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T&T and West Indies leg-spinner
Samuel Badree says that accuracy and
variation is what is needed for success
in T20 cricket.
Badee enjoed a brilliant birthday on
Sunday when he grabbed 3/17 to take
the West Indies to a 27-run victory in
the first T20 international at Kensington
Speaking to the media he said: "It
is good to contribute to a team effort
and I am very happy that I could have
done that on a very special day for me.
We had a good allround game in batting,
bowling and fielding and this has given
us a chance to take this series. Hopefully
we can close it out in game two and
win the series.
"West Indies have a funny way of
winning the first match and losing the
next two in three-match series, so we
are looking to stop that when we meet
England in the second match.
On his performance in the first game
he said : "It worked out for us as Eng-
land lost early wickets and could not
come back. Today was my day in terms
of having the accuracy and getting the
variation going. You can t be too pre-
dictable in T20 cricket."
Badree, the PowerGen player, was
also full of praise for Denesh Ramdin
saying that his countryman is top class.
"Ramdin is a top class wicketkeeper
and has worked with me over the years.
He is very agile and was able to get
two early stumpings off my bowling."
Looking ahead at the World T20 in
which the West Indies will be defending
their title in Bangladesh, Badree said,
"Without looking too far ahead we need
to gain the confidence by winning
matches, so when we go down there
we can hold our own. We have some
very explosive batsmen and also some
very good bowlers, so once we give
everybody a run going into that World
Cup and they arrive there confident
we will do well."
West Indies open their World Cup
defence against India on March 23 in
Left arm orthodox spinner
Akeal Hosein who grabbed eleven
wickets in T&T s opening win of
the 2014 Regional First Class series
against the Windwards Islands,
has come in for praise from Bar-
badian cricket officials.
Hosein playing at his ground, the
Queen s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain
grabbed six wickets in the first
innings and followed with five in
the second, as the home team won
by 186 runs.
Leading the praises for Hosein
was former corporate secretary of
the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB), Andrew Sealy. Hosein plays
for Sealy s club Spartan in the Bar-
badian domestic cricket league.
According to Sealy: "I am very
happy for the young man. He plays
for my club in Barbados and has
been outstanding. I must say that
I always saw the potential in him
but to get eleven wickets in the one
match, even I am surprised. He
however, has a very bright future
ahead of him because he is a tal-
ented boy. Once his talent is har-
nessed properly he will make it."
Barbadian journalist and statis-
tician Keith Holder said he expected
Hosein to get many wickets because
he is prolific.
"He got 37 wickets in five match-
es in the leagues here, so this tells
me that the man is a wicket-taker.
I am very happy for him and the
exposure he would have gotten
playing in Barbados would have
also assisted him in his develop-
The players draft for the sec-
ond edition of the Caribbean
Premier League (CPL) will be
held on April 3 in Kingston,
Jamaica, and will include 228
In a release, the CPL said 121
overseas players had signed up
for the draft, which is more than
five times the number of overseas
players in the 2013 draft.
English cricketers will feature
in the tournament for the first
time this year, if drafted in by the
franchises, the CPL said.
Players from Australia, New
Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa
and Sri Lanka have also signed
up. West Indies aside, Australia
will have the largest representa-
tion at the draft, with 30 players
lining up, including 15 interna-
The release said: "The vast
majority of Pakistan s T20 World
Cup squad has also signed up.
New Zealand, South Africa and
Sri Lanka are also well represent-
ed, and the draft will include sev-
eral current and former interna-
tional captains, leading Test stars,
T20 specialists and limited-overs
Legspinner Samuel Badree is congratulated by wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin
and captain Darren Sammy after dismissing one of the batsmen in the first T20
on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIES.CRICKET.COM
Bajans elated over Hosein's success
CPL draft to include 228 cricketers
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