Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 15th 2014 Contents A70
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
recently adopted a number of proposals
sent in by cricket operations director
Richard Pybus and the only one they struck
down was his idea of having regional players
move freely among regional cricket teams
in the Regional Four-Day tournament.
The Englishman Pybus who was recently
brought into the post had suggested that
foreign players be allowed to play for other
countries despite not being a citizen of that
country. This idea would have taken the
cricket down the same road as the Limacol
Caribbean Premier League (CPL)T20, where
players from across the region could represent
any country that shows an interest in them.
According to an official of the WICB :
"While we understand the reasoning for
Pybus suggesting that we allow free move-
ment of players amongst the regional team,
we are cognisant of the fact that countries
want to retain their identity."
"Pybus made the recommendation after
studying the current state of West Indies
cricket. The standard of regional cricket is
not very high and this has been blamed for
the demise of the West Indies team.
"A further look into the structure of the
tournament revealed that it is too short and
there is expected to be an expansion of the
Regional Four-Day tournament next season.
"Also, the standard of some of the teams
was way too low and this led to many one-
sided games which is not good for the tour-
nament. By allowing players that free move-
ment, teams would be beefed up and this
would lead to better quality cricket, which
would lead to better players coming through
for the West Indies team."
The official added: "The idea was discussed
by the executive of the WICB, which as you
know has representatives from all the ter-
ritories in the Caribbean and they over-
whelmingly objected to this idea. Some of
the guys were also saying that with the
national identities lost, the already low
turnout at First Class games will be even
lower and this would work against the game
dozen of the other. In the end while it was
generally agreed that the move would increase
the competitiveness and quality of play, the
national identities of the countries took prece-
Only this weekend, it was announced that
the name T&T would be taken out of the
T&T Red Steel that campaigns in the Limacol
CPLT20 tournament because there were
players on the team that did not come from
BERLIN---It s been a long wait,
and now Germany is basking
in its fourth World Cup title.
The Die Welt newspaper cel-
ebrated yesterday with a three-
word headline in the national
colours of black, red and gold
that read simply: "It is true,"
while Der Spiegel magazine's
Web site listed Germany's titles:
"1954. 1974. 1990. 2014!"
Midfielder Mario Goetze, who
wasn't born when Germany won
its last World Cup, sealed the
title with his extra-time goal.
"THANK GOETZ! World cham-
pions!" screamed the mass-cir-
culation daily Bild.
"Super Mario gets the fourth
star!" read the headline in Berlin
tabloid Berliner Kurier.
German astronaut Alexander
Gerst congratulated the team
from the International Space
Station on its "top performance."
He tweeted a picture of himself
in a Germany jersey with an
extra fourth star---"as experts
on stars, we already got one."
Germany goalkeeper Manuel
Neuer said after the match: "All
of Germany is the world cham-
The theme was picked up by
a top official in Chancellor
Angela Merkel's party, Peter
Tauber, who tweeted, "Good
morning, you world champions
Merkel and President Joachim
Gauck, who traveled together to
the final in Rio de Janeiro, posed
for pictures with the team and
the trophy. And there was
another selfie with a beaming
chancellor for forward Lukas
Podolski, weeks after Merkel
dropped into the dressing room
during a visit to Germany's
It's Germany's first World Cup
title as a reunited nation, though
that fact drew barely any atten-
tion in German media. West
Germany's 1990 win came with
the country just three months
away from reunification; united
Germany won the 1996 Euro-
About a quarter of a million
fans celebrated into the night at
the packed "fan mile" in front
of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate,
while car drivers blasted their
horns into the early hours of the
The party resumes today,
when coach Joachim Loew's
team is due to land at Berlin's
Tegel airport and then celebrate
its triumph at the Brandenburg
Gate. The Finance Ministry said
it will issue a special "Germany
World Cup champion" postage
stamp. But don't expect Ger-
many to declare a national hol-
iday in celebration.
"There is no serious discus-
sion of this," government
spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz
DUBAI---Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul
remains the highest-ranked West Indies batsmen in
the ICC Test batting rankings.
The 39-year-old remains unmoved at number five,
with South Africa's AB de Villiers topping the list in
a top four that is also unchanged, in the rankings
Chanderpaul had a decent series against New
Zealand recently, scoring 195 runs at an average of 48
with half-century---an unbeaten 87 in the first Test
at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
He is the most experienced of the current crop of
West Indies players with 11 414 runs from 156 Tests,
and is closing on Brian Lara's record of 11 953.
In the bowler's rankings, meanwhile, speedster
Kemar Roach has slipped one spot to 11th, overtaken
by England seamer Stuart Broad who jumped four
Chanderpaul and Roach are the only two West
Indies players featuring in the top20. (CMC)
CBF lets go of Scolari
SAO PAULO---The Brazilian football confeder-
ation says it won t keep Luiz Felipe Scolari as
Brazil s head coach.
The confederation said in a statement yesterday
that Scolari would not be coming back after the
national team's embarrassing finish at the World
Scolari had promised to win the tournament at
home, but Brazil was eliminated in the semifinals
after a disastrous 7-1 loss to Germany in the
national team's worst defeat in its 100-year history.
Brazil also fell 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-
Scolari's contract ended after the World Cup
and he said it would be up to the confederation
to decide whether he would remain at the helm
of the five-time world champions.
BERLIN---Germany s Deutsche Post AG took a
gamble on the outcome of the World Cup final
---and it paid off.
Before the match even began the former state
monopoly had printed five million stamps com-
memorating Germany's fourth World Cup title
after 1954, 1974 and 1990.
Had Germany lost to Argentina, the stamps
would have had to be pulped.
The two 0.60 cents ($0.82) stamps were pre-
sented Monday, just hours after Mario Goetze's
late goal in extra time sealed Germany's 1-0 vic-
The stamps were ordered by Germany's Finance
Ministry, which holds 21 per cent of Deutsche
Post's shares through the state-owned KfW bank.
Germany prints victory
stamps before final
NEW YORK---German-born actress Diane
Kruger says watching Sunday s World Cup final
she couldn t eat, drink or sit down the entire
Kruger says the game was so intense. And when
Germany finally beat Argentina 1-0 in overtime,
she was "jumping up and down." She watched
the match with friends in New York.
Kruger says that as a European, "even if you
don't like soccer, you like soccer."
The actress spoke yesterday, promoting the new
season of the The Bridge, which airs tomorrow
on the FX Network.
Actress jumps for joy
in ICC rankings
WICB says no to free
movement in WI cricket
Germany basks in fourth title
In this photo taken with a long shutter, German fans celebrate their team after Germany won against
Argentina by 1-0 at the soccer World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at a public viewing area called
Fan Mile in Berlin. AP PHOTO
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