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Williams, the starting custodian with local club
Central FC, has not played a World Cup qualifying
game for T&T since last November, missing the two
victories against St Vincent and the Grenadines,
Guatemala and the United States through a shoulder
But he was back in the starting eleven for the
recent Caribbean Cup qualifiers against Dominican
Republic and Martinique.
"I think I am in a good mental position right now.
The season is midway into the Pro league and we ve
played four massive games in the Concacaf Champions
League so I am just hoping to make my way back
and contribute to the team on Friday, Williams said.
"Preparations for games like these are an ongoing
something. It s not just a week or two week prepa-
ration. I ve always tried to keep myself in the right
mental and physical position to be able to play in
the Hex and I am quite happy to recover from the
injury first and foremost.
"The amount of pressure we put on ourselves as
a team, the pressure from outside cannot match up.
We want to qualify for the World Cup and we know
the potential we have as a group and the pressure
we have on ourselves is immense but in saying that,
it is not the type of pressure that will destabilise us
or to make us nervous. It is the kind of pressure to
motivate us and to help us to go forward and complete
the objective," he added.
Newcomer in the squad, W Connection defender
Jelani Peters, described his first three days with the
team as challenging but enjoyable.
"It s been a great experience. Most of the guys are
playing outside so that s been good for me to get the
opportunity to train with them. The first session was
a bit challenging but I settled in by the second day.
For me this is the best set of players that have been
on the national team for some time and that makes
the experience even greater for me, coming in as a
local-based. I am hoping to build on this and make
a worthy contribution to the team in general," Peters
Women will look to turn the
page on a disappointing recent
series against England and sew
up qualification for next year s
ICC World Cup, when they take
on India in the first of three
One-Day Internationals start-
ing here today.
The Caribbean side, the reign-
ing Twenty20 World champions,
can grab six ICC Championship
points from the outings which
would all but secure their auto-
matic qualification at the show-
piece in England.
However, captain Stafanie
Taylor urged her side not to look
ahead to qualification but to
focus on each game and exe-
cuting in each department.
"I don t want us to put our-
selves under too much pressure.
It s just about going out there
and being relaxed at the start
and playing your natural game,"
Taylor said on the eve of the
contest at the Mulapadu cricket
team. I think that s very impor-
tant, [we have to] keep support-
ing [each other]. And we have
to really get our batting, bowling
and fielding to click in order to
win the series."
West Indies currently sit third
in the championship on 22
points, one behind England
Women and six adrift of leaders
India Women lie sixth on 13
points but have only played 15
games to West Indies Women s
21.The Windies Women were
erratic in the recent Caribbean
series against England, failing to
produce consistently in any area.
However, with the squad
returning to the country where
they won their maiden T20
World Cup, Taylor believes the
Windies can be inspired to turn
their form around.
"We are pretty much settled
at the moment. We had two days
of net sessions. I think the play-
ers are really pumped and ready,"
the Jamaican explained.
"It s a great feeling to be back.
We have great memories here
and I think we did awesome,
fantastic, and I think it would
be really nice just to repeat that
and seeing we really want these
points to qualify for next year s
World Cup, would mean a great
The 50-overs World Cup will
be the next big prize on the hori-
zon for the Windies Women. In
the last tournament in India four
years ago, they reached the final
before losing to six-time cham-
pions Australia Women.
And Taylor said beating India
in the series and gaining auto-
matic qualification, would give
her charges a huge bounce head-
ing into the June 26 to July 23,
2017 World Cup.
"It s just like when we won
the T20 World Cup, we did it
for the Caribbean and we def-
initely want to do it for them
again," Taylor stressed.
"It s always about them so
whatever we do here would
reflect in such a way that we get
more people on board support-
ing women s cricket.
"To know that we had great
moments here earlier in the year
and to actually repeat that.
Coming here again and winning,
it is more like you are giving
yourselves more confidence
going into next year s World
The game bowls off at 9 am
(11:30 pm Eastern Caribbean
Sammy cameo fails to
put Kings over the line
DHAKA---All-rounder Darren Sammy s cameo
failed to save Rajshahi Kings as they slumped
to heart-breaking three-run defeat to Khulna
Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League here
Chasing 134 for victory at the Shere Bangla
National Stadium, Kings came up short on 130
all out off their 20 overs, to lose their opening
game of the tournament.
The right-handed Sammy, who is leading the
Kings this season, slammed an unbeaten 31 off
23 deliveries but it was not enough to get his side
over the line.
His three sixes came down the stretch and kept
Kings in the hunt but he perished at the start of
the 18th over, bowled by seamer Shafiul Islam.
They needed seven runs off the last over but
lost three wickets to see their challenge fizzle.
Sammy was one of just three players in double
figures with opener Mominul Haque stroking a
top score of 64 off 57 deliveries.
Opting to bat first earlier, Titans reached 133
for eight off their 20 overs, with West Indies
Twenty20 batsman Nicholas Pooran getting only
14.Captain Mahmudullah and Riki Wessels both
top-scored with 32.
In the other game at the venue, former Barbados
and West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith failed
with 10 as his Chittagong Vikings went down to
Rangpur Riders by nine wickets. (CMC)
The company that manages
several of the Caribbean s leading
T20 stars, has blasted an
unprecedented move by the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to
impose a 20 percent levy on their
contracts for overseas T20 tour-
Insignia Sports, who manages
allrounders Kieron Pollard, Darren
Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Chris
Gayle among others, also plans
to challenge the WICB move.
"It is a blatant restraint of trade
on a player who has not been
selected by WICB for the upcom-
ing tri-series, does not have a
contractual tie to the WICB per-
mitting such a restriction," said
Eddie Tolchard, one of the part-
ners at Insignia Sports.
"Applying an unreasonable and
unjustifiable fee and requesting
CSA pay it in order to provide a
NOC is a restraint of trade."
The new WICB policy was dis-
closed by Chief Executive Michael
Muirhead in an email to Pollard
The WICB has written to var-
ious boards around the world ask-
ing them to comply the new pol-
icy.WICB has said that so far India
and Bangladesh have agreed to
the release fees.
However they are reports that
the new policy has been rejected
by Cricket South Africa and there
has been no response yet from
the Pakistan Cricket Board and
The Federation of Interna-
tional Players Association
(FICA) has criticized the move
to slap a 20 percent levy on T20
players contract fees and is
threatening to take legal action
against the WICB.
However, Muirhead has
defended the WICB position as
"WICB however, having
invested in developing a player s
talent, is not able to realise a
return on its investment if the
player is not available to play in
local tournament, which would
allow lesser experienced players
the opportunity to face a more
experienced and skilled oppo-
sition, thereby improving on the
standard and competitiveness
of the domestic tournaments,"
"In the end, it compromises
the standard of the WICB s
international team and that
team s performance internation-
ally. The primacy of international
cricket is threatened."
WICB has promised to redis-
tribute fees collected for an NOC
in contracts to players who only
"It is our expectation too, that
the accumulation of these fees
will facilitate the offer of con-
tracts to players participating
only in the short format of the
game," Muirhead said.
FICA chairman, Tony Irish,
plans to raise the issue during a
meeting with WICB on Tuesday.
Taylor tells Windies
Women focus on India
Agents blast WICB plan to impose 20% levy
West Indies captain
Stafanie Taylor in a
during the recent
INDIA: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta
Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad,
Jhulan Goswami, Thirush Kamini,
Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda
Mandhana, Mona Meshram,
Shikha Pandey, Sukanya Parida,
Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma,
Devika Vaidya, Sushma Verma.
WEST INDIES: Stafanie Taylor
(captain), Anisa Mohammed,
Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine
Campbelle, Shamilia Connell,
Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin,
Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Hayley
Matthews, Chedean Nation,
Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera
Selman, Tremayne Smartt.
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