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Taylor ends brief
retirement from Tests
ST JOHN’S, Antigua–Fast bowler Jerome Taylor
has made an abrupt about-turn and come out of
retirement from Test cricket, only ten months after
quitting the longest format.
The West Indies Cricket Board said Wednesday the
32-year-old Taylor had indicated that he was again
available for selection, after stepping aside from Tests
last July. Having played three first class matches for his
native Jamaica Scorpions in recent weeks, Taylor could
now find himself in contention for a Test spot in the up-
coming three-match series against Pakistan.
“I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I
know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the
Test arena,” he said. “If selected, I will look to put my best
foot forward and give my all for the team. We have some
young players in the group at the moment and I believe
with my experience, I can add to the team going forward.”
Taylor had abruptly called time on his Test career ahead of
the four-Test series against India last year, but remained
available for selection in the shorter formats.
He subsequently turned out for the Windies in the
three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan in United
Arab Emirates last year when the Caribbean side suffered
an embarrassing whitewash. Taylor was among the lead-
ing wicket-takers in the Regional Super50 earlier this
year with 16 scalps, including a superb five-wicket haul
against Guyana Jaguars at Kensington Oval.
Chief selector Courtney Browne welcomed Taylor’s
latest decision, saying the Jamaican’s experience would
be a welcome boost to the current selection pool. “It is
good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retire-
ment and make himself available for Tests once again,”
Browne said. (CMC)
T&T U-15s to open
Nat’l Youth League
The national Under-15 boy’s team will face a
Republic Bank Invitational U-15 team at the Ato
Boldon Stadium from 6.30 pm on Saturday to
mark the opening of the Republic Bank National
The match will also signal the unveiling of the U-15
team, under head coach Russell Latapy as they continue
preparations for the 2019 FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup
qualifying campaign. “This match will provide us with
a good opportunity to have the boys in a game environ-
ment as they are eager to play as we have been engaged
in training sessions for a good part of this year already,”
said Latapy, a former Porto player.
“The preparations have been ongoing and the interest
and the willingness among the boys to put in the effort and
take things on board in training have been commendable.”
Fans are invited to attend Saturday’s match, for which
there will be an admission fee of $10 with proceeds going
towards the national youth team. This year the League will
run for three months and is the TTFA’s approved National
Youth League. Some 100 clubs are expected to play in the
competition. Latapy’s U-15 team comprises of players
selected during a nationwide screening event a couple
months ago at the Carapichaima East Secondary School.
Action in the league will officially kick off April 22 at the
Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. The national team
is looking ahead to the CONCACAF Boys U-15 Champi-
onship at IMG’s world-renowned campus in Bradenton,
Florida, from August 13-19. The tournament is expected
to include a record number of youth players from CON-
CACAF’s Member Associations in a competition format
designed to provide valuable experience. All 40 eligible
CONCACAF Member Associations are expected to par-
ticipate, Concacaf stated.
In addition to providing a world-class venue, IMG
Academy will also offer training and development
programming for the athletes, coaches and referees.
Programming could include coaching education, ath-
lete leadership development, referee development and
cognitive and visual perception training.
Nations from across the CONCACAF region have
already entered the tournament that is designed to en-
courage development for youth players from across the
Confederation, while promoting competition at the in-
ternational level for all Member Associations – including
those for which few competitive opportunities exist at this
age level. The competition format, schedule and roster of
participating Member Associations will be announced as
the tournament nears. Honduras captured the inaugural
CONCACAF Boys U-15 Championship in 2013, topping
a field of 22 teams in the Cayman Islands.
Under-15 coach Russell Latapy, second from right, points as he gives instructions
to his players during a training session ahead of Saturday’s practice match.
PHOTO: Allan V. Crane
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