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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
has gotten back nine World T20 contracts
with signatures on them from men who
are interested in representing the region
in India at the World T20.
A couple days ago it was reported that
the team was not happy with the remuner-
ation for the tournament and was threat-
ening a boycott of the event. The WICB
through its CEO Michael Muirhead respond-
ed by saying that no player would leave the
Caribbean without signing their contract
and gave the players until tomorrow, Valen-
tines Day to sign the agreement.
In the interim the West Indies selectors
have already selected a second team, so that
the WICB does not run afoul of the ICC.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy wrote
to Muirhead stating that they stood to gain
80 per cent less than what they were getting
previously and wanted the board to double
their match fee from US$6,900. Muirhead
declined to meet with Sammy for talks and
pointed him to the West Indies Players Asso-
ciation (WIPA), stating that they were the
authorised body to negotiate with the WICB.
With the WICB holding its ground, the
players three players have decided to sign
on the dotted line and the others have until
tomorrow to indicate their willingness, or
Guardian Media understands that all the
players would sign the contracts by Sunday
but at the moment they have received nine.
The regional team has a camp in Barbados,
before flying to Dubai for another, where
they play four warm-up matches and then
two in India, before getting into the tour-
The West Indies team will open their
campaign against England on March 16 at
Mumbai, before flying out to Bangalore for
their second encounter against Sri Lanka.
They then fly to Nagpur, where they meet
South Africa and then finish their prelim-
inary round against a qualifier before the
knockout stages begin.
Chief Executive Officer of Red Chillies
Entertainment Venky Mysore, the owner
of the Trinbago Knight Riders, has
expressed confidence in the bowling
action of spin bowler Sunil Narine ahead
of the 2016 Caribbean Premier League
(CPL) T20 tournament which starts in
Mysore, who attended the 2016 CPL
draft in Barbados on Thursday, said he has
no doubt that Narine will be a success at
this year s CPL. Narine is currently doing
remedial work on his action with the help
of English bowling coach Carl Crowe and
his coaches at Queen s Park Cricket Club.
Narine will line up for the T&T franchise
in the CPL this year for the first time after
representing the Guyana Amazon Warriors
since the CPL began in 2013.
At a press conference yesterday at the
Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port-of-Spain,
Mysore was certain that Narine will bounce
back. Mysore said he does not have any
concerns about Narine s bowling action.
"He is a champion. His action is one of
a kind. What tends to happen in a match
situation is umpires look at him because
he has an unusual action. When he gets
called I am sure it is a bit frustrating for
him because he goes through the formal
testing and finds out he is okay but then
in a match situation he is called."
Mysore added, "But he has been working
hard and I have heard through reliable
reports here that he is working harder than
he has ever worked before. He has been a
lucky charm for us so hopefully he will
continue to perform well."
The Trinbago Knight Riders CEO says
Narine has been a big part of the Kolkata
Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League
(IPL) for the past five years.
Mysore, who was accompanied by CPL
CEO Damien O Donohoe, unveiled the new
Trinbago Knight Riders logo with the
colours purple and gold. However, Mysore
said the T&T franchise will still wear a
similar uniform which saw it lift the title
last year. "Our intention is to certainly
keep the Trinbago colours the same as it
was last year for the uniform with the red,
black and white. The logo looks really good
on the jersey so hopefully it will be an
interesting start to the defence of the title."
Mysore stated that purple and gold are
significant colours, saying that purple is
known to be the colour of energy with the
highest energy of any colour, and all athletes
go for gold every time they compete.
Mysore said he is happy with the team
going into this year s tournament after
Trinbago was able to snatch world class
players Brendan McCullum of New Zealand
and South African Hashim Amla.
"We are really fortunate that we have a
core, with Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Coop-
er. We also managed to do a trade with
Guyana to bring your favourite son Sunil
Narine back to Trinbago. Equally exciting
was the opportunity to sign marquee inter-
national player Brendan McCullum."
Like Narine, McCullum has also played
for Kolkata in the IPL. McCullum scored
the first century in the history of the IPL
Hard hitting all-rounder Keiron Pollard
and mystery spinner Sunil Narine will not
feature in the upcoming International Crick-
et Council (ICC) World T20.
With the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
grappling with the payment protest issue,
now comes the news that two potential match
winners are out.
Pollard withdrew from the squad citing a
lack of sufficient progress in his rehabilitative
work (injury sustained in December) which
meant he would not be fit for the tournament.
Narine withdrew citing insufficient progress
in the rehabilitative work on his bowling
action. He is currently banned from bowling
in international cricket.
The selectors have today named Carlos
Brathwaite to replace Pollard. A replacement
for Narine has not yet been named but Bar-
badian Jonathan Carter who is one of five
on the replacement list, is likely to take his
Pollard has missed a lot of cricket in recent
times, as he has been battling to overcome
his knee problems. The T&T player is among
16 players chosen for the World T20 but his
inclusion on the team was dependent on him
passing a fitness test.
Pollard was seen as a very critical part of
the impressive regional unit, which are one
of the favourites to lift the title, after copping
the 2012 edition in Bangladesh. Narine is to
visit England soon to do a test on his bowling
action, which was deemed illegal after tests
done in December. Since then he has been
working to get his action right and with the
World event being highly pressurised he
decided against making the trip.
He will continue to work on his action
and will now target the West Indies tri-series
against Australia and South Africa in June
later this year.
Narine will continue playing in the domes-
tic cricket league for Queen s Park and if he
passes his test at Loughborough University
he may feature for the T&T Red Force at the
back end of the current PCL First Class tour-
A determined 113-run seventh wicket part-
nership between Vishaul Singh and Veerasam-
my Permaul led a strong fightback by leaders
Guyana Jaguars against T&T Red Force on the
opening day of the sixth round match in the
West Indies Cricket Board Regional Four-Day
Batting first at the Guyana National Stadium,
Singh and Permaul guided Guyana from 85/6
to 198/7 when Permaul was caught by wicket-
keeper Steven Katwaroo off fast bowler Marlon
Richards for 47. Right-handed Permaul faced
94 balls and struck five fours in his 123-minute
stay at the crease.
Devendra Bishoo (two not out) and left-handed
Singh (88 not out) took Guyana to 204/7 at the
close of play. Richards was the most successful
bowler for T&T taking 3/31, while Rayad Emrit
snatched 2/41. Spin bowler Jon-Russ Jagessar,
who had a breakthrough tournament in the
recently concluded Nagico Super50 tournament
grabbed 1/54. Spin bowler Imran Khan, T&T s
top bowler in the tournament thus far, finished
the day with figures of 0/42 in nine overs.
Today s play will start at 9.30 am as more
than 18 overs were lost yesterday because of
Singh, Permaul show
grit for Guyana
At Guyana National Stadium: Guyana
204/7 (Vishaul Singh 88 not out,
Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson
23, Marlon Richards 3/31, Rayad Emrit
2/41, Jon-Russ Jagessar 1/54)
Volcanoes make just 250
Volcanoes, winning the toss and batting,
were dismissed for 250 at the close on
the opening day of their sixth round
match in the Regional First Class
championship against Barbados Pride at
Kensington Oval yesterday.
VOLCANOES 250 (Andre Fletcher 84,
Kavem Hodge 53, Shane Shillingford 28;
Miguel Cummings 5-47, Sulieman Benn
3-65) vs PRIDE.
Hurricanes, Scorpions battle in Antigua
NORTH SOUND---Leeward Islands
Hurricanes, trailing Jamaica Scorpions by
three runs on first innings, were 124 for
three in their second inning at the close
of the second day of their sixth round,
Regional First Class championship game
at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium
HURRICANES 155 (Daron Cruickshank
51, Montcin Hodge 41; Damion Jacobs 5-
50, Nikita Miller 4-63) and 124 for three
(Montcin Hodge 62 not out, Daron
SCORPIONS 158 (Sheldon Cottrell 37,
Andre McCarthy 27, Jermaine Blackwood
26; Rahkeem Cornwall 5-74).
Nine players sign on
to play at World T20
Narine, Pollard out World T20
Mysore expresses confidence in Sunil
...as Trinbago unveils new logo
WICB CEO Michael Muirhead.
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