Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 9th 2016 Contents A46
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 9, 2016
West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard has
been granted a No Objection Certificate
(NOC) to play in the upcoming Ram Slam
T20 competition in South Africa, the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirmed yes-
The confirmation came from WICB pres-
ident Michael Muirhead, whose letter to Pollard
resulted in him not leaving for the tournament
Muirhead said it was never the Board's
intention not to grant Pollard an NOC, but
rather the letter was meant to explain to him
why the process on this occasion was taking
longer than usual.
"It was not denying him any NOC, it was
explaining to him why it was taking longer.
Normally we would have responded so in
seven days he would have gotten it," explained
"But I think it went over. But before the
seven days expired I said let me explain to
him why it is taking a little longer time and
it is because we have written to all the boards,
the presidents and CEOs"
WICB's letter to presidents and CEOs of
all the ICC Full Member boards has notified
them of its new policy to impose a 20 percent
levy on the contract fees of its players taking
part in T20 tournaments overseas.
Muirhead's letter to Pollard had informed
him that permission would not be granted to
him until various boards featuring Caribbean
players in their Domestic T20 tournaments
agree with WICB's new policy.
The policy got a boost yesterday when the
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) revealed that
it was paying the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) 10 percent of the salary of all West
Indian players who are currently taking part
in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
BPL governing council secretary Ismail
Haider Mallick said the Bangladesh Board had
no problem in paying the fee but the value
was not the 20 percent which the WICB orig-
inally requested. "We settled this issue long
ago. Not only WICB, Cricket Sri Lanka (SLC)
also wanted a share from their players' earn-
ings. SLC wanted more than WICB. They
wanted 25 percent, while WICB wanted 20
percent. But our board president Nazmul Has-
san settled the amount at 10 percent after
talking to the presidents of those two boards.
At the same time it was agreed that the
amount will be increased from next year."
In making a case for their position, the
WICB stated: "The influx of various domestic
Twenty20 tournaments raises an interesting
opportunity for a player to significantly max-
imize his earnings. WICB however, having
invested in developing a player's talent, is not
able to realize a return on its investment if
the player is not available to play in local tour-
naments, which would allow lesser experienced
players the opportunity to face more expe-
rienced and skilled opposition, thereby improv-
ing on the standard and competitiveness of
the domestic tournament.
"In addition, the player is unavailable to
mentor and develop younger players and to
otherwise contribute to the overall growth of
the game and its development infrastructure.
It has become a system that disadvantages
nations like the West Indies which have tra-
ditionally developed players who are partic-
ularly skilled in the shortest format of the
game. In the end, it compromises the standard
of the WICB's international team and that
team's performance internationally. The pri-
macy of international cricket is threatened
(Article 32A, ICC Regulations)."
Despite yesterday's outcome, the West Indies
Players' Association (WIPA) disagreed with
the WICB's position. "WIPA believes an impo-
sition of a NOC levy by the WICB is not the
answer to the lack of coherent global sched-
uling. A centrally regulated and coordinated
international cricket programme for all three
formats is necessary for the improvement of
global cricket. As such, the International
Cricket Council (ICC) will need to spearhead
the complete restructure of the international
"WIPA is totally against any new market
restrictions or regulations that may limit our
West Indian players. The present NOC levy
of the WICB promotes the restraint of trade
and is open to be challenged legally. To ensure
that this matter is addressed immediately, we
are proposing that the WICB meets with all
stakeholders regionally (WIPA) and interna-
tionally (ICC, FICA) forthwith."
Exciting West Indies Twenty20 batsman
Nicholas Pooran has been slapped with a
suspension by the West Indies Cricket
Board, after snubbing his Leeward Islands
Hurricanes contract for the upcoming Pro-
fessional Cricket League.
The 21-year-old, who made his interna-
tional in the recent series against Pakistan
in the United Arab Emirates, opted out of
his PCL contract in order to represent Khul-
na Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League.
However, WICB chief executive, Michael
Muirhead said Pooran's decision would result
in a suspension from WICB-sponsored tour-
naments for an unspecified period.
"Nicholas Pooran has decided not to play
for the franchise that he was selected for.
All persons who are entering the [PCL] draft,
sign that they will make themselves available
and commit themselves to playing for who-
ever they are drafted by," Muirhead was
quoted as saying.
"If you fail to honour that then there are
consequences. The consequence is actually
is that he won't be able, for a specific period,
play for WICB sponsored tournaments."
Pooran was selected for West Indies duty
for the three T20s against Pakistan after
impressing for Barbados Tridents in the
Caribbean Premier League last summer.
However, the aggressive left-hander has
not played a first class game in two years
and a regional 50-overs game in three years.
He was kept out of the game for a year
back in 2015 when he suffered injuries in
a vehicular accident, and only returned to
action earlier this year.
Muirhead said while Pooran's suspension
would not making him ineligible for selection
to the regional side, it would certainly hurt
the player's chances.
"It does not mean he cannot play in a
West Indies team if he is selected but it
might lessen his chances of selection by
not playing in our tournaments, but it still
means that he could be selected if the selec-
tors see it fit to choose him," the Jamaican
The regional first class season bowls off
next weekend with Hurricanes hosting Bar-
bados Pride at Warner Park in St Kitts. (CMC)
Victorians in BPL
MIRPUR---Dwayne Smith s Chittagong
Vikings was off to a winning start when
they defeated defending champions Camil-
la Victorians by 29 runs in the opening
match of the Bangladesh Premier League
Smith, the normally prolific Barbadian
batsman, contributed only nine runs in
Vikings score of 161 for three in 20 overs
at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
An aggressive 23 from West Indies middle
order batsmen Marlon Samuels was not
enough to help lift Victorians' momentum
as they were restricted to 132 for eight in
Tamim Iqbal, 54 from 38 balls and Shoaib
Malik an unbeaten 42 from 28 balls, helped
Vikings set up a fighting total.
Man of the Match Mohammad Nabi took
control of the game by capturing four wick-
ets for 24 runs; despite a top score of 54
not out from Nazmul Hossain Shanto.
Samuels tried to push the score along
scoring his 23 from 18 balls hitting three
fours and a six in the process.
He lost his wicket when he chipped a
ball from Abdur Razzak straight to mid
wicket for Taskin Ahmed to take a low
through to Inter
Speyside High School and Trinity College
East advanced to the semi final of the Coca
Cola Inter Col yesterday after recording
victories over Pentecostal Light and Life
and Five Rivers Secondary.
At Mt Pleasant in the sister isle of Tobago,
the Tobago Championship Division winners
signalled a warning to opponents in the
semis by demolishing Pentecostal Light and
Life 8-0, courtesy the commanding per-
formances of under-14 standouts Deleon
Beckles who scored a double and Nicholas
Sanchez, who added one in the victory.
However their performances were over-
shadowed by a hat-trick from Kerri Mc Don-
ald, continuing his goalscoring touch that
earned them promotion to the Premier Divi-
sion next season. His three goals were fol-
lowed by single items from Cel Toppin and
At the El Dorado East Secondary, Trinity
College also benefited from a hat-trick from
Liam Burns in thrashing Five Rivers 5-0.
Having been beaten on the two occasions
the teams met in the championship division,
Five Rivers produced little resistance as Trin-
ity got two more goals to seal the win from
Christian Ransome and Dwight Yorke to
confirm their spot in the semis to be played
St Augustine Secondary also booked a
place in the semis by hammering Toco 10-
0 at the Henry Street Recreation Ground
Arouca. A hat-trick from Anthony Samuels
and a double from Kenton James spearheaded
St Augustine, known as the Green
Machine' were rampant through-out the
encounter and confirmed the victory with
Rahim Gordon, Zion Holder, Ryan Phillips
and Akeem Hosten's goals.
Pollard freed to join Ram Slam
...allrounder gets NOC for T20 tournament
Kieron Pollard ...off to South Africa.
Pooran slapped with suspension over contract snub
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