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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 11, 2016
DHAKA---West Indies Under-19s will
today bid for a place in the final of the ICC
Under-19 Cricket World Cup but will face
perhaps their sternest test of the compe-
tition, if they are to reach the championship
The Caribbean side take on an accom-
plished Bangladesh Under-19s who white-
washed them in a three-match warm-up
series prior to the tournament, and who
have played unbeaten since.
After making a slow start to the tour,
West Indies have consistently improved and
manager Dwain Gill is hoping this progress
can be reflected against the Bangladeshis.
"We lost the three game series but we
came in to that series without playing any
youth ODIs over the last year and they are
a very well prepared team," Gill said ahead
of today s final which bowls off at 9 am
here (11 pm, Wednesday, Eastern Caribbean
"We saw against Bangladesh ... we were
getting better and better all the time. It is
going to be difficult because Bangladesh are
always going to be difficult to beat at home
especially at Mirpur.
"We expect a spinners track. But at the
same time we think that our players are
getting better and we are confident we can
put up a good showing."
Following the whitewash, West Indies
lost their opening game of the tournament
to England by 61 runs but then routed Fiji
by 262 runs before edging Zimbabwe by
two runs, to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Bangladesh have had no such hiccups,
trouncing South Africa by 43 runs, ham-
mering Scotland by 114 runs and easily get-
ting past Namibia by eight wickets.
West Indies head coach Graeme West
said Bangladesh were a strong side but were
not an unknown quantity for the Windies.
"Their top six are all well organised batters
and their spin attack is very broad but very
skilful in the conditions here in Bangladesh,"
West pointed out.
"They also have two good seam bowlers
... but they (team) are not an unknown
quantity to us. We re very familiar with
them, we know what to look out for and
hopefully ... we can establish a method not
just to be competitive but ultimately to be
He continued: "There s a huge amount
of support for Bangladesh here. It s the first
time they ve reached the semi-finals of an
ICC competition. We ve got to hope that
gets into them a little bit because they re
going to be huge expectations.
"They are a good side. We will certainly
be the underdogs but [in the last game] we
took on a similar label and boys responded
very well. It will be a great test in terms of
the progress we ve made since we arrived
in Bangladesh early in January."
Captain Shimron Hetmyer, a first class
player, suffered a poor run of form during
the tournament but found his touch in the
quarter-final win over Pakistan on Monday
with an aggressive half-century.
Openers Gidron Pope and Tevin Imlach,
all-rounders Shamar Springer and Keemo
Paul along with Jyd Goolie have all had
important knocks while pacer Alzarri Joseph
has been outstanding with the new ball.
However, Gill acknowledged that yester-
day s semi-final at the Shere Bangla Stadium
would come down to test of nerves and not
"The semi-final knock out stage is a pres-
sure situation. We have seen that the team
that handles the pressure better will win
on the day," Gill stressed.
"Nothing counts now---nothing about
preparation and how much matches you ve
had. We are aware they will have the home
advantage but we are not daunted, we believe
the boys have what it takes to really come
to the party and beat Bangladesh in the
The winner will progress to Sunday s final
to face India who defeated Sri Lanka by 97
runs in Tuesday s first semi-final.
PORT-OF-SPAIN---Trinidad and Tobago
Red Steel have been renamed Trinbago
Knight Riders in a move that reflects the
vision of the new Indian owners to make
the brand a truly global one.
The franchise was purchased last season
by businessman and Bollywood star Shah
Rukh Khan, who is also a co-owner of estab-
lished Indian Premier League side Kolkata
"The acquisition of the Trinbago franchise
is consistent with our vision to expand the
Knight Riders brand globally," said Venky
Mysore, chief executive of KKR.
"We are proud of the powerful KKR brand
we have built in India as part of the IPL as
well as the ever-growing fan base. We now
look forward to expanding our brand in
Trinbago as well as the entire Caribbean as
part of the CPL."
The T&T franchise are the reigning CPL
champions after defeating 2014 champions
Barbados Tridents in the final of the tour-
nament. They have been one of the more
successful teams, reaching the semi-finals
of the inaugural tournament in 2013 and
the following year. This year, they managed
to acquire off-spinner Sunil Narine from
Guyana Amazon Warriors, to reunite him
with the KKR brand. Narine plays for KKR
in the IPL. Despite the name change, Shah
Rukh Khan said he did not expect Trinbago
Knight Riders to lose the local flavour.
"It is a great honour to become part of
the rich cricketing tradition of Trinidad &
Tobago," he said.
"We will do everything to uphold the tra-
dition and thank all the people of Trinbago
in advance for their passion and support."
The CPL draft is set to take place in Bar-
bados on Thursday ahead of the start of
the 2016 campaign in June. (CMC)
T&T Women go
for full points in
Trinidad and Tobago s senior women will
begin their CONCACAF Final round quest to
qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics when they
take on Guatemala in the first game of a double
header at the BBVA Compass Stadium from
5pm (7pm TT time) today.
For skipper Maylee Attin-Johnson and her team-
mates, the affair is a crucial one as three points
will be critical in their aim to advance to the semi-
final stage as one of the top two teams from the
group with Canada billed as favourites. They face
Guyana in the evening s other match at 7:30pm.
T&T have spent just over a week acclimatizing
to the cold conditions in Houston as head coach
Richard Hood and his staff put the players through
an intense training camp in Houston. The camp
included one game which T&T won 2-0 over the
Challenge Under 18 Women s team on Sunday.
"We know how important this first game is
because the winner could potentially end up as
one of the two teams to advance from the group.
We will take each game on merit but starting with
three points is definitely our first aim," Hood said
after conducting a session at the Houston Dynamo
and Houston Dash sporting complex.
"The spirit is very good and I think they are
very focused on the task at hand," Hood said.
The teams were only allowed a walk through
on the match field yesterday but all trained on
adjacent fields at the Houston Dynamo/Dash
training centre during the morning. At the start
time of T&T s session at midday, the Guatemalans
were completing the final 20 minutes of their
session on a field visible and located less than 30
feet from T&T s pitch.
On Guatemala, Hood said he would be banking
on T&T s pace and athleticism to get the better
of the Central Americans who T&T defeated 2-
1 in the 2015 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying
final round through goals by Kennya Cordner and
Maylee Attin-Johnson. The current team will also
bank on the experience of the likes of Arin King,
Ahkeela Mollon, Kimika and Karyn Forbes, Kha-
didra Debesette, Janine Francois, Tasha St Louis,
Mariah Shade and Attin-Johnson.
"We expect the Guatemalans to play a strong
possession game. I don t know much about their
current team except for reports that I have received
and from what I have been told by the players,"
T&T will face Canada on Sunday and Guyana
two days later. The top two teams in the group
will advance to the semi-finals with the two final-
ists qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Red Steel dubbed Trinbago Knight Riders
U19s eye final as
hosts stand in way
Jyd Goolie and Keemo Paul celebrate West
Indies victory over Pakistan in the ICC
Under-19 Cricket World Cup at KSOAS
Fatullah on Monday.
PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET
BANGLADESH: Hasan Miraz (captain),
Abdul Halim, Ariful Islam, Jaker Ali, Joyraz
Sheik, Mehedi Mehedi, Hasan Rana, Mo-
hammad Saifuddin, Mosabbek Hossain,
Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Pinak Ghosh,
Saeed Sarkar, Saif Hassan, Saleh Ahmed
Shawon, Shafiul Hayet, Zakir Hasan.
WEST INDIES: Shimron Hetmyer (cap-
tain), Keacy Carty, Shahid Crooks, Michael
Frew, Jyd Goolie, Chemar Holder, Tevin Im-
lach, Ryan John, Alzarri Joseph, Kirstan
Kallicharan, Keemo Paul, Gidron Pope,
Odean Smith, Shamar Springer, Em-
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Issues like this will continue to plague West
Indies cricket unless you have an MOU and
arrangements for non-WIPA players are fair and
just. "We are aware that, win or lose, this may
well be the last tournament for most of us as
reprisals will set in but we will speak out for what
is fair. We are players and we know that unless
radical changes take place, players will always
have the grievance of which we complain," stated
"We simply find it bizarre that the Board does
not know how much it will receive from the ICC
for the tournament! How you receive the value
may be spread over time but you surely should
know what the income is."
will set in
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