Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 4th 2014 Contents A62
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NELSON---West Indies captain
Dwayne Bravo has brushed aside
speculation that flamboyant opener
Chris Gayle will be back in the side
in time for the two T20 matches to
end their tour of New Zealand.
Coach Ottis Gibson had said that
he was hoping Gayle would return
for the T20s as he recovers in Sydney
from a hamstring injury.
"Chris has a while to go. There s
a lot of cricket to be played in 2014
for us and we don t want to rush
him back too soon," said Bravo.
"We have a T20 World Cup to
defend (in March/April) and he s
going to be a big part of that tour-
nament along with (Kieron) Pollard.
We re going to allow them to take
their time to recover".
Gayle suffered the hamstring tear
in India in November and was orig-
inally expected to be sidelined for
about a month.
He raised hopes of a return for
the New Zealand tour last month
when he appeared in Sydney and
was photographed batting in the
"He s doing his rehab there and
it s the right approach. He flew him-
self over there to ensure he got the
right treatment and therapy. He
wants to come back fitter and
stronger and there s a lot of cricket
in 2014," said Bravo.
"He s in the right place, we keep
in contact and he has a close eye on
what is going on and always wishes
us all the best. As a team we can t
wait to have him back".
The tour-ending Twenty20 inter-
nationals are scheduled for Auckland
on January 11 and Wellington on Jan-
uary 15. (CMC)
NELSON---The West Indies will be without
the services of their test and T20 captain, Dar-
ren Sammy, for the rest of the One Day Inter-
national (ODI) series against New Zealand.
ODI captain Dwayne Bravo has confirmed
that Sammy has been ruled out following a
hamstring injury which prevented his partic-
ipation in the last ODI at Queenstown.
"It s a big loss. Darren is out for the entire
series," Bravo said.
"We haven t decided on what changes to
make yet and we ll do so when we look at the
West Indies took a one-nil lead in the five
match series after an unbeaten 43 in 27 balls
from Sammy guided the tourists to a narrow
Bravo says the absence of Sammy will be
tough on the team but he is counting on newer
players to step-up.
"We have a couple niggles in the camp but
with Darren out, he brings so much to our team,
especially in the depth. His experience and pos-
itivity will be missed," said Bravo.
"It s a tough time for us but our newer players
will have to step up. Our players have a good
work ethic so I m confident in them."
West Indies have been hit by injury to a num-
ber of players including opener Chris Gayle who
sustained a hamstring injury during the first
ODI on the Indian tour and Marlon Samuels
with a chronic wrist injury.
Samuels has returned to Jamaica for surgery
while Gayle is recuperating in Australia.
The past 12 months have given
president of the T&T Football
Association, Raymond Tim Kee,
a reason to be optimistic for the
year which lies ahead. Tim Kee,
who was elected to head the local
governing body for football some
14 months ago, has issued a state-
ment reflecting on both the devel-
opments and struggles faced by
the TTFA in the past year, much
of which he anticipated.
"As an organisation, we were up
against it in 2013, something which
I had foreseen but by which I had
not been intimidated. The financial
woes faced by the TTFA, stemming
from seasons gone by, remained a
major issue and at one point, we
were not even sure to enter any of
the several international tourna-
ments in which our national teams
eventually did partake and in most
cases, did so creditably."
"The year that has just ended
leaves me as president of the T&T
Football Association (TTFA) with
a great deal of optimism as we
begin 2014, a World Cup year and
in many regards, one that promises
to be full of activities and contin-
uing development for football in
our beloved country," said Tim Kee
in a release issued by the TTFA,
Tim Kee, an insurance executive
and recently elected mayor of Port-
of-Spain, said it was a holistic
effort from a combination of per-
sons employed by the TTFA,
national team players, match offi-
cials and referees, who have aided
in a successful 2013. Among TTFA s
staff, he acknowledged the efforts
of general secretary Sheldon
Phillips, director of communica-
tions, Shaun Fuentes and technical
director Anton Corneal.
"The dedication of our staff
members paved the way for our
women s Under-17 and Under-20
teams to dominate the Caribbean,
winning and finishing runners-up
in their respective competitions."
Tim Kee added that the intro-
duction of Stephen Hart as head
coach of T&T s senior men s team
midway through the year, was "a
breath of fresh air."
"He steered our team to impres-
sive performances at the Concacaf
Gold Cup and the OSN Cup in
Saudi Arabia, giving us much-
needed hope and well-informed
"He was given the job with the
responsibility of application and
performance of knowledge and to
date he has done exactly that. Our
senior team put us back on the
international map with a series of
spirited performances which saw
us end 2013 as the number one
ranked team in the Caribbean. We
ended 2013 ranked sixth in Con-
cacaf, as compared to being placed
at number 10 in the Confederation,
when I assumed the presidency in
He added, "Our coaches con-
tinue to expand their knowledge
of the game through our coaching
education programme, and I say,
continue aiming for greater things
and serving the development of
the game locally. It is not going
"More of these efforts will follow
as the organisation steps up its
grassroots and shoreline football
distribution campaigns in various
Tim Kee lauded the assistance
granted by the Ministry of Sport
and the Sport Company of T&T
(SporTT). Both, he said, were piv-
otal in seeing varous T&T teams
fly their flags in over a dozen
nations during the past year.
He, however, lamented the lack
of support given by corporate T&T,
saying, "Unfortunately, we have
not had the benefit of corporate
T&T sharing the view of world
icon, president Nelson Mandela
who saw sport as one of the world s
greatest vehicles to foster peace
and harmony among various peo-
"Sadly, we have not had one cent
in sponsorship, partnership or sup-
port from corporate T&T. As we
pursue our 2018 World Cup qual-
ification programme, among Pan
American, Olympic and other Con-
cacaf and Fifa tournaments, we
request support from all.
"We are always working on forg-
ing similar relationships with other
organisations as we seek to lift the
standard of our football through
various development programmes
and training regimes, both at home
and abroad. Our merchandise cam-
paign also got off the ground with
the sales of our Joma national team
shirts. The response has been quite
encouraging so far.
"In closing, I wish to state that
in the ensuing year, we at the TTFA
don t intend to lower expectations
to meet our performance. Instead,
we will aim to raise our level of
performance to meet the expec-
tations of our fans and supporters
who have been there with us along
"We expect to be the best we
are capable of and do what is nec-
essary to make it a reality."
Tim Kee optimistic
for coming year
Chris Gayle in pain after
sustaining an injury
while completing a run.
Bravo ends speculation
over Gayle's return
Injured Sammy to miss rest of series
Darren Sammy pulls up.
Raymond Tim Kee
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