Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 18th 2014 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Sammy says West Indies would
not be taking Ireland lightly
despite the underdog status of
the visitors ahead of their three-
match series at Sabina Park.
The two teams arrived in
Jamaica on Sunday and are slated
to face off in two Twenty20 Inter-
nationals and a one-off one-day
"As a West Indian team we
always respect our opponents, no
matter what," said Sammy.
"The Irish have not done well
in the just-concluded NAGICO
Super50, but no doubt we won t
be underestimating them as that
could be a recipe for failure".
The series, one of two before
West Indies depart next month to
defend their ICC World Twenty20
title in Bangladesh, is set to bowl
off tomorrow with the Twenty20s.
The second is set for Friday.
The two teams are due to meet
in the One Day International (ODI)
"We will just have to go out
there, keep our focus and try to
execute as best as we can." Said
Ireland coach, Phil Simmons, in
the meanwhile, says while his team
will enter the series as rank out-
siders, they will be putting their
best foot forward.
"The expectation when we go
anywhere is to try and win and
play good cricket," said Simmons,
a former West Indies cricketer.
"We are going to try and be on
top of our game at all times and
if they (West Indies) slip up then
we ll try and pull in."
Barbados all-rounder Dwayne Smith
says sustaining pressure on T&T was
key to Barbados 17-run win in the
NAGICO Super50 final on Saturday.
Smith earned the Man-of-the-Match
award in the final after scoring a brisk
83 to lead his team to 252 all out before
taking two catches and a wicket to help
dismiss T&T for 235.
"It feels very good to play a good
innings and then to go on a win the
match and the trophy," he told the media
following the win
"This one was really deserved".
Smith, says he remained confident
that Barbados will be victorious even
when T&T managed to claw their way
back to make the contest close.
From a position of 143 for seven, T&T
recovered to reach 204 for eight before
Smith removed top-scorer Denesh
Ramdin (68) lbw to silence the capacity
"There was always going to be a part-
nership. We knew that," said Smith.
"All we needed to do was to keep the
pressure on and keep fighting and I was
sure that at some point in time we
would come through and that s what
happened and now we have the tro-
Meantime the Barbados skipper Kevin
Stoute has praised the efforts of his
players, particularly Sulieman Benn and
Smith, for playing big roles in their
unbeaten run in the tournament.
Smith was the leading run scorer in
the tournament with 252 runs.
Good times are ahead for West
Indies cricket according to the pres-
ident of the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) Dave Cameron.
The Jamaican made the comments
at a press conference at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain yes-
terday. He said WICB s earnings from
International Cricket Council (ICC)
events is projected to increase by 100
percent under the new finance struc-
"On February 8, the West Indies
Cricket Board supported the key prin-
ciples related to the governance, finance
and structure of the International Crick-
et Council (ICC) at the board s executive
committee meeting in Singapore. There
are a number of benefits to come to
West Indies cricket from this new set
up. It will allow the West Indies to grow
and develop the game in the Americas
"Now there is more revenue for the
full members with a Test match fund
and a clear pathway for associate coun-
tries to achieve Test standard. The new
financial set up will allow the WICB to
negotiate on a bilateral basis tours to
"Tours increase revenue and this will
redound to benefit of West Indies crick-
et. We can now use these funds to invest
in our development and longer First
"We project an increase of 100 per-
cent from ICC events over the next
eight years. The Future Tours Pro-
gramme (FTP) is over a period of eight
years, negotiated by members and com-
piled by the ICC.
"We as full members are required to
play each full member twice home and
away over four years. Currently the
West Indies have the most unfavourable
allocation of matches based on the cur-
rent FTP. You would notice that we
have been playing New Zealand and
Bangladesh almost every year for the
last three years. Now these tours are
not profitable and this is why we have
a major deficit.
"The newly approved proposals will
allow WICB to increase the number of
profitable tours rather than unprofitable
ones, that we are required to have under
"Based on the bilateral proposals
WICB will be able to negotiate fees
when the West Indies team plays in
away series. The honourable Pat
Rousseau and Clarvis Joseph who have
commented in the proposals in the
regional media all voted against this 15
"The opportunity now comes where
we can negotiate fees. We are confident
we can negotiate more for our brand.
Under the new proposals we will also
be able to access the Test match fund
to assist us when we have unprofitable
"The WICB has already secured com-
mitments from the major Test playing
nations for the next eight years.
Increased opportunity to play these
countries will lead to better television
and sponsorship deals."
On the matter of demotion and the
two-tier Test system, Cameron
expressed confidence in the system.
"The top nine Test teams will continue
to play matches in the top tier, so the
risk of relegation is for the 10th ranked
team. We are ranked 7th as you know,
so the immediate threat of being demot-
ed in not there. With increased revenue
we will be in a position to grow the
sport and then not being ranked 10th."
Cricket Australia (CA), the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and
England Cricket Board (ECB) will be in
control of the ICC under the new pro-
posals but the WICB will retain all its
power. "The WICB has not relinquished
any power, we remain a full member
with full voting rights on all matters.
The presidency is on a rotational one
year basis and we are in the mix with
that as well.
KINGSTON---Jamaican s cricket
captain David Bernard Jr, says an
impressive attack by T&T and
some controversial decisions pre-
vented his team from reviving
their innings in the semi-final of
the NAGICO Super50 last week.
Jamaica lost to the Trinidadians
by seven wickets after being dis-
missed for a paltry 49 off 24.2
overs at the Queen s Park Oval.
"In other games of the compe-
tition we were able to recover from
seemingly difficult positions, but
in the semi-finals we did not show
any resolve," said Bernard Jr.
"We were a bit unfortunate with
a few controversial decisions from
the start and that basically set the
tone for the innings. We also did
not recover from the pressure that
was applied by the Trinidad bowl-
ing attack and as a result we made
a dismal total."
Jamaica were 32 for three inside
10 overs against Windward Islands
in their first game, before going
on to score 282 for five off 50 overs
and win by 14 runs.
They were also 62 for two inside
10 overs against Ireland in their
second fixture, which they went
on to win by six wickets and 45
for three in the 15th over against
Guyana, before recovering to score
243 for seven and win by 10 runs.
"Obviously, we are a bit disap-
pointed but that is the past and
that is the game of cricket, some-
times things do happen," he said.
"We have the four-day compe-
tition coming up and the players
are eager and ready to go out there
and reclaim the title." (CMC)
to get 100
per cent boost
Jamaica's recovery blocked by
impressive T&T says Bernard
West Indies captain Darren Sammy, left, gives some attention to spinner Sunil Narine during yesterday's
training session at Sabina Park. PHOTO WINDIESCRICKET.COM
WI not taking Ireland lightly---Sammy
Pressure was key to winning---Smith
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