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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Fans in T&T may get an opportu-
nity to see England battle the West
Indies in a Test match next year, as
the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) has
decided to throw in their hat for one
of the three Test matches.
Recently the WICB responded to a
backlash over its allocation of Tests for
the series against England in April 2015
by holding a fresh bidding process for
WICB had originally decided to allo-
cate the three Tests to Guyana, Grenada
and Jamaica. 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 particu-
larity irked by the decision.
An official of the WICB responded
by explaining that there is a list of cri-
teria which the WICB has outlined to
the territories. He added that the win-
ning 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 gen-
eral and specific areas including but
not limited to pitch and outfield, spec-
tator capacity, accommodation, ground
travel, logistics and airlift.
With many of the Caribbean nations
heavily reliant upon tourism, the allo-
cation 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 mean-
ingful boost to the local economies.
Yesterday the CEO of the T&T Crick-
et Board (TTCB) Suruj Ragoonath sent
out an email to the entire executive of
the board, indicating the interest to bid
and when they meet on Thursday
evening at a specially arranged board
meeting, the matter will be discussed.
T&T has been starved of Test cricket
for a while because of the number of
world standard facilities that have been
constructed in the region. The WICB
faces a situation of having to spread
the game throughout to satisfy all their
stakeholders and T&T has missed out
on Test play frequently.
New Zealand will tour the region
next month and T&T has been given
the second Test from June 16 to 21. It
is understood that the TTCB wants
piece of the England action because it
would bring in greater revenue, in the
form of attendance and tourists coming
There is now a major thrust by the
government of T&T to boost sports
tourism and it is with this in mind that
the TTCB will be looking for lucrative
DELHI---West Indies opener
Dwayne Smith roared to a blistering
half century and carried a dominant
Chennai Super Kings to a crushing
eight wicket victory Delhi Daredevils
in the Indian Premier League (IPL)
Smith targeted every Daredevil bowler
and plundered boundaries at will, crack-
ing a top score of 79 to lead an exciting
run chase that overhauled a target of
179 at Feroz Shah Kotla.
Smith s batting exploits, and with a
contribution of 47 from Suresh Raina,
helped Super Kings secure their sixth
straight in the IPL.
CSK reach the target with two balls
to spare as the Barbadian batsman
dominated with his 51 ball knock high-
lighted by eight sixes and four sixes.
Smith departed in the 19th over when
his side needed 11 runs off 8 balls,
caught at the edge of the straight
boundary lofting a full toss down the
The win ensures CSK strengthen
their position at the top while Delhi
will now find it extremely difficult to
go beyond the first stage of the tour-
Association (JCA) president, Wil-
ford Heaven, says he is confused
over who are the real champions
of Regional Four Day cricket, fol-
lowing the conclusion of the first
Jamaica emerged winners of the
Headley/Weekes Trophy after
defeating the Windward Islands
in the final in St Lucia.
However, Barbados, who
amassed most points at the end
of the first-round league stage of
the tournament, are the official
Four-Day champions, the WICB
"Right now, I am really not sure
who the champions are at the
moment," declared Heaven in an
interview with The Gleaner.
"We have in our possession a
trophy that says Regional Four-
The WICB had instituted a
number of changes to the tour-
nament in a bid to improve per-
formance and create excitement.
The format of not awarding the
team the title with the most points
at the end of the league stage of
the tournament was scrapped.
The President s Cup was intro-
duced and Barbados, after amass-
ing 82 points to Trinidad and
Tobago s 80, were declared Four-
"I am, therefore, taking it at face
value that we are indeed the Four-
Day champions, as this is the tro-
phy that we lost last season, and
we now have it back in our pos-
session," Heaven said..
"So to hear that Barbados, in
winning the preliminary President s
Cup, are the champions, is some-
what of a mystery, and it is some-
thing that we need to get to the
The Headley/Weekes Trophy
was made available to the top-four
teams via a play-off, Jamaica, hav-
ing defeated Barbados in the semi-
finals, coming out on top.
Heaven, in his first term as head
of the JCA, is calling for a review
of the tournament.
"If the position is that Barbados
are the champions, and not
Jamaica, there needs to be some
sort of review. This is because it
is not clear at the moment in
everybody s mind as to who are
the true champions," he said.
"Additionally, I would like to say
that if Barbados are indeed the
champions, then the competitions
rules as they currently are, are
flawed. You cannot have a tour-
nament where the champions are
being declared winners at the end
of the preliminary round."
Smith's half century
leads CSK to sixth win
Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert, right, collects the Headley/Weekes Trophy after his team defeated the
Windward Islands in the final in St Lucia, last week. The Jamaicans are querying whether they or Barbados
are regional champions. PHOTO WINDIESCRICKET
Heaven confused over
Usain Bolt is seeking to allay the
fears of his fans who may be
worried over his late start to the
2014 track and field season.
Bolt is yet to make his debut
for the season with a quarter of
the year already elapsed.
"There is never anything to
worry about," Bolt said in an
interview with the Jamaica
"For me, I take my time
throughout my seasons and you
know the season is never perfect
--- niggles here, niggles there, but
the coach will decide when I start
and hopefully I ll start very soon".
Bolt, 27, the first man to win
six Olympic gold medals in
sprinting said the next two years
will be crucial in his already glit-
"I am just taking my time and
going through the season because
in the Commonwealth year, I try
to take it as easy as possible," said
Bolt who entered the 2012 London
Olympics and became the first
runner to win back to back 100m,
200m and 4x100m relay titles.
"I want to run fewer races
because the next couple of years
will be very important". (CMC)
Don't worry over late start, says Bolt
Usain Bolt...six Olympic gold medals
T&T hockey umpire gets indoor upgrade
T&T hockey umpires continue to excel
on the international scene.
Donny Gobinsingh, a sarjeant in the
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, was
recently promoted to the Indoor Grade I
Promising List by the International Hockey
He is the first local umpire to achieve both
FIH indoor and outdoor badges.
Gobinsingh received news of his upgrade
following the Pan American Indoor World
Cup Qualifier last month in Montevideo,
Uruguay, which he attended.
Also in April, Ayanna McClean became
only the second Grade I female outdoor
umpire in T&T.
Donny Gobinsingh...FIH umpire
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