Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 12th 2014 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 12, 2014
ST GEORGE'S---Grenada s National Cricket Stadium
will host the launch and opening round of games
in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL),
from Friday July 11, with all six teams in action
over the first weekend.
Global stars including Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo,
Kevin Pietersen and Muttiah Muralitharan will take
part in what is expected to be the "Biggest party in
Damien O Donohoe, CEO of the CPL, commented;
"We are absolutely delighted to have Grenada on
board to host the thrilling CPL opening matches.
After an incredible inaugural year that surpassed all
expectations, cricket fans all over the world are looking
forward to another exciting tournament. The players
and fans are expecting a high calibre event and we
feel that we are in safe hands with our partners in
Grenada. The beauty of this island is matched only
by the hospitality of its people and so we are looking
forward to sharing that with the international audi-
WICB President, Whycliffe Dave Cameron, con-
gratulated Grenada and spoke of his excitement.
"The staging should be no less exciting than the
inaugural edition and we know the kind of atmosphere
this version of the game can generate. We are keen
on the partnership with the CPL and we anticipate
fierce rivalry this season."
Action begins on July 11, when last year s run-
ners-up, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, take on the
Antigua Hawksbills, with two of the world s finest
spinners, Sunil Narine and Saeed Ajmal, going head-
says his decision to quit Test
cricket came after he realised
he was no longer part of the
future plans of the West Indies
team, in the game s longer version.
The Windward Islands all-rounder, who
was axed as captain last Friday after nearly
four years in charge, said he "had no choice" but
to retire after speaking to West Indies selectors and
hearing the opinions of the team and its management.
"It was something I thought about after I discussed
with the selectors. After listening to the management
and teams views about the way they needed to move
to the next level in Test cricket, I understood that my
role wasn t needed as captain or player. This was the
way forward," Sammy said here.
"Now West Indies cricket is at a new dispensation.
It has a new force and direction and I am no longer
required to play a role in Tests. I had no choice but to
retire from Test cricket."
Sammy sent shockwaves through the Caribbean
when he announced his retirement from Tests late last
Friday. The decision came just hours after the West
Indies Cricket Board axed him as captain in favour of
wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
He remains Twenty20 captain and available for selec-
tion to the one-day team.
The 30-year-old, who is currently involved in his
second season in the Indian Premier League where he
turns out for Sunrisers Hyderabad, dismissed suggestions
his involvement in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament
had influenced his retirement.
"I am having a great time in IPL. But my decision
was not based on IPL or things like this," Sammy
"It was solely on the direction the Test team was
heading and there were no plans for me as a captain
and as a player."
Sammy was appointed West Indies captain in Novem-
ber, 2010 following Chris Gayle s tenure, and has been
credited with returning stability and discipline to the
However, his personal record---he averages 21 with
the bat and 35 with the ball---came under constant
scrutiny along with West Indies continuing struggles
in Test cricket. Heavy losses to India in New Zealand
on away tours last year increased the pressure on Sammy.
His axing as Test captain comes a year after he was
also relieved of his duties as one-day captain, with
experienced all-rounder Dwayne Bravo taking over at
Sammy said it was important to deal with change
when it occurred.
"It is not about right or wrong. I was captain at point
of stage of all formats. I was asked to captain at a time
when the team needed stability. Change is inevitable,"
he pointed out.
"Sometimes we might not like it. Sometimes we
may not agree with but we have to accept it."
Sammy led West Indies in 30 of his 38 Tests, finishing
with eight wins, 12 defeats and ten draws. (CMC)
great time in IPL.
Grenada to host
QPCC closes gap on Merry Boys
Second placed Queen s Park Cricket
Club closed the gap on leaders Merry Boys
yesterday, as national left-arm spinner
Akeal Hosein ended with 11 wickets
against Caldrac in round nine of the
Shanghai Construction Group National
Queen s Park got 25 points after defeating
Caldrac by 130 runs at Gilbert Park, Cal-
ifornia. QPCC now has 187 points, while
Merry Boys lead the standings with 209
points, with two rounds to play. Merry
Boys had to settle for first innings points
yesterday against third placed Powergen
at Syne Village, Penal. Before round nine
Merry Boys led by 32 points.
At Gilbert Park, Caldrac was dismissed
for 124 in the first innings resuming on its
overnight 79/9. Royston Crandon was left
unbeaten on 41, while Hosein grabbed 6/40
to give the Parkites a first innings lead of
90 runs. Queen s Park got to 151/9 declared
in the second innings with Hosein top scor-
ing with 28. Crandon (5/73) and Allen Lau-
rent (4/27) were the chief destoyers for
Caldrac. In chase of 242 for victory, Caldrac
was bundled out for 111. Hosein again
proved troublesome for Caldrac as the spin-
ner took 5/38, while Khary Pierre took 3/18
to give Queen s Park the easy win.
Queen s Park will face Merry Boys in the
penultimate round next weekend at the
Queen s Park Oval.
At Tableland, the home team remark-
ably chased down 314 in the last session
to defeat Bamboo by one wicket. William
Perkins made an aggressive 146 for Table-
At Gilbert Park: Queen's Park 214
(Darren Bravo 55, Jonathan Augustus 36,
Khary Pierre 26, Jon-Russ Jagessar 6/31)
and 151/9 (Akeal Hosein 28, Bravo 23,
Royston Crandon 5/73, Allen Laurent
4/27) vs Caldrac 124 (Crandon 41 no,
Hosein 6/40, Pierre 2/43) and 111
(Crandon 26, Hosein 5/38, Pierre 3/18,
Shannon Gabriel 2/18) QPCC won by 130
At Syne Village: Merry Boys 214 (Atiba
Alert 61, Javon Searles 41, Vaaroon
Samaroo 5/52, Kavesh Kantasingh 3/89)
and 194 (Jeetendra Sookdeo 81, Aneil
Kanhai 56, Kantasingh 6/51, Samaroo
3/57) vs Powergen 153 (Denesh Ramdin
58, Gregory Mahabir 17, Searles 4/51,
Aneil Kanhai 2/6) and 152/4 (Sherwin
Ganga 37 no, Ramdin 31, Nicholas
Sookdeosingh 31, Ricky Jaipaul 2/32)
At Esmeralda: Munroe Road 334 (Derwin
Christian 194, Christophe Andrews 74,
Kerwin Sirju 5/111, Rishard Harris 2/14) vs
Esmeralda 160 (Teshaun Castro 52, Eton
Bhal 38 no, Mahendra Nagamootoo 5/71,
Nishal Gayadeen 3/31) and 307/7 dec
(Anthony D'Andrade 61, Harris 57, Bhal
42, Gayadeen 3/65) Match Drawn
At Tableland: Bamboo 254 (Nashwan
Latchman 100, Ryan Baksh 43, Amir
Khan 5/80, William Perkins 3/39) and
267 (Yannic Cariah 59, Krishna Arjune 56,
Evin Lewis 5/50, Amir Khan 3/61) vs
Tableland 208 (Steven Taylor 101, Al
Small 32, Selvin Jacobs 4/48, Cariah
4/43) and 314/9 (Perkins 146, Lewis 71,
Jacobs 3/48) Tableland won by one
At Preysal: Preysal 337/8 (Narsingh
Deonarine 208 no, Eugene La Fleur 50,
Kamil Pooran 28) and 39/5 dec (Imran
Khan 3/10) vs Comets 233 (Marlon
Bharath 37, Richard Kelly 35, Uthman
Mohammed 4/62, Deonarine 3/28) and
133/2 (Kelly 61 no, Khan 34) Match
At Wilson Road: Clarke Road 227 (Ranga
Lachana 107 no, Derone Davis 44, Jahron
Alfred 5/68, Nameer Seepaul 3/50) and
235/3 dec (Ryan Ramdass 111 no, Yannic
Ottley 60) vs Moosai 196 (Wasim Haslim
50, Terrance Hinds 41, Mukesh Persad
6/58, Kissoondath Magram 2/29) and
217/9 (Haslim 50, Brian Christmas 37 no,
Persad 4/89, Davis 2/36) Match Drawn
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