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Despite holding arguably the world s best
player, Lionel Messi, at bay, T&T s Soca War-
riors left the Estadio Monumental Vespucio
Liberti, Buenos Aires, with a 3-0 loss against
an unspectacular Argentina, last night.
Rodrigo Palacio opened for the home team
in the final play of the first half, before Javier
Mascherano and Maxi Rodriguez completed the
easy win with a pair of scrappy second half goals
for Argentina, which is deep into preparation
for the this month's Fifa World Cup.
The odds were always stacked against T&T,
but the Warriors held their own both defensively
and in attack, creating one third of the total cor-
ners, despite Argentina's dominance in posses-
Playing in its first international for the year,
coach Stephen Hart's players provided solid
defensive play but was never able to settle in
Even after being written off by many prior
to kickoff, T&T did well to hold Argentina for
45 minutes, but succumbed to a headed goal by
Palacio from a corner in first half injury time,
moments before Messi mis-kicked an effort
with just goal keeper Jan Michael Williams to
It was one of several poor misses from Messi,
who along with Ezequiel Lavezzi had a night to
Williams was again beaten minutes after the
restart from a close ranged effort by Mascherano,
who connected with a ball, which came off the
post from a Messi free-kick just outside the
penalty area. T&T conceded the foul after Carlyle
Mitchell body-checked the Barcelona ace in a
Argentina's third goal, which came in the 64th
minute, was as a result of T&T's defense being
beaten on the half-way mark. Palacio ran onto
a clear pass through an open defence before he
managed to pass it off for Rodriguez to finish.
Despite the possession being shared at a more
even rate at that point, the momentum dropped
with both teams seemingly satisfied with the
T&T was not embarrassed and looked generally
positive throughout against a team comprising
players from the world's top clubs.
The Soca Warriors will play its next friendly
international against another team preparing for
the World Cup, Iran, on Sunday, in Sao Paolo,
Sports minister Anil Roberts yesterday
expressed disappointment at the response
of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to
his call for the Board to reconsider its deci-
sion to omit spinner Sunil Narine from the
Test team from the series against New
Narine was omitted after opting to miss a
mandatory training camp and instead represent
Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final on Sun-
day.Roberts wrote Board president Dave
Cameron asking for the WICB to reconsider
However, Cameron responded on Monday,
stating the Board stood by its processes where
players are selected to represent the region in
various formats of the game. "A few months
ago the Board of Directors, West Indies Players
Association and the Territorial Boards agreed
a way forward regarding our management of
the sport with the aim of getting us back to
He added: "We arrived at a consensus which
is transparent and places the players as priority
as we seek to grow the game. We are cognizant
of the emotions which run contrary to the
process. We ask that other administrations
respect our position and when the time is
appropriate as we always do, is seek a forum
for your valued input. We look forward to
your continued support as we seek to further
develop West Indies Cricket."
But Roberts yesterday said he was extremely
disappointed at the Board's wholesale rejection
of his arguments. "If the 'country first policy'
is to be truly effective, it must take all variables
into account, chiefly the athlete's desire and
commitment to country, which by all accounts,
Sunil Narine has fulfilled. It is passing strange
that despite the player's expression of interest
and the club's concession to fly him back to
the West Indies immediately after the IPL
final, the WICB instead forced the player to
choose between abandoning his club at their
greatest time of need and attending the first
few days of a training camp deemed com-
pulsory by mere administrators."
Roberts said such a decision in his view
was inconsiderate, brutish and uncompro-
mising in a situation that warranted more
"Further, as many fans across the region
have noted, while Narine is rejected from the
Tests, he is still an option for selection to the
T20 series, which means in spite of not being
able to reach the training camp by the stip-
ulated date and time, he is partly punished
by exclusion from the Test side but included
when the more lucrative T20 games begin."
He said there was a flaw in such logic. "This
certainly speaks to the "mens rea" of your
policy makers and more importantly, the mar-
ketability and broadcast appeal of this inter-
nationally revered spin bowler. It is a pity that
the harder-to-sell Test matches will not benefit
from Narine's demonstrated drawing power
as acknowledged by your Board's ability to
bend the policy to suit your pocket.
"In the end, it is the West Indies team that
suffers for the lack of a fully-stocked arsenal,
it is the athlete that suffers for lack of Test
playing experience and it is the fans that will
suffer for lack of entertainment from the best
spin bowler in the world. It is indeed regrettable
that the WICB is satisfied to field a weakened
team for such an important re-building home
FALMOUTH -- New Zealand turned the tables
on a Jamaica Select X1 to pull off a 123 run win
just after tea on the third and final day of their
three-day tour game at the Trelawny Multi-
Purpose Complex in Jamaica yesterday.
The Jamaicans, chasing a victory target of 214,
crashed to 90 all out to give the visitors a moral
boosting triumph ahead of the first Test match
against West Indies at Sabina Park starting on
The home side plummeted to 47 for seven at
one stage before skipper Paul Palmer attempted
to repair the damage with a top score of 43.
Palmer was last to depart trapped lbw to Neil
Wagner playing across to a pitched up delivery.
No other Jamaican batsman crossed six runs
except for Horace Miller who scored 14 while
extras accounted for nine.
The main destroyers of the home side's innings
were Mark Craig who topped the bowling with
four wickets for eight runs and Kane Williamson
who picked up two for 25.
Craig, an off-spinner, snatched three wickets
in one over and was on a hat-trick at one point
as the Jamaicans lost wickets in quick succes-
They were reeling on three wickets for three
runs just after lunch, struggling to negociate the
new ball attack of Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
Earlier, Ross Taylor continued his rich form
with a half century which delayed a New Zealand
batting collapse that began on the second day.
Taylor played diligently to reach 55, facing 55
balls for his half century and hitting six fours to
help lift New Zealand from a precarious 65 for
His innings also helped to extend the lead
allowing New Zealand to declare on 139 for nine
on the stroke of lunch.
Pacer Derval Green was the main wicket taker
finishing with a five wicket haul that included
two wickets in four balls and leaking 41 runs.
Play on Wednesday occurred on a new strip
after the pitch used for the first two days was
declared dangerous by the umpires.
But the start of play was delayed by 40 minutes
because the new strip was too wet.
NEW ZEALAND 203 for nine (Kane
Williamson 47; BJ Watling 30, James
Neesham, 28 not out, Chris Powell 2-21) and
139-9 declared ( Ross Taylor 55 not out,
Derval Green 5 for 41) vs JAMAICA SELECT
XI 122-9, Kennar Lewis 30, John Campbell 24,
Ish Sodhi 5-35, Trent Boult 2-8) and 90 all
out, Paul Palmer 52.
BRIDGETOWN---Bangladesh A were 32 for three
against West Indies High Performance Centre
in their second innings at stumps on the third
day of the second and final four day "test", at
Kensington Oval in Barbados yesterday.
This after the visitors were bowled out for 219
thanks to the bowling of Sheldon Cotterel, who
claimed 3-30 and Devendra Bishoo (3-57).
Bangladesh now require another 458 for victory
on the fourth and final day.
WI HPC 354 all out (Leon Johnson 74, Jonathan
Carter 54, Jermaine Blackwood 45,) and 354-5
declared (Jermaine Blackwood 147, Assad
Fudadin 89) vs BANGLADESH A 219 (Nasir
Hossain 53, Marshall Ayub 41, Sheldon Cotterel
3-30, Devendra Bishoo 3-57) and 32-2.
Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio, right, vies for the ball with T&T's Sheldon Bateau during their
international friendly soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, yesterday. AP PHOTO
fall to Argentina
WICB logic flawed says Roberts
remains in control
Kiwis pull off moral
Argentina 3 (Rodrigo Palacio 45th+,
Javier Mascherano 51st, Maxi Rodriguez
64th) v T&T 0
T&T: Jan Michael Williams, Justin Hoyte,
Yohance Marshall, Carlyle Mitchell (yellow 49th)
(Gavin Hoyte), Sheldon Bateau, Lester Peltier,
Khaleem Hyland (yellow 37th,Joevin Jones
(Rundel Winchester 86th) Ataullah Guerra (Kevin
Molino 60th), Andre Boucaud (yellow 26th)
(Kevan George 71st), Kenwyne Jones (Willis
Unused subs: Marvin Philip, Radanfah Abu Bakr,
Curtis Gonzales, Densill Theobald, Marcus Joseph,
Coach: Stephen Hart
Argentina: Sergio Romero, Hernan Campagnaro,
Federico Fernandez, Marcos Rojo, Martin
Demichelis (Jose Maria Basanta 46th), Angel di
Maria (Enzo Perez), Fernando Gago (Lucas Biglia
46th), Javier Mascherano (Ricardo Alvarez 70th),
Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Lavezzi (Maxi Rodriguez
56th), Rodrigo Palacio (Augusto Fernandez 76th).
Unused Subds: Marinano Andujar, Agustin
Orion, Ezequiel Garay, Pablo Zabaleta, Gonzalo
Higuain, Sergio Aguero.
Coach: Alejandro Sabella.:
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