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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Recuperating West Indies opener Lendl
Simmons is champing at the bit ahead of
the upcoming Caribbean Premier League
campaign, and says he expects to be fit and
ready to lead the batting for his new fran-
chise St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
The 31-year-old right-hander limped out
of the just concluded Indian Premier League
with a back injury which has sidelined him
since but said his rehabilitation had progressed
as planned, and he was now close to full
"Physically I feel as though my back is
getting stronger each day and I can t wait
to get back playing because it can be frus-
trating watching on from the sidelines," the
"But I have stepped up my rehab recently
and I m looking forward to getting 100 per-
Simmons has represented Guyana Amazon
Warriors from the tournament s inception,
and his aggressive batting has been key to
their success. In the first year, he gathered
266 runs at an average of 33 to help Amazon
Warriors reach the final where they lost to
Jamaica Tallawahs. He topped the charts the
following year with an astonishing 446 runs
at an average of 49, to help the Georgetown-
based franchise into the final again where
they went down to Barbados Tridents.
And last year, he scored 317 runs at an
average of 39 with three half-centuries to
again carry Amazon Warriors batting.
His switch to Patriots will see him join
forces with the likes of South African star
Faf du Plessis and Australian Brad Hodge,
and Simmons said he was looking forward
to the partnership.
"We have a good, well-balanced team this
year and there s a lot of experienced and
promising players on paper," Simmons said.
"But it s about how we perform and I think
we can lean on the experience of the likes
of Faf and Brad Hodge, who have played a
lot of T20 cricket, to bring the squad together
and create a strong environment."
Du Plessis will lead Patriots this year and
Simmons was quick to hail his leadership
"Faf is an outstanding player, a world-
class talent who will relish the captaincy this
year. What I like about Faf is that he reads
the game well and bats intelligently according
to each situation," he pointed out.
"There s a lot of responsibility attached
to being captain, because we have a passionate
St. Kitts & Nevis public who will want to
see the team progress. But he ll be used to
that having led the Proteas at international
The CPL runs from June 29 to August 7
and will feature Amazon Warriors, Patriots,
Tallawahs, Tridents, St Lucia Zouks and title-
holders Trinbago Knight Riders.
Guyanese officials are upset that former
West Indies captain Clive Lloyd was not
honoured by the government of Guyana at
their 50th anniversary Jubilation function
held recently in the South American coun-
try.Lloyd, who is now the chairman of selectors
of the West Indies senior cricket team is cur-
rently in Guyana, as his team battles in the
Ballr Tri-series tournament against South
Africa and Australia. An official of the Guyana
Cricket Board (GCB) who wishes to remain
anonymous said Lloyd should have been hon-
oured because the country s 50th anniversary
of Independence coincided with Lloyd s 50th
anniversary of becoming a Test cricketer.
"We had a tremendous celebration here in
Guyana and the government went all out to
make the occasion memorable for the people
of the country. However, it was disturbing
that one of the favourite sons of the soil Clive
Lloyd was not part of it." Lloyd made his Test
debut in 1966, the year Guyana became an
Independent nation, and he is also celebrating
50 years of entering into the Test arena.
"Clive remains the most important figure
in the regional game because he transformed
West Indies cricket. He remains the most
successful West Indies captain and it was
Lloyd who made the world stand up and take
notice of our cricket. He should have been
honoured by the government."
In 1971, Lloyd was named Wisden Cricketer
of the Year. He captained the West Indies
between 1974 and 1985 and oversaw their rise
to become the dominant Test-playing nation,
a position that was only relinquished in the
latter half of the 1990s. He is one of the most
successful Test captains of all time. During
his captaincy the West Indies played 27 match-
es without losing, which included 11 wins in
succession. He was the first West Indian player
to earn 100 international caps.
Lloyd captained the West Indies in three
World Cups, winning in 1975 and 1979, while
losing in the final to India in 1983.
Lloyd was a tall, powerful middle-order
batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler.
He was also a strong cover point fielder.
He wore his famous glasses as a result of being
poked in the eye with a ruler. Lloyd scored
7,515 Test runs at an average of 46.67. He hit
70 sixes in his Test career, which is the 14th
highest number of any player.
National midfielder Jomal Williams is back
home with his first international goal under
his belt and he couldn t have wanted a better
team for which to get his maiden strike.
Uruguay, ranked number nine in the world
when they hosted T&T at the Estadio Cen-
tenario in Montevideo late last month, possess
all the ingredients of a rich footballing nation,
from producing world class players to hosting
the first ever World Cup Finals.
In fact, the said ground on which Williams
banged in his opener, was rated by FIFA as
one of the football world s classic stadiums,
along with the likes of the Maracanã, Wembley
Stadium, the San Siro, the Estadio Azteca,
and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Williams returned home with the rest of
the T&T team from the three-match tour on
He will be back on the training field with
W Connection as they prepare for their Sco-
tiabank CONCACAF Champions League
campaign starting in August.
"It was simply a special feeling to get my
first goal in that match," Williams said.
"Everything about the occasion was some-
thing that I will never forget. It was disap-
pointing for us to lose the game but the occa-
sion was great.
"And the quality of the team and the history
of the stadium made it even more special for
me," he added.
"The experience of the entire tour was good,
playing at a high level against three teams
that really made it tough for us.
"The intensity of the matches was really
high and I think it would help us as players,
especially some of the new faces that are not
accustomed to this level of football.
"I think this was definitely a valuable lesson
for us going forward and looking ahead to the
games in September.
"There are players who were on this tour
who are hungry for the opportunity to make
the World Cup squad but they also saw for
themselves that there is a difference in terms
of the level and they have to keep putting in
the extra work and being consistent if they
want to stay on the team," Williams added.
The former Caledonia player has been
attracting interest from a few overseas clubs
with Costa Rican top flight Deportivo Saprissa
showing interest in him in recent times.
Even before representing T&T at the Under
20 Level, Williams made the National Under
23 Team for the Olympic Qualifiers in 2012
under head coach Angus Eve at the age of 17.
He appeared in the final group match against
Honduras at the Home Depot Centre in Los
Former New Zealand captain
Brendon McCullum has strongly
criticised the International Cricket
Council s handling of players
reporting match-fixing approach-
es. Delivering the MCC s annual
Cowdrey Lecture at Lord s, McCul-
lum drew on his personal experience
of having reported an approach to
the ICC s anti-corruption unit.
McCullum stated that he stood
by his evidence he gave in former
team-mate Chris Cairns perjury
trial at Southwark Crown Court last
year, when he stated that Cairns
approached him twice in 2008 to
fix matches. Cairns was found not
guilty of perjury and perverting the
course of justice.
He recalled reporting the approach
to ICC anti-corruption representative
John Rhodes in 2011 and said in his
lecture: "Rhodes took notes---he did
not record our conversation. He said
he would get what I said down on
paper and that it would probably
end up at the bottom of the file with
"Looking back on this, I am very
surprised by what I perceive to be
a very casual approach to gathering
evidence. I was reporting two
approaches by a former international
star of the game. I was not asked to
elaborate on anything I said and I
signed a statement that was essen-
tially nothing more than a skeleton
McCullum would end up giving
a further, more detailed, statement
to the ICC and another to the Met-
ropolitan Police, whom he said "were
streets ahead in terms of profes-
sionalism" compared to the ICC.
Cairns defence team at the trial
focused heavily on McCullum having
made multiple statements, branding
his evidence "unreliable".
McCullum said in his lecture: "I
think players deserve better from
the ICC and that, in the future, the
evidence-gathering exercise has to
be much more thorough, more pro-
fessional. I do wish that the ICC had
handled my initial approach more
He also spoke about his statement
being "leaked" to the Daily Mail and
said: "To report an approach and to
give evidence requires considerable
courage---players deserve much bet-
ter. How can the game s governing
body expect players to co-operate
with it when it is then responsible
for leaking confidential statements
to the media? It goes without saying
that if players do not have confidence
in the organisation, they will be
reluctant to report approaches and
the game is worse off.
"All players must report any
approaches. It is a fundamental
responsibility that we all share for
the greater good of the game.
"But it is equally vital that players
who do report are treated profes-
sionally and that their report is kept
Williams returns with special feeling
McCullum hits out at ICC
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