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West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder,
on debut against New Zealand at Kens-
ington Oval in Barbados, says a target
of 230 to 250 runs will be comfortable
for the West Indies to chase in order to
win this match and the series.
At the close of the third day s play
yesterday, New Zealand was leading by
99 runs with seven second innings wick-
ets still intact.
The New Zealanders closed the day
on 123 for three after they bowled out
the West Indies for 317 in reply to their
first innings effort of 293 all out.
According to Holder: "It is still a good
wicket, if we remain disciplined tomor-
row (today) and make scoring difficult
for them, I think we will not be chasing
a big title. I think a target of around 230
to 250 should be comfortable for us to
The series is locked at 1-1 and whoever
wins this final Test, takes the series.
Holder scored 36 runs in the West
Indies first innings and towards the end
of play he also grabbed his first Test
wicket. He was thrilled, saying, "I was
very happy that I could have stuck around
for the West Indies this morning, unfor-
tunately I could not have gone on and
give us a bigger lead.
"I was thrilled to get my first Test
wicket and hoping to come back tomor-
row (today), be disciplined and get more
wickets. Getting Ross Taylor one of New
Zealand s better player as my first Test
wicket was great."
The former St Michael School student
said, "It s a blessing to make my debut
here at Kensington. I remember the first
time I came here was way back in 1997
to see the Test match between West
Indies and India. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
played in that game and I sat in the Shell
Stand that is no longer there."
Chanderpaul is still on the West Indies
team and was there to see Holder collect
his maroon cap from fast bowling legend
Looking ahead Holder said he would
like to add a few yards of pace to his
"I am working towards adding a yard
or two of pace to my bowling but it is
not something that would happen
overnight, it would take some time."
Holder: Around 230 to 250
will be comfortable for WI
West Indies Jason Holder hits a shot during the
third day of the third and final Test match against
New Zealand at Kensington Oval in Barbados,
yesterday. PHOTO: WINDIESCRICKET.COM
MELBOURNE---West Indies Cricket Board
president Dave Cameron has been appoint-
ed to sit on the controversial new executive
committee of the International Cricket
Cameron and Najam Sethi of Pakistan
are the non-permanent members of the
newly reconstituted five-member commit-
tee.Australian Wally Edwards will chair the
committee which also includes ICC chair-
man Narayanaswami Srinivasan of India
and England s Giles Clarke. ICC chief exec-
utive David Richardson, whose contract has
been renewed for another two years, will
serve as an ex-officio member of the com-
The new-styled executive committee,
which has come under widespread criticism
in several quarters, features India, England
and Australia as permanent representatives
with the two other members serving two-
Critics have argued the new arrangement
gives India, England and Australia unin-
hibited control of the global game.
The committee was among several
changes to the ICC s governance structure
approved back in February at a meeting in
Singapore, which the WICB also support-
ed.Cameron, elected WICB president 15
months ago, will also sit on the ICC Devel-
opment Committee which will also comprise
Martin Snedden of New Zealand and Zim-
babwe s Peter Chingoka.
Richardson and Tim Anderson, the ICC
Head of Global Development, will serve as
ex-officio members on the committee.
WICB's Cameron to sit on
new executive committee
Legspinner Jubair Hossain has been
included in Bangladesh s preliminary
squad for the tour of the West Indies, the
biggest surprise among the 25 players
named. Jubair, an Under-19 player, will
now report to trainer Mario Villavarayen
on Tuesday, with the rest of the prelim-
inary squad, to begin preparing for the
Although he didn t play a game in the
U-19 World Cup earlier this year, Jubair
impressed the Bangladesh management as
a nets bowler over the last few months,
with several players, coaches and selectors
taking an interest in him.
Jubair is of short stature, comes off a few
steps and whips up his arms but, deceptively,
doesn t bowl quickly. He slows the pace
down and lets the ball drift and turn.
He is an interesting choice for two reasons.
Firstly, the Bangladesh selectors have been,
in recent years, reluctant to pick someone
so inexperienced. Secondly, his elevation
leaves question marks over what first-class
performances mean; someone like specialist
legspinner Noor Hossain, who took 21 wick-
ets in this year s first-class cricket, having
also taken 20 and 22 in the previous two
years, has been leapfrogged. Jubair has not
played first-class cricket yet.
Bangladesh have never picked a specialist
legspinner in Test matches, while only
Wahidul Gani, famous for mentoring
Mohammad Ashraful and Shahriar Nafees
as a youth coach, played a solitary ODI in
the 1980s. (ESPNcricinfo)
Bangladesh's preliminary squad
Mushfiqur Rahim, Mominul Haque,
Mahmudullah, Shamsur Rahman, Tamim
Iqbal, Muktar Ali, Sohag Gazi, Rubel
Hossain, Anamul Haque, Sabbir Rahman,
Shakib Al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Nasir
Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Mashrafe Mortaza,
Mithun Ali, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam,
Abdur Razzak, Marshall Ayub, Imrul Kayes,
Jubair Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain,
Shuvagata Hom, Robiul Islam
Jubair in Bangladesh
preliminary squad for WI tour
Multiple Olympic medallist Richard Thomp-
son says he will not allow the new national
record and ultimate world number one world
ranking he has attained to betray his overall
objective to continue making T&T proud.
At last weekend s Sagicor/NGC Senior Open
Track and Field Championships, held at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium in Woodbrook and hosted by
the National Association of Athletics Adminis-
trations (NAAA), Thompson broke his own national
record of 9.85 by three hundredths of a second
--9.82 in the 100-metre rematch against fellow
Olympic medallist Keston Bledman.
On Tuesday, the IAAF in its revised rankings
declared Thompson was the fastest man in the
world for that performance. The listing showed
that Thompson s impressive come-back perform-
ances from injury earned his two other top ten
They were for performances at the IAAF World
Challenge s Fanny Blankers-Keon, held in Hengelo,
Netherlands, on June 8, where he won in a time
of 9.95. It allowed him to clinch the fourth spot,
too, on the honour roll. Three days later at the
Diamond League series on Oslo, Norway, he won
in a time of 10.02, and was now ranked ninth.
A closer look at his new national time revealed
that Thompson was reputed to be the ninth fastest
athlete in the history of the sport, too.
"As an athlete, the goal is to be the best in the
world. Obviously, being at the top of the (world)
rankings holds high significance to me, however,
I think more than a world ranking or more than
a time, it means something more in terms of
actually lining up against significant competition
at the Commonwealth Games and beating the
"The fact that I am able to run that fast and
the fact that I m at the top of the list obviously
means it puts me in good stead to be able to
achieve that goal that I have of being a Com-
monwealth gold medallist," he told G-Sport.
"But I have to stay focused and stay grounded.
I can t get ahead of myself and start claiming
medals, and saying that I am going to be champion
because I know it s not as easy as saying it. I have
to go out there and to perform well. I have to stay
healthy within the next month. I have to do the
right things to ensure I am ready to run fast in
Glasgow, because that is what matters most. A
lot of times people go into a championship with
fast time, but they don t necessarily perform up
to standard and my goal is to perform up to stan-
dard in Glasgow."
But Thompson was not the only track athlete
who delivered performances that made this coun-
try proud with reference to the IAAF rankings.
Michelle Lee Ahye was the fastest woman
having won her 100-metre event in T&T two
weekends ago in a time of 10.85 seconds. It was
but one of three top rankings she had to her name.
Recording a time of 10.88 at the weekend (wind
+1.2) Ahye tied for second with Jamaica s Veronica
Campbell-Brown. The latter athlete s time was
10.86 (wind +2.0).
Back in May, Ahye won the women s 100-
metre in 11.04 seconds, at the Francisco "Papuito"
Montaner Stadium, in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Keston Bledman s ability to run ten seconds
flat earned him the eight spot according to the
IAAF Web site, while Darrel Brown s performance
in the same event placed him in the 17th spot
with a time of 10.05.
Renny Quow, the 400m specialist was 18th in
Deon Lendore s victory at last month s Southern
Conference Track and Field Championships in
Lexington, Kentucky, USA, in May (in 44.36) in
the 400m, had him third in the world, while
Lalonde Gordon, who competes in the same dis-
cipline ranked tenth.
Commenting on the pedigree of his colleagues,
Thompson said, "To be honest, I am not shocked
to see T&T doing so well. I ve always said T&T
is a country that has a significant amount of
talent. It was just a matter of tapping into what
we know we can do and produce. To see people
like (Keston) Bledman in the top ten---because he
has been doing well for a long time---Darrel Brown
may be a surprise to a lot of people because he s
been down for a while. He has been injured for
a long time. But clearly, he is on the right hand
this season and we are seeing signs of the old
Darrel Brown, which is great."
He also said, "Michelle (Lee Ahye) has also
been doing well. Deon Lendore, the rest of the
400m guys prove that we have depth since 2012
by winning the bronze medal at the Olympics.
Heading in Commonwealth Games I think T&T
is going to be force to be reckoned with. This is
good for T&T. Anybody who is patriotic I know
they will be have to see us win. We just hope to
generate this force toward Rio (2016 Olympics)
Thompson cautious of world ranking
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