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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, January 3, 2014
BUDAPEST---The body of Trinidad and
Tobago international footballer Akeem
Adams who died here on Monday will be
flown home next week, his local agent Dion
Sosa has confirmed.
Adams, who has been in a Budapest hos-
pital fighting to recover from a massive heart
attack in September, died two days after suf-
fering a stroke. "The club (Ferencvárosi TC)
is handling all the financial arrangements for
his body to be flown back home," Sosa
Adams, who joined Ferencvaros in August,
played just a handful of games for them,
including his last match which resulted in a
3-1 victory over Ujpest.
Adams family is expected to hold a media
conference to announce plans for his funeral
when the body arrives in the Trinidadian
"If everything is done by Monday, then
the body should be back home by Wednesday
or Thursday," Sosa said.
"The funeral should be the following week,
after we have had time to have a wake and
Adams had been hospitalised since the
heart attack in September and his left leg
had been amputated to alleviate circulatory
problems. He died shortly after his mother
Ancilla decided against taking the player off
The national senior cricket selectors will
choose the team for the upcoming Super50
The team will begin a three-day trial match
today but that will be more in line for the
Regional Four Day tournament which begins
at the end of February. The team for the
Super50 will be released Monday and will
then go into camp to prepare for the tour-
nament which starts at the Queen s Park
Oval on January 30.
Newly installed manager Manohar Ram-
saran says the focus will be on discipline
this season. "We are preparing as best as
we can at the moment for the Super50 tour-
nament. We have been affected by the rain
but we still have time to prepare well and
give it our best shot at winning this tour-
Manohar added that looking at the current
performances by the West Indies team, one
has to bring a certain level of discipline back
into the game. "We need to go back to the
days of discipline and this is when we will
get consistent results. The performances of
the West Indies team right now leaves a lot
to be desired, but one has to understand
that there are ways to success and we should
start from the discipline stand point."
Today s trial match begins at 10am.
Former West Indies opener
and top rated coach Bryan Davis
says that the only way out for
the West Indies in their current
predicament is hard work.
Davis was commenting after
the West Indies were walloped
in their limited overs match
against New Zealand in New
Zealand on Tuesday.
West Indies were beaten by
159 runs after the match was
reduced to 21 overs. The relative
newcomer Corey Anderson
blasted the fastest ever limited
overs hundred off just 36 balls.
Another New Zealand batsman
Jesse Ryder also hit the sixth
fastest ODI century.
Davis said West Indies went
into the match mentally un-pre-
pared and it showed in the
"I hear Dwayne Bravo saying
that they were caught off-guard.
What is he speaking about? Were
they in the hotel room and
someone just announced to them
that they had a match to play?
"They lost the game because
as West Indians like to do, they
were probably in the dressing
room fooling around and sky-
larking. They were probably
thinking that the game would
not have been played and when
they were told that it was going
to be a 21-overs match, they then
had no time to mentally adjust
to match play.
"They fielded first probably
thinking they would get a run
around because they probably
had no warm-up time and it
worked against them."
Davis, who has coached spin-
ner Sunil Narine at Queen s Park,
said he was against the move to
open the bowling with him. "You
have Ravi Rampaul who is one
of your better bowlers in those
conditions in any format and he
should have opened the bowling
with Jason Holder."
Davis noted that there was
only one way out of the current
situation: "Hard work is the way
out of the current situation. I
think the problem started before
the tour to India, when they
went to Orlando for a camp. I
was told that this was important
in team building and bonding
and all that nonsense.
"They actually left a camp in
Barbados where they were play-
ing cricket to go to a place with
no cricket and go site seeing.
This is foolishness. What they
should have done is to stay in
Barbados and play cricket. What
they could have also done is to
organise with the Indians to play
some zonal teams. This would
have been ideal preparations for
them before that two-Test series.
"So we went into the series
under-prepared and were ham-
mered inside three days in both
Tests and this would have killed
off the confidence in the players.
The selectors, then sent the
same beaten team to New
Zealand to play in totally oppo-
site conditions and expected
them to do well. There was no
way that team was going to win
matches in New Zealand.
"What is required now is for
the players to go back to the
nets and work for long hours.
I believe in playing a lot of crick-
et. I am one who still thinks
that practice makes perfect.
When you have long practice
sessions, you gain confidence,
stamina, mental toughness and
bonding as well. What is needed
is for the coach to take these
men into the nets and let them
bat and bowl for long hours and
also praise them a lot. This is a
major confidence thing, so this
is what is required."
Davis continued :"However,
I don t know who will do it
because I don t think that coach
Ottis Gibson can do it. Even the
president of the WICB spoke of
the value of the camp in Orlan-
do. Listen here, a straight bat
back in 1930, is still a straight
bat, and they still have to use
the same 22 yards to bowl. So
what is the big idea with all this
Hard work the
only way out
SUNIL NARINE...should not have opened the bowling against New
Akeem's body to be flown home next week
Selectors to choose T&T team tomorrow
Corey Anderson, the New Zealand allrounder,
was on 95 off 35 balls when he swung a Nikita
Miller delivery for six over long leg to complete
the quickest ODI hundred in history. One more
delivery and he wouldn t have had sole claim
to the record, and would have had to share it
with Shahid Afridi, who hit a landmark century
against Sri Lanka in 1996.
Anderson, though, said the record wasn t on
his mind. "No, not really, I just thought it was
a pretty quick hundred, I didn t realise that it
was the fastest," he said. He hit 14 sixes in his
unbeaten 131 off 47 balls to set up New Zealand s
crushing victory over West Indies in the third
ODI in Queenstown.
Anderson came to the middle in the eighth
over and completed his hundred off the first ball
of the 18th, allowing little time for any nerves.
"I think it was more of go with it , the hundred
never really got into my mind. I sort of got there
so quickly, I didn t have time to think about it.
It s just one of those things, you keep going with
it, striking it and try and get as many runs on
the board as you can. It becomes more about a
team than an individual performance."
His innings has already created buzz about
Anderson s value at the IPL auction next month.
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo hoped Ander-
son would be his team-mate in the IPL. "Hope
to see him in Chennai Super Kings, the auction
is around the corner and hopefully MS (Dhoni)
and Flem [coach Stephen Fleming] pick him up,
it s going to be a bonus for us, a great knock,"
Bravo said. "The way how the guy batted, it was
not just slogging, you know he played proper
cricket shots, that shows someone can bat, has
the ability to bat, turn over strike ever so often,
hit straight, hit clean, and he s powerful, so why
not. This innings is a big innings, it will do him
a lot of favours."
Jesse Ryder, another batsman trying to cement
a place in the side, also put in a blistering per-
formance---he smashed the sixth-quickest ODI
century in only his second international after a
lengthy layoff and, with Anderson, put on a 191-
run stand in 75 deliveries for the fourth wicket.
"It s nice to have another guy at the other end
doing a similar thing," Anderson said. "It s tough
for bowlers, they can t get any rhythm, they don t
know where the ball is probably going to be
Anderson said the innings and the big win was
the "best feeling that I ve probably had on a
cricket field". His captain Brendon McCullum
called the centuries a "once-in-a-lifetime sort
of performance from two people." "Statistically
it (Anderson s ton) is the fastest, I don t know
how many ODIs have been played, probably in
excess of 3000 (3451), and for him to be No. 1
in terms of the speed with which he was able
to get to a hundred, and Jesse being No. 6 is
pretty unbelievable really, " McCullum said. "That
to me is as clean striking as I have ever witnessed
at a ground."
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