Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 22nd 2013 Contents A62
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The T&T Red Steel Franchise will have
to look at getting a new foreign player as
Cricket Australia (CA) has refused to give
a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Aaron
The tough Aussie was chosen by the T&T
Red Steel during the CPL draft two weeks
ago and was expected to take his place in
However, his application for a NOC has
been turned down from CA, which leaves
T&T Red Steel in a bit of a bind.
Finch was given until yesterday at lunch
time to secure his NOC but was unable to
do so. It is possible that he was been blanked
because of the fact that Australia is about
to battle England in the Ashes series in Eng-
land and he may be used as cover for some
of the players.
An NOC is required by a player if he is
going to work outside his country and is
contracted to his board. In this case Finch
has a central contract with CA and hence
he cannot play without an NOC.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting
who will play for the Antigua Franchise will
be available, as he is no longer contracted
to CA and will not need an NOC. Finch s
absence follows that of Adam Gilchrist
(injured) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul
(unavailable due to English contract) and
has left teams looking for replacements.
Getting quality replacements will not be
easy as the CPL does not have a window
on the International Cricket Council (ICC)
future tours programme, so cricket is being
played all around the world at the same
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the
only domestic tournament that has been
given a window on the future tours pro-
gramme. The Board of Control for Cricket
in India (BCCI )has already prevented their
players from taking part in the series.
This is not unique to the CPL, they do
not allow their players to play in any T20
league around the world because they want
to preserve their financial well being, by
having what they term the best T20 league
in the world.
The Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL)
is being played at the same time as the CPL,
so it will be difficult to get players from
that country. The franchises may have to
look at getting players from New Zealand,
Bangladesh and Pakistan to fill the void left
by those players who cannot take part in
the inaugural CPL T20 series.
Also yesterday it was learned that Aus-
tralian top-order batsman Shaun Marsh was
ruled out for the CPL. The left-hander, who
was down to play for Jamaica Tallawahs,
misses out due to a clash in schedule
between the tournament and a simultaneous
tour by Austalia A.
Fellow batsman Steve Smith, who too
had originally signed up for the CPL, but
is said to be in line for a call-up by Australia
A selectors. Smith was due to represent
Upul Tharanga will replace the injured
Tillakaratne Dilshan in Sri Lanka s squad for the
tri-series in West Indies, while Ajantha Mendis
also got a recall at Thisara Perera s expense.
Scans after Thursday s Champions Trophy semi-
final against India showed Dilshan had suffered
a second-degree tear to his right medial calf muscle
and will be in recovery for four to six weeks. The
injury also put him in doubt for South Africa s
limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka, which begins on
Mendis has been increasingly regarded a Twen-
ty20 specialist, and has not played an ODI for Sri
Lanka since January. His inclusion strengthened
Sri Lanka s spin resources on tour, with Rangana
Herath, Sachithra Senanayake and Jeevan Mendis
also traveling. Perera s exclusion was a surprise,
though, and Dilhara Lokuhettige, who has been
with the team in the UK without having played
a match, will remain in the squad as they head
to the Caribbean.
Perera has been a fixture of Sri Lanka s limit-
ed-overs sides in the last 18 months, but made
only 15 runs in two innings in the Champions
Trophy, and bowled eight overs for no wicket.
Tharanga has also been out of the side since
January, but had an encouraging season of first-
class cricket, in which he averaged 66.66 in 14
Dilshan tore his calf in the fourth over of Sri
Lanka s innings, after he had struck Umesh Yadav
for two boundaries. Though he took painkillers,
he was unable to continue batting and retired hurt
in the next over.
He returned in the penultimate over of the
innings, but hobbled between the wickets during
his stay, and did not take the field as Sri Lanka
failed in their attempt to defend 181.
The tri-series in the West Indies will feature
India, as well as the hosts, and begins on June 28.
T&T s Calypso Warriors will be seeking to lift
its first regional rugby title in five years, when
the 15s outfit takes on USA South in the Nacra
Rugby Championship (Tier III) final at Fatima
College Ground, Mucurapo Road, from 3 pm
Two tactical changes have been made to the
team which defeated Guyana 20-0 earlier this
month. Shaquille Tull and Melville Eastman have
both made way for the reintroduction of Andrew
Taylor and Gordon Dalgliesh, of Caribs and Stag
Trinidad Northern, respectively. Adam Frederick
remains as the team s skipper.
A win today for coach Larry Mendez team, will
see T&T taste success for the first time in five
years, when it last captured the Nacra Champi-
onship. T&T has the home advantage, and the
match must find a winner as their is no return leg.
The fixture has been pulled to the unusual 3 pm
fixture as requested by the match officials to accom-
modate extra time if necessary. The match referee
is David Sherwin of the Cayman Islands, while his
assistants are Jean Michel Replin (Panama) and
Elwin Elwah (Guyana). The match commissioner
is Jason Brewer.
T&T reached to the final after finishing first in
its (South) group, with victories over Barbados (19-
6) and Guyana. USA South, which entered the
competition for the first time last year advanced
with its round robin wins over the Cayman Islands
(9-7) and Bermuda (24-14), respectively.
T&T s captain Denesh Ramdin will be back
in action as the local squad begin preparation
for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament
in India in September.
The T&T Cricket Board has selected 29 players
to attend practice sessions.The first session will
take place this morning at the Sir Frank Worrell
Development Centre beginning at 9 am.
Ramdin will be looking to put his recent sus-
pension behind him and focus the premier club
competition. The West Indies wicketkeeper was
suspended for two one-day internationals after
being found guilty of "conduct that is contrary
to the spirit of the game" after claiming a catch
which he had dropped.
The incident happened during the West Indies
Champions Trophy win over Pakistan on June 7.
In the ninth over of Pakistan s innings at Edg-
baston, Ramdin celebrated catching the opposing
captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, off a Kemar Roach deliv-
ery, but the on-field umpires called for a review
and spotted the ball had slipped from his grasp
and hit the ground.
The 28-year-old, who pleaded not guilty to the
charge laid by all four umpires, was fined his entire
match fee following an ICC disciplinary hearing,
which he did not appeal.
in Nacra final
Adam Frederick (captain), John Hill, Rowell Gordon,
Wayne Kelly, Joseph Quashie, Tariq Cheekes, Felician
Guerra, Kelson Figaro, James Phillip, Trizine Mc Clean,
Kereem Figaro, Gordon Dalgliesh, Jonathan O'Connor,
Jessie Richards, Graeme Alkins, Anthony Lopez, Ernest
Wright, Miguel Lara, Jamal Clark, Andrew Taylor,
Kwain Manswell and Keishon Walker.
Ramdin back for T&T
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Justin Guillen, Nicholas
Sookdeosingh, Kjorn Ottley, Jason Mohammed, Rayad
Emrit, Derone Davis, Navin Stewart, Shannon Gabriel,
Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Sherwin Ganga, Imran
Khan, Yannick Ottley, Yannic Cariah, Teshawn Castro,
Samuel Badree, Khary Pierre, Marlon Richards, William
Perkins, Devon Nelson, Adrian Ali, Adrian Barath,
Denesh Ramdin, Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Amit
Jaggernauth, Ancil Bhagan.
CA blank bends Red Steel
Injured Dilshan out of WI tri-series
Richard Jones won the
opening event of the NAAA
Sagicor/NGC National Open
Track and Field Champi-
onships when he clocked
30:58.33 in the men s 10,000m
run at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium yesterday evening.
Jones, running unattached,
edged T&T Road Runners
Kelvin Johnson (31:14.14) and
Simplex s Curtis Cox (31:32.47)
to take the top honour.
The meet will continue this
afternoon and conclude tomor-
Jones takes 10,000m gold at Sagicor
MEN'S 10,000M RESULTS
1. Richard Jones (Unattached)---30:58.33
2. Kelvin Johnson (T&T Road Runners)---31:14.14
3. Curtis Cox (Simplex)---31:32.47
4. Cantius Thomas (One-A-Week)---35:47.82
5. Michael Horne (One-A-Week)---37:59.51
Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara,
Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal (vc), Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan
Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara
Lokuhettige, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis.
SRI LANKA SQUAD
Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan
walks off after an injury against
Sri Lanka during the second
semifinal of the Champions
Trophy in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday.
Dilshan will not compete the tri-
series in the West Indies.
PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
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