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Lara batting for positive
Brian Lara is using the sport
he knows best to reach out to
the young people of T&T. And
he plans to do it communi-
The batting legend along with his
local and regional friends will be
starting that initiative in Barataria
on Saturday when they compete in
a Twenty20 match.
"Today, what's going on in T&T,
we need a little positive energy com-
ing out. If we could just affect two
or three youngsters in any particular
community, it would be wonderful,"
said a hopeful Lara.
Yesterday, he launched the Brian
Lara Island Wide Cricket Tour at the
Barataria Oval on 78 Sparrow Ave-
nue, and spoke at length to the media
about the event, which is to embark
on an island-wide 'community-fo-
cussed' cricket tour in an attempt to
reinvigorate cricket at the grass roots
level within T&T.
"The idea came from Daren Ganga.
We were having something for his
birthday back in January down in
Barrackpore. In a few days he was
able to organise a tremendous match
and the crowd came out and totally
He told Guardian Media Sports:
"I spoke to Daren about it and I felt
that this is something we can take to
different communities around T&T."
The first T20 match will bowl off
at the Barataria Oval from 5 pm and
he will also be bringing some for-
mer, present and future cricketers to
participate to enrich the event, but
moreso to give cricketers of Barataria
the opportunity to play alongside
these cricketers in a friendly yet
He named former West Indies
Test players---Fidel Edwards, Ri-
cardo Powell, Philo Wallace, Lendl
Simmons and Darren Bravo among
the few, who will be part of what is
expected to be an exciting afternoon.
The West Indies batting legend
said, "I will introduce a 13-year-
old from Barbados. I think he is
awesome," said an enthused Lara.
"People say I was batting like that
when I was 13. I wish I did because
his just an awesome little youth."
This Tour is likely to occur on a
monthly basis and local fans will get
to witness the cricket great in action
as did some yesterday when he took
a knock in the nets.
"Another reason for the tour is to
highlight the community that we are
in. Yes we have a match on Saturday
but the follow-up is very important.
What happens to the community and
hopefully we can get things moving
in the right direction."
Funds raised that evening will be
directed towards the Barataria Ball
Players Sports and Cultural Club for
further disbursement in community
projects and efforts.
Lara hopes the biggest message
coming out of the venture is to give
young people hope.
He said, "We are not dealing with
failures very well in this country. I
think a very big part of any sports-
man's life is to deal with failures
because the more you get knocked
down, you pick yourself back up and
The former West Indies captain
explained, "We have a lot of young-
sters who are experiencing a lot of
hardships and they are turning to al-
ternative things to do. This is when
you can see how much of a man you
are dust your pads and move on. I
have had many occasions in my ca-
reer when things didn't go my way
and consideration of giving up was
T&T's Under 20 Men's Team
arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica
ahead of their opening CON-
CACAF Championship game
against Bermuda on Sunday at
the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium.
The T&T team is coming off a
lengthy training camp in Cali, Co-
lombia during which they played
five training games, winning its
last two outings, after losing one
and drawing two. Team captain
Jabari Mitchell said his team-
mates are ready to fire in the
Following the opener versus
Bermuda, T&T takes on Costa Rica
at the National Stadium in San Jose
on Wednesday and El Salvador at
the same venue three days later.
Under the new format for the
Under 20 qualifiers, designed to
increase the number of meaning-
ful, competitive matches, the top
two teams from Groups A, B, and C
will advance to the Classification
Stage, where the Confederation's
four tickets to the World Cup at
this level will be determined in
round robin play among two
groups of three teams each.
The top two teams of each of the
two Classification Stage groups
will qualify as CONCACAF repre-
sentatives to the FIFA U-20 World
Cup Korea Republic 2017.
The T&T Football Associa-
tion has secured an interna-
tional friendly match for this
country's Senior Men's football
team next month.
Only a day after new coach Den-
nis Lawrence announced his local
training squad, and asked about
possible friendly matches as part
of the Soca Warriors preparation
before the next round of the 2018
World Cup qualifiers, at a press
conference at the Hasely Craw-
ford Stadium in Mucurapo, comes a
friendly clash with Suriname.
The teams will clash on March 10
at the Andre Kamperveen Stadium
in Paramaribo, Suriname.
The game will fall in line with
team's build up to the two 2018
World Cup qualifiers against Pan-
ama and Mexico on March 24th
and 28th at the Hasely Crawford
Lawrence will commence a train-
ing camp on Monday with a 27-man
squad that he recently selected.
Lawrence said the friendly matches
were being arranged specifically for
the local players.
"I think is important is to work
with the local players from now.
The Pro League will be concluded
on Sunday. So what I have done is
selected the local players to work
with the local players and to start
building on some, so that these
players will be able to push for a
position on the team, come March
24," he said
CFA insists Saunders not TTFA rep
It is still uncertain whether
Samuel Saunders is the Cen-
tral Football Association's (CFA)
representative on the Board of
the T&T Football Association.
CFA president Shymdeo Gosine
made it clear Saunders was removed
as their representative as of January
29 last month, after a voting pro-
cess, saying they adhered to the
guidelines of their constitution to
treat with such issues.
Saunders, however, told Guardian
Media Sports on Wednesday night
that he was still the representative
as the CFA had not complied fully
with the constitution of the parent
Saunders, an attorney-at-Law
became the centre of attention after
months of the new CFA executive,
being led by Gosine, taking office
The CFA boss said Saunders had
not represented the concerns of the
CFA and had not attended any meet-
ings, despite messages being left on
his phone and via his email address.
Gosine said his association fol-
lowed advice by the TTFA to use
the guidelines of their constitu-
tion to remove a member, saying:
"Now that this has taken place, he
is confused as to why the TTFA still
has Saunders in their fold."
"A decision on who we want
to represent us at the board level
should be entirely up to us. The only
thing I can think of for the TTFA's
reluctance to accept Saunders' re-
moval from the CFA, is only if they
are attempting to prevent us from
functioning as efficiently and effec-
tively as we have been" Gosine said.
He noted: "The TTFA is, at this
point, no use to us, as they have
never given us anything and has not
supported anything we have done."
The CFA needed a three-fifths
majority to remove Saunders on Jan-
uary 19 at Woodford Lodge Chagua-
nas, which according to the CFA's
General Secretary Clynt Taylor, they
Taylor said the results of the vote
were communicated to the TTFA via
email but the football association
requested a hard copy of it. That
information was delivered to the
TTFA on Monday.
Meanwhile, Joanne Salazar, the
TTFA's 3rd Vice President said the
CFA had been tardy in submitting
documentation in regarding to re-
moving Saunders as its represent-
ative, saying the TTFA through its
president David John-Williams at a
board meeting last month, request-
ed documentation from the CFA to
confirm that there was strict com-
pliance with its (CFA's) constitution.
She said since that meeting the
CFA took a while to submit the doc-
"When they did submit the
documents on February 13, both
John-Williams and the associ-
ation's General Secretary Justin
Latapy were out of the country, so
we have not had the time to peruse
the documents" Salazar explained.
She added there were members
of the football fraternity who be-
lieved that once the constitution of
the regional associations had been
followed then their request should
be granted, but she pointed out
that the TTFA's constitution pro-
vided guidelines on how the Board
She described these guidelines
as vague, noting that she would
consult with someone with more
knowledge on it before proceeding
She said the matter was not on
the agenda for yesterday's board
meeting at the football association's
office at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium, Mucurapo but she promised
to ask Latapy if it could have been
put down for discussion.
Taylor said the TTFA had abso-
lutely no say in their removal of a
member, adding "The only thing we
have to do is inform them (TTFA) of
Joanne Salazar......TTFA's 3rd vice
Former West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara gets ready to paly a shot in
the Barataria Oval nets during the Brian Lara Island Wide Cricket Tour
Launch yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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