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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 4, 2016
Sunil Narine has switched alle-
giance to reigning Caribbean
Premier League champions
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force
in a move that will see him
reunited with Indian Premier
League franchise Kolkata Knight
The 27-year-old Trinidadian
has turned out for Guyana Ama-
zon Warriors since CPL s inception
in 2013 but will return to his
hometown for the upcoming sea-
son, set to bowl off in June.
Red Steel were bought last sea-
son by the owners of KKR and
chief executive Venky Mysore said
it was important to have Narine
back among the family.
"Sunil has been an integral part
of KKR since 2012 and ever since
we first came to Trinidad & Toba-
go, people have been asking me,
When are you going to bring
Sunil back? " Mysore said.
"With this exciting announce-
ment it is a clear signal of our
intent and is a great day as we
plan ahead for the forthcoming
"It is also another important
step as we bid to extend the com-
monalities between the franchises,
with Jacques Kallis featuring for
both sides in recent times.
"Sunil is a champion player,
who has helped deliver two titles
to KKR in 2012 and 2014, and a
champion person as well and I
know that he will play a vital role
in our quest for glory this year
back in his homeland of Trinidad
& Tobago." Narine has been a key
part of KKR over the years as the
head of their attack, helping them
to IPL titles in 2012 and 2014.
However, he has not been able
to replicate the same success with
Amazon Warriors, though they
managed to reach the final in 2013
and 2014 but failed to capture the
Narine said while he had not
been able to inspire Amazon War-
riors to CPL glory, his departure
would now allow them to rebuild.
"First I must say that I have
really enjoyed my three years with
Guyana. As a team we had been
a little disappointed not to have
won a CPL trophy in that time,
which we really wanted to do and
make [owner] Bobby (Ramroop)
proud," Narine said. "But I am
sure Guyana will look to take this
opportunity to build a new team
that will be a force to be reckoned
with. "Some things are out of my
control, and I always said from
the start when the CPL were
appointing various icon players
that if I wasn t able to play for
Trinidad then I would like to play
for Guyana. So I have done my
best and I hope Guyana recognise
The bowler, who has his sights
set on the Twenty World Cup in
India starting in March, said he
was looking forward to reunite
with the "family" at KKR.
"KKR prides itself on being a
family and that is exactly what it
is. Yes, the team is competitive
and we have won titles, but a lot
of that can be attributed to how
the franchise is run from top to
bottom," Narine noted.
"The owners and management
care and make themselves avail-
able. Players are comfortable and
well looked after and I am sure
the same style of ownership and
management will be seen at
Trinidad & Tobago."
Indies Women captain Merissa
Aguilleira says she believes the
regional side is capable of secur-
ing championship honours in
the forthcoming T20 World Cup
starting next month in India.
West Indies women have
reached the penultimate stage of
the competition on three succes-
sive occasions but the T&T wick-
et/batsman believes they can go
all the way this time.
"I am really excited about this
tournament because I truly believe
it is time for us to win this T20
World Cup," said Aguilleira.
"It has been three consecutive
times we have reached the semi-
finals so it s about time...but I
have all faith in the girls and I
truly believe we can cross that
Aguilleira has been in prolific
form since she was relieved from
her duties as captain, a title which
has been handed to Jamaican
cricketer Stafanie Taylor.
She roared to two powerful half
centuries in St.Lucia last October
to help West Indies Women come
from behind to beat Pakistan in
an ODI series 3-1.
Aguilleira says consistency will
ensure Windies women lift the
World T20 trophy in India.
"I must say consistency because
we have been lacking that for quite
some time," said Aguilleira, a ten
year veteran who has played 86
ODIs and 73 T20s.
"One minute we are up next
minute we are down. But I think
once we get that consistency going
everything will fall into align-
Aguilleira is part of a squad
which includes a number of
reserve players in a training camp
at the West Indies High Perform-
ance Centre in Barbados, prepar-
ing for a tour of South Africa
before the ICC World Twenty20
Tournament in India.
They are participating in an
on-field training programme as
well as a number of personal
development sessions before leav-
ing for South Africa in two batches
on February 9 and 10.
"I will be going forward in
South Africa with full fire trying
to continue from where I left off
in St.Lucia," she said.
"I have really been putting in
some work so hopefully I can go
out there and contribute for the
DUBAI---Recently retired bat-
ting star Shiv Chanderpaul has
advised young batsmen not to
imitate his batting stance,
though it served him well
throughout a stellar career.
For most of his 22-years in
international cricket, the Guyanese
left-hander eschewed the tradi-
tional side-on stance in favour of
a more unconventional open one
which angled towards mid-off, a
move he said helped with his bal-
ance at the crease.
"It s not something young play-
ers around should imitate. It is
very difficult and has got a lot to
do with what I did," Chanderpaul
"I think you should be more
side on. I was trying to balance
but was falling over a lot in the
beginning, hence I opened up a
little bit to find balance.
"Younger generation should
stand side on. It was something
I practiced and that helped me
with my balance which was good
for me over the years."
Despite his unusual approach,
Chanderpaul compiled 11 867 runs
from a record 164 Tests and an
average of 51. He finished his
career only behind Brian Lara (11
953) on the all-time West Indies
list.While never assuming the
dashing approach of stroke-mak-
ers like Chris Gayle or Brian Lara,
Chanderpaul still managed to be
effective but said his role in the
West Indies side was always to
hold the innings together.
"May be they are more flashy
batters. I was not one of those.
make sure my team is in a good
position," the 41-year-old said.
"I always batted under pressure
and put the team together. There
was always a difficult job for me
and there was a lot of pressure."
Chanderpaul finally quit inter-
national cricket last week after
being axed from the Test squad
last May. CMC
Chanderpaul says batting stance not to be imitated
Paul gets support
Young West Indies pacer Keemo Paul s
decision to break the stumps and appeal
for a run-out against Zimbabwe s non-
striker Richard Ngarava who was backing
up just outside his crease, has gained sup-
port from Malcolm Holder, a former Test
Ngarava, whose bat appeared to be on
the line as the bails came off, was given
out after the umpires referred the situation
to video review. The line belongs to the
fielding side. The method of dismissal
brought swift rebuke from several current
and former internationals watching the
England ODI captain Eoin Morgan
described it as "disgraceful behaviour" and
said the West Indies should be embarrassed.
His countryman and fellow international
Jos Buttler called it "embarrassing". England
fast bowler James Anderson also tweeted
that it was "disgraceful" while Aussie coach
Darren Lehmann said it was "unbelievable".
Former England international and cricket
commentator Dominic Cork was also crit-
ical of the young West Indies team.
But Holder who spent 27 years as a first-
class umpire during which time he offici-
ated in 11 Tests and 19 One-Day Interna-
tionals, said yesterday he was fully
supportive of Paul s actions.
"A non-striker leaves his ground early
for the sole purpose of gaining extra dis-
tance to enable him to get safely to his
ground at the far end and it is against the
laws. Why should he be able to break the
law, wilfully, but a bowler accidentally
overstepping the popping crease is penalised
by being no- balled?
"Talk of the bowler who effects the run
out acting against the spirit of cricket is
simple garbage and hypocrisy. Are umpires
supposed to apply the laws selectively?
The fact of the matter is that the non-
striker in this instance is acting against
the law and all the laws apply equally to
every player," Holder explained.
He added: "Whenever such a run out
happens there is a big outcry -- wrongly
so. I am fully supportive of the action of
the West Indies bowler and believe that
the only way of eradicating the practice of
non-strikers backing up illegally is to run
He described the criticisms being levelled
at the West Indies as "hot air" and "crass".
Holder s take on the controversy has
been echoed by other commentators and
international cricketers. Indian offspinner
Ravichandran Ashwin noted on twitter:
"Every single day, I can t push the front
line, why should a batsmen gain yards?"
Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop,
commentating on the game, tweeted: "The
negligence has to stop at some point.
The law is the law. Why should young
cricketers feel bad for following the law?"
England fast bowler Stuart Meaker tweeted:
"Why bring in a law that allows it and
then say it s not in the spirit. Isn t it poor
sportsmanship that he s stealing a run?"
Retired West Indies fast bowler Tino
Best described Paul s actions as "smart
play" while respected Indian cricket com-
mentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted: "Amazed
that the spirit of the game never comes
up when batsmen hit the ball and stay on
but does when a bowler mankads a bats-
Aguilleira says Windies capable of lifting T20 trophy
Merissa Aguilliera...goes through her paces at a training camp at the
West Indies High Performance Centre in Barbados. Windies are
preparing for a tour of South Africa before the ICC World Twenty20
in India. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET
with T&T for CPL
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