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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, May 3, 2014
The WICB has responded to a backlash
over its allocation of Tests for the series
against England in April 2015 by holding
a fresh bidding process for potential hosts.
WICB had originally decided to allocate
the three Tests to Guyana, Grenada and
Jamaica. But, after that news was revealed
by ESPNcricinfo, the cricket boards and, in
some cases politicians, of the Caribbean
nations that missed out reacted in dismay
and have now provoked a rethink.
Officials in Barbados, which has proved
a popular destination for England cricket
supporters and recently hosted three well-
attended T20s between England and West
Indies, are understood to have been par-
ticularity irked by the decision.
"It is correct that there is an ongoing
bidding process for hosting the England
series next year," a WICB spokesman told
ESPNcricinfo. "There is a list of criteria
which the WICB has outlined to the ter-
"The winning bids will be determined
based on an assessment of these criteria
and will not automatically be the highest
bids. The criteria involve a number of general
and specific areas including but not limited
to pitch and outfield, spectator capacity,
accommodation, ground travel, logistics and
With many of the Caribbean nations
heavily reliant upon tourism, the allocation
of an England Test is especially valuable.
No other country brings as many travelling
supporters and their willingness to embrace
the local hotels, restaurants and bars provides
a meaningful boost to the local economies.
The WICB has many nations to satisfy
and many grounds from which to select,
meaning disappointment is inevitable for
WICB reopens bidding
for England Test series
Kensington Oval could yet host a Test on England's 2015 tour. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
COLORADO SPRINGS---Sprinter Tyson
Gay accepted a one-year suspension yes-
terday after testing positive for a banned
substance nearly a year ago and returned
the silver medal he won in the men s 400-
metre relay at the 2012 London Olympics.
The US Anti-Doping Agency announced
that Gay s one-year ban began June 23, the
day his sample was collected at the U.S.
championships. His sanction is subject to
appeal by International Association of Ath-
letic Federations (IAAF) and by the World
Anti-Doping Agency, USADA said Friday.
As part of the penalty, Gay, the American
record-holder in the 100, also accepted loss
of results dating to July 15, 2012, the date
of when he first used a product that con-
tained a banned substance. He was a mem-
ber of the relay team at the London Games
that finished second to a Jamaican team
anchored by Usain Bolt. The Americans set
a national record with a time of 37.04 sec-
onds. Gay has given his medal back to the
United States Olympic Committee.
USADA said in a statement that upon
receiving notification of his positive tests,
Gay voluntarily withdrew from all compe-
tition prior to the 2013 world championships
in Moscow and has not competed since.
The 31-year-old Gay could ve been given
a penalty twice as long, but received con-
sideration after assisting USADA in the
investigation into his positive test. USADA
said he tested positive for the presence of
an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid.
Gay suspended 1 year, returns Olympic silver medal
NEW YORK---ESPN President John Skip-
per predicts a difficult World Cup for Eng-
Speaking yesterday at an event to discuss
his network s coverage of the tournament
in Brazil, Skipper said England was in
"shambles" and cited ticket sales figures
released by FIFA showing that England
lagged behind the United States and Aus-
He elaborated after the event.
"I don t know if they re shambles, but if
you read the British newspapers, the level
of confidence that they re going to have an
impact in this tournament is pretty low,"
Skipper said. "That s all I was referring to.
And I love the word shambolic. I was trying
to get that in."
ESPN announced Everton manager
Roberto Martinez will be among its studio
analysts in Brazil. Then managing Wigan,
Martinez worked for ESPN at the 2010
World Cup and the 2012 European Cham-
Martinez will be with the network from
the start of the tournament through around
July 7, according to ESPN Senior Vice Pres-
ident Jed Drake.
"He has to bail for the start of the Premier
League," Drake said. (AP)
ESPN president Skipper says England in 'shambles'
In an ongoing effort to provide players with the
necessary tools for personal and professional devel-
opment, on and off the field, the T&T Pro League
on Wednesday hosted its second of a series of Player
Development Seminars scheduled for 2014.
Wednesday s seminar, titled Managing Your
Finances , took place at Digicel IMAX Theatre, One
Woodbrook Place, St James, which was also the venue
for the Knowing Your Contract seminar in March.
Managing Your Finances was facilitated by a team
of First Citizens Money Management officials -- Krys-
tal Attim-Phillip, Michaela Bernard, Joanne Samuel
and Tricia Vincent.
Topics included Financial Planning, the Importance
of Personal Savings, and Beneficial Accounts.
Players of Central FC, Caledonia AIA, Defence
Force FC, Police FC, San Juan Jabloteh and St. Ann s
Rangers attended Wednesday s seminar, some even
highlighting their reasons for not being able to save
Attim-Phillip, a loans supervisor/marketing, advised
players to manage their resources towards their goals,
and that the time is now to start planning for the
future. She said that too often young people making
money don t plan for the future or have anything in
their bank accounts for emergencies.
The First Citizens employee also told players that
planning for a future home, a car, a business, or
retirement, starts early.
"Seminars like these are really needed to enhance
the knowledge of the younger players in the league,
even with [seasoned players like me]," said Central
FC and Trinidad and Tobago international goalkeeper
"(Today) I learned a lot about investing, saving,
and the importance of using money wisely," added
the 29-year-old former W Connection (T&T), White
Star Woluwé FC (Belgium) and Ferencvarosi TC (Hun-
"The society in which we live in today is hard, so
it s really important for young people to know the
importance of saving. I think Ms (Krystal Attin-
)Phillip and her team did a tremendous job in bringing
the point across.
"I know players domestically that have made a
significant amount of money, even abroad, [during
their careers] and have absolutely nothing to show
for it. So seminars like these are important. It really
helped us to understand the need and importance
to save and invest money.
"I won t call names but we have seen some players
not use their money wisely. Regardless if you work
for $10 or $200, it is important to save and invest,"
Pro League Chief Executive Officer, Dexter Skeene,
a former T&T international and Economics graduate
of Columbia University in the United States, said
that each seminar is very important and that Wednes-
day s Managing Your Finance seminar is no differ-
"Knowledge is power," he said. "... and the more
information that the players have at their disposal,
they are better able to make wiser decisions, which
should impact positively on their lives.
"Finance, and the myriad of opportunities that
present themselves to the players, is what we want
to ensure that they understand and that they would
be better able to utilise their finances wisely.
"And even if they are unable to invest, at this point,
in all of the different products that First Citizens is
offering, they can have it as information so that they
can begin to plan better, to understand that they are
to start living differently, start planning differently,
and start looking at long term. That s the whole crux
of the matter. The focus is to have the players discuss
things that not only benefit them on the field, but
off the field as well."
St Ann s Rangers St Kitts/Nevis attacker Kennedy
Isles was one of the many players in support of the
players told how to
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