Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 3rd 2018 Contents A54 sp orts
Wednesday, January 3,2018
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand -West In-
dies batting coach Toby Radford believes
conditions in New Zealand have been be-
hind Chris Gayle's muted performances on
tour but has backed the superstar opener to
The powerful left-hander has managed
just 38 runs in three innings but Radford
said the player was still adjusting to the
bouncier pitches, especially having come
straight from playing in the recent Bangla-
desh Premier League.
"The bounce in general has probably un-
done us more than anything;' said Radford.
"For instance, Chris has come from Bang-
ladesh where the ball reaches knee height,
so suddenly when he's trying to hit through
the line, it's climbing and he's getting top
"That was a fantastic catch the other day
[by wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips running
back] but they're shots you might get away
with in other places;' he added, referring to
Gayle's dismissal in the opening Twenty20
International in Nelson.
Gayle has been one of the main drawing
cards for the limited overs series, especially
coming off heavy scoring in the BPL where
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle
he plundered 485 runs, including two hun-
dreds in the knockout round - the last com-
ing in the final.
He is one of the premier batsmen of the
T20 game with a record 11 068 runs - the
only player to have passed 10 000 runs.
And even though Gayle was still looking
for a major score in the series, Radford said
there was absolutely no reason to offer ad-
vice to the self proclaimed 'Universe Boss'.
"No, you don't [offer advice]. Chris goes
out and plays; he's been performing at this
level for years. Around the world he's tal<en
on every attack and is a great player," the
"If he doesn't get runs, it doesn't affect
him. Nothing really affects him. He'll always
go out confident and positive and hopefully
he's in good nick:'
Following two warm-up matches, two
Tests, three One-Day Internationals and
two Twenty20 Internationals, the Windies
are still searching for their first win on tour.
Their last chance will come on Wednes-
day night when they clash with New Zea-
land in the third T201 and Radford is hoping
Gayle and can playa key role.
"We know he's the world's best T20 bat-
ter when he's playing well;' he noted.
"Ifhe could come out and play one of his
big innings to get us a good start, then hope-
fully we would play New Zealand's spinners
better than we did in Nelson.
"It would be nice to leave these shores
with something positive." (eMe)
Faster pitch to greet Red Force cricl<eters
A faster pitch will greet the T&T Red Force
cricketers when they show up tomorrow to
face the Leewards Hurricanes in their round
eight clash of the CWI Digicel PCL tourna-
ment at the Queen's Park Oval in Port -of-
The Red Force went down to a heavy de-
feat at the hands of the Barbados Pride in
their last PCL encounter before the Christ-
mas break and there was criticism of the
slow and low pitch at the Brian Lara Cricket
Academy in Tarouba. Prior to this encoun-
ter, they also lost another home game at the
same venue by their biggest margin ever.
The Red Force went under to the Guyana
Jaguars by an innings and 217 runs.
The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) on review-
ing the stats revealed that T&T had lost 12
out of 13 matches at the QPCC and decided
to play three home matches at the Lara
Academy and two at the Oval. After three
matches at the Brian Lara Academy, the Red
Force is winless, losing two matches and
Tomorrow, then return to the Mecca of
local cricket, the Queen's Park Oval, where
they won their only game there against the
Windwards in this season. Head grounds-
man at the Oval, Shaker Mano speaking to
Guardian Media Sports said he is preparing
a quick pitch, "We have had some challenges
with the amount and frequency of rain over
the last couple days but we are hoping for
good weather the day before the match in
order to allow for drying off. If we get hot
weather on Wednesday (today), the pitch
would play faster than the one they got
against the Windwards. A good day's sun
and it will playa yard faster."
Mano, who has been touted as a top pitch
consultant here in Trinidad, added, "We
have done a lot of work on the drainage here
at the Oval also and even though we had all
The Queen's Park Oval looks picture perfect heading into tomorrow's clash between the
T&T Red Force and the leewards Hurricanes. PICTURE VI NODE MAMCHAN
that rain recently, it drained off very well. I
was able to use only two covers during the
rain to protect the pitch and the bowlers
run ups drained perfectly. Even if we get
rain during the match, it will drain off every
Mano has been credited for the good work
he has done on the UTT pitches, the Sir
Frank Worrell pitches and the NCC pitches.
Since last year he was brought on board the
Queen's Park set up and has made a great
difference to the surface there.
Guyana set to host
Women's T20 matches
GEORGETOWN, Guyana-Sports authorities are confident
Guyana will get the nod as one of the official host venues
for this year's Women's Twenty20 World Cup.
The country has put in a bid for the govern-
ment-owned National Stadium to host matches during
the November 3-24 showpiece and believes the odds are
in their favour.
"I rather suspect because of the fact that the stadium
is owned by government and because the stadium has
no branding on it, this puts Guyana in a position where
we can very likely be one of the four to host the Women's
International World Cup;' said Director of Sport, Chris-
The National Stadium at Providence was one of 11
venues inspected by the International Cricket Council
last November, in preparation for the upcoming tourna-
Venues in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St
Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua and St Kitts were all also visited
by the ICC team.
In order to host games during the tournament, the
country will have to meet several prerequisites like en-
suring the erection of a replay screen at the stadium.
Jones said while the national budget had made provi-
sions for some of the costs associated with hosting the
World Cup, talks were underway with the Ministry of
Finance to ensure everything was approved.
"We are still engaging the Ministry of Finance with a
view of reprioritising some of those requests from the
budget that would have been made by the various facil-
ities," Jones noted.
"Those discourses are still ongoing and we are confi-
dent we will see the allocations being made available."
It emerged last month that two of the region's major
cricketing nations, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago,
were set to miss out as venues after failing to submit bids.
Eight countries - South Africa, England, Australia,
India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and title-holders
West Indies - have already qualified for the showpiece.
Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea,
Scotland, Uganda and two Asia qualifiers will vie for the
two remaining spots courtesy of a qualifier in the Neth-
erlands next June. (eMe)
Former Queen's Park cricket club opener and current
director at SPORTT, Jeffrey Guillen tied the knot with
the beautiful Janelle Xavier on Old Year's Day at the
Renaissance at Shorelands in Port-of-Spain.
PICTURE VI NODE MAMCHAN
Links Archive January 2nd 2018 January 4th 2018 Navigation Previous Page Next Page