Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 22nd 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 22, 2015
MELBOURNE---Fast bowler Peter Siddle has warned
struggling West Indies not to expect any let up in
the Second Test in Melbourne starting Boxing Day.
The Caribbean side suffered their worst defeat in
84 years to Australia when they were crushed by an
innings and 212 runs in the opening Test in Hobart
two weeks ago.
And Siddle said the Aussies would be keeping their
feet down in an effort to continue their winning trend
in the three-Test series.
"At the end of the day, every team goes through
their ups and downs," Siddle said.
He continued: "They ve got players that can come
out and perform well at Test match level, so we ve got
to be ready for that and make sure that they don t
perform. That s our job.
West Indies have not won a Test Down Under in
18 years and have not beaten Australia period since
2003, a statistic that continues to plague the beleaguered
However, they are under pressure to hit back in Mel-
bourne following a dismal performance in the first
Test which ended inside three days.
And with the historic Boxing Day Test already attract-
ing plenty of attention, Siddle said the Aussies were
ready to play though cricket and entertain the large
"It s a Boxing Day Test, so it s always going to be
watched all around the world and people will still come
to watch the game," Siddle pointed out.
"How long the game lasts is a different story. We re
about playing well and playing good cricket, and that s
what we re going to do. We re going to come out on
morning one whether it s with bat or ball and perform
well and start well. We set the tone.
"We ll be playing an exciting game of cricket and
it s definitely going to be worth watching." (CMC)
LAHORE---Twenty20 superstar Chris Gayle, West
Indies Test and one-day captain Jason Holder and
much sought-after all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, were
among eight West Indian players gobbled up by
franchises on the opening day of the Pakistan Super
League draft yesterday.
The PSL, which will be played in United Arab Emi-
rates, will launch its inaugural season from February
4-23 next year.
Left-hander Gayle was the first pick for Lahore
Qalandars and will play alongside Bravo who was
snapped up in the Platinum first round.
Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Kevon Cooper
will also play for Qalanders after being picked up in
the Gold third round.
For Gayle and Bravo, it will be the second time
they will be playing together following their current
stint with Melbourne Renegades in the ongoing Aus-
tralia Big Bash League.
Holder, meanwhile, was chosen by Quetta Gladiators
in the Diamond second round, as the franchise also
picked up England star Kevin Pietersen as their num-
ber one selection.
The 24-year-old Holder has not campaigned exten-
sively on the global Twenty20 circuit though he has
had single seasons for Chennai Super Kings and Sun-
risers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.
He is currently leading West Indies on a three-
Test tour of Australia.
All-rounder Andre Russell, who is now a limited
overs specialist, was a first round draft pick for Islam-
abad United while leg-spinner Samuel Badree was
a second round choice for the same franchise.
Opener Lendl Simmons, meanwhile, will turn out
for Karachi Kings after being snapped up in the
second round while current Windies T20 skipper
Darren Sammy was a first round choice for Peshawar
England s Chris Jordan, who was born in Barbados
and represented the country in first class cricket,
will play alongside Sammy. (CMC)
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
has rejected a request from the Trinidad and
Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB), owners of
the Red Force, to allow embattled off-spinner
Sunil Narine to take part in the upcoming
Nagico Super50 series that will be played
in T&T and St Kitts from January 7.
Narine has been banned from bowling by
the International Cricket Council (ICC), who
deemed his bowling action to be illegal. Narine,
who bowled this country to the Nagico title
this season with figures of six wickets for nine
runs, recently failed a test on his bowling
action at the Loughborough University testing
centre in England.
He was reported during the second ODI of
the West Indies versus Sri Lanka series in Sri
Lanka in November. He visited England a
couple weeks ago and was tested. He was
made to bowl with the similar action he used
during the match in which he was reported
and it was found to be above the 15-degree
bending that is allowable.
A source told the Guardian that the
T&TCB s request was turned down since it
was felt that the WICB did not want to go
contrary to the findings of the ICC. "The
WICB did not think it wise to allow Narine
to take the field until such time as a test was
done which showed that his action is legal.
It would be contrary to the ICC s findings if
the Board allowed him to play without allowing
him to prove that his action was legitimate,"
said the source.
Narine would have to get clearance from
the ICC in order to get back into action on
the regional scene. However, Narine will be
able to take part in the domestic league which
begins in January after the Nagico Super50.
He is expected to line up for Queen s Park
Narine will be looking to get back into
cricket as soon as possible because his future
in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL)
will also be at stake. It was in India during
the Champions League last year that Narine
was banned from bowling in the finals of the
tournament by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
He came back from that set back and was
allowed to make his international return against
Sri Lanka recently. He missed the World Cup
in Australia/New Zealand because he was
working on his action.
However, as soon as he returned against
Sri Lanka, he ran afoul of the officials.
Rowley was able to
enjoy a good game
of golf on his recent
weekend trip to
Barbados to attend
a wedding. He
cricket legend Brian
Lara to face off
cricket legend Sir
Gary Sobers and
golf pro Elvis
Medford. The game
was played at the
according to Dr
Rowley, Sir Gary and
through to beat the
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In yesterday s verdict, Blatter was fined
50,000 Swiss francs (US$50,250) and Platini
80,000 Swiss francs (US$80,400).
"Neither in his written statement nor in
his personal hearing was Mr Blatter able to
demonstrate another legal basis for this
payment," the judges said. "By failing to
place FIFA s interests first and abstain from
doing anything which could be contrary to
FIFA s interests, Mr Blatter violated his fidu-
ciary duty to FIFA.
"His (Blatter s) assertion of an oral agree-
ment was determined as not convincing
and was rejected by the chamber."
Blatter hit back at that conclusion during
his news conference, portraying the ethics
committee as saying of Platini and himself:
"He s a liar and I m a liar."
"This is not correct," Blatter said.
Blatter acknowledged an administrative
"error" in failing to register FIFA s debt to
Platini in its accounts for eight years, though
he insisted: "This is nothing to do with the
The Swiss had started tentatively and the
grey bristles on his chin---that clearly showed
he hadn t shaven that morning---added to
his aged appearance.
Yet his voice grew stronger, seeming to
take heart from gentle prompts and notes
given by his only child, daughter Corinne,
sitting to his left.
He spoke in four languages and translated
his own German, French and Spanish
answers into English, clearly relishing the
attention of a big audience again.
By the end, with his top shirt button
undone and tie loose, it was possible to
forget that Blatter had faced a health scare
on November 1. (AP)
'Blatter violated his fiduciary duty to FIFA'
Aussies will not let
up warns Siddle
Gayle, Holder among
stars for Super League WICB blanks Narine
from Nagico series
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