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Smith, Bancroft agree to bans
SYDNEY---Steve Smith and Cameron
Bancroft will not appeal the bans
they received from Cricket Aus-
tralia for their roles in the ball-tam-
pering scandal in South Africa.
Smith, the top-ranked batsman
in test cricket, was banned by
Cricket Australia for 12 months
after TV cameras picked up evi-
dence of Bancroft using sandpa-
per to roughen one side of the
ball during the third cricket test
against South Africa in Cape Town
Vice-captain David Warner,
found to be the instigator of a plot
to tamper with the ball, was also
suspended for 12 months. Bancroft
received a nine-month ban.
"I meant what I said about tak-
ing full responsibility as captain
of the team. I won't be challeng-
ing the sanctions," Smith said in
a statement posted on Twitter on
Wednesday. "They've been im-
posed by CA to send a strong mes-
sage and I have accepted them."
In a teary news conference at
the airport when he returned to
Sydney last week after being sent
home from Australia's four-match
tour, Smith apologized to all Aus-
tralians for not doing enough to
prevent the cheating plot.
He said he hoped to earn back
the respect of fans and the rest of
After a few days to think it over,
he announced his next move along
the same lines via social media.
"I would give anything to have
this behind me and be back repre-
senting my country," he tweeted.
Bancroft also made his an-
nouncement on Twitter.
"Today I lodged the paperwork
with Cricket Australia and will be
accepting the sanction handed
down," Bancroft tweeted. "I would
love to put this behind me and will
do whatever it takes to earn back
the trust of the Australian public.
Thank you to all those who have
sent messages of support."
Warner has yet to decide
whether he will appeal his sanc-
T&T swimmers struggle in
Carifta Open Water swim
T&T swimmers failed to get among
the medals when the Open Water
segment of the Carifta Swimming
Championship came off at at
James Bond Beach, Oraccabessa,
St Mary, Kingston, Jamaica, yes-
In the 16 18 girls 5K Open Water
event which featured 16 entrants,
Chisara Santana was the best in-
isher for T&T in seventh spot in
one hour, 08.11.28 minutes while
countrywomen, Sabrina David was
11th in 1:13:20.30 hrs and, Raven
Renee-Toney, 15th in 1:20:13.65.
The T&T 16 18 boys did not fear
much better as Josiah Parag's time
of 1:03:49.41 was good enough for
eighth spot while Williams Reyes
was 13th in 1:07:25.67 and Gabriel
Bynoe was disquali ied.
And in the 14 15 girls, Dominique
Nurse-Allen was T&T's best placed
athlete in 1:13:48.60 for 12th spot,
two places above team-mate Chey-
enne Cabral who was timed at
Bryce, Alvarez lights up Biche
Alvarado Bryce and Akeem Alva-
rez lit up the Biche skyline with
an awesome display of power hit-
ting, as they led their team Fight
Spirit to an easy 27-run victory
over Cushje Sports in the opening
match of the Biche Sports Foun-
dation Seenath's Auto Parts T20
at Biche on the weekend.
In front a crowd of about 1000,
Fight Spirit came out to take irst
strike and got a huge 231/3 off
their 20 overs. Leading the way
was Bryce who slammed 92 off
54 balls and Alvarez who needed
only 46 balls to smash 86. Cushe
Sports in response battled well
and reached 204/7 off 20 overs.
A Agard top scored with 58 and
D Pattia scored 43. Leg-spinner
Imran Khan was the pick of the
bowlers with 2/20.
In another game, hosts Biche
Sports came away with a four-
wicket win. Advance Titans was
restricted to 114 all out by R Her-
nandez 4/14 and Navin Bidaisee
2/6. Biche then got a quick un-
beaten 40 from N Latchman as
they made the winning target of
116 for the loss of ive wickets.
BICHE CRICKET SCORES
Fight Spirit: 231 for 3 (20) (A. Bryce
92, A Alvarez: 86) vs Cushe Sports 204
for 7 (19.5) (A. Agard 58, D. Pattia 43, I.
Result: Fight Spirit win by 27 runs
Advance Titans 114 all out(20)
(A. Mohammed 39, S. Kistow 25, R
Hernandez 4/14, N. Bidaisee 2/6) vs
Biche Sports Club 116 for 6 (15) (N.
Latchman 40no, O. Morales 21, S.
Kistow 3/24, D. Ramdhanny 2/21)
Result: Biche Sports Club win by 4
Plum Mitan Strikers 115 all out (19.5)
( M. Richards 26, A. Kistow 26, A.
Phillip 2/9, C. Vincent 2/11) vs Central
Empire 118 for 7 (13.3) (L. Julien 39,
C. Thurton 39no, A. Kistow 3/43, M.
Result: Central Empire win by 3
Shabazz: Morvant Caledonia
AIA accepts UEFA Challenge
This is the catch phrase thrown
out to the TT Pro League club
owners at yesterday's session at
the UEFA/TT Pro League Seminar
by UEFA moderator Kenny Ma-
cleod, a strate y and marketing
specialist held at the Ato Bol;don
Stadium in Couva.
In presenting his views on op-
tions open to the TT Pro League
in terms of restructuring, re-
branding and marketing, Macleod
challenged the owners to be revo-
lutionary in their battle to ensure
the survival of professional foot-
ball in T&T.
"You can wait for things to
evolve or you can make radical
changes to your approach and
create marketing strate y that can
put you on a pathway to sustaina-
bility," Macleod insisted.
He explained that while each
country has its own level of
uniqueness, some of the problems
faced by clubs in T&T are very sim-
ilar to clubs in other parts of the
"There are key steps that must
be taken in terms of staf ing, fan
creation and venue selection. This
is not us trying to bring Europe to
T&T, your issues are not as unique
as you think," Macleod said.
Morvant Caledonia AIA tech-
nical director Jamaal Shabazz
is ready to accept the challenge
thrown out by the visiting foot-
ball personnel, among them head
of International Relations UEFA
National Association Division Eva
Pasquier, legal specialist Efraim
Barak, Macleod and Concacaf rep-
resentative Howard MacIntosh.
"This UEFA/TT Pro League
seminar has reaf irmed that we
in Morvant Caledonia AIA need
to acquire the grounds at Park
Street in Morvant, cut across the
red tape with the regional corpo-
ration and get the venue ready to
play football," he said afterwards.
"We have seen the social impact
of football bringing communities
together in Morvant and Laven-
tille. Now the challenge is making
the ground in Morvant a facility
that could be the springboard for
"From that platform of having a
home ground, we can create a fan
base, then sell merchandise and
become a viable entity."
Shabazz revealed that they had
initial talks with the San Juan
Laventille Regional Corporation
and his club is now ready to pres-
ent a proposal for the grounds.
"We have seen on the other
side of the Caroni bridge where
cooperation between the regional
corporations and cricket clubs like
Clarke Road and Preysal has borne
fruit for the man called 'cricket'.
"These are precedents where
similar arrangements in the east/
west corridor can bear fruit for
the man called 'football'," stated
'Evolution or Revolution!'
Interim Pro League CEO Julia Baptiste, left, next to her is Jamaal Shabazz,
Grent Sancho, second from right, discuss a topice and yesterday UEFA/TT
Pro League Seminar at at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
CHAMPION: Tyriq Horsford threw a season's best 68.15 metres to win
gold in the boys Under-20 javelin at the 47th Carifta Games in Nassau,
Bahamas, on Saturday. It was the fourth consecutive time that the
18-year-old thrower from Parlatuvier, Tobago, has mounted the top of
the podium in the event. Horsford, a sixth form student at Signal Hill
Secondary, won his Carifta titles with throws of 70.30m in St Kitts at age
15, 73.00m in Grenada, and 76.50m in Curacao, last year.
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