Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 2nd 2016 Contents A46
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 2, 2016
SHARJAH---Power hitter Johnson Charles has
described the West Indies as an improving side
with less than a week before the start of the
ICC T20 World Cup in India.
Charles played a brilliant match-winning knock
as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to
win their two-match T20 Series 2-0 at the Sharjah
Cricket Stadium on Monday night.
The powerful opener smashed 92 not out off
just 48 balls with six big sixes and 10 boundaries
to be named Man-of-the-Match.
"Tonight I had a good batting pitch. The ball
was coming on nice. Not much sideways move-
ment. I just decided to stick to what I know. I
am a power hitter so I did just that," Charles
"We have moved from strength to strength.
From the first game we have been improving in
this game we have improved a lot more. We just
look to improve as the games go by and hopefully
we can go into the world cup with everybody in
form and we could win this world cup".
Windies motored to a victory target of 154
without loss after the Zimbaweans made 153-7
off 20 overs.
The best bowler was seamer Carlos Brathwaite
with 3-23, which helped to restrict the innings
after a solid start.
Charles' opening partner Andre Fletcher made
56 not out off 35 balls with three sixes and five
fours, on a good batting surface.
"We are best friends and we come from the
same team," said Charles.
"We always speak to each other at the wicket
and keep complimenting each other. We just
motivated each other to do the best that we can".
The St.Lucian cricketer was a member of the
West Indies Cricket team which captured the
T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago.
Charles was not named on the original squad
but was called up as a replacement for Darren
Bravo who pulled out citing the need to focus on
developing his game in the longer format.
"I just see it as me coming back for my place
and that's just how I see it," said Charles.
"With that said everything is left to the almighty
father and that is what he saw as fit and that's
what happens. So I am just going to do what I
have to do now that I am here".
West Indies head to Kolkata on Monday for
official warm-up matches with India and Australia
before the March 8 to April 3 tournament.
MANCHESTER---Leicester's unlikely Premier
League title challenge faltered with a 2-2 home
draw with West Bromwich Albion yesterday,
offering Tottenham the chance to go top in a
new twist to the most unpredictable race for
the championship in years.
Resurgent Chelsea moved within sight of the
European places by beating Norwich 2-1, while
Aston Villa's fans staged a mass walkout after
the last-place team sunk nearer relegation with
a 3-1 home loss to Everton.
Leicester, which only narrowly avoided rele-
gation last season, moved three points clear in
first place but wasted a slew of late chances to
put a five-point gap to second-place Tottenham.
Spurs are away to West Ham today, while the
title hopes of fellow contenders Arsenal and Man-
chester City were also boosted by Leicester drop-
Guyana's captain Leon
Johnson is quietly confident
of regaining his Test place. "I
think my chances of getting
back in the West Indies side
are good at the moment but
nothing in life is a given so
with four possible innings left
in the tournament, a couple
more big scores won't do
those chances any harm,"
Johnson said after his team
defeated the Volcanoes by six
wickets on Sunday.
The Jaguars captain has only
converted four of his 30 First-
Class scores over fifty but he
has scored two centuries in his
last three games and seems
well on course to rectify that
problem. In the last match
Ronsford Beaton's career best
5-43, Raymon Refier's four-
wicket haul and Johnson' first
innings 107 set up the victory
inside three days to give the
team a well deserved extra rest
day.Johnson was overlooked for
the England and Australia
home series and the away'
tours to Sri Lanka and Australia.
The technically correct left-
handed has jumped to number
two on the list of this season's
leading run-scorers. He has
623 runs with two hundreds
and three fifties at an average
of 56.63. His 18 sixes are the
most by any batsman this sea-
son.Johnson's teammate, left-
hander Vishaul Singh, who also
seems very close to a West
Indies call-up, is the only bats-
man with more runs than his
captain with 633 runs. Singh
has three tons and one half-
century at an average 57.54.
With two games to go John-
son is well set to become the
first captain to lead Guyana to
back-to-back Regional First-
Class titles joining Clive Lloyd
(1975 & 83) and Roger Harper
(1987 & 93) as the only Guyana
captain to win two titles.
Guyana has won seven titles
since 1966 when sponsored
Regional First-Class cricket
When asked what he felt
were the main reasons for his
success, Johnson said he felt
that his success as Guyana's
captain was mainly due to
"I have played 71 first class
games now, 56 of those for
Guyana and I understand the
game and how it's played in
the region. Add that with good
teammates who work towards
team goals and you see why I
am not just successful as a cap-
tain but why the Jaguars are
successful as a team," Johnson
Charles says WI
improving on eve
of World Cup
Leicester's title bid
Sunil Narine...going through a difficult period.
The National League Committee (NLC) has
written to the secretary of the T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB), Arjoon Ramlal calling on him to convene
a meeting to set up a committee to investigate
what they see as attacks on West Indies off-spin-
ner Sunil Narine by the local board.
In a letter sent by former West Indies Players
Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine
yesterday, the group which includes Daren Ganga,
Giles Antoine, Anil Kamal, Clint Pamphille and
Andre Lawrence has called for a meeting on Friday
The group claimed that they received a request
from Narine requesting intervention in a matter
involving him, with specific reference to the pres-
ident, Azim Bassarath, and an email with Bas-
sarath's address which mocked Narine at a time
when he needed the total support of all the TTCB's
members and stakeholders.
Following a meeting yesterday, the members
are of the view that they have a serious respon-
sibility to ensure that the issue is fully investigated
with objectivity and transparency. "Additionally,
we do not wish our pursuit of the truth to be
tainted by any appearance or allegations of impro-
priety, witch-hunting or personal vendettas. This
is an extremely sensitive matter and we do not
wish to impose any further emotional burden on
Mr. Narine. He is going through a difficult and
traumatic period in his life and career and we all
need to deal with this issue with the utmost dis-
cretion and fairness."
The members claim that they are not seeking
to change the past but to ensure the right precedent
is set. "Mr. Narine as well as any other player,
should not be subject to what seems on the surface
to be a personal attack by the President of the
TTCB and other members of the TTCB Execu-
Narine also claimed he was denied entry to
the Players' Enclosure during the Nagico Tour-
nament after having been allowed on two previous
occasions to enter.
And attempts were made to change the rules
regarding his eligibility to bowl in national tour-
naments organized by the TTCB. "The NLR views
these matters seriously as they have the potential
to bring the TTCB into disrepute, an organization
which is sacrosanct in its own right having been
constituted by an Act of Parliament Act No. 34
As elected members of the TTCB we strive to
uphold the principles of good governance and
measure success based on the benchmark of what
is considered best practice in sport administration.
In this particular matter, we must fulfill our fidu-
ciary duty and recommend a course of action
which is fair, credible, transparent and equitable
to both parties. This is in keeping with request
conveyed to us by Mr Narine for an independent
investigation into this matter.
"In light of the above, we are seeking an oppor-
tunity to discuss a suitable list of persons or panel
acceptable to all who will conduct, with our support
(for both the NLR and the TTCB) an investigation
of the matters raised and make pronouncements
on same for the greater good of the TTCB and
the sport of cricket in general. We also hope that
the outcomes of said investigations will allow for
any breach/es to be dealt with in accordance with
the constitution of the TTCB and the laws of
Trinidad and Tobago."
NLC wants inquiry
into Narine attacks
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