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an 'investment', argues Browne
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados --
Chairman of selectors, Courtney
Browne,has described Twenty20
World Cup hero, Carlos Brath-
waite, as an "investment" in
West Indies cricket and argues
his inclusion to face England in
the three-match One-Day In-
ternational series should not be
viewed purely in terms of recent
The 28-year-old all-rounder's
selection has been questioned in
some quarters especially in light of
his recent failures but Browne said
Brathwaite was still at a very early
stage of his development and the se-
lection panel was focused on getting
the best out of him.
"He's a young player who is a very
exciting player on his day, who hasn't
played a lot of international cricket
either. He's an investment and we
all know if we get him right what he
can produce for us," Browne said in
a radio interview here.
"We would have seen him in the
T20 World Cup but one of the things
is if you sit and hear, say a coach or
captain, speak about Carlos Brath-
waite it is a bit different."
He continued: "The way how
50-overs cricket is played now
where there are power-plays and
there are certain bowlers you go for
in power-plays and certain bowlers
you don't. And Carlos's strike rate
would be more than the other bowl-
ers because of the time of the games
when he bowls.
"Not that I am saying that is in any
way a reason not to perform but we
have to take into consideration he's
still a young player at the interna-
tional level. There's so much things.
We have a very young team and ... the
selection panel we sat and we talked
about all players, and we all felt that
Carlos Brathwaite was still someone
that we can get a lot out of."
Brathwaite shot to prominence last
April when he smashed massive sixes
off the first four balls of the last over
to propel West Indies to a dramatic
victory over England in the final of
the Twenty20 World Cup.
Since those heroics, his form in
ODIs has been ordinary, with a mea-
gre 157 runs coming from 12 appear-
ances at a lowly average of 15.7, while
taking 17 wickets with his medium
Overall, Brathwaite averages just
13 with the bat from 20 ODIs and has
taken 21 wickets at 40.
Browne contended Brathwaite
should not be measured against his
exploits at the T20 World Cup, es-
pecially since he was still relatively
new to international cricket.
"What you must understand is this
is still a young man. If he sit and we
expect Carlos to repeat what he did
in the World Cup every single time,
we're going to fool ourselves," the
former Test wicketkeeper explained.
"Carlos needs to develop like any
other cricketer. We've dug ourselves
in a massive hole over the years,
there's no quick fix to our problem.
It is about hard work. It's about get-
ting our players out there, developing
"It's not about 'you've had five
games, you have not performed'
so just throw [the player away]. It's
about helping players to develop and
realizing their full potential."
Brathwaite, who was elevated to
the T20 captaincy last year, was a vi-
tal part of the Barbados Pride squad
that won the Regional Super50 title
last weekend in Antigua.
Batting down the order and mostly
coming at the crunch, he managed 91
runs from eight outings and snared
Browne said it was important
players like Brathwaite were given
an extended run in order to prove
"When you look at our players,
there are some who have been given
a little extension because you want
them to develop," he noted.
"We don't want to have a case
where you have a whole bunch of
players -- like what you used to hap-
pen in the past -- where we had so
much players, all of them had games
under their belts but none never got
a good extension or fair run to help
them to develop. We need to develop
"We are number eight in the world
because we put ourselves there by
playing bad cricket over the years
by making bad decisions. We have
to develop a team, it is hard work
but the one thing I must say about
Carlos and a lot of the other players,
we have players now who actually
want to play, we have players who
are committed, they are self-starters,
they work hard.
"When you see players who are do-
ing that, you know that you will be
able to create that environment that
is conducive to producing cricketers
that can perform consistently." (CMC)
Narine leads fightback but Sammy's Zalmi prevail
DUBAI, United Arab
Emirates -- Sunil Narine
played his part in a late in-
nings rally but the effort was
not enough to save Lahore
Qalanders from a 17-run
defeat to Darren Sammy's
Peshawar Zalmi in the Pa-
kistan Super League yes-
Set a challenging 167 for vic-
tory at the Dubai International
Stadium, Qalanders seemed
condemned to an embarrass-
ing defeat when they slumped
to 43 for six in the sixth over.
However, the left-handed
Narine launched an offensive,
hitting 21 from 14 balls in a 45-
run, seventh wicket stand off
30 balls with Aamer Yamin who
made a run-a-ball 25.
He had struck two fours and
a six when he holed out to deep
square leg in the 11th over off
seamer Wahab Riaz at 88 for
Sohail Tanvir then blasted
36 not out and Yasir Shah, 22,
in a 55-run, ninth wicket part-
nership but they failed to get
Qalanders over the line.
Opener Cameron Delport had
earlier chipped in with 32 from
Opting to bat first, Zalmi
were fired by opener Kamran
Akmal's 58 off 40 balls while
Bangladesh star Shakib-al-
Hasan made 30 from 24 balls.
At the death, Sammy belted
a four and a six in scoring an
unbeaten 17 off eight deliver-
ies while West Indies batsman
Marlon Samuels made 17 in his
first appearance of the tourna-
Off-spinner Narine finished
with one for 28 from four overs.
USA crushes T&T 5-1
Two goals for Irving Garcia as USA heads
to quarterfinals of 2017 CONCACAF Beach
Soccer Championship with 5-1 win over T&T
on Thursday night in the Bahamas.
Both the USA and T&T had punched their tickets
for the quarterfinals of the 2017 CONCACAF Beach
Soccer Championship before this game, but their
last match before the knockout rounds decided
the winner of Group C. The USA won the game
and the group, beating T&T 5-1, with two goals
supplied by Irving Garcia, a former New York Red
Bulls player and the eternal flame that burns in
the heart of veteran New York soccer journalist,
The goals were Garcia's first of the tournament.
He and the USA can now look forward to a quar-
terfinal against Panama last night, while T&T was
up against Mexico.
The top two teams in this tournament will qual-
ify for the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup, to be
held at the same venue (in the Bahamas) in April.
Garcia and the USA must beat Panama to be in the
hunt for a World Cup spot. The two finalists at
this competition will join host nation Bahamas as
CONCACAF's representatives at the World Cup.
Unless Bahamas or its quarterfinal opponent,
Guadeloupe, makes the final - since one is already
in the World Cup and the other is not eligible for
FIFA competitions. Then the third-place playoff
winner would advance. But the USA need only be
concerned about these details if it beats Panama
in its next game.
West Indies player Sunil Narine ... hit a small cameo in an unfamiliar opening role.
after the all-rounder hit
the winning runs in the
Twenty20 World Cup final
in 2016. © WICB MEDIA
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