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Two men decided that their love for
cricket was worth nothing, if they couldn t
assist in its development and decided to
head for the sunny Caribbean to acquire
the Red Steel T20 franchise in the Limacol
Caribbean Premier League T20 series.
When the men in red run out to do battle
in front of packed stadia all around the
region, Jon Talarico and Subaskaran Allirajah
will get the satisfaction that they are doing
something for the sport they love.
During the week, I had a conversation
with Talarico who is the chairman and CEO
of Empire entertainment out of New York.
Talaricio is a part owner of the team, the
other owner being Allirajah. Talarico left
me speechless when he told me that not a
red cent from the profit of this venture
would leave T&T.
I said to myself that he must have gotten
caught up with questions I was posing to
him got his info mixed up so I asked again
and the reply was: "Not a cent of the profit
would leave this country."
Pressed further as to what they would
do with the profit, Talarico said they want
to make a lasting impression on the people
of this country and one the sport of cricket
in particular and that they were going to
go down to communities and do projects
that would get people being the team and
also assist themselves in their own personal
Further checks revealed that Talarico and
Allirajah have been doing projects all along
to assist with the development of people in
different parts of the world.
I was happy that they decided to buy into
the Red Steel because now many commu-
nities across the country will benefit from
Lycamobile which is owned by Allirajah
is the major owner of the Red Steel.
Lycamobile is Europe s largest mobile vir-
tual network operator (MVNO).
The global cell phone carrier, which boasts
a market share of 30 million customers
across 16 countries, will use its worldwide
influence to enhance brand awareness of
both the Red Steel team and the LCPL.
Allirajah has given the commitment that
he is in for the long haul and intends to do
all in his power to not only develop the Red
Steel but the fans who the Red Steel touches.
He said that Lycamobile had a strong
heritage in cricket as the sport captivates
and unites many of our communities.
Obviously Lycamobile will be using this
opportunity to launch into the Caribbean
very soon and this partnership with the Red
Steel and the fans would sure serve as a
catalyst for Lycamobile to establish its brand
in the region, and expand operations into
a very profitable market.
The angle that Allirajah and Talarico are
taking is very refreshing because these days
the news making the rounds are of people
who are only interested in themselves and
what they can get out of a situation.
These men have decided to put a sport
and the fans associated with it before profits
and once they can stick to this and bring
it to fruition then it would be another bright
spark that emanated from the CPL.
Looking at these men, I have no choice
but to pour scorn on some local businesses
who look to ambush what they can get from
our local heroes.
Just recently the winners of the T&T
Women s T20 competition Hummingbird
wanted to host a tea plate fundraiser and
approached a number of businesses not for
money but products so that they could put
together the goodies sale.
The president wrote to a number of busi-
nesses and while she was happy that she
got a response from everyone---she was left
heartbroken as everyone replied and told
them that they could not assist at this point
in time but wished them all the best in the
Well hear this guys, we have two total
strangers coming into our country to assist
and develop our sports people and when
they make stars out of them, you all will
run to every newspaper to take out full page
colour advertisements to congratulate them
and to get a piece of the attention.
Well this is ambush marketing and I have
news for you all, as the athletes and their
agents are not taking too this lightly, so look
out, if your pockets are deep go right ahead
Triple World Masters Shooting
champion Roger Daniel has dedi-
cated his recent success to daughter
Kiyomi Daniel who turned five on
Thursday, the day after he com-
pleted his historic gold medal feat
at the 2013 World Masters Games
in Turin, Italy.
Daniel said his triumph on her
birthday meant a lot to him as she
was born on the opening day of the
2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,
In Italy, Daniel captured the men s
Over-30, 25m Standard and Centre
Fire Pistol events gold medal and
was second in the 25m Rapid Pistol
at the Poligono Tiro a Segno
Nazionale (National Shooting Poly-
He also won the 10m Air Pistol
on Monday and got bronze in the
50m Free Pistol on Sunday.
The two-time Sportsman of the
Year and three-time Olympian
thanks God and all who supported
"I firstly have to give thanks to
God for giving me health and
strength and making my way a
smooth one to get here."
The reigning Central American
and Caribbean Games (CAC) cham-
pion added: "I want to also say
thanks for the support from all at
home, my work, the Chief of
Defence Staff, Major General Kenrick
Maharaj and all other high ranking
officers (of the T&T Defence Force)
and fellow officers.
The multiple Pan American and
Commonwealth Games medalist also
paid tribute to his mom and children
as well as the T&T Olympic Com-
mittee, Ministry of Sports, his
friends and the media. A former
national hockey player, Daniel
returns home on Tuesday.
The Trinidadian duo of Jeremy
Solozano and Bryan Charles
have topped the West Indies
Cricket Board Regional Under
19 3 Day Tournament batting
and bowling averages respec-
Solozano tallied 334 runs at an
average of 41.57 while he was
closely followed by Tagenarine
Chanderpaul, son of West Indian
batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul,
who scored 313 runs at an average
Barbadian Aaron Jones (286
runs; 40.86 avg), Jamaican Jer-
emiah Louis (265 runs; 33.13 avg)
and Windward Islander Tonius
Simon (265 runs; 26.5 avg) round
out the top five batting perform-
ers.There was a total of six cen-
turies and 34 half centuries with
the highest score of 143 having
been scored by Jones. Solozano
(136*), Chanderpaul (124*), Andy
Gobin (105), Gian Benjamin (101)
and Akshay Homraj (100) were
the other century makers.
Charles claimed a tournament
high 29 wickets at an average of
13.59 apiece while Gudakesh
Moti-Kanhai bagged 27 wickets
Trinidadian Jovan Ali (23 wkts;
10.26 avg), Jamaican Ramaal
Lewis (22 wkts; 17.41 avg) and
Windward Islander Larry Edward
(20 wkts; 14.75 avg) complete the
top five in the bowling depart-
Moti-Kanhai took the only ten
wicket haul in a match when he
claimed 10 for 104 v Leewards.
There were 15 five wicket hauls
with Trinidadian Vikash Mohan s
6 for 24 v Windwards being the
best innings figures. Moti-Kanhai
(6 for 42 v T&T), Leeward
Islander Alzari Joseph (6 for 44
v Windwards) and Jamaica s
Christopher Powell (6 for 45 v
Guyana) also collected six wicket
The top all round returns were
produced by Taryck Gabriel of
the Windward Islands who made
261 runs and bagged 17 wickets.
Jamaica s Romario Morris (13
catches, 3 stumpings), Barbados
Carlos Maynard (11 catches, 5
stumpings) and Gian Benjamin
(16 catches) of Windward
Islanders each effected 16 dis-
missals to top the wicketkeeping
Brandon King (Jamaica), Andy
Gob (T&T) and Moti-Kanhai each
took 8 fielding catches.
Hats off to Jon
T&T's Solozano and Charles top
Under 19 batting and bowling
Shooter Daniel dedicates
medals to daughter
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