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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, May 31, 2014
ST JOHN'S---Offspinner Sunil Narine has
opted out of the West Indies side for the
Test series against New Zealand starting
Narine has advised the West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) that he would not be available
to join the West Indies Training Camp which
starts in Barbados tomorrow, a mandatory
requirement to play for the regional side.
The T&T spinner has decided to remain
in India to represent Kolkata Knight Riders
against Kings X1 Punjab in the finals of the
Indian Premier League tomorrow.
"Narine had been in discussion with the
WICB and was required to advise the Board
by May 24 whether he will join the squad
currently in training in Barbados on June
1," said a statement from WICB, released
"Narine had indicated by the May 24
deadline that he will join the squad on June
1 as required.
Narine subsequently advised the WICB
on May 28 that he would not be able to
meet the June 1 requirement".
The WICB release says Narine will be
considered for selection to the squad for
the two Twenty20 Internationals against
New Zealand on July 5 and 6 in Domini-
ca.WICB Director of Cricket Richard Pybus
says the guiding principle of the Windies
First Policy, recently approved by the Board
of Directors, requires players to make them-
selves available for team preparations.
"The onus of the WICB is to protect the
integrity of international cricket at all times,"
"International cricket, and specifically
Test cricket, is priority and requires dedicated
preparation which is integral to team success.
The WICB policy requires players to commit
to sufficient preparation leading in to a series
as part of a culture of excellence".
Narine is one of six players with WICB
Grade A contracts for 2014, each worth
The others are Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine
Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy
and Marlon Samuels. (CMC)
Narine opts out of
Windies Test squad
This country has not lauded and
rewarded Lincoln "Tiger" Phillips for the
superb work he did as technical director
for football at the T&T Football Associ-
ation (TTFA) in getting the Soca Warriors
to FIFA World Cup Germany back in
That s the view of Valentino Singh, sports
editor of the T&T Guardian.
He made the comment at Thursday s
launch of the Phillips books titled Rising
Above and Beyond the Crossbar: The Life
of Lincoln "Tiger" Phillips held at the Cen-
tury Ballroom, Queen s Park Oval, Port-
Phillips served as technical director for
football for seven years.
Singh said, "It seemed to me that every-
thing Lincoln Phillips touched had an ele-
ment of magic to it. Did it occur to you
that the only time T&T qualified for the
football World Cup final, Lincoln Phillips
was technical director for football in T&T?
You know, that escapes us simply because
in all the celebrations Lincoln did what he
is accustomed doing: sat in the background.
He did what he had to do (while) everybody
celebrated. Another person probably would
have gone out there and made a lot of noise.
What about me!? Everybody was collecting
money left, right and centre. Lincoln never
got himself involved in that. A modest man!
A humble man! A man that knows how to
laugh...how to enjoy life!
"Lincoln is truly a legendary sportsman,
but I want to assure you that what you will
find in the pages of Rising Above and
Beyond The Crossbar is not merely about
sport. It is about a man who was blessed
with a certain amount of talent and he
utilised it in a meaningful way not only to
establish himself as a man of valour. Lincoln
transformed the mind set of an entire uni-
versity with one GCE pass; found himself
at Howard University, a school that didn t
understand the importance of sport, (and)
was able to take people who were intel-
lectually way ahead of what he was and
got them to understand the value of sport.
Today, Howard University, I think, is one
of the most recognised universities in Amer-
ica because of the good work Lincoln did
in getting them to understand that sport
is in itself a tool for social development."
Phillips, during his feature address told
the gathering of sporting legends and lovers
they should not be fooled into believing
that his rise to success was due to his sin-
"Yes! I have been very successful, but if
anybody feel they can be successful in life
and do it by themselves, then that person
is a fool. I am not a fool. I was successful
mainly because of my family. My wife
(Linda) has been with me for 49 years. She
has given me four beautiful, wonderful
young men. My eldest son, Sheldon--I m
so proud of him--is now secretary of the
TTFA. Two of them played professional
soccer. My grand-daughter turned to me
one day and said grandpa, you are the
best! My seven-year-old grandson came
up stairs with stripes on his chest and said
I am a tiger . So my success in life is because
of my family," Phillips said.
"I don t like clichés, but there is one I
have to use over and over. What happens
in life depends on your attitude. Your atti-
tude determines your altitude. I believe in
it. I allowed myself to be taught by people
who knew and I want to bring this back
to T&T. I want more coaches to humble
themselves sometimes and open their
minds. Coaches (and) administrators, open
expressed in new book
...Edwards out of 22
T&T Soca Warriors will depart for Argentina
tonight via a charter flight where they will meet
that country s World Cup-bound squad headed
by Barcelona star Lionel Messi on June 4 at the
River Plate Estadio Monumental Stadium,
The Argentines will meet Bosnia-Herzegovina
(June 15), Iran (June 21) and Nigeria (June 25) in
their Group F matches.
On Thursday night, the Stephen Hart-coached
Soca Warriors had their last full session at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, a 90-
minute match between two teams comprising
players from the squad.
There were no major injury concerns at the
end of the training camp which was supported
by the Sportt Company of T&T with only goal-
keeper Marvin Phillip nursing a slight problem.
"Generally it s been a good camp for us. I m
pleased the mindset among the players and I ve
seen some good things," Hart said. "Of course
the key moments will come over the next few
days. When we get to Buenos Aires the conditions
will be new to us and we ll assess everything and
ensure the players are settled in and that everyone
can focused on the match next Wednesday."
The 22-man squad heading to Argentina tonight
will be without veteran utility player and Eng-
land-based Carlos Edwards, who was a late call-
up to the training squad.
The 35-year-old Edwards, who last week signed
a new one-year contract with Championship Divi-
sion club Millwall, arrived in Port-of-Spain a
week ago and had a week of training with the
sqaud, however it seems as though he failed to
get the nod from Hart, who opted to include Cen-
tral FC defender Yohance Marshall, initially a
stand-by in the final team.
Among the travelling part are captain Kenwyne
Jones and fellow 2006 World Cup survivor, Densill
Theobald, Carlyle Mitchell, European-based players
Radanfah Abu Bakr, Khaleem Hyland and Lester
Peltier and W Connection s Joevin Jones while
Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino, will join
the team in Buenos Aires
Following the match against the Argentines,
one of the FIFA World Cup favourites in Brazil,
the Soca Warriors will also tackle another World
Cup bound team in Iran on June 8 in Sao Paolo.
Carlos Queiroz s Iranian squad are coming off
two consecutive warm-up draws 0-0 versus Mon-
tenegro on Monday (May 26) and 1-1 with Angola
yesterday and will meet T&T in their final friendly
encounter ahead of the World Cup against Nigeria
on June 16 followed by matches with Argentina
(June 21) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (June 25)
Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC),
Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic FC).
Defenders: Justin Hoyte (Millwall), Gavin Hoyte
(Dagenham & Redbridge), Radanfah Abu Bakr (FK
Kruoja Pakruojis), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force),
Carlyle Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps), Sheldon
Bateau (KV Mechelen), Yohance Marshall (Central
Midfielders: Khaleem Hyland (Racing Genk),
Ataullah Guerra (Central FC), Andre Boucaud
(unattached), Kevan George (Dayton Dutch Lions),
Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava), Joevin Jones (W
Connection), Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA),
Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic FC), Kevin Molino
Forwards: Rundell Winchester (Central FC), Willis
Plaza (Central FC), Trevin Caesar (North East
Stars), Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City).
Brian Lewis, left, president of the T&T Olympic Committee, Brigadier Carl Alfonso (Ret),
Lincoln "Tiger" Phillips, former technical director TTFA, Sedley Joseph, former national
footballer, Peter Granville, Tobago House of Assembly and Raymond Tim Kee, president,
TTFA at the launch at the Century Ballroom, Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, on Thursday
night. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
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