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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, January 11, 2016
While crowds in Trinidad
have been disappointing for the
Nagico Super50 series, a differ-
ence is expected when the T&T
Red Force hosts the ICC Amer-
icas in their third match of the
tournament at Shaw Park,
Tobago from 9am today.
Fans in Tobago have com-
plained that they don't get to see
enough of the national team and
the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB)
has scheduled two games for the
sister isle in this series.
Despite being a Monday, fans
are expected to crowd the small
picturesque ground to support
the red, white and black. The
T&T Red Force and the ICC
Americas arrived in Tobago at
2.15pm yesterday and were met
by officials of the Tobago Cricket
Association (TCA) at the Arthur
NR Robinson Airport.
The Red Force, currently lead-
ing the standings in group A after
two emphatic wins against
Jamaica and Barbados, will start
as favourites against this devel-
West Indies players Denesh
Ramdin and Darren Bravo who
were expected back home on the
weekend, will not make the trip
to Tobago for this first match.
However, they should be available
for the Jamaica game on Wednes-
day also at Shaw Park.
The T&T team will be looking
to ensure that they continue their
winnings ways, in order to stay
on course for a place in the semi-
finals. Most of the other teams
will get a boost with the return
of their West Indies players, with
Barbados alone expected to field
seven new players.
The members of the local team
have been playing good allround
cricket with their top order bats-
men, led by Evin Lewis, Kyle
Hope and Kjorn Ottley, all record-
ing half centuries. The bowling
of pacers Marlon Richards and
Rayad Emrit and off spinner Russ
Jaggessar has also been steady
The ICC Americas have not
won a match at this year's tour-
nament but has shown some
quality and must not be taken
lightly. They gave Barbados a
scare in the first match, when
they reduced them to 110/6,
West Indies have claimed the No. 1 spot in the ICC
T20 rankings after Sri Lanka, who had largely occu-
pied the top rung since they won the World T20 in
2014, were caned by New Zealand in Auckland yes-
terday. West Indies have 118.36 rating points, and are
now marginally ahead of both Sri Lanka and Australia
who have exactly 118 rating points each.
West Indies have played eight matches since the
end of the World T20 in April 2014 and won four of
them, including a world record chase against South
Africa in January 2015. They gunned down 232 in 19.2
overs. Coincident to that has been Sri Lanka's fall -
they have lost five of their last six matches, the latest
a nine-wicket drubbing as New Zealand raced to their
target of 143 in a mere 10 overs.
Sri Lanka had begun the two-match series with a
seven-point lead. Losing it 0-2 meant they were yet
to win a T20 series since becoming World T20 cham-
pions (although they beat England in a one-off match
in May) and were pushed off their No. 1 slot.
West Indies fare far worse in the other formats. They
are at No. 8 in Tests, after losing the Frank Worrell
Trophy 2-0, and No. 9 in ODIs.
1. West Indies (118 rating points)
2. Sri Lanka (118 rating points)
3. Australia (118 rating points)
4. England (117 rating points)
5. South Africa (115 rating points)
6. New Zealand (114 rating points)
7. Pakistan (114 rating points)
8. India (110 rating points)
9. Afghanistan (80 rating points)
10. Bangladesh (69 rating points)
Red Force looks
to delight Tobago
WI claim top spot
in ICC T20 rankings
The T&T futsal squad will continue its
training today under the watch of head
coach Clayton Morris at the Central Indoor
Facility in Chaguanas.
Preparations will continue on Wednesday
at UWI Spectrum in St Augustine but return
to Chaguanas on Friday from 6pm to 10pm.
Sunday's session is from 9am to midday.
The squad is currently preparing for the
Caribbean Football Union Futsal Qualifiers
which will take place in Cuba from January
T&T are in Group A alongside
Antigua/Barbuda, Curacao and Guyana. T&T
will play its opening game against Antigua
on January 22, followed by Guyana (January
23) and Curacao on January 24.
Group B includes St Marteen, Cuba,
Guadeloupe and Jamaica.
The top two teams from each group will
move onto the semi finals with the two final-
ists advancing to the CONCACAF Finals in
Costa Rica in May.
Clayton Morris, a former national captain,
who has been at the helm of the team at its
two previous regional Futsal qualifying cam-
paigns, described its chances as quite good
despite the late start to preparations.
"Preparations are behind what I would
like and what the team should be at this
stage but having said that I am very much
confident we can compete well enough to
defend the CFU championship," Morris said.
"Twenty four of the 28 players have shown
up on both days with enthusiasm which
emphasized my point that we can go all the
way despite the set backs. We expect the
tournament will be competitive but we have
a strong bunch of players who are very eager
to do well and we have our sights firmly set
on advancing to the CONCACAF Finals,"
The team is vying for qualification for the
2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup which will be
staged in Colombia from September 10-
October 1, and will include 24 teams.
The CONCACAF Final round from which
four teams will qualify for the World Cup,
will be held in Costa Rica in May.
T&T were last crowned Caribbean Futsal
champions in 2008 when they defeated Haiti
6-3 at the Concacaf Centre of Excellence in
Futsal squad steps up prep
T&T batsman Kjorn Ottley drives through the off side during his
unbeaten 80 against Barbados Pride on Saturday.
PHOTO COURTESY WICB MEDIA.
GEORGE TOWN -- The Cayman based office of Con-
federation of North, Central American and Caribbean
Association Football (CONCACAF) -- the regional foot-
ball association, has been slapped with a lawsuit by
a woman who was employed as head of International
In a lawsuit filed at the end of December, Lerina
Bright claims she was forced out of her job after she
was placed on leave following the arrest of former boss
Jeffrey Webb in Zurich in connection with the corruption
probe into FIFA -- football's global governing body.
Claiming she was made to appear guilty by association,
Bright is also seeking damages for working with dishonest
In the lawsuit Bright, a sports administrator with
eight years experience reveals how she was told in a
letter that her post was among the jobs under scrutiny
as part of the CONCACAF review in the wake of the
arrests in Switzerland.
Bright claims that on the same day as the arrests
were made in Switzerland, Dr Laila Mintas, CONCACAF
Director of Sports Integrity, announced to other staff
that Bright and two other employees had been sent
home because investigations were underway into their
roles in the case relating to Jeffrey Webb.
The suit states that Bright was then denied access
to her place of work, computer, emails, cell phone and
corporate bank accounts and was interviewed by CON-
CACAF lawyers a few days later.
In September Bright received another request for a
meeting with lawyers but this time she requested that
the questions be put in writing and warned that CON-
CACAF was in breach of her contract.
She then received a letter threatening to sack her if
she did not show up for the interview.
In November Bright's lawyer wrote to CONCACAF
and stated that unless the association provided work
for his client by November 13, she would consider the
contract at an end.
Bright claims that the way she was treated by CON-
CACAF was designed to make her working life intolerable
and damage or destroy the relationship of trust and
Kevin Graham, Adrian Perthysingh,
Colin Joseph, Jerwyn Balthazar, Kerry
Joseph, Anthony Small, Cyrano Glenn,
Dwayne Calliste, Ako James, Ishmael
Daniel, Marvin Lee, Jamel Lewil,
Jameel Neptune, Javon Bourne,
Ricardo Bennett, Bevon Bass, Ronald
St. Louis, Kareem Perry, Nicholas
Mullins, Brent Edwards, Anthony
Thompson, Renato Ramlochan, Akil
Stafford, Christopher Vanterpool,
Rushawn Murphy, Tevin Gill, Keston
Guy, Keon Figaro
Technical Staff: Manager -- Ronald
Bereton, Head Coach -- Clayton Morris,
Trainer/Phsiotherapist -- Brent Elder,
Doctor -- Dr. Kerry Dollaway
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
RED FORCE (from):
Deonarine, RayadEmrit, Kyle
Hope, Akeal Hosein, Jon
Russ Jagesar, Steven
Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin
Lewis, Kjorn Ottley, Yannick
Ottley, Marlon Richards,
ICC AMERICAS (from):
(captain), Danial Ahmed,
Timroy Allen, Alex
Muhammad Ghous, Jeremy
Gordon, Nitish Kumar,
Muhammad Khan, Hammad
Shahid, Timil Patel,
HamzaTariq, Steven Taylor,
Teams MWLT NRPTS
RedForce 2 2 0 0+1.49 10
Scorpions 2 1 1 0 +1.00 5
ICCAmericas 2 0 2 0 -2.19 0
chasing 183 but the Barbadians
were able to get home.
With rain playing a major hand
in the Tobago leg of matches last
season, all eyes will be focussed
upwards today with the forecast
showing a stray shower may land
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