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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, January 31, 2014
Toxic smoke in and around
Port-of-Spain failed to stop the
opening of the regional first
class season yesterday as the
Nagico Super 50 series bowled
off at the Queen s Park Oval,
with Jamaica and the Wind-
ward Islands meeting.
Up to press time, Jamaica
appeared on the road to victory
after Andrew McCarthy and
Tamar Lambert both hit half
centuries to guide them to 282
for four wickets.
The Windwards were in trou-
ble at press time, losing Devon
Smith and Andre Fletcher before
reaching 100 runs.
President of the T&T Cricket
Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath
was a proud man, noting that
the nothing was likely to stop
the Carnival of Cricket , as the
tournament is being dubbed.
Perched at the top of the
Carib Beer Stand, Bassarath,
who is also chairman of the
regional matches committee
said: "At the moment from my
vantage point I am not seeing
any smoke. We have no prob-
lems with any smoke at the Oval
and we are going ahead with the
On Wednesday, schools and
some business places in and
around Port-of-Spain closed
their doors and sent their work-
ers home early, as they cited the
polluted air as being dangerous.
Bassarath however had a differ-
ent take on the matter.
"People in this country are
too lazy and they look for every
excuse to leave work and go
home and lime. This attitude
sometimes sickens me because
we need to be a more progressive
and industrious country.
"I want to tell all those who
left work early to come down to
the Queen s Park Oval and look
at the cricket. There is no smoke
here, so you will be safe, so come
down and support something
that is good."
Bassarath said the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB), as well
as the T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB) have not received any
complaints or concerns from
any of the managers, or players
of any of the teams and cricket
will go on as planned.
Earlier, Jamaica needed some
stability and got it from the
durable Lambert and the exciting
McCarthy, after they were 32
After Mervin Matthews had
removed openers Horace Miller
(9), John Campbell (16) and
Nkrumah Bonner (1) in his first
spell, it looked like the normal
story in regional cricket---runs
at a premium.
However, Lambert and
McCarthy settled down for the
long haul and after a period of
cautious batting, they blossomed
nicely to thrill the small crowd
The others did not take cue
from pacer Matthews who used
the conditions to great effect.
In addition to bowling an
immaculate line and length he
employed clever use of change
of pace and the Jamaicans were
all at sea. When he came off the
runs started to flow and Lambert
and McCarthy combined to add
179 runs for the fourth wicket.
However, just as both were
closing in on well deserved cen-
turies, Lambert fell for 88. He
faced 99 balls, striking a six and
As is the case with lengthy
partnerships, when one goes the
other follows and this was the
case soon after as McCarthy left
for 93 off 124 balls with two
sixes and ten fours.
Towards the end of the
innings Andre Russell (28) and
Carlton Baugh (28) threw cau-
tion to the wind and the
Jamaicans ended with their
BANGALORE---West Indies middle order batsman
Marlon Samuels is among 31 players who have
attracted the highest base price for the Indian
Premier League (IPL) player auction next month.
Samuels is on a list that also includes Australians
Mitchell Johnson, Brad Haddin and Steven Smith,
attracting the top base price of Rs 20 million
(US$320,000) for the auction in Bangalore, February
12 and 13.
The 31 players are part of the 232-strong auction
list of capped players from ten countries, which
was finalised by the IPL last week and distributed
to the eight franchises.
West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach is among
the overseas players missing from that list as well
as Sri Lanka pair of Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh
Chandimal, Australia s Michael Clarke and Mitchell
Marsh, England s Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Jos
New Zealand cricket s new sensation Corey
Anderson tops the list of newcomers to the IPL.
According to the new IPL player regulations, it
has been decided that all players will be paid in
Indian rupees from this year.
India has a strong hand with Manish Pandey,
Unmukt Chand, Rajat Bhatia, Rishi Dhawan, Iqbal
Abdullah and T Suman among the names that fea-
ture in the 651-strong longlist of uncapped players,
who will be part of the IPL auction for the first
time. The franchises received the list yesterday and
have till February 3 to send the names they are
interested in to the IPL, which will then make a
final shortlist for the player auction that takes place
in Bangalore on February 12 and 13.
A further 50 names are likely to be added to this
longlist, which was drawn up after receiving nom-
inations from all state associations in India and
eight other countries. The list has been divided
into two groups: The first one comprises 127 players
who have already played in the IPL, while the
second features potential first-timers.
The absence of uncapped players in the auction
thus far was a controversial topic, with many fran-
chises complaining of horse trading by their richer
rivals who, it was alleged, were luring players with
In 2011 Pandey along with Ambati Rayudu and
Suman were the most sought after Indian uncapped
players. After some uncertainty over where they
would go, Pandey eventually played for Pune War-
riors while the Andhra Pradesh pair of Rayudu and
Suman was snatched up by Mumbai Indians.
The IPL defended the non-inclusion of uncapped
players in the auction then, saying there were already
rules in place with players getting a fixed fee of Rs
1 to 3 million (US$16,000 approx.) and the contracts
being governed by the BCCI. But the reality was
different. Although the franchises were asked by
the IPL not to approach an uncapped player till
the auction was over, most tried to lure players
with "perks", as one official put it in the past.
With the IPL restricting the squad strength to
27 this year, including a cap of nine overseas players,
the franchises have been forced to lay more emphasis
on domestic Indian players. However the quality
of talent in the uncapped market has always been
in short supply and the franchises once again feared
horsetrading would be the norm.
Fortunately for them, the IPL finally decided to
bring uncapped players into the auction. Their base
prices have been fixed between of Rs 1 million and
Rs 3 million. Pandey, the IPL s first Indian centurion,
and Dhawan---this season s leading wicket-taker
in the Ranji Trophy---have listed their base prices
at Rs 2 million, while the likes of Suman, Bhatia,
Chand and Abdulla are in the top uncapped bracket
at Rs 3 million.
SANTANDER---Racing Santander made
good on its threat to boycott its Copa del
Rey quarterfinal against Real Sociedad
over unpaid wages, refusing to play yes-
terday because the club s president did not
Sociedad held a 3-1 first-leg lead going
into the match at El Sardinero Stadium, but
players from third-tier Santander said they
had no intention of playing if Angel Lavin
and his board did not step down.
Both teams took to the field but San-
tander s players immediately lined up near
the half after kickoff and refused to play,
with the referee suspending the game after
Sociedad kicked the ball around before
shooting it into the stands where spectators
showed their support for the players by
chanting "don t play!"
"What we did today was in respect of
football, a sport that we love," coach Paco
Fernandez said. "Today was the most impor-
tant game of our lives, but our dignity took
International players union, Fifpro, and
Spanish union AFE both supported the
move, which comes after the lower-tier
club s players had not been paid in four
months despite promises by Lavin.
Santander s actions could see the club
fined or even banned from the Copa del
Rey next season.
"It s very difficult to decide to do this,
especially in a quarterfinal. It s an extreme
situation," defender Oriol Lozarano said.
"We know what the consequences could
be, that we can be kicked out of the com-
petition, but we knew we had the support
of the fans to do what we did."
Sociedad will play Barcelona in the semi-
Smoke fails to
stop Nagico start
Jamaica vs Windwards
H Miller c Smith b Matthew
J Campbell c Theophille b Matthew 16
N Bonner c Fletcher b Matthew
T Lambert c Fletcher b Johnson 88
A McCarthy c Emmanuel b Mathurin 93
A Russell not out
C Baugh not out
Extras 3nb, 14w, 2lb
Total for 5 wkts (50ovs)
Fall of wkts: 11, 28, 32, 211, 232.
Bowling: D Johnson 10-2-47-1, M
Matthews 8.1-2-33-3, K Peters 10-1-66-0,
G Mathurin 9.5-0-67-1, L Sebastien 10-0-
53-0, J Charles 2-0-14-0.
Santander boycotts Copa quarters in wage protest
big IPL price
Jamaica's durable Tamar Lambert plays through the offside during his fine 88 against the Windwards
in the opening Nagico Super50 match yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET
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