The West Indies last week announced their squad for a short two-Test tour of Sri Lanka, and the selectors, headed by former captain Clive Lloyd, stepped up to the plate and delivered, at least in one aspect. The selectors, apparently all to a man, decided that it was time for Denesh Ramdin to go and for young Jason Holder to take over as the Test captain, and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), despite the insular views of Azim Bassarath, the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, bought into the idea. Ramdin had to go. He never produced neither as a captain nor as a batsman. He always, for example, sent the opposition to bat, regardless of the conditions or the state of the pitch, whenever he won the toss, and he usually loses the match. He also batted, most of the time, as if he believed that he was a better batsman than he actually was. Either that, or he just did not know when to attack and when to defend. He also talked too much, saying silly things like, “taking the positives”, “playing with pride”, “back to the drawing board” and “play pressure cricket”. He never said anything worthwhile, or to the point, or hardly anything which made sense. On top of that, he never looked the part as a West Indies captain, not even of the present team. Twice, at least, he embarrassed West Indies cricket and himself. Once, in 2012, when he scored a century at Edgbaston and immediately took a note scribbled with remarks aimed at Viv Richards out of his pocket and held it for the TV cameras to pick up; and again at The Oval, in 2013, when he claimed a catch – which he never made – off Misbah-Ul-Haq of Pakistan. He was suspended for two matches and fined for the indiscretions. Holder, at age 23 and with only eight Test matches under his belt, may be considered too young to be the West Indies captain, but as Lloyd has said, “the time had come for a change”. Lloyd never said it, but the selectors also had no choice. Holder is young, so is his deputy, Kraigg Brathwaite, but the truth is that the West Indies team is a relatively young team, someone had to do the job, and there is no one better or good enough at this time. Holder once led the Barbados Youth team. He is a bright young man, and he promises to develop into a good captain and leader in the near future. West Indies cricket needs a leader at this stage, just as it needs a captain; and providing he does not behave as if he knows all about the game, providing he is willing to listen to people like Lloyd himself, manager Richie Richardson and coach Curtly Ambrose, West Indies cricket should be in good hands for some time. Holder is not only a promising captain and leader, but he is also a promising pace bowler, one who moves the ball about, one who could get faster and better once he corrects his action and straightens his left leg at the moment of delivery. He is also a promising batsman, one good enough to have scored a century for Barbados in Youth cricket and for the West Indies in Test cricket. Holder is an all-rounder in the making. He undoubtedly promises to be the best West Indies captain for some time, better than Shivnarine Chanderpaul, better than Chris Gayle, better than Ramnaresh Sarwan and better also than Darren Ganga. Darren Sammy was a good captain, and he represented the West Indies well as a captain. His problem with the captaincy was that, as the captain, whose place was reserved, he left the team short of a batsman and short of a bowler. As an all-rounder, he was simply not good enough, either as a batsman or as a bowler, to stay in a Test team. Holder, however, looks good, both as bowler and as a batsman; good enough to be the fifth bowler and good enough to bat at number seven on the Test team. Lloyd and his team have undoubtedly delivered for the West Indies as it relates to the captain of the team. The selection of the squad, however, raises some eye-brows. At first glance, the team looks weak and not the best available. On second thought, however, it looks the best available, even with the inclusion of Rajindra Chandrika, Shai Hope, Jomel Warrican, and Shane Dowrich, unless he has been selected as backup for wicketkeeper Ramdin. Looking at the present crop of West Indian batsmen, however, the selectors may have decided that one like Kirk Edwards is not good enough, that one like Leon Johnson is also not good enough, that neither Jonathan Carter nor Assad Fudadin is considered good enough, and preferred to stick with Chandrika and Hope in spite of their dismal failure against Australia, their exceptional pace and their prodigious swing. On top of that, every man, once he was selected one time, deserves a second chance. On almost every touring team there is usually one or two surprise selections, and this time, that surprise, apart from Chandrika and Hope, is left-arm spinner Warrican, who grabbed a bag-full of wickets last season, including hauls of eight for 72 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park and eight for 88 and five for 50 against the Leeward Islands in Basseterre. Suleiman Benn, Veersammy Permaul and Nikita Miller, and especially Miller, who year after year picked up so many wickets in the regional four-day competition, must feel cheated out of a place on the squad. At ages 34, 26, and 33, however, the selectors may have opted for youth in their attempt to take West Indies cricket back to the top, or as close to it as possible. It is a pity that Ronald Beaton of Guyana, once so promising as a young fast bowler, has taken so long to develop, and that the left-handed Sheldon Cottrell of Jamaica has also been marking time.
Ffriend, speaking exclusively to The Gleaner, said his lawyer explained that the appeals court ordering a retrial could work to his benefit. “He said me going back was a positive thing. He said the appeal judges realised that mistakes were made and the first judge has to correct them because the procedure was not fair to me,” Ffriend said. The Gleaner understands that the appeals court threw out the first verdict, which could mean that if Ffriend is found guilty after retrial he could face a more severe sentence, but in practice, he is likely to end up with the same sentence or a reduced one. However, because of the ruling of the appeals court, Ffriend’s legal team has ‘the wind at their backs’ as the prosecution’s case has been weakened by the ruling. A Serbian Appeals Court has ordered a retrial of the vehicular manslaughter case against Jamaican basketball player Kimani Ffriend, citing mistakes made by the judge who heard the initial trial, which concluded last year with the Jamaican getting a three-year sentence. The 36-year-old Ffriend, who had been in custody since November 2012 and under house arrest since August 2013, had his ankle bracelet removed late last week and is free to move about while he awaits a new trial date. However, he is to report to the police on the first and 15th of the month. There were no available details on whether there were other conditions of Ffriend’s freedom as his lawyers had not yet received official documentation from the appeals court. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in September 2014 for the death of Nevena Dragutinovic, a 30-year-old account executive. She was struck by a car being driven by the Jamaican along France Street in Belgrade at about 4 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012, shortly after she alighted from a taxi cab, which had reportedly stopped in the middle of the road. Her boyfriend and sister were also passengers in the cab from which she alighted and testified against Ffriend in court. unfair procedure
B.B. Coke are seeking to do the double over the more highly rated STETHS, who they tagged 1-0 on September 22. But playing STETHS at STETHS is a difficult proposition, as they are yet to be defeated at home so far this season. Their troubles, it would seem, happens on their travels. The least they are entertaining is a draw against B.B. Coke, which, if other results go their way, will mean they maintain second place in the group. Lacovia also face a tricky assignment, when they welcome Maggotty to their ground, while Munro (13 points) should be favourites for all three points against lowly opposition in Newell (two points). Another interesting matchup is in Group A, where St James High, second in the standings on 11 points, tackle third in group, Green Pond High (four points), for a place in the next round. The Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whit-more-coached contingent can secure group honours if they defeat the once-promising Green Pond to overtake already-qualified Cornwall College (12 points). – Paul Clarke WESTERN BUREAU: Last year’s beaten daCosta Cup finalists, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), have their fate in their own hands, and a date against the unpredictable B.B. Coke doesn’t make things any easier, as they take aim at each other in today’s penultimate Group E fixture, which is scheduled for the STETHS playing field in Santa Cruz. This group is proving to be one of the toughest to separate the teams, with only seven points between first-place holders Lacovia High School (16 points) and fifth-place team Maggotty (nine). With all that to be considered, STETHS (15 points) need to secure another victory today to keep the pressure on Lacovia, Munro and B.B. Coke, who themselves are fancying an upset. seeking a double
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Last Saturday, Manchester High School hosted the fourth staging of the Charlie Fuller Memorial field events meet. It was founded through the concept to relive the memory of a man who gave sterling support to track and field at the mid-island institution. The chief person who conceptualised the meet, still the engine that drives the event, is the former outstanding sprinter out of the neighbouring parish’s St Elizabeth Technical High School, Carlos Samuels. Issues of coaching leadership at the school have led Samuels elsewhere. Although he works assiduously to ensure otherwise, there is no doubt that the image of the event, could be tarnished. Fuller was a sporting personality, whose contribution to the upliftment and empowerment of the female track and field programme at Manchester High knew no limits. However, there were no geographic boundaries. This columnist recalls a trip to visit the Falmouth home of a girl from Vere Technical, who had been granted a track scholarship, just to offer congratulations and wish bon voyage. MEMORABLE SUNDAY Then came the thought that her younger teammate, slightly errant at times, would benefit from the trip as a motivational tool. The fact that the latter miss lived in Kingston was no hurdle. The stout-hearted benefactor, as was Fuller, journeyed from his Manchester home to the city, collected the young athlete, drove to Trelawny for the visit, returned to Kingston for the drop-off, and made his way home all in one memorable Sunday. The incidents of selflessness, displaying single-minded dedication to the female athletes at “Chester” were numerous. The accompanying, domestic deprivation is best described by his devoted wife, Olive. With what Mr Fuller gave to Manchester High during the years he substantially funded the track and field programme the areas of controversy surrounding the introduction and subsequent staging of the meet are unfortunate. There is a threatening situation that needs to be set right if the memory of the peaceful and non-contentious individual is to be adequately maintained. As this column is being written, former head coach Samuels has taken up duties at a Kingston school. This as the Mandeville school administration ponders an altercation between his assistant, Rahnsomn Edwards, and him. Reports are that there was a physical confrontation and both were placed on suspension. Previous to that development, former head coach Jerry Holness returned from stints overseas and resumed his position, displacing Samuels, who, from all reports, had endeared himself to the athletes. Tales of a fallout in enthusiasm are rife a testimony to the influence Samuels had, and presumably, still has, even from a position external to the programme. Holness, now seemingly firmly in the saddle, has gone for another experienced coach as his assistant in Duane Jarrett. Jarrett was his deputy in the first overseas stint in Dubai. CLOUDS OF UNCERTAINTY With so many offers for Samuels’ talent as a coach and motivator of athletes, it is unlikely that his services will again be available to the Manchester team. What seems more likely is that with or without his invitation, some will want to take up residence within his new programme if logistically permissible. With all these clouds of uncertainty, where does this leave the event held to commemorate the excellence promoted and sustained by Fuller that was Manchester High School under his canopy of passionate support and stewardship? It must be remembered that even the inception of the event was contested by the organisers of the long-standing JAAA/Puma Invitational, held simultaneously crosstown at Kirkvine. They were not amused that competition would be coming from persons who once were aligned to their event. It is to the credit of the opposing parties and some fruitful dialogue following disruptive stand-offs that good sense triumphed and they can now coexist. An existing destructive culture may not allow this harmony to persist. Whatever happens, the CFMFEM should not suffer. The legacy of Charlie, his spirit of goodwill and malice to no one, need to be sustained. Foster’s Fairplay issues a fervent call for constant interaction with the parties to lift and sustain the positive direction in which the meet is now trending. It is incumbent on these stakeholders to ensure that this takes place. Do not allow the memory of this great man to be sullied in any way. – For Feedback, email: [email protected]
Verone Chambers and Demish Gaye won the women’s and men’s 400m sprints at the Jamaica Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships with performances that pleased Maurice Wilson, their coach, at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports. Both set personal bests to win at 51.70 and 45.24 seconds, respectively. The happy coach had high praises for each of them. Chambers, a former Edwin Allen High School and Oklahoma Baptist University track athlete, overtook Dawnalee Loney of the Mico University College in front of an appreciative National Stadium audience to give G.C. Foster the women’s crown. “I’m very happy that we were able to assist Verone Chambers because she made the decision to come to Jamaica to train with me, so I felt I had an obligation to her,” Wilson said. “So I am very, very happy with the results,” he said after the compact 28-year-old Chambers had broken 52 seconds for the first time. EQUALLY PLEASED He was equally pleased after Gaye retained his 400m title. The newcomer was fancied for a place in Jamaica’s Olympic 4x400m relay pool last year, but was derailed by the Zika virus. “I’m very happy with his performance”, Wilson smiled, “and after he ran today, I was saying to myself, how am I going to make sure that he’s kept healthy, and that is an important responsibility I have to monitor.” Gaye recently cut his best 200m time to 20.52 seconds. In reference to the progress he has made, the coach commented, “He has been doing everything that has been asked of him, so he deserves the best.” Presented with the observation that the 24-year-old Gaye has short pitter-patter steps, the coach thoughtfully replied with a reference to the running styles of two Olympic champions. “Well, Michael Johnson was different”, he offered. “Lashawn Merritt is different, so once I keep getting that speed out of those legs,” he proposed, “I don’t think there is much to change.” Gaye also helped G.C. Foster to win the 4x400m relay with a whirlwind anchor leg timed in 44.2 seconds. The focus for the fast pair seems to be the National Senior Championships in June. “We still have, in my opinion, two months to go before what I would term would be our major meet,” Wilson analysed, “but I’m extremely happy because it has been a long journey.”
“We are proud to assist the Cavalier U-15 team in their aspirations towards their goals of greatness. Tastee has always been integral in the development of our youth though sports and being able to assist the Cavalier team was right in line with our organisational goal.” Foster said. Meanwhile, Cavalier SC U-15 coach, Baris Johnson is expecting a great performance from the team. “We are going there to perform well. The club won the Under-14 tourney there last year and this year the hope is to emulate that victory,” Johnson told The Gleaner. He is also hopeful that the players will impress and be seen by some bigger clubs. “We want to catch the eyes of the bigger teams that will be participating at the tournament,” he added. The Cayman Invitational Cup will commence today and involves 12 teams including Manchester City of England. The Cavalier team will depart for the Cayman Islands tomorrow and will play their opening game against IMG Academy at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on the same day, starting at 5 p.m. Cavalier will oppose Alchemy the following day and close off their Group A fixture against the Cayman National team on Friday. The teams in Group B are: Manchester City, DC United, Trinidad and Tobago and Houston Dynamo; Group C comprise: The Bahamas, LA Leiba FC, Cuba Federation and Harbour View of Jamaica. RIGHT IN LINE Local fast food chain Tastee handed over $150,000 to Cavalier SC to help their participation in the Cayman Airways International Under-15 Youth Football Cup next week in the Cayman Islands. Alessandro Boyd of Tastee’s marketing department made the presentation to chairman of Cavalier SC, Rudolph Speid on Saturday at the Alpha Institute. Speid said that Tastee’s sponsorship has helped the club tremendously as expenses continue to be one of the biggest challenges they face. “This trip, excluding tickets, will cost US $10,000 and sponsorships like these help us to allow players at this age group to gain international exposure, which is a part of their pathway to develop properly by playing against some of the best players in the world at an early age. We will be able to gauge our progress against players who have been exposed to some of the best training facilities in the world,” Speid said. Ryan Foster, Group CEO at Tastee, said that he was pleased with Cavaliers’ youth development programme and the level of success that the team has had to date.
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Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter Letran finished the first round with a 5-4 slate, coach Jeff Napas said there was still a lot to be desired with the way his team is playing this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.“I’m still not satisfied because I feel that we still lack effort. We’re still not giving a total team effort. That’s going to be our focus in the second round,” the Knights mentor said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Down at the cellar at one point of the season at 1-3, Letran has went on to rack up four straight victories before Lyceum halted that run, 75-68, on Friday.It was undeniable that Jeo Ambohot’s wrist injury, which he got in the Knights’ last game against San Sebastian, may have had a hand in the recent loss as the team scampered to fill up the hole left in the middle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s a big factor that we lost Jeo because he’s part of our rotation. We’re losing eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks from him,” said the multi-titled coach.However, Napa argued that it wasn’t an excuse for Letran to be in disarray, as evidenced in the defeat to the Pirates where big men Daryl Pascual and Irvin Mandreza both fouled out of the game. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE) PLAY LIST 02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Calisaan shocked by ejection, rues missed chance to play on home floor 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES View comments “We shouldn’t use that as an excuse. It’s a matter of stepping up from whoever I pull from our bench,” he said.As disheartening as the defeat was, Napa said that the Knights’ final game of the first round should serve as a lesson for his bench.“My bench players didn’t step up. We still depend on our main guys to play heavy minutes and that’s where we suffered,” he said. “But the players are still positive. We just have to adjust and check the mindset of our players, especially the ones on the bench, for them to recall their roles.”Napa ended: “Every game, we learn a lot. It’s all a matter of executing our game plan. That’s what we want to achieve, that for our bench players to compliment our main guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
“Nobody’s going to want a 35-year-old basketball player, I don’t think any team is really interested.”Ginebra only has one player in its injury list and that is Art Dela Cruz with DeVance technically a free agent, but no team can just simply take Devance from Ginebra without both the team and the player agreeing on a move.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone said Joe Devance isn’t going anywhere.Devance is out of Ginebra’s lineup for the time being due to injury, but Cone assured the versatile forward will stay with the team no matter what happens.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “Joe has no reason to go, we know that, and we don’t feel he’s going to go,” said Cone after Ginebra’s 104-97 win over Globalport Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We talked to him, we’re not looking to cut him.”Speculations of Devance leaving Ginebra instantly came up when Phoenix head coach Louie Alas said that his team is on the hunt for a big man and Devance’s name came up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDevance, however, said he doesn’t know anything of what Alas even said but remarked that they shared history when they were with Toyota in the Philippine Basketball League.“Coach Louie is a great coach, I thrived under him in the PBL, Toyota Otis, and I’m still friends with the Toyota group,” said Devance. “Coach Tim and I spoke, everything’s okay with the understanding that we have.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lack of experience, chemistry doomed GlobalPort in loss to Gins, says Anthony Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments