the
chairman of selectors and head coach would
have had him working with Roddy to try
to work that out."
He added: "We have Kemar Roach who
has gone slightly backwards. It was felt that
Roddy would be a welcome addition to get-
ting our fast bowlers spot on at the level of
international fast bowlers.
"As you know, he is the coach of choice
for the West Indies Cricket Board for the
fast bowling camps and general camps, so
we figure he is here and why not use him."
Estwick is one of the changes to the Pride
team management with assistant coach
Dexter Toppin out, and manager Livingstone
Coppin standing down because of personal
Pride will be led by Test opener Kraigg
Brathwaite for their opening round contest
against Jamaica Scorpions which bowls off
November 6 at Kensington Oval.
The 13-man squad includes one uncapped
player in batsman Kemar Brathwaite, and
also features Test players---wicketkeeper
Shane Dowrich, batsman Shai Hope, left-
arm spinner Jomel Warrican and fast bowler
Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Kemar
Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Roston
Chase, Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins,
Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Shai
Hope, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach,
Kevin Stoute, Jomel Warrican.
Estwick appointed Pride bowling consultant
GENEVA---Taking a dictatorial approach
to his role as FIFA president, Sepp Blatter
lashed out at the ethics committee for being
"against me" and criticised his 90-day ban
as being "total nonsense."
Blatter, who was suspended along with
Michel Platini, made the comments during
a wide-ranging and stinging interview pub-
lished yesterday by Russian state news agency
"And they wanted to say, We, ethics com-
mittee, we are not at the service of the pres-
ident, we are totally independent. This is
wrong," Blatter said in the interview. "They
can be independent but they don t need to
be against me."
The longtime FIFA president also railed
against several perceived enemies, including
Platini, American authorities, the European
Union and media in England and his native
Switzerland. He also seemed frustrated at
losing control of decision-making power at
soccer s scandal-hit governing body.
"It s total nonsense. This is not justice. I
put these people into the office, where they
are now in the ethics committee, and they
don t even have had the courage to listen to
the secretary general, Platini or me," Blatter
said, also referring to the suspended Jerome
The interview gave the clearest insight yet
on his views since being suspended on Octo-
ber 8 after a Swiss criminal investigation over
a $2 million payment between Blatter and
Platini. It also highlighted his feud with Platini,
whose chances of succeeding Blatter in the
Feb. 26 emergency election have been dam-
aged by his suspension.
Both deny wrongdoing and have appealed
against their sanctions, but both face longer
bans when the full ethics hearing is com-
"Yeah, he started it, but then it became
politics," Blatter said of the former France
captain, dating their falling out to 2008. "And
when it is in politics, it is not any longer
Platini against me."
In another part of the interview, Blatter
cited the World Cup hosting votes in 2010
as a turning point which unleashed criticism
and scrutiny on FIFA, mainly because the
United States didn t win. Russia won the
right to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar
was awarded the 2022 tournament.
"(It) was agreed that we go to Russia
because it s never been in Russia, eastern
Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America,"
Blatter said, referring to a time about a month
before the official vote.
"And everything was good until the
moment when (then French President Nicolas)
Sarkozy came in a meeting with the crown
prince of Qatar, who is now the ruler of Qatar.
And at a lunch afterward with Mr. Platini,
he said it would be good to go to Qatar."
After that meeting in Paris, Blatter said
Platini and three other European members
of the FIFA executive committee switched
sides to give Qatar a 14-8 win over the Amer-
Russia, however, remains a strong ally for
"You know what I like in Russia also is that
in difficult situations I still have the full support
of President Putin. (AP)
Blatter chastises FIFA ethics committee for banning him
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