Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 3rd 2016 Contents A54
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SHARJAH---West Indies head
coach Phil Simmons says his
players will use warm-up matches
against English County Warwick-
shire this weekend, to ramp up
their fielding arsenal in prepara-
tion for the T20 World Cup start-
ing next week in India.
West Indies start a two-match
series against Warwickshire tomor-
row at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium
after thrashing Zimbabwe two-nil
in a similar series which ended here
Simmons says he is confident
West Indies fielders can once again
drive fear in the hearts of opposing
"It s a case of making sure that
we get back to a standard where
people are afraid us in the field and
we have the players that can put
that fear into other people in the
field," said Simmons.
"I think we as a unit have to
make sure everybody is doing their
job and if we can get it to that stage
by the 16th then people will be in
for a shock".
The Caribbean side displayed
solid batting in their confidence
boosting warm-up victories against
However Simmons expressed
some reservations about their field-
ing especially during their final
match against the Zimbabweans
where catches were dropped.
"Think we need to make sure
that we are in the field, that we
are getting to the ball and we are
hitting stumps and things like that,"
"We dropped a few catches
today...but we got to make sure
that we are doing everything right
by the time we leave here".
The former West Indies all-
rounder says he was impressed
with the unbeaten century stand
for the first wicket between John-
son Charles and Andre Fletcher
which led them to a10 wicket vic-
tory against Zimbabwe on Mon-
He says competition for Chris
Gayle s opening spot is healthy for
the regional side.
"This was a much better wicket
than two days ago and they showed
what they are capable of doing,"
"They are both in a way fighting
for a spot as Chris Gayle has to
come in so it s good for them to
show what they have and for us
to know that if Chris is not there
that we still have people who can
do the job up top".
West Indies are also scheduled
to play warm-up matches against
India and Australia next week. CMC
Coach Stephen Hart says he already
has a fair idea of what his final T&T
Warriors squad will look like for the
World Cup qualifiers against St Vincent
and the Grenadines on March 25 (away)
and March 29 at the Hasely Crawford
"We have two games to play. You can
only play the first game before you play
the second game. And the first game is
an away game so we have to be very cal-
culating because most of my players fin-
ish play (with their clubs) on the 19 or
the 20 but the bottom line is we want
to get maximum points out of the two
games and then see how the other games
go in the group."
Hart said he was monitoring the
progress of midfield duo Kevin Molino
and Hughtun Hector who have returned
to playing after lengthy injury lay offs.
"Hector hasn t played in a while. He s
just started back so I will keep an eye
on him. Molino has been spot playing.
I am not sure if medically he will be
released to come and play an international
but I will keep monitoring that situa-
Hart said he was quite impressed with
the St Vincent team. "They have some
adventure going forward. They are organ-
ized and if you are not concentrating
fully they can surprise you."
Hart described March to May as a
complicated period. "It s mainly because
you have a number of leagues trying to
get the league over with, players are play-
ing either to be promoted or to avoid
being relegated. And to get players is
going to be very difficult. Already most
of our players play either on the 19th or
the 20th so they wouldn t be arriving
here before the 21, 22 and that only gives
us three or four days to prepare but it
is the nature of the T&T team at the
moment with so many players spread
all over the world." Hart said he has an
idea of the squad. "It s just a matter of
narrowing it down to the final 23. I ll
possibly announce it the Thursday or so
before we go into camp."
Asked about players outside of the
current pool such as Levi Garcia who
made his debut in the Dutch top tier,
Hart said he has seen all Garcia s games.
"It s good that he s playing. He is in a
good environment. There are four or five
local players that have looked on top of
their game both physically and mentally
so I m keeping an eye on them because
I think they can push for selection.
"Obviously I didn t have this option
in January when we played Haiti because
the League was on a long break and it
was very similar with the foreign base
players. I got a couple names for which
I sent out some info to get some scouting
information but it s a little obscure. On
the flipside we have some players still
looking for clubs and not playing so that
is a little bit worrisome."
Hart said he was happy that skipper
Kenwyne Jones was playing. "His game
ends earlier than the others so he will
have some time not only to fly but also
to recover and he is accustomed flying
so he knows what has to be done. I think
playing is the most important thing. You
have to be playing regularly because you
can be fit but if you re not match-fit you
are not match-sharp and then mentally
as the game goes on especially at an
international level mistakes crop up and
that can cost you."
ball Union president, Gordon Der-
rick, says the regional body stands
ready to partner with new FIFA
president, Gianni Infantino, to bol-
ster football development across
Infantino, general secretary of
European confederation, UEFA, was
chosen to head football s world gov-
erning body at elections in Switzer-
land last Friday.
"The electorate has spoken and
he won overwhelmingly in the sec-
ond round. We congratulate him
and look forward to all the won-
derful things that he has professed
that he will bring to our region,"
Derrick told CMC Sports.
"His manifesto would have spo-
ken to a lot of the issues in our
region and he gave us his assurance
he would attend to them. We look
forward to him getting settled in so
he can start some of these promises
The Italian had courted the
Caribbean vote during his campaign
and also attended the CFU General
Meeting in Antigua prior to elec-
tions, to present his candidacy.
Prior to the election, the Barbados
Football Association and the
Trinidad and Tobago FA were two
CFU bodies to openly declare their
Derrick said Infantino had prom-
ised to help address the high cost
of travel for teams in the region,
deliver increased financial support
to fund more development pro-
grammes and help in establishing
a Caribbean professional league.
The Caribbean football chief said
CFU were pleased with how the
FIFA elections had been conducted
and noted it was important now to
start rebuilding the brand.
"The people have spoken. There
are 209 associations and 207 voted.
It was well conducted. It went two
rounds and there was a good fight
in the first round," he said.
"In the second round he was able
to gather a lot of support and that
is the test of true democracy and
we must be happy with the system,
we must be happy with the result
and as a unified FIFA we should
move forward now and rebuild our
brand and bring us back to the
prominence that there should be,
in light of the last couple of months
Infantino clinched 115 votes to
beat out challenges from Sheikh
Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa,
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and
Windies to use
Leon Bassanoo, left, and Joshua Da Silva, right, pose for the camera after their
match winning performances for St Mary's College against QRC in the Secondary
Schools Cricket competition. De Silva struck an unbeaten 194 while Bassano made
104, to guide the Saints to 395-5 to which QRC replied with 111. Deon Bachan took
4-25. Bassano, 14, is youngest centurion in the history of the school while Da Silva,
17, is the school's captain. He is also the reserve keeper for Queen's Park and his
score is the highest ever by a CIC student. He toured New Zealand in January with
a TT Invitational XI where he scored over 300 runs.
Hart eyes full points
from St Vincent
CFU ready to work with new FIFA president
West Indies all-rounder
Andre Russell has committed
an "anti-doping whereabouts"
rule violation, the Jamaica Anti-
Doping Commission (JADCO)
told Reuters yesterday.
The 27-year-old, named in the
West Indies squad for the World
Twenty20 in India that starts
next week, has missed three dop-
ing tests within a 12-month peri-
"We received notification of
Russell s violation about two
weeks ago and I ve appointed a
panel to hear his case," said
JADCO independent disciplinary
panel chairman Kent Pantry.
Russell, who helped West
Indies win the 2012 World Twen-
ty20, faces a possible two-year
ban from cricket if found guilty.
"There is a process regarding
the findings by JADCO. All that
will be observed and you will be
advised accordingly," the West
Indies Cricket Board told Reuters.
Athletes must tell their local
anti-doping agency where they
will be for at least one hour each
day to facilitate drug tests, World
Anti-Doping Agency rules state.
If an athlete misses three drug
checks within a 12-month period,
that counts as a positive test.
Russell, who last month helped
Islamabad United win the Pak-
istan Super league and was
named man of the tournament,
also plays for the Kolkata Knight
Riders in the Indian Premier
Russell facing two-year ban
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