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Lockhart Sebastien is expected to be
named manager of the West Indies team
for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India.
Sebastien is among three candidates
shortlisted by the human resource committee
of the WICB. The two others are Ricky
Skerritt and Dwain Gill.
Gill is currently managing the West Indies
Under-19 team at the World Cup in
Bangladesh and hails from Grenada. Skerritt
is a former government minister in St
Kitts/Nevis. He is also a former manager
of the West Indies cricket team.
Sebastien, the former Windward Islands
opener who is also manager of the Wind-
ward Islands Volcanoes, is front runner for
the post and is likely to accompany the team
to the World T20, which will be led by Dar-
With just a few weeks before they fly out
to India, the team is without a manager.
The West Indies go into action on Feb-
ruary 16 against England at Mumbai.
The manager s vacancy followed the
appointment of former West Indies batsman
Richie Richardson to the International Crick-
et Council (ICC). The 53-year-old is now
a match referee with the world body and
left the team after the second Test of the
West Indies/Australia series at Melbourne
towards the end of December.
Since then, the WICB has received appli-
cations from several individuals. This was
narrowed down to seven and then three.
Among the seven were two directors of the
WICB, Joel Garner the president of the Bar-
bados Cricket Association (BCA) and Julien
Charles, president of the Windward Islands
Cricket Board of Control (WICBC). The two
did not qualify for the job because of their
roles as WICB directors.
The West Indies are highly favoured to
win the title in India, as their team is packed
with T20 stars. Apart from Sammy, they
have world beater Chris Gayle and all
rounders Keiron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
Top ranked T20 bowler Samuel Badree and
mystery spinner Sunil Narine are also includ-
ed in the team.
CHITTAGONG---West Indies will aim to
put a mixed build-up behind them when
they clash with England in their opening
game of the ICC Under-19 World Cup here
today (Thursday, 11 pm Eastern Caribbean
The Caribbean side were whitewashed
by Bangladesh in a three-match series earlier
this month before bouncing back with vic-
tory over Scotland and a tie with South
Africa in their two official warm-up games.
However, their volatile form will be put
to the test against an England side which
made an emphatic start to their campaign
with a 299-run win over minnows Fiji on
Head coach Graeme West said though
West Indies had started the tour shakily,
they had grown and were now coming into
"The squad has worked incredibly hard
over the last three weeks," West said.
"The three match series against
Bangladesh provided the team with a chal-
lenging first assignment but a great deal of
learning took place and progress could be
seen in the two warm up games against
Scotland and South Africa."
West Indies never showed up against
Bangladesh. They lost their opener by eight
wickets, the second game by 171 runs and
the third by 16 runs.
However, they crushed the Scots by 148
runs before holding their nerve in defending
153 last Sunday against the young Proteas.
Despite the mixed form, there have been
encouraging performances. Captain Shimron
Hetmyer and opener Tevin Imlach stroked
hundreds against Scotland, batsman Gidron
Pope gathered a half-century against
Bangladesh and also got starts in the other
games while Keacy Carty made 42 and 45
in three trips to the crease.
Much will depend on Hetmyer, however.
Of the batting group, he is the most expe-
rienced with six first class appearances under
his belt and having already played in a Youth
West said the fluent left-hander would
bring a lot of inspiration to his side.
"Captain Shemron Hetmyer having
appeared in a World Cup before, he will
help to inspire the team to rise to the occa-
sion and put on a show to make every cricket
fan in the Caribbean proud."
West Indies have been installed in Group
C alongside Fiji who they play Sunday and
Zimbabwe who they come up against in
their final preliminary round game next
DUBAI---Legendary off-spinner Muttiah
Muralitharan has identified former West Indies
master batsman Brian Lara as the most difficult
batsmen he has ever bowled to.
The 43-year-Muralitharan, here to compete in
the inaugural Masters Champions League along
with Lara, admitted the former West Indies captain
often dominated him during their career battles.
"I have played against lot of great batsmen but
one person I found very hard to bowl to is Brian
Lara," the Sri Lankan said.
"I have played a lot of Test matches against
him and he was one of the best players of spin
and so he dominated me."
Murali, as he is affectionately known, finished
an illustrious career top of the bowling charts in
both Tests and One-Day Internationals. He picked
up an astonishing 800 Test wickets from 134
Tests at an average of 22 and claimed 534 scalps
from 350 ODIs at 23 runs apiece.
The 46-year-old Lara, meanwhile, topped the
all-time West Indies run-scorers list with 11 953
runs from 131 Tests to be sixth on the all-time
In one memorable series against Murali in Sri
Lanka 15 years ago, Lara smashed 688 runs in
three Tests at an average of 114.
Both former stars are two of the main attractions
in the MCL which bowled off yesterday, with
Lara leading the Leo Lions and Muralitharan lining
up for Gemini Arabians.
Despite having suffered at Lara s hands in the
past, Muralitharan said things would be different
in the MCL.
"In MCL I don t think I may have to worry
much about him because he is much older than
me and I think I will be better off than him,"
Muralitharan joked. (CMC)
Sebastien favoured to
manage West Indies
Shimron Hetmyer, captain of the West Indies team is expected to lead with the bat.
Under 19s hope to make use of mixed prep
Shimron Hetmyer (captain), Keemo
Paul (vice-captain), Kacey Carty,
Shahid Crooks, Michael Frew, Jyd
Goolie, Tevin Imlach, Ryan John,
Alzarri Joseph, Kirstan Kallicharan,
Obed McCoy, Gidron Pope, Odean
Smith, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel
Lara best I've
to says Murali
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John-Wiliams continued: "One of the strengths
that I see in Gianni s candidacy is that if he
becomes Fifa president, he does not only have
the support of Fifa but he will also have the support
of UEFA. I think that is something that is weighing
heavily in his favour. From where we sit I think
UEFA will bring a lot of technical support for the
John Williams went on to say that he was
impressed by the plans of Infantino to increase
the Fifa Assistance Programme (FAP) funding, the
commitment to develop facilities in countries that
need it and additional commitment to technical
Since his appointment as UEFA general secretary,
Infantino has been part of a leadership team which
has helped to further strengthen both national
team and club football in Europe, and UEFA s role
as a respected and credible international governing
This week, the Central American Football Union
(Uncaf), which has seven votes in the Fifa pres-
idential election on 26 February, also announced
its support for Infantino.
Infantino is one of the frontrunners in the race
to replace Sepp Blatter. The presidents of the
seven national federations in the Uncaf region,
which is part of the Concacaf confederation,
expressed their support for Infantino in a letter
on Monday. See Page A56.
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