Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 7th 2016 Contents T&T s Soca Warriors touched
down in Panama City shortly
after 9 am yesterday ahead of
tomorrow s Copa America Cen-
tenario qualifying match versus
Haiti at the Estadio Rommel
Coach Stephen Hart and his
22-man squad seemingly
brought some Caribbean sun-
shine with them as the condi-
tions have been mostly rainy and
overcast in Panama for the past
The Haitian team which also
arrived yesterday might have
been thinking along the same
lines as they no doubt came with
the same intentions of grabbing
a win tomorrow and booking
their place in the prestigious
The first order of business
was the official welcome during
which a presentation against
match fixing and other illegal
practices were outlined. Meetings
conducted by Concacaf officials
were held with all four teams
taking part in the playoff
T&T got a feel of the playing
surface in October when they
defeated the hosts 2-1 in an inter-
national friendly and Iceland-
based forward Jonathan Glenn,
who laid the pass off to Kenwyne
Jones for the opening item,
believes the Soca Warriors will
fancy their chances tomorrow.
"It s going to be a bruising
contest because both teams
know what is at stake," Glenn
said shortly after the team s
arrival. But we know the con-
ditions here quite well, we know
the ground and we know what
to expect. We also know the Haiti
team so it s going to be down to
us to really put our heads togeth-
er and pull off the result we all
want," he added.
T&T were scheduled to train
at 8 pm last night at the Cascarita
Tapia and would then have a
session at the match venue at 5
pm on the eve of the encounter.
"We knew we would try to
get in two good sessions but this
is why it was important to have
everyone back at home for the
period we did which turned out
quite well," Hart said.
"The focus now is going to
be in relation to how we play the
game on Friday. We ll work on
a couple things in training here
but it s just basically a couple
sessions away from game time.
We know what the task is and
we know what our focus is going
to be," he added.
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Shahdon Winchester who came
in to the team as a replacement
for Keron Cummings, admitted
his excitement on being in Hart s
squad, adding that he didn t con-
sider himself to be reserve call
"When I got the call I was
excited and even though it was
as a replacement, I was excited
as though I got called in the first
twenty three. I took it with a
good heart and came into the
session and tried to give a hun-
dred per cent and do what the
coach asked of me," Winchester
The match will kick off at 5.30
pm (6.30 pm TT) followed by
the match between Cuba and
Panama. Winners will advance
to the Copa America Centenario
in the United States.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 7, 2016
Missing all of their international stars,
defending champions Red Force will open
their 2016 Nagico Super50 campaign against
the Jamaica Scorpions at the Queen s Park
Oval this afternoon at 1.30 pm.
Skipper Jason Mohammed will lead a team
that is missing Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons
(Big Bash), Keiron Pollard (injured), Ravi Ram-
paul (unavailable), Darren Bravo, Denesh
Ramdin (West Indies duty) and Sunil Narine
(suspended). Red Force has a wonderful record
in the two-year old tournament having won
in 2015 and finishing runners-up in 2014.
Mohammed will be depending on the expe-
rience of import Narsingh Deonarine, all
rounders Rayad Emrit, Kevon Cooper and
Imran Khan. Yesterday, the team held an
intense training session at the National Cricket
Centre (NCC) after lunch and although there
was some rain, they were able to get in work
at the Sir Frank Worrell Indoor Centre.
President of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB)
Azim Bassarath is backing his young troops
to do the job. "We have lost many of the senior
players but we are confident that the young
men coming in will perform well.
These guys are not totally new to this level
of cricket because they have been working
with coach Gus Logie for some time now. I
am making a call to the public to come down
and support these players because they are
looking to make this country proud. We have
some experience in there as well and we are
looking to these guys to take the lead."
The Jamaicans will be as usual a difficult
outfit to crack and yesterday they held their
final preparations at the Queen s Park Oval.
They will again depend on skipper John Camp-
bell, Sheldon Cottrell, imports Trevon Griffith
and Devon Thomas and veterans Tamar Lam-
bert and Nikita Miller.
Scattered showers are predicted for today
but with the drainage at the Oval good, the
game should come off as planned.
Meanwhile, the other game today will take
place at St Augustine where Barbados Pride
will come up against The Americas. Pride will
start as favourites in this encounter and will
see this match as ideal preparations for the
tougher encounters to come.
The Americas which is basically a team
assembled by the International Cricket Council
(ICC) will be looking to start with an upset.
The pitch at UWI has been touted as one of
the best in the Caribbean and should be con-
ducive to great strokeplay.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO RED FORCE
Jason Mohammed (captain), Kevon Cooper,
Narsingh Deonarine, RayadEmrit, Kyle Hope,
Akeal Hosein, Jon Russ Jagesar, Steven
Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Kjorn Ottley,
Yannick Ottley, Marlon Richards, Philton
John Campbell (captain), Sheldon Cottrell,
Trevon Griffith, Nicholson Gordon, Jermaine
Harrison, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Tamar
Lambert, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller,
Marquino Mindley, AldaineThomas, Devon
Thomas, Shacaya Thomas.
Stephen Hart with members of the team
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Panama City
on Wednesday. PHOTO: TTFA MEDIA
Warriors in Panama
for Copa qualifier
SYDNEY---Rain washed out the fourth s day play of the
third and final Test yesterday, as bad weather continued
to wreck the encounter at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
No play was possible on Tuesday s third day also because
of rain while only 11.2 overs were possible on the second
More showers have been forecast for the final day.
West Indies reached 248 for seven after opting to bat
first, with opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring with 85
and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite getting 69. (CMC)
here have claimed that Chris
Gayle could be expelled from
the ongoing Big Bash League if
Cricket Australia s investiga-
tions into an alleged act of inde-
cent exposure during last year s
Cricket World Cup prove the
incident actually occurred.
Following Gayle s on-air flir-
tations with Channel TEN
reporter, Mel McLaughlin, Fairfax
Media here reported that a
anonymity---had since claimed
the West Indies batting star had
indecently exposed himself to her
in a dressing room at the Sydney
Cricket Ground last February.
The Australian woman said
she entered the dressing room
thinking it was empty only to
discover Gayle, who dropped his
towel to partially expose his gen-
itals while asking: "Are you look-
ing for this?"
Gayle s management group,
Insignia Sports International,
have rejected the claims.
"Chris denies the allegations
published by Fairfax Media ...
There will be no further com-
ment from Chris or his manage-
ment at this stage," a statement
However, the Sydney Morning
Herald has reported that if the
claims of indecent exposure are
substantiated, Gayle could find
himself "sacked and banned"
from the Big Bash.
The left-handed Gayle, one of
the main drawing cards in the
tournament, has already been
fined Aus $10 000 (US$7 000)
by the BBL for his ill-advised on-
air antics with McLaughlin.
Following a whirlwind 41 for
Melbourne Renegades that help
set up a five-wicket win over
Hobart Hurricanes on Monday
at Bellerive Oval, Gayle told the
shocked reporter: "I wanted to
have an interview with you as
well, that s why I m here."
He added: "I get to see your
eyes for the first time, it s nice.
Hopefully we can win and go for
a drink after.
"Don t blush baby."
BBL head Anthony Everard
said Gayle s behaviour had no
place in the Twenty20 tourna-
Fourth day washed
out at the SCG Gayle could
MELBOURNE---West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy
was powerless to stop his Hobart Hurricanes from sliding to
a second straight defeat---an eight-wicket loss to Melbourne
Stars yesterday. Sent in at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hur-
ricanes were limited to 124 all out off their 20 overs, with George
Bailey top-scoring with 55 from 40 deliveries.
Sammy gathered 17 from 14 balls to be one of just four batsmen
in double figures as leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-18) and seamer
Scott Boland (2-26) stifled the innings.
In reply, Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 32 balls
while in-form Englishman Luke Wright gathered 51 not out from
41 deliveries, as Stars cantered to their target with five overs left
They were in a spot of bother at 27 for two in the fifth over
but Maxwell and Wright added 99 in an unbroken third wicket
partnership, to revive the innings.
Sammy s one over of medium pacer went for six runs. (CMC)
Sammy fails to stop
Hurricanes second loss
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