Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 14th 2016 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, May 14, 2016
The last time Keiron Pollard appeared in an ODI for
the West Indies was way back in October 2014, but he
now makes a comeback to the fold for the upcoming
tri-series involving the West Indies, Australia and
Pollard of Diego Martin, is among five T&T players
who have been chosen by the West Indies selectors for
the tri-series. The others being Denesh Ramdin, Darren
Bravo, Sunil Narine and Shannon Gabriel.
Pollard, who plays his trade locally for Queen s Rark
CC, and fellow all rounder Dwayne Bravo have not been
selected for the regional team for ODIs since the aborted
tour of India in 2014. Bravo of Cantaro, Santa Cruz, as
captain led a walk out of the Indian tour after the fourth
ODI, over a payment structure dispute with the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
The selection panel led by Clive Lloyd continued to
ignore Bravo as he did not play in the regional ODI tour-
nament the Nagico Super50 and hence did not meet the
WICB s selection criteria for this series. Also missing
out base on the fact that they did not play in the Nagico
are Chris Gayle and Andre Russell. Bravo, Gayle and
Russell were all unavailable to play in the Nagico Super50
because they were involved in the Big Bash T20 tour-
nament in Australia.
Marlon Samuels also misses out because he did not
play in the Nagico and was not injured. He just missed
the series of matches for the Jamaican Scorpions.
The selectors have kept Barbadian Jason Holder as
captain of the team and all players selected would have
to attend a training camp in Barbados from this coming
Estwick replaces Ambrose
Meanwhile, Roderick Estwick will join the technical
team for the Tri-series. Estwick is the bowling coach
for the Barbados Pride Franchise, replaces bowling con-
sultant, Sir Curtly Ambrose.
Estwick has to his credit national coach of the year in
Barbados in 2005 and 2011. He was head coach for the
Barbados under 19 team which won three titles between
2000 and 2004. Additionally, he toured extensively with
the West Indies under 19 on tours in and out of the region
and has participated in the High Performance Centre pro-
Estwick played first class cricket for his country to Est-
wick played first class cricket for Barbados, Transvaal and
West Indies "A" between 1983 -- 1990.
Estwick will join the squad for the upcoming camp. Sir
Curtly was with the senior men s team for the last three
years and toured extensively. His last assignment was with
the winning men s World T20 team this year in India.
The office of the T&T Football Associ-
ation (TTFA) will soon be moved to the
Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain Couva.
There it will join other NSOs such as the
National Basketball Federation of T&T
(NBFTT), the National Association of Ath-
letic Administration (NAAA) and the T&T
Cycling Federation (TTCF).
The Board of the football association made
the decision recently due to leaks of the
sewage and seeping water from the upper
decks of the stadium into the TTFA Offices*.
It is also being rumoured, the move is being
made also to occupy a more central area of
the country that will be accessible to all.
A board member told Guardian yesterday
that approval was given by Minister of Sports
and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith for the move
to take place, but it did not go down too
well with staff members, most of who reside
in the North area.
It is understood the move could take place
at the end of this month, following earlier
attempts to make the trek before the start
of the rainy season did not material. "They
were stumped by an early rainy season, so
all office items will have to be moved by
the end of this month, as a larger volume
of water is expected in the office which
would destroy equipment such as computers
and phones, desks etc" the board member
Another board member questioned the
reason for moving, saying there are also
leaks at the Ato Boldon Stadium as well as
similar problems to be faced at the Couva
venue. President of the TTFA David John-
Williams could not be reached as he is out
the country with colleagues Azard Khan,
who is the general secretary and third vice
president Joanne Salazar, who will be con-
testing a spot on the FIFA Council tomorrow
at the FIFA Congress at the Intercontinental
Presidente Hotel in Mexico City.
Quizzed on whether an office in North
Trinidad was a consideration, the board
member said no, adding they wanted to
avoid the exorbitant rents charged in the
north. Only recently the TTFA s office was
housed at a building on Dundonald Street,
Port of Spain where they struggled with the
monthly rent. It was only after a court
ordered the seizure of the football associ-
ation s assets by protesting footballers, that
the office was removed to the Hasely Craw-
ford Stadium, Mucurapo. The players, who
included former Minister of Sports Brent
Sancho, clamoured for monies promised to
them from an agreement with then special
adviser Jack Warner before the 2006 World
Cup in Germany.
T&T National Senior Team coach
Stephen Hart has announced a 23-man
squad, inclusive of 14-locally based players
for this country s three match warm-up
schedule over the next few weeks.
The Soca Warriors, ranked 53rd in the
world will meet 46th ranked Peru in Lima
on May 23 before facing ninth ranked
Uruguay in Montevideo on May 27 and then
away to China at Qin Huang Dao on June
3. Hart will have the services of 10 players
who played in the recent victories over St
Vincent and The Grenadines in the Concacaf
Semifinal Round World Cup qualifiers in
Holland-based Levi Garcia, goalkeeper Mar-
vin Phillip, Aubrey David, Justin Hoyte,
Daneil Cyrus, Khaleem Hyland, Andre Bou-
caud, Yohance Marshall, Willis Plaza and
Sean De Silva while Weslie John, Glenroy
Samuel and San Juan Jabloteh striker Nathan
Lewis get their first call.
Missing will be captain Kenwyne Jones,
Orlando City s Kevin Molino, Saettle
Sounders Joevin Jones, Trevis Caesar of
Orange County, Colorado Rapids defender
Mekeil Williams, and Russian-based defend-
er Sheldon Bateau.
Both Garcia and Hyland will not be avail-
able for the match against China and will
be replaced by Korean-based Carlyle Mitchell
and Central FC striker, Marcus Joseph.
Commenting on the team selected Hart
said, ""The consideration for selection was
a bit difficult mainly because the first two
games do not fall on a FIFA date," Hart told
the TTFA Media. "So what I have decided
to do was to go with a number of players
that have looked well in the Pro League and
try to mix them with players who have been
utilised in the World Cup qualification.
"It was a difficult decision because you
want to put your best foot forward in those
games. But unfortunately because it is out-
side of a FIFA window a number of players
were not available to us."
The team will begin a live-in camp on
Sunday at the Metro Hotel in Couva.
Pollard finds favour with selectors
Cricket all-rounder...Keiron Pollard.
Goalkeepers: Marvin Phillip (Morvant
Caledonia United), Adrian Foncette
(Police FC), Glenroy Samuel (North
Defenders: Aubrey David (Saprissa
FC---Costa Rica), Daneil Cyrus, Triston
Hodge (both W Connection), Justin
Hoyte (Dagenham & Redbridge---
England), Weslie John (CD
Universidad---El Salvador), Curtis
Gonzales (Defence Force), Yohance
Marshall (Murcielagos FC---Mexico),
Andre Ettienne (Central FC),
Radanfah Abu Bakr (HB Koge---
Midfielders: Hughtun Hector (W
Connection), Andre Boucaud
(Dagenham & Redbridge---England),
Leston Paul (Central FC), Khaleem
Hyland (KVC Westerlo---Belgium).
TTFA moves house to Ato Boldon Stadium
Hart ready for Uruguay and Peru
Defending champions in the TTCB 50-overs tour-
nament, Queen s Park Cricket Club will come up
against Alescon Comets today in the finals of the 2016
edition today, looking to repeat as champions.
Queen s Park goes into the clash at the National
Cricket Centre (NCC) starting at 1.30pm with the slight
edge, having defeated the same opponents in the finals
of the recently concluded NGC T20 tournament. On
that occasion, Queen s Park slipped to 43 for six, before
Nicolas Pooran slammed an unbeaten half century to
take them past the winning target of 144 runs.
Comets president Dinanath Ramnarine says that his
team has a good chance of bringing the title to central.
"Queen s Park has not batted well all season and we
are looking to exploit that flaw at the top of their order.
Twice we have had half their side down before 50 runs
were posted. Their top order has not been firing, as
they have found our pace attack too much to handle.
Our attack of Roshon Primus, Stephen Wharwood and
Rayad Emrit have been very good and they have made
life difficult for Queen s Park."
Queen s Park manager Jeffrey Guillen is also confident
saying :"We are not worried about Comets, we have
played them twice and defeated them twice. Queen s
Park is an extremely strong team and we will be very
hard to stop. The players are disciplined, motivated and
the entire unit is well knitted. We have no doubts that
the title will be coming right back to Tragarette Road."
Queen s Park will be strengthened by the return of
captain Justin Guillen, who missed the last round of
matches due to the birth of his son. The skipper has
led the team well this season and Queen s Park is well
poised to take the triple this year. Already in the bag
is the NGCT20 title, so if they win tonight, all they
will need is first innings points over FC Clarke Road
in the Premiership to take all three titles.
Meanwhile, chairman of the National League, Patrick
Rampersad, says that the finals will assume a festival
type atmosphere and he expects cricket fans of the two
finalists to take advantage of the opportunity to come
out in their numbers and support their teams.
Rampersad said admittance to the venue is free as
is parking, and that families are encouraged to bring
along their coolers, and cooking implements to enjoy
an evening of great cricket and fun in a safe and secure
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