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ST JOHN'S---Rookies Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell
are set to make their international debuts after being named
in a West Indies Twenty20 15-man squad to face Pakistan
later this month.
Both players were rewarded for stirring performances in
the Caribbean Premier League and are the only new faces in
the squad which will once again be led by emerging all-rounder
However, the bulk of the squad remains unchanged with
the likes of star all-rounders Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard
and Dwayne Bravo, along with off-spinner Sunil Narine, all
named in the line-up for the three game series from September
23-27 in Dubai.
Pooran and Powell, however, were two of the stand-outs
from the CPL, shining with the bat for their respective fran-
The left-handed Pooran gathered over 200 runs for Barbados
Tridents with two half-centuries---including a top score of
81---but more notably, a strike-rate of nearly 200.
Powell, meanwhile, continued to impress, playing a key role
with 228 runs to help Jamaica Tallawahs win the Caribbean
title. The 23-year-old right-hander, a clean and powerful
striker of the ball, is also a useful seamer.
Selectors have also included fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who
recently retired from Tests, after the Jamaican claimed 13
wickets for St Lucia Zouks at an average of 17 and an economy
rate of seven.
Meanwhile, Test players Kraigg Brathwaite and Alzarri Joseph
are set to make their One-Day International debuts after being
named in the Jason Holder-led 15-man squad.
The 23-year-old Brathwaite, the Test vice-captain, averages
34 from 31 Tests and has become known for his obdurate,
slow style of batting. However, he showed flashes of his aggres-
sive side with a stroke-filled 94 from 122 balls against Australia
in Hobart last December.
Joseph was part of the successful West Indies Under-19
squad which captured the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh
earlier this year, and he subsequently made his Test debut
against India last month in St Lucia.
Still only 19 and with a mere nine first class matches under
his belt, Antiguan Joseph is widely viewed as one of the most
talented seamers in the Caribbean.
Rising T20 star Evin Lewis has been named in the ODI
squad for the first time while wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin,
recently axed from the Test squad, has been retained in the
The three-match one-day series runs from September 30
to October 5, with the first two matches in Sharjah and the
last one set for Abu Dhabi. A three-Test series follows the
limited overs tour and will run from October 13 to November
3. However, marquee opener Chris Gayle will not feature after
advising the Courtney Browne-led selection panel of his
unavailability. The veteran left-hander was included for the
hastily arranged two-match series against India last month
in Florida but never played due to injury.
Opener Lendl Simmons has also been left out because of
"medical reasons" the West Indies Cricket Board said. (CMC)
Newly-formed Mt Marie United Football
Club can now prepare for their attempt to
join the Tobago Football Association.
The club received two new footballs from
Secretary of Community Development and
Culture Dr. Denise Tsoi-a-fatt-Angus on
Sunday. During the presentation, Tsoi-a-
fatt-Angus told the footballers that she
believes football is a good way of maintaining
one s health, so when she heard that they
did not have enough footballs for training
she thought it important to support the club.
"I know it is not always easy to find the
funds to get the equipment that you need
and this is just a small token from me to
you," the Secretary said.
In response, club captain Shondell Morris
expressed his gratitude to Tsoi-a-fatt-Angus
for the contribution.
"This is a very good start. We start with
the two footballs now, next week we will
end up with a uniform, the week after we
might get some nets and as we continue
going, people will know more about us and
want to join and the club will grow from
there," Morris said.
He said the objective of the group is to
engage the young people of the area in sport
as an alternative to crime.
The club is targets residents of Mt Marie,
Scarborough and Spring Garden. The cap-
tain s immediate goal is to get the club reg-
istered as a member of the TFA League.
Chances of schoolboy footballers in T&T
gaining scholarships or even professional con-
tracts abroad have been given a major boost
through a US$1.5 million five-year partnership
signed between Digicel Play, SportsMax and
the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL).
This is as a result of a first time ever, top of
the line television coverage, as SportsMax
(Jamaica) and T&T s CNC3 will be broadcasting
20 matches during the upcoming Shell/First
Citizens SSFL Premier Division, Coca-Cola
InterCol and the newly-formed Digicel Play
Cup competitions during the season, which
kicks off with a double-header at Irwin Park,
Siparia, tomorrow (Wednesday).
The launch was held at Trotters Restaurant,
Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday, and
created a buzz among all invited guests who
included former SSFL and Soca Warriors stand-
out Brent Sancho and Minister of Sports Darryl
In the opening match, two-time reigning
Premier Division champions Naparima College,
also the Inter-Col champions, come up against
San Juan North Secondary from 4 pm while
Shiva Boys Hindu College tackle Presentation
College, San Fernando, at 6.15 pm.
As part of the deal, all TV matches will be
broadcast live across 25 Caribbean countries in
high definition; seven TV matches will be shown
live on CNC3 and 13 TV matches will be showed
delayed across T&T; while all TV matches will
be shown live in the USA and Canada on CEEN
The 11 other schools in the 15-team Premier
Division, which will see three teams being
demoted at the end of the season, are Signal
Hill Secondary, Pleasantville, Fatima College,
St Anthony s College, St Benedict s College,
Trinity College, Mucurapo East, Fyzabad Sec-
ondary, Queen s Royal College, St Mary s College
and St Augustine Secondary. (Trinidad Guardian)
T20 --- Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo,
Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil
Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Rus-
sell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton.
ODI --- Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite,
Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles,
Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley
Nurse, Keiron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels.
Dr. Denise Tsoi-a-fatt-Angus hands over a football to Mt Marie United captain Shondell Morris as other club members look on last Sunday.
PHOTO COURTESY DIVISION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURE
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