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CARIBBEAN ATHLETES TO PARTICIPATE IN WINTER OLYMPICS

Jamaican athletes

Jamaican athletes

A number of athletes representing the tropical Caribbean region will participate in the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea city of Sochi in South-Eastern Russia from February 7-23.

Among the featured athletes from the Caribbean are a five-member Bobsleigh delegation from Jamaica, a husband and wife team from Dominica and athletes from the US Virgin Islands (USVI), the Cayman Islands and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Peter-Adam-Crook of the British virgin islands

Peter-Adam-Crook
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CEO of CANOC Broadcasting Inc. (CBI), Larry Romany said it’s another moment of pride for the Caribbean to have athletes representing their national countries at the Winter Olympics and vying for medals.
“Our Caribbean athletes have demonstrated that they have an unconquerable spirit and it is this undeniable perseverance and grit determination that has put them at the top of their field and also for many individuals, to achieve personal excellence.
Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica

Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica

“We know our Caribbean athletes in Sochi will make us proud and it will be another unifying period for our region to support these exceptional athletes who spent countless hours working hard to qualify for the Winter Olympics,” said Romany.

Jamaica’s five-member delegation to the games are pilot Winston Watts, brake-man Marvin Dixon, crew members Wayne Blackwood, alternate crew; Thomas Samuel, coach, and Nelson Christian Stokes, Chef de Mission.
The Jamaican Bobsleigh team gained international fame during their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta as underdogs among the professional and was the inspiration for the major motion picture, Cool Runnings.
jamaican_bobsled_teaUnited States-based Gary di Silvestri and his Italian-born wife Angelica Morrone di Silvestri who have Dominican citizenship will represent the island at the Games. Di Silvestri will take part in the men’s 15-kilometre classical race and his wife in the women’s 10-kilometre classical race.
Jasmine Campbell, representing the USVI, Dow Travers, the Cayman Islands and Peter Adam Crook, the BVI said they were all looking forward to the Winter Olympic s and doing their personal best to represent their countries.
“I will be going to the Olympics trying to ski my personal fastest, my personal strongest, my personal best. That is all I can really hope to do. The Olympics are also about bringing the world together in a community of sport and human excellence. It’s a time to transcend beyond differences and divisiveness. I will consider my time at the Olympics a success by doing my own personal best, while connecting with this very special community of athletes,” said Campbell who feels honoured to represent the Virgin Islands.

Jasmine-Campbell of the US Virgin Islands

Jasmine-Campbell of the US Virgin Islands

Born and raised in the Grand Cayman, Travers, 26, competed for the island in the 2009 Val D’Isere Alpine World Championships and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The eldest of three talented athletic brothers, Travers who lives and works full time in the Cayman after graduating from Brown University with a degree in Geology-Biology said he’s fully prepared for the Winter Games.
“I believe I am prepared and as ready as I’ll ever be,” said Travers who has been training in Aspen with his brother Dean under Coach, former Olympic skier, Jake Zamansky and the Aspen Valley Ski Club
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Travers who will be competing in the Giant Slalom said he has been training during the week and racing as much as possible followed by strength training in the gym.
Crook who lives in Utah said he is “excited and a little nervous” about his first Winter Olympics and representing the small mountainous island of Tortola.
“When people hear I’m representing Tortola, they always ask me if I ski there! Is there snow there! And then I have to explain it all over again,” said Crook who started competing professionally four years ago.
“It’s a small island and the support for me from the people there is unreal. My biggest goal at the Olympic is to make it through the final round. You never know what can happen. I’d just like to make everyone proud,” he added.
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CANOC Broadcasting Inc. (CBI) is a company that has been formed by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) across the Caribbean to purchase, monetise and manage the broadcast rights for the Olympic Games and other sporting properties. CBI’s mission is to develop extensive Olympic broadcast coverage that maximises the public’s awareness of National Olympic Committees, Commonwealth Games Associations, Caribbean Athletes and the Olympic Movement, and create long‐term sustainable sources of funding for Caribbean NOCs and CGAs through the acquisition and sale of broadcast rights for sporting events.
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January 30, 2014

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Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy jets off in style on the Caribbean leg

Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

Jamaica Observer (By FIFA.com) – After a successful launch at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a bird’s-eye view of the iconic Estádio do Maracanã, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola jetted off to start its international tour by visiting Tahiti, Fiji and Vanuatu.

With three of 89 countries having already welcomed the trophy, it was now time to set off on the Caribbean leg of the tour.

In true superstar fashion, the most sought-after symbol of football had at its disposal its very own branded plane. This plane has started to carry world football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world, with the final destination set to be back in the FIFA World Cup host country to start its domestic tour.

The plane was first spotted when it landed in Costa Rica last Friday, where the trophy spent three days before heading off to an unprecedented 34 member associations from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

Joining the tour in five of the upcoming stops is former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Trinidad & Tobago forward Dwight Yorke, a man who has great experience winning trophies, with UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, and FA Cup titles to his name. Yorke was also captain of the Trinidad and Tobago squad during the 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign. He will be accompanying the trophy in Haiti on the 25th to the 27th of October, Grenada on the 28th, Suriname on the 29th, Guyana on the 30th, and finally in his home country Trinidad and Tobago on the 31st of October.

“Having won almost every trophy there is in my career, this is still the one that got away,” joked Yorke. “It’s just as surreal for me to have the opportunity to be so close to the trophy as I’m sure it will be for all the people that get the chance to see it on this worldwide tour. It really is the ultimate prize for any football fan or player. It’s a great opportunity and a joy to have it brought over to a part of the world that doesn’t often get these opportunities. I can’t wait to join the tour,” added Yorke.

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Curtly Ambrose feels the need for a drastic structural improvement in the way cricket is played in Antigua © Getty Images

Curtly Ambrose suggests strong measures to improve cricket in Antigua

By Indo-Asian News Service
St John’s (Antigua):

Curtly Ambrose feels the need for a drastic structural improvement in the way cricket is played in Antigua © Getty Images

Curtly Ambrose feels the need for a drastic structural improvement in the way cricket is played in Antigua © Getty Images

Former West Indies pacer Curtly Ambrose believes that an overhaul of the entire structure of Caribbean cricket is needed for the game to improve.

Ambrose said more attention should be paid to development of talent at the grassroots level, reports CMC.

Ambrose bemoaned the lack of Antiguans on territorial teams citing demise of quality in the island’s cricketers.

“I mean, when you look at Antigua national team, Leeward Islands and even the West Indies team, we don’t have any Antiguans really on the West Indies team and that to me is sad because when West Indies were at their strongest they had Antiguans on that particular team and I am proud to say that,” said Ambrose.

“I think we need to look after our cricket here in Antigua a bit better and a little more so that we could get a few more international cricketers,” he said

Ambrose said the structure at school-level must be changed first.

“I believe that the whole structure needs to change from schools level and come right up because you can’t change the top level and the bottom isn’t good. You have to start from the grassroots level.

“I believe sometimes there are too many teams and you got some teams that are just not ready and I believe we should not just have 12 teams so we have numbers. If it means taking six teams so that you can get quality, then so be it,” said Ambrose, who turns 50 next Saturday.

Ambrose, who played his last Test for the West Indies against England at The Oval in 2000, took 405 Test wickets and 225 in the ODIs. In all, he played 98 Tests and 176 ODIs.

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St. Lucia Zouks

A Dubai connection in the Caribbean league

Cricket:

Channel 2 acquires stakes in St Lucia outfit

By K.R. Nayar Chief Cricket Writer ·

St. Lucia Zouks

St. Lucia Zouks

Dubai: The Dubai-based Channel 2 Group has taken stakes in St Lucia Zouks, one of the top six teams that made the recent Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) a huge success in West Indies. This team is led by Darren Sammy, the West Indies skipper that lifted the World Twenty20 Cup in 2012. 
Speaking to Gulf News, Ajay Sethi, the Chairman of Channel 2 Group, who made his mark in international cricket through the successful staging of the Legends of Lord’s global Silver Jubilee celebrations of India’s 1983 World Cup victory in 2008 in Dubai, said: “I wanted a team with some of the finest players as the appeal for the LCPL is global and will attract high profile investors. The stadiums where our team’s matches were held were full with sell-out crowds. I have been investing in sports business and I made this decision to invest on this team due to advice from West Indies legends Clive Lloyd and Michael Holding.”

Sethi has now plans to fly down players from his team to Dubai and train them at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Global Cricket Academy facilities to groom a stronger squad for the next year’s LCPL. St Lucia team is coached by the legendary pacer Andy Roberts with Matthew Maynard as his assistant.

“We had players from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Grenada, Dominica, Barbados and St Lucia. From Pakistan we have their skipper Misbah Ul Haq and Bangladesh’s hard hitter Tamim Iqbal. South Africa’s finest allrounder Albie Morkel and star opener Herschelle Gibbs are the other prominent players,” said Sethi, who has plans to rope in Hollywood and Bollywood stars as the faces of the team.

Channel 2 Group’s Cricket Radio holds the terrestrial TV rights for the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) in Africa and exclusive radio broadcast rights for some of the world’s leading sports properties, such as the Barclays English Premier League Football, The Dutch League, World Cup Rugby, Wimbledon and Australian Open Tennis and US Open and major Professional Golf Tours such as US PGA, The Masters and Ryders.

 

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Tournament ends with as much fanfare as it started

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League has been hailed by organisers and players as a “massive success.”

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CPL-Champions-Jamaica-Tallawahs

The tournament ended on Saturday night in front of a full house at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad with the Jamaica Tallawahs crowned as the champions after beating the Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets with 15 balls in hand.

A spectacular fireworks display, confetti, champagne and pyrotechnics followed by a free concert featuring soca artistes Super Blue, Iwer George, Denise Belfon, Blaxx and Black Stalin, put an exclamation point on what has been an event jam-packed with entertainment, excitement and sport.

It was the culmination of 24 matches over 26 days involving six franchise teams from across the region, with those matches played out at packed venues.

Limacol CPL CEO Damien O'Donohoe with Jamaica Tallawahs Captain Chris Gayle PPI_8673“We have exceeded every benchmark we set for the Limacol Caribbean Premier League when we embarked on this project,” said the Limacol CPL Chief Executive Damien O’Donohoe. “By every measure there is no doubt it has been a massive success.

“For the first time in many years venues in the Caribbean have been consistently packed to the rafters and the atmosphere the fans have generated has been incredible.

“The staggering public support has been matched by unprecedented commercial support, the like of which this region has never seen for a cricketing event, with local and international business joining the party.”

Even before a ball was bowled 37 commercial partners were on board, including nine league sponsors, an apparel partner and sponsors for each of the six franchises as well as four national tourism boards also supporting the event.

On top of that, high profile individuals from the worlds of entertainment and business also got involved and threw their weight behind the Limacol CPL with Hollywood actors Mark Wahlberg and Gerard Butler taking equity shares in the Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs respectively while Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group backed the Antigua Hawksbills.

“We have had a global audience for the action through outstanding broadcast coverage on television and radio, and the Limacol CPL has also enjoyed a significant presence on social media through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,” said O’Donohoe.  “I cannot thank the fans enough for showing up in their numbers each night and showing the world how we do cricket in the Caribbean.  Caribbean cricket fans are like no other on the planet and their support of this Tournament played a huge, integral part in its success.  We are grateful for, and inspired by their love for the game.

“In addition, the commercial partners and players as well as the staff who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes, and the army of volunteers enlisted at each of the venues, have all contributed to the final result and every one involved deserves thanks for their efforts.

“The result has exceeded our expectations and now our task is to build on what we have achieved this year, ensure the Limacol Caribbean Premier League goes from strength to strength and that it becomes even bigger and better next year.”

Ajmal Khan, Chairman of Verus International and Founder of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League said: “When we set out on this journey we asked everyone involved to come and play – and that is exactly what has happened.

“We wanted the Limacol Caribbean Premier League to be the biggest party in sport and there is no doubt we achieved it.

“The players did their part by producing a host of memorable performances, the fans came and enjoyed themselves in huge numbers and our sponsors backed the event like never before in this region.

“The Limacol Caribbean Premier League has shown both the West Indian public’s enduring love for cricket and the limitless potential for growth and success that there is in this region.

“Within an incredibly short space of time we have established the Limacol Caribbean Premier League as something that everyone – players, fans and commercial partners – wants to be involved in.

“Our task now is to ensure that we build on this success starting with the second edition next year.”

Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle summed up the feelings of players from each of the six franchises when he said: “It has been a great tournament and I am really happy to be here at the end.

“I give thanks to the fans for turning out and supporting us. I am very happy with the (Limacol) CPL and hopefully next year it will be even bigger and better – and I will be here again.”

Ramnaresh Sarwan, the captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors added: “I was fortunate to play in the IPL a few years ago but I think this (Limacol Caribbean Premier League) is right up there and I can only see it getting bigger and better.”

The Limacol Caribbean Premier League took place between 30 July and 24 August and involved six franchises – the Antigua Hawksbills, the Barbados Tridents, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, the Jamaica Tallawahs and the St. Lucia Zouks, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel – from across the region.

Photo Caption: Limacol CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe with Jamaica Tallawahs Captain Chris Gayle and Former Jamaica Prime Minister The Most Honourable PJ Patterson

 

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Second Hollywood actor buys into CPL franchise

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) -A second Hollywood actor, Gerard Butler, has taken an equity interest in a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise, Jamaica Tallawahs, as the tournament heads for a climax this weekend.

Butler, who stars in a number of top movies such as Law Abiding Citizen and The Ugly Truth, is also planning to be in Trinidad on Friday to support the Tallawahs when they play Barbados Tridents in the second semi-final.

Hollywood-actor,-Gerard-Butler-gerard_butler_25“It is obvious that this tournament is the home of the greatest party in sport so I wanted to get in on the fun,” said Butler.

“Having said that, as a Scotsman I definitely have an appreciation for cricket and I also recognise that the LCPL is a great combination of sports and entertainment. I’m excited about joining the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise, and hopefully being a part of the team that wins the inaugural tournament.”

Tallawahs squeezed out a last ball, three wickets in over Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in the final preliminary game at Sabina Park Sunday night.

They ended the League with 10 points, equal with top ranked Guyana Amazon Warriors who had a better net run rate.

“We are thrilled that Gerard has seen the enormous potential of the Limacol CPL and has taken an equity interest in the Jamaica Tallawahs,” said Limacol CPL Chief Executive Officer Damien O’Donohoe.

“I think more people are realising its global appeal, and how it is an experience like no other”.

Last month organizers announced that Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg, known for his starring roles in films such as ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’, had taken an equity interest in the Barbados Tridents team.

Butler’s next movie‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’, comes out in 2014.

“Celebrities owning sports teams is nothing new but to have two Hollywood actors taking a vested interest in cricket teams is quite novel,” said Ajmal Khan, Chairman of Verus International and Founder of the Limacol CPL.

“I think it’s a testament to the quality of the tournament, the carnival party atmosphere, the music, the entertainment, the fans, and the experience that only the Caribbean can deliver”.

The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League began on 30 July in Barbados, and concludes on Saturday in Trinidad.

 

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LCPL cricket: Semi-final 1…Guyana Amazon Warriors melt T&T Red Steel in own their backyard, book final spot

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Guyanese fans celebrating at Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad

Guyanese fans celebrating at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

The atmosphere in Port- of-Spain last night was like a funeral instead of the usual Carnival as Guyana Amazon Warriors made the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel fans see red.
A partisan capacity crowd of over 25,000 left the Queens Park Oval dejected and disappointed as the Amazon Warriors produced a professional performance to whip the Red Steel by seven wickets in the first Semi-final of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament.

Guyana marched into tomorrow’s final, as T&T, urged on by a raucous crowd which created a sea of red in the stands, stumbled in their own backyard after the South American based team reached 107-3 off 16.2 overs replying to the 103 all out in 19.3 overs by the home team.

Man-of-the-match Tillakaratne Dilshan, with a cultured 39 from 27 balls decorated with three fours and a six, led the Guyana run chase after Krishmar Santokie, Dilshan, Lasith Malinga and Veersammy Permaul conspired to take two wickets each to shackle the home team batsmen.

Pep talks from West Indies batting Maestro Brian Lara and an impassioned flag-waving crowd, which danced to rhythms of Tassa Drummers, Steel pan players and the pulsating music blaring from the Trini Possie Stand, failed to produce the impetus to propel T&T into the finals after Guyana won the toss and elected to field first under lights.

T&T would have gotten some confidence from their win against Guyana when the teams last met at this venue and Kevin O’Brian got going with a boundary in the opening over from the tournament’s leading wicket-taker left-arm seamer Santokie.

Dilshan (2-14) struck in the second over when he removed O’Brian (8) to a sharp return catch to leave T&T on 11-1. It was soon 14-2 in the third over when Mahela Jayawardene (2) popped an easy catch to extra cover as the hosts slipped to 14-2 and the large Guyanese contingent in the crowd, which also included several Hollywood movie stars and former great West Indies players, went wild with delight.

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‘Slinger’ Malinga was introduced in the fourth over and Sunil Narine in the next over as Skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan cleverly wrung the changers as Ross Taylor joined Adrian Barath.

Taylor (6) top-edged Permaul into ‘no man’s land’ before he pulled the left-arm spinner to deep mid wicket in the same over to leave T&T on 25-3 in the sixth over.

The left-handed Darren Bravo joined Barath on a track offering assistance to the spinners. The noisy crowd was stunned into silence when Barath (12) was run out at 32-4 and Bravo (3) fell off Dilshan without addition to the score in the ninth over.

Skipper Dwayne Bravo was joined by 17-year-old Nicholas Pooran, who scored 54 against Guyana on debut from 18 balls, and together they took the score to 56 before Pooran (14), who hit the first six of the match, edged a cut off Permaul, next ball.

Kevin Cooper, who clobbered Narine for two sixes and his Captain, who smashed a Santokie full toss to cover for only the second four of the innings, tried to orchestrate a mini-revival as they carried T&T to 101-7 before Cooper, who hammered 27 from 17 balls, lofted Narine to long-on in the 18th over.

After clarification from the third Umpire, Suleiman Benn was give out caught at point by Permaul for duck as Santokie took his 16th wicket in the competition as he finished another excellent spell to finish with 2-20 from his four overs.

It was 103-9 when Bravo (24) was taken on the cover boundary before Malinga, who ended with 2-18, finished the match on a hat-trick by bowling Fidel Edwards (1) first ball.

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William Perkins, playing his first match in tournament, and fellow Trinidadian Lendl Simmons pounced on leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who opened the bowling, and smashed him for four.

Perkins climbed into the lively Edwards and swatted him for a boundary before Simmons (8) was beaten for pace and removed in the same over to leave Guyana on 14-1 in the third over.

Perkins, who sweetly cut Badree for four and Dilshan who played a ‘Dilscope’ for six off Edwards before gloriously stroking back-to-back fours off Benn, took the score to 47 before Benn got rid of Perkins in the sixth over.

Sarwan got the shock of his life when he tried to use the electronic bail to mark his guard and the bail started to light up when it was removed from the stumps.

However, the right-handed former West Indies Captain settled down to support Dilshan, who played an array of audacious shots, in their 31-run partnership before Sri Lankan Dilshan was caught and bowled by Cooper at 78-3 in the 11th over.

James Franklyn (16) and Sarwan (18) then saw Guyana home in emphatic fashion with 22 balls to spare.
Tonight, Jamaica led by Chris Gayle face-off with the Kieron Pollard led Barbados in the second semi-final to decide who will battle Guyana in the grand finale tomorrow.

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Limacol CPLT20 move to the final phase

image001So ends that phase of the Limacol CPLT20, everyone calling it a success. And what entertainment it has provided so far!

The organisers invite: Okay! That ends the League Phase of the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League. We now take a 3-day break and return on Thursday, 22nd August, 2013 at 8 pm local at Trinidad where Ramnaresh Sarwan’s Guyana Amazon Warriors take on the home side, Trinidad and Tobago, in the first semi-final! The following day, at 8 pm local again, will witness the second semi-final between Jamaica Tallawahs and Kieron Pollard’s Barbados Tridents. The last few days of this tournament have been action packed and we certainly hope that the final three days end in a frenzy! And we invite you to join us for the party and enjoy the carnival! Until then, on behalf of the commentators and scorers, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

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O'Brien Acknowledging his Half Century

T&T Red Steel Victory Owed to Brian Lara Says Skipper

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Bravo Attributes First Win to Lara’s Words of Advice

O'Brien Acknowledging his Half Century

O’Brien Acknowledging his Half Century

Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago – On Friday night the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel picked up its first win of the team’s four matches to date in the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 Tournament, and skipper Dwayne Bravo credits fellow Trinidadian Brian Lara for the victory.

Bravo says that Lara called and invited him over to his house for a chat, and then took some time to speak with the batsmen, which he said made a big difference to the team and helped him as a captain.

“He told me there’s a lot of outside pressure but it’s for me to stay calm and remember that I deal well with pressure.  As Coach says, the pressure is always there but it’s how you deal with the pressure.”

Kevin O’Brien who was named Man of the Match for his 70 off 47 balls obviously benefited from Lara’s words of wisdom also.

“He told us that we have to play every game as if it was the finals, and that there was a lot of pressure but that we need to embrace the pressure,” said O’Brien.  “He also told us to play the way that we know how to play but also play collectively as a team which struck home for us.”

“We really needed that win to stay alive in the tournament,” added Bravo.  “We had a good chat together as a group, starting with the Head Coach [Gordon Greenidge] and the Assistant Coach [David Williams].  We all planned very well, knowing the importance of last night’s game.  Having said that, this victory is attributed to one person, and that is Brian Charles Lara.”

The Red Steel is now on the points table with two points.  They will face the Antigua Hawksbills on Sunday, 11 August at the Queens Park Oval at 8pm EST.  The Barbados Tridents, who have won all four of their matches and lead the points table with eight, will play the Guyana Amazon Warriors at 3pm EST.

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West Indies criket legend, Sir Vivian Richars

Vivian Richards tips Caribbean Premier League to develop young players

Vivian Richards says the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League should also give the young players an opportunity to assess their professional career.

West Indies criket legend, Sir Vivian Richars

West Indies criket legend, Sir Vivian Richards

CMC, Antigua:  Former West Indies captain and batting legend Sir Vivian Richards believes the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will provide young cricketers an opportunity to display and hone their skills in a competitive environment.

In an interview, Sir Vivian said the tournament should also give the young players an opportunity to assess their professional career, reports CMC.

“It could also be that sort of a pinnacle that maybe our young professionals, or guys who are aspiring to be young professionals, can now maybe look forward to the cool and smooth T20 tournament; and now with the CPL, this could be the point where maybe the younger professionals would really like to reach,” Sir Vivian said.

“It is an opportunity for them and it is that sort of a playground for them to assess their careers and where they would like to go and hopefully with the professional stuff which has been in the area itself, it gives them an opportunity to become better professionals and something to strive for.”

The tournament includes six franchises with 15 contracted players each including a maximum of four international players and four players under the age of 23.

The teams are Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Lucia Zouks and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel.

Reacting to the non-selection of Antigua and Leeward Islands’ captain Sylvester Joseph, Vivian, who will coach the Hawksbills, said the idea was to select a nucleus of players capable of complementing each other.

“We try and look for individuals who we think can be part of a family because if it is that this tournament, the CPL, is going to be a period of about four to five weeks, we look to have individuals who want to represent that brand,” the former batsman said.

“There are certain processes that we have and everyone is on the list and the sheets that we were sent had everyone who were available and we just didn’t go in that direction, it is simple and plain as that.”

The CPL, organised by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), replaces the Caribbean Twenty20 as the premier T20 cricket tournament in the Caribbean.

The competition, which is slated to run from July 29 to Aug 26, will be played in Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
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