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Windies mull aggression
against spinner Shadab
Head coach Stuart Law has
hinted at West Indies batsmen
taking the attack to leg-spinner
Shadab Khan in today's pivotal
third Twenty20 International
at Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-
The 18-year-old Shadab has been
a thorn in the Windies side in the
series, with Man-of-the-Match
four-wicket hauls in each of the
two games, to give Pakistan a 2-0
lead in the four-match series.
However, Law said Shadab had
been "gifted" some of his wickets
and needed to be put under some
pressure by the Windies batsmen.
"We have plans for everyone.
He's not the only one we're talking
about, we're talking about everyone
else," the Australian noted.
"So we just need to come up with
better execution when we're out in
the middle and that's what it boils
"He's bowled very well, but I
think we've gifted him a few wickets
as well. I think we just need to be a
little bit more ruthless against him
and see what transpires after that."
Shadab took four for seven in
Sunday's opening game in Barbados
to fire Pakistan to a six-wicket win
and returned to take four for 14 on
Thursday, as the visitors pulled off
a dramatic three-run win.
But despite West Indies now fac-
ing a second successive series loss
in T20s, Law said there was no real
"You're always under pressure,
it's international cricket. T20 games
now internationally have far more
meaning to them ... you're always
under pressure, you're never not
under pressure as a cricketer or
cricket coach," he argued.
"We just have to get our heads
together, have a good conversation
and turn up on Saturday and play
The performances of several
members of the team have come
under the spotlight, with the likes
of Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons
and Evin Lewis all getting single
digit scores in both games.
Big-hitting all-rounder Rovman
Powell, who made his debut in Bar-
bados, has suffered the ignominy
of two first-ball 'ducks' but Law
said the Jamaican should be given
the opportunity to learn from his
"It's a difficult game, interna-
tional cricket. It's a different men-
tality, a different pressure out in the
middle," Law explained.
"He's a young man, he's got a
lot of talent but things take time.
Unfortunately we really want kids
to come in, play their first game,
make a hundred and take five-for.
It doesn't always happen.
"Good things come to those who
wait and if we keep working hard
with Rov I'm sure he's got the talent
to get through."
Law, presiding over just his sec-
ond series after taking up the post
last month, said there was enough
blame to go around in the batting
"We can't just pin it on one per-
son. There are a lot of guys in that
team we need to have chat to but
we're working hard," he stressed.
"That's one thing we are doing.
We are working hard, we're trying
to get it right. It's going to take a lot
more time [and will need to] make a
few more mistakes to learn." (CMC)
The 2-0 scoreline may suggest
more of the same from the re-
maining T20 matches this series,
but the manner in which Pakistan
sneaked over the line in the second
game brought the tour to life. It was
an encounter West Indies looked to
have wrapped up a number of times,
only to let it slip through their
fingers during a frenetic last over.
Even so, West Indies have shown
they're up to the task of challenging
the visitors, and on the evidence of
Thursday's showing, a long-await-
ed limited-overs win against Paki-
stan might not be far away.
The hosts' primary headache is
the lack of form for many of their
key T20 players. Lendl Simmons
has scored just 21 runs in his last
five T20I innings, while Keiron Pol-
lard has not scored more than 26
in a T20I since July 2013, and has
a disappointing (by his standards
anyway) strike rate of 103.9 since
then. Captain Carlos Brathwaite is
yet to regain the touch that blasted
West Indies to the World T20 title,
and the openers lack experience. In
addition, the previous game saw
one of the worst fielding displays
from West Indies in recent times,
multiple schoolboy errors gifting
Pakistan extra runs in a match they
only won by three.
Pakistan, for their part, will rec-
ognise that they made off with a win
they barely deserved, relying heav-
ily on their 18-year old legspinner
Shadab Khan, who, besides Wahab
Riaz, was the only player to walk
away from the game with any credit.
Medals elude T&T athletes in the US
It has been an uneventful past
two days for local track and field
athletes, competing at both the
Florida and Texas Relays in the
United States of America, as
none has achieved their desired
success, they were aiming for.
Both events end today.
At the Percy Beard Track, James
G Pressly Stadium at the University
of Florida in Gainesville, yesterday,
Olympian Semoy Hackett lined up
in the women's 100 metres and
her time of 11.55 seconds was good
enough for 18th place.
The Empire Athletics athlete
finished just behind another local
sprinter Kayelle Clarke of Kentucky
University, whose 11.52 clocking
placed her 16th. Winning the event
was Nike's Murielle Ahoure of Ivory
Coast in 10.96.
Western Kentucky senior Peli
Alzola was listed to compete but
did not start.
A day earlier, Clarke also faced the
starter in the 200m and the Ken-
tucky junior had the 11th quickest
time of 23.59. Jamaica's two-time
Olympic 200m champion Veronica
Campbell-Brown clocked a world
leading time of 22.60 to win.
In the women's 400m, Do-
monique Williams of Alabama Uni-
versity crossed the line in 53.82, to
place 12th of the 61 competitors.
Middle-distance runner Mark
London, a junior at Coppin State
also saw action at the premier
outdoor sporting meet, placing
56th overall in the men's 800m in
a time of 1:55.48.
At the 90th Clyde Littlefield Tex-
as Relays being staged at the Mike
A Myers Stadium in Austin, South
Plains Mauricia Prieto, Akanni His-
lop of Louisiana State University
(LSU) and Wiley College's Moriba
Morain were active on the track.
Prieto competed in two relay
events with her South Plain team.
In the 4x400m, their time of 3:41.20
qualified them for today's final with
the fifth fastest time.
Her 4x100m team was 17th overall
in 46.07 after crossing fourth in heat
five, not quick enough to advance.
Morain's 4x400m team suffered
the same fate, going past the line
in 3:12.94, to finish with 13th fast-
est time. Only the top eight fastest
Earlier, in the men's 100m, he was
31st overall, running in fifth in heat
four in 10.51. His schoolmate Quinn
Lee Ralph was listed to run but did
Hislop, freshman at LSU, also
raced in the event and was 52nd in
10.62. Neither was quick enough to
advance to the next round.
The day before, middle-distance
runner Alena Brooks just missed out
on winning a medal, placing fourth
in the women 800m. She was in-
volved in the faster of the two heats,
the first one and clocked 2:03.58 to
finish outside of the top three.
Wiley College senior Kendell Per-
ouza was also in action that day and
his time of 59.05 placed him 68th in
the men's 400m hurdles.
Millen set the
pace at Moka
The players were treated to
some great weather at the half-
way stage of the 110th T&T Golf
Open played at the St Andrews
Golf Club in Moka, Maraval,
The strong wind that blew most
of day dried out the golf course
which made the ball run a long way
and club selection proved rather
difficult at times and when play
ended it was pro Chris Richards
continues to lead the way adding
a 73 yesterday to his first round 72
for a 145 total.
Amateur Jonathan Millen con-
tinues to the lead the amateur con-
tingent and lies in 2nd place overall
adding a 77 to his first day 72 for a
149 total. Tied for third place are
junior Liam Bryden with scores of
76 and 79, while Dave Rajkumar
recorded a 75 and 80 to total 155.
This rounds out the leading four
players who would like to go to Ja-
maica to play in the Latinomerican
Tour Jamaica Classic in July. There
are three players tied on 156 who
will certainly give them a run for
the top four places. They are Wayne
Baptiste's 82 and 74 for a total of
156, Junior Sam Avey posted 81
and 75 for 156 and Adam Montano
scored an 80 and 76 for a tally of 156.
There is also a trip to Jamaica
for the best Junior in the 16-19 age
group in the Championship divi-
sion, there is a lot of competition in
this group , with Liam on 155, Sam
on 156 and Ryan Peters on 158.
In the first flight, who played
from the longer Blue tees, Randy
Hakim (84, 80) on 164 has now
taken a 1 stroke lead over last years'
runner up Junior Charles (86, 79)
and Philip Subero (81, 84)who are
on are on 165. Nigel Ambrose (85
and 82) 167 and Zico Corriea (81 and
86) 167 are also in contention.
In the second flight, Jonathan
Mitchell the overnight leader has
increased his lead to 5 shots adding
an 80 to his first round 78 for 158
total. Eun Dae Lee has moved up
into 2nd place on 163, Dr. Arvind
Ali is 3rd on 167
In the Seniors division Adrian
Sampson continues to lead the way
with a fine score of 79 to add to his
first day 77 for a 156 total. Deryck
Gonsalves shot 77 yesterday for a
two-day total of 157.
Defending champion Reynold
Deonath shot 78 to push his to
161, and Krishna Narine who has
shot 80 and 81 to tie Deonath for
The Super Seniors Fabian Lee
Foon shot 76 yesterday has caught
the overnight leader and defend-
ing champion Arjoon Samlal who
shot 78 for a two-day total of 155.
John Hale is on 158 after scores of
79 and 79.
The Presidents Cup T&T's pair of
Liam Bryden 79 and 76 and Richard
"Pecos" Camacho 80 and 81 for a
316 total increased their lead over
Barbados by 10 strokes. With Julian
Jordan 82 and 77 and Iz Hustler 85
and 82 having a 326 total.
West Indies' captain Carlos Brathwaite takes a catch to dismiss Pakistan's
Imad Wasim during the 2nd T20i match at Queens Park Oval, Port-of-Spain,
West Indies (probable): Evin
Lewis, Chadwick Walton (wk),
Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons,
Keiron Pollard, Rovman Pow-
ell/Jason Mohammad, Carlos
Brathwaite (capt), Sunil Narine,
Jason Holder, Samuel Badree,
Pakistan (probable): Ahmed
Shehzad, Kamran Akmal/Moham-
mad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Fakhar
Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz
Ahmed (capt & wk), Imad Wasim,
Shadab Khan, Sohail Tanvir,
Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz
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