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CASTRIES---West Indies ICC World T20 winning
captain Darren Sammy is confident Zouks can
advance to the play-offs of the highly anticipated
Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which begins next
Zouks campaign is expected to be powered by the
presence of a number of the world s leading players
including Mike Hussey, David Miller, Morne Morkel
and Shane Watson. West Indies T20 and ODI openers
Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher are also expected
to feature prominently in their effort this year. " Mr
Cricket Mike Hussey will add in a lot of international
experience coming off winning the Big Bash last year,
David Miller has been a strong performer for South
Africa and in the all-round stakes Shane Watson has
been in outstanding form of late," said Sammy.
"On the bowling front we are excited to have Morne
Morkel and Fidel Edwards will add to our depth
alongside some exciting local talent in Gidron Pope
and Keddy Lesporis. I m excited. After missing out
to the (Jamaica) Tallawahs narrowly on net run rate
last year, I think this could be the year when we
reach the play-offs."
Sammy is also excited about the opportunities that
will see CPL make its inaugural foray into the mainland
of USA when the Central Broward Stadium in Fort
Lauderdale welcomes all six teams from 28-31 July.
The St Lucia born all-rounder says the fourth edi-
tion of the CPL is shaping to be the strongest tour-
nament ever and is hoping big crowds in Fort Laud-
erdale will "lift barriers" in USA.
"It will be a huge honour to lead out the Zouks
in the USA because there s a massive Caribbean com-
munity around there. I know there has been huge
interest in tickets already and will be a chance for
people to experience the carnival atmosphere live,"
"Hopefully we ll have bumper crowds there for
our back-to-back games when we battle against the
Tallawahs. I think what CPL is doing, by bringing
professional cricket to the USA, can help lift barriers
and extend the carnival from the Caribbean."
Sammy, who led the West Indies to its second ICC
World T20 title in India last month, hopes that the
performances in recent weeks can inspire a new gen-
eration of players.
"It has been amazing to travel around the various
islands over the past few weeks and see the joy on
the kids faces. We always talk in the dressing-room
about creating a new legacy for West Indies cricket
and if a child dreams of becoming the next (Kieron)
Pollard, (Dwayne) Bravo, (Chris) Gayle or (Andre)
Russell, then we know that we ll be on the right
Making the qualifying standards will be
of utmost importance at this weekend s
National Association for Athletic Admin-
istrations (NAAA) National Gas Company
(NGC)/Sagicor Senior Championships,
where T&T s elite track and field athletes
will get to prove they have what it takes
to compete against the best the world has
to offer at the Olympic Games in Rio de
Janiero in Brazil.
They will descend on the Hasely Crawford
Stadium in Mucurapo, from Friday to Sun-
day, with the ultimate goal of joining boxer
Nigel Paul, cyclist Njisane Phillip, swimmer
George Bovell, sailor Andrew Lewis rower
Felice Chow and judo fighter Christopher
George, who all have already qualified for
the premier sporting event set for August
In order to be eligible to compete, they
must be as good or better than the set mark
in their respective events and a maximum
of three athletes per individual Olympic
event is allowed, provided they have all met
the entry standard according to NAAA pres-
ident Ephraim Serrette.
"Everybody has to compete," he said.
"There will be no exemptions as has hap-
pened in the past. All must go through the
entire process through all the rounds (pre-
liminary/semifinals/finals) where neces-
It will be a high-pressure and now-or-
never competition ultimately, so athletes
must come good and be ready come opening
day, when three finals are carded in the
men s and women s hammer throw and the
men s 10,000 metres.
However as per usual the sprint events
early rounds will also highlight the evening s
action with in the 100, 200, 400 and 110m
hurdles events. Entry fee is $25 on Friday.
The following two days will cost $50 to
The selection of T&T athletes has in the
past, caused some contention but Serrette
assured that the process will be clear and
Serrette said: "The selection policy has
been revised. It will be similar to the British
system where the first two past the line
provided that they have achieved the nec-
essary qualifying standard, will automatically
qualify to represent T&T."
There is one major change on the pro-
gramme and it will affect the quartermil-
"The 100m and 400m sprint finals nor-
mally draw the crowds on the Saturday and
we wanted to hold more attention on the
final day so the 400m final will be the high-
light on the Sunday," said Serrette.
Another major change expected at the
annual meet is that athletes from overseas
will also compete.
"There will be athletes from a few coun-
tries competing. The foreigners will compete
in a B final while T&T athletes will contest
the A final," said Serrette.
The Championships bring together the
top competing T&T athletes to battle it out
to not only become the national champion
in their event but this being an Olympic
year, to book a spot to compete in Rio 2016.
The star studded line up will include mul-
tiple Olympic medallists Richard Thompson
and Keston Bledman along with Michelle-
Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Jehue Gordon,
Machel Cedenio, who has been making
waves this season thus far. In the field events
will be reigning Olympic javelin champions
Keshorn Walcott and five-time "Sports-
woman of the Year" shot putter Cleopatra
The event is the perfect opportunity for
all to come out and be inspired by some of
T&T s finest athletes.
With some 38 national titles up for grabs,
the championships promises to be an excit-
ing weekend of track and field action.
KINGSTON---Sri Lankan batting star
Kumar Sangakkara has pointed to the
dynamic pair of Chris Gayle and Dale Steyn
as key to Jamaica Tallawahs success in
the upcoming Caribbean Premier League.
Gayle, who will captain the side, is one
of the finest batsmen in the Twenty20 for-
mat, having plundered over 9 200 runs in
South Africa Steyn, meanwhile, is one of
the game s leading fast bowlers, who has
dominated every format.
"I actually think there are two players
who will get plenty of attention. One is
Bullet Dale Steyn. The other is Chris Gayle,"
"I think Chris is a fantastic ambassador
for the game, through the way he plays the
game. Sometimes his character is something
you have to get used to at times, but having
played with Chris over the years I just think
that he is who he is.
"And the way he plays his cricket is very
honest. He expresses himself fully and it s
a great joy to watch him on that field. He
has a lot of fun playing the game, he s funny,
he s humorous so it s wonderful."
Steyn will be making his much anticipated
debut in the CPL, having been called up to
replace the injured Sri Lankan speedster
The 32-year-old has taken 187 wickets
from 170 T20s, and will be coming off a
successful stint for Glamorgan where he
has taken nine wickets in four games for
the Welsh county. (CMC)
BRIDGETOWN---Emerging West Indies
cricketer Shemar Springer says he is keen
to draw from the experience of world class
players the likes of AB de Villiers, David
Wiese and Robin Peterson when he debuts
for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean
Premier League (CPL) starting next week.
Springer was a stand-out performer for
the West Indies team who won the ICC
Under-19 Cricket World Cup (CWC) title
in Bangladesh back in January.
He finished fifth in the overall batting
rankings, averaging a healthy 57.00 in six
innings while he was also his side s most
consistent performer with the ball, taking
seven wickets for 162 runs at an economy
rate of 4.50. "I m very excited at this point
in time. What I really want to do is get some
experience from the guys like AB de Villiers,
David Wiese and Robin Peterson and see
how they operate so I can draft some of
their skills into my game," said Springer
whose scores in the ICC Under World Cup
included a top score of 106 and two half-
"Honestly, if someone had told me last
year that I would be a part of the Tridents
side, I would have told them that they re
joking! Right now I m very happy to be a
part of this team and I really just want to
do well for my Dad".
The Barbadian-born Springer was selected
by the coaching set-up following the CPL
Draft in February. This year the CPL will
have at least one Under-19 player in each
of the six franchises to help develop and
encourage the next generation of West Indies
"It means a lot (to be a Barbados Trident),
because we have a lot of history and we re
a team that s a bit hated, probably because
we re good! But that s how it is! We just
have to go out there and do well," he said.
"When I m practicing in the Kensington
Oval I just look in the Stand and picture
myself in front of many people and I m
going to try and perform the best that I
DUBAI---A series between West Indies and
Pakistan scheduled for September and October
in the United Arab Emirates have been revised,
media reports have said.
West Indies and Pakistan were originally due
to play two Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is in
the UAE. However according to a report in ESPN
Cricinfo the series has now been revised to three
Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.
The PCB was seeking to have the T20 com-
ponent of the series played in Pakistan as part
of their efforts to end their international cricket
But in April, the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) rejected the offer saying their players
still have security concerns over playing in Pak-
istan. Nearly all Pakistan s home series have
been played in the UAE since a 2009 militant
attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.
Since then, Pakistan has only hosted
Afghanistan, Kenya and Zimbabwe at home.
NAAAs get tough
for weekend trials
Sammy feels Zouks
can reach playoffs
Springer eager to learn from top players
Windies, Pakistan revise
schedule for UAE series
Gayle key to Tallawahs success, says Sangakkara
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