Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 11th 2014 Contents Issue 135 • Friday, April 11, 2014
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After starting the year racked up in hospital with a mysterious
kidney ailment, T&T Olympian Njisane Phillip is set to put his bike
back on the stating line for the second annual Njisane ThreeDay
Cycling Festival (N3DCF).
The international track cycling meet, which starts tonight at
the Arima Velodrome from 7pm and continues at Skinner Park,
San Fernando on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Last Year's event brought in some of the fastest cyclists in the
world for the most competitive days of cycling ever assembled in
This year Njisane tried to trump that by bringing in seven-time
World Champion Gregory Baugé. The Frenchman, who came sec-
ond to Jason Kenny at the London Olympics, is going to be setting
the bar for Njisane to gauge his recovery as he amps up his run to
this summer's Commonwealth Games.
The thing that's most interesting about the N3DCF is that, for
all the talent assembled---and don't doubt that its a who's who of
the track world, with several of the top 20 ranked cyclists taking
part---this is not an event that cyclists can get UCI points for. For
comparison, imagine Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and
Carmelita Jeter coming down to run at the stadium just for kicks.
And just because Njisane asked them to and well, Njisane is cool,
Celebrity power is certainly in the young man's corner, as he
seeks to build the N3DCF into the premiere event on the western
hemisphere's cycling calendar. With the work on the national cy-
cling centre continuing apace, it's time for the sports fans in T&T
to understand what this event is really capable of doing for
• Catch Njisane's On The Record! interview all week.
• Njisane on Twitter: @NJISANE_PHILLIP
• Meet 17-year-old German cyclist Robert Groger: ow.ly/vzTC9
Exiled England batsman Kevin Pietersen will
play for the St Lucia Zouks in this year's Limacol
Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tour-
The 33-year-old was selected as first pick in the
draft for the CPL 2014 season, to run from July 5
to August 10.
"As soon as I was approached, I knew it was
something I wanted to take part in," Pietersen
"I have fantastic memories of playing T20
cricket in the Caribbean---especially when we
(England) won the 2010 ICC World T20 tourna-
ment---so I can't wait to play in front of the mag-
nificent Caribbean fans who create a truly unique
and thrilling atmosphere."
Last year's bottom side, the Zouks surprised
precisely no one in selecting former England bats-
man Kevin Pietersen with the first pick. With Dar-
ren Sammy in the side, anything can happen, and I
for one won't be surprised to see some fresh
dents in The Oval roof if these two combine their
After a 5-0 whitewash in the Ashes series, the
England board announced their intention to usher
in a new era with the axe of Pietersen from the
squad. Clearly distractions off the pitch with the
skipper and his public persona made him surplus
goods for the board. One man's meat is another
man's poison, and Pietersen's presence in the CPL
will certainly attract the eyes of a British press
who remain divided on the issue of his dismissal
from the squad.
The Englishman will join West Indies captain
Darren Sammy and Australian veteran Brad Hodge
at the Zouks, who are coached by former England
and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard.
The CPL, which is entering its second year, fea-
tures six teams - one each in St Lucia, Antigua,
Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & To-
Those six franchises are building their squads
from a pool of more than 200 players auctioned in
last Thursday's draft, which took place at Triple
Century Sports Bar in Kingston, Jamaica, a venue
owned by Chris Gayle.
The draft itself took place over 13 rounds, with
teams allowed salary cap space of $350,000 with
which to purchase their players. Now each team
has its roster of 19 players, with franchises per-
mitted to trade selections with one another until
For the @TTRedSteel, the Bravo brothers will be
joined by New Zealand power-hitter Ross Taylor,
who seems to love the Caribbean pitches---he
scored three centuries in the Kiwi's tour of the
West Indies last year. The Red Steel will also have
the stingy spin of world No 1 ranked T20 bowler
Samuel Badree and Jason Mohammad who will
want to use the CPL to swing his way into the WI
squad. The equally impressive pace attack, with
Shannon Gabriel and Fidel Edwards will keep op-
ponents honest and will make things rather inter-
esting at The Oval. Sulieman Benn, Kevon Cooper,
Nasir Jamshed, Kevin O'Brien, Nicholas Pooran
and young T&T opener Evin Lewis make up the
rest of the team for the Red Steel.
• Bleacherreport.com has a great wrap-up of
who went where in the CPL 2014 draft:
• Look out for young T&T all rounder Akeal Ho-
sein @AHosein21 in the Barbados Tridents
• Pietersen reverse sweep for six: ow.ly/vzGwx
Kevin Pietersen might be on extended va-
cation from the England team, but when
he returns to St lucia he's not coming for
a holiday---and he's bringing his bat.
France's Gregory Baugé tries to come around Great
Britain's Jason Kenny in their London Olympic gold
medal race. Baugé will join T&T speedster Njisane
Phillip this weekend at the N3DCF.
Njisane and I get it all On The Record
at the WI Sports studio this week.
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