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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has
described his squad selected to defend the
ICC T20 trophy in Bangladesh as one mixed
with IPL superstars and exciting young play-
ers.Speaking yesterday as his team prepared to
face England in the upcoming three-match
ODIs series at the Sir Vivian Richards ground
in Antigua, Gibson said the team will obviously
miss the likes of Kieron Pollard who played
a big part in the victory two years ago, but
he was confident the players chosen would
"We will definitely miss Pollard but most
of the players who were present when we won
the title are still around, so we have the expe-
rience to retain our title."
Gibson noted that his team has not set the
world on fire within recent times but pointed
out that several top players have been absent
because of injury.
"We did not do well in New Zealand we
went there with a depleted team and the recent
series against Ireland, we did well to turn the
series around. Ireland played well and deserved
Gibson said it was important for the West
Indies to focus on the upcoming series against
England which starts in Antigua on Friday.
"We have not played great One-day cricket
recently but we need to treat this series as it
is---a One-day series. We are still missing Chris
Gayle who has a hip injury and of course Pol-
lard but we have home advantage and need
to make it count."
He noted both England and the West
Indies were currently undergoing transition.
"We are both in transition and therefore
need to do well.
The Windies arrived in Antigua on Monday afternoon and had a full training session yes-
terday morning at the match venue.
DUBAI---Two wickets in two balls by seam-
er Ray Jordan deprived Afghanistan as West
Indies clinched a nine-run victory in their
fifth-place playoff match in the ICC Under-
19 World Cup at the ICC Academy Ground
No2 here yesterday.
Afghanistan were inching towards a win
at 204 for 7, but Jordan struck off successive
deliveries in the 47th over to derail their
chase after West Indies were bowled out for
A responsible half century from Fabian
Allen laid the foundation for the West Indies
total and rekindled a failing innings after
they won the toss and elected to bat.
Opener Shahidullah scored 51 to lift
Afghanistan but the loss of wickets at regular
intervals saw them precariously placed at
97 for 5.
Hashmatullah Shaidi top scored with an
unbeaten 52 and the captain Nasir Jamal
chipped in with 30 but the team was even-
tually set back by Jordan who finished with
three wickets for 44 runs.
Captain Ramaal Lewis picked up two wick-
ets for 38 runs while a wicket each went to
Marquino Mindley, Bryan Charles, Jeremy
Solozano and Gudakesh Motie who trapped
Fareed Ahmad lbw for a duck with two overs
remaining to dismiss Afghanistan for 206.
Earlier, Allen s 92 steered West Indies back
on course after they slumped to 42 for the
loss of four wickets including three of their
top five batsmen for ducks.
Allen hit eight fours and four sixes, and
combined with Tristan Coleman in a 68th
run partnership for the 5th wicket.
Coleman contributed 37.
Allen, who was named player-of-the
match, also featured in a sixth wicket stand
that yielded 52 runs with Lewis who scored
27 as the West Indies got to 215.
Fareed Ahmad and Mohammad Mujtaba
each grabbed three wickets for Afghanistan.
DUBLIN---Cricket Ireland chairman Ross
McCollum has said there is the possibility
of a return visit to the Caribbean next
year, if dates can be agreed with the West
Indies Cricket Board.
Hoping to build on the success of the
last week, when Ireland achieved their first
Twenty20 success against one of the major
cricket nations, McCollum confirmed the
future was all about Ireland s success on
"For us to have the opportunity of playing
the three games out here has been very
beneficial and we have to thank the WICB,
and hopefully they will give us the oppor-
tunity again," said McCollum.
"We d love to come back next year, there
is no guarantee and it depends on dates
"We are making progress on the field,
but every game the lads play now they are
under pressure to perform because we are
only as good as our performance on the
pitch, as that opens doors for us. If we
don t perform that door closes very quick-
ly."That includes the World Twenty20 in
Bangladesh and two one-day internationals
against Sri Lanka, who could be as high as
second in the world rankings when they
come to Clontarf in May.
National coach Phil Simmons says the
confidence from their T20 win over the
West Indies last week will be a big positive
going on to Bangladesh.
"That confidence is a boost for the play-
ers more than anything, but at the same
time we should have won the second one
but didn t bat as well," he said.
The body of teenaged Jamaican runner
Cavahn McKenzie who died of a heart
attack Saturday following the North
American, Central American and
Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Championship,
in Mt Irvine, Tobago, is expected to be
flown back to his country by Friday.
Caribbean Airlines has agreed to transport
the body from Trinidad to Jamaica, fol-
lowing the conclusion of further blood tests
McKenzie collapsed following his par-
ticipation in the junior men s 6k event and
was taken to the Scarborough General Hos-
pital where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy was performed at the Foren-
sic Sciences Centre, St Clair, where it was
confirmed that the 18-year-old died of a
According to public relations officer of
the National Association of Athletics
Administrations Peter Samuel, due to the
nature of the event, sanctioned by the
NACAC, neither he nor the local governing
body has been privy to certain informa-
"This is an issue for the Jamaican High
Commission and the NACAC," said Samuel.
"We (NAAA) would only receive further
information (regarding his departure) from
them (Jamaican High Commission). What
I can say is that he (McKenzie) died of a
massive heart attack."
McKenzie concluded the run in just over
20 minutes, placing 21st. He was a student
of St Jago High in Jamaica.
West Indies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, gets some tips from new coach Saqlain Mustaq,
during yesterday's training session in Antigua. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
Gibson picks WI
to retain T20 title
Dwayne Bravo (captain), Darren Bravo, Kirk
Edwards, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil
Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi
Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy,
Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
At Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground,
Friday: 1st ODI
Sunday: 2nd ODI
March 5: 3rd ODI
At Kensington Oval, Barbados
March 9: 1st T20
March 11: 2nd T20
March 13: 3rd T20
Jordan's burst gifts WI victory over Afghanistan
WEST INDIES Under-19s inns
TChanderpaulcMujtababShirzad. . . . . . . . . . .0
BKingc&bMohammadMujtaba . . . . . . . . . . .15
NPooranbMohammadMujtaba. . . . . . . . . . . . .0
RLewisst†MunirAhmadbAshraf . . . . . . . . . .27
MMindleybMohammadMujtaba . . . . . . . . . . . .1
GMoti-KanhaicShaidibGhani. . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
BCharlescAshrafbFareedAhmad. . . . . . . . . . .6
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-42 (King), 4-42, 5-110,
6-162, 7-170, 8-192, 9-207, 10-215
Bowling: Shirzad 10-1-46-1, Ahmad 10-1-47-3,
Ashraf 10-2-26-1, Shahidullah 10-1-0-6-0,
Mujtaba 10-0-46-3, Ahmadzai 6-0-24-1, Shaidi
2-0-14-0, Ghani 0.2-0-2-1.
AFGHANISTAN Under-19s inns
UsmanGhanirunout(†Pooran). . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Shahidullahc†PooranbJordan. . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Mohammad Mujtaba c Chanderpaul b Lewis .8
NasirAhmadzaicLewisbMindley. . . . . . . . . .30
MunirAhmadst†PooranbSolozano . . . . . . . . .11
SharafuddinAshrafcKingbJordan . . . . . . . . .21
FareedAhmadlbwbMoti-Kanhai . . . . . . . . . . . .0
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-49, 3-63, 4-64, 5-97, 6-
146, 7-174, 8-204, 9-204, 10-206
Bowling: Jordan 10-0-44-3, M Mindley 9- 0-50-
1, G Moti-Kanhai 8-1-40-1, R Lewis 9-1-38-2, B
Charles10-1-20-1, J Solozano 2-0-13- 1
To ss : West Indies Under-19s, who chose to bat
Player of the match: FA Allen (West Indies)
Umpires: SD Fry (Australia) and REJ Martinesz
Match referee: BC Broad (England)
Reserve umpire: S George (South Africa)
Irish plan return
McKenzie's body for
Jamaica by Friday
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