Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) First Vice-President Robert Chung says it is moving for a dissolution of the board of directors at the Don Anderson-led Institute of Sports (INSPORTS).Chung says the INSPORTS board’s refusal to restore administrative director Ian Andrews’ signing power, despite instructions from the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance, plus continued breaches in the said matter, has forced its hand, and it has started putting its case together.He also said the board is yet to provide any evidence of wrongdoing by Andrews, whose authority was unconstitutionally downgraded.”We have started to put together our case that the Government dissolves the board. There is nothing else we can do as a union, but put forward our case to say these are the things that we are seeing and that they are in breach of the public-sector governance, so we are asking that the board be dissolved and a new board put in place because something has to give,” Chung informed The Gleaner.”There will be review of the material this Friday … . We have to cross the t’s and dot the i’s when it comes to the legal requirements,” he noted. “It takes a little time to do that, maybe another week, as we have to be sure of what we are doing, as we are not making any mistakes. We have solid grounds and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) does not move until we have solid grounds,” he stated.INSPORTS is in a bind because of the impasse.Staff and creditors of the government-run agency are being significantly impacted as health benefits and personal deductions for staff, which have been signed by Andrews, are not being co-signed by Anderson or any other board member.Also, some creditors who have rendered services in various sports development programmes carried out by the government organisation cannot be paid, as Anderson refuses to co-sign the cheques with the administrative director.compensationOnly recently, one creditor, Edward Cooke, filed for compensation by the agency through his lawyer, for monies ($619,000) owed by INSPORTS.In separate interviews pertaining to both issues, Anderson declined to comment directly, noting that he would be careful in his assessment.In the meantime, Chung said the board has stepped out of bounds.”… We are seeing that the board is doing some things that are in breach of government policy in dealing with public entities and there is nothing before for us to represent him (Andrews) on. And a public entity (INSPORTS) is not able to function properly and give the Jamaican people what they are paying for,” he divulged.”Here is an organisation that is supposed to develop sports at the grassroots level … because Jamaica is doing very well in sports and we want to be able to continue that and the only way we can continue that is to have an organisation like this (INSPORTS) performing effectively and efficiently.”This (board’s action) is killing the tree from the root,” he said.
Points standingP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Leicester 28 16 9 3 51 31 20 572. Tottenham 28 15 9 4 49 22 27 543. Arsenal 28 15 6 7 44 28 6 514. Man City 27 14 5 8 48 31 17 475. Man United 28 13 8 7 37 26 11 476. West Ham 28 12 10 6 42 31 11 467. Stoke City 28 12 6 10 30 33 -3 428. Liverpool 27 11 8 8 41 36 5 419. Southampton 28 11 7 10 35 28 7 4010. Chelsea 28 10 9 9 42 38 4 3911. Everton 27 9 11 7 49 36 13 3812. Watford 28 10 7 11 29 29 0 3713. West Brom 28 9 9 10 29 36 -7 3614. Crystal Palace 28 9 6 13 31 37 -6 3315. Bournemouth 28 8 8 12 32 44 -12 3216. Swansea City 28 7 9 12 27 37 -10 3017. Sunderland 28 6 6 16 34 53 -19 2418. Norwich City 28 6 6 16 31 53 -22 2419. Newcastle United 27 6 6 15 27 50 -23 2420. Aston Villa 28 3 7 18 22 51 -29 16
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):The vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Emmanuel Nanthan, yesterday launched a major broadside against Darren Sammy 48 hours after he led West Indies into the history books by becoming the first team to capture the T20 World Cup twice.Nanton has blasted as “irrelevant, demeaning, insulting, and unfortunate” comments made by Sammy minutes after West Indies pulled off a stunning four-wicket victory over England to seal the title.Sammy courted controversy when he hit out at the WICB for its lack of support and praised Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell and CARICOM for messages of support, which inspired his team.”So to try to make it look like the board was inefficient in any way is rather unfortunate,” declared Nanton in a radio interview in Dominica.”To spoil what was a tremendous achievement for the Caribbean civilisation with comments that are totally irrelevant and demeaning and insulting to the Caribbean people I believe was rather unfortunate”.Contracts disputeSammy’s comments were also made against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse.The WICB vice-president also took issue with the players for complaining about a reduction in their fee structure for the World Cup while not disclosing increases in fees for the regional competition.”So the players complained that for the World Cup, their fees went down maybe by US$20,000 or thereabout. But they did not say that the week before they got the World Cup contract, all of them signed contracts for the regional competition, where their fees went up by US$80,000, $140,000, $145,000, and $75,000. They did not say that,” said Nanthan.”But they are saying that they had a loss of US$20,000 each on the World Cup. The World Cup is every other year. Our regional competition is every year. So really and truly, they weremaking noise for losing $20,000 on one side but gaining $150,000 or $280,000 in some instances on the other hand and never ever said that to anybody.”Praised new managerOn Sunday, Sammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to solve a uniform problem during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.But Nanthan has dismissed Sammy’s comments on this issue as misleading, blaming the impasse for the delay in printing numbers on the uniforms.”The date was coming. The players had not consented to go to play, so the company delivered the uniforms without the numbers in them because we were not sure which players we going to play,” he said.”So when the logistics officer left the Caribbean for Dubai, he had a ticket in his hands to go to pick up the uniforms in Calcutta, put the numbers on them, and carry them himself to the team well before the World Cup.”Earlier, the WICB, in a release, had described Sammy’s comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation with a view to taking necessary action.Nanthan’s comments are likely to fuel more tension between the champion West Indies side, which has garnered massive support in the region, and an embattled Dave Cameron-led WICB, which is coming under mounting public pressure to step down.
netball play-offsThe organisers of the South East St Catherine Netball League shared that most things are in place for a successful staging of the three-day play-offs slated for next week.Four teams, Pro Santos A, Express All Star, Progressive Strikers and Passagefort Strikers will play off for the fourth and final semi spot. The play-offs start on Saturday, January 9, and is over three days. Based on form, Pro Santos A and Express All Star should be the two teams that will fight for that one spot.Cross-zone phase begins in Manchester major leagueThe Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League will resume today following the Christmas break with the start of the cross-zone phase. One match will be played today and five tomorrow.When the first phase comprising round-robin zone games ended, Mile Gully and Ricam were the respective zone leaders.Today’s lone match will see Georges Valley hosting Land Settlement at the deCarteret College playfield.Tomorrow’s schedule features a double-header at the Downs’ community centre. In the first game at 1:30 p.m., Alligator Pond will host Hillstars, while around 3:30, the home side, Downs, will take on Comfort.The rest of games see Porus hosting Greenvale, Old England vs Villa, and in the most anticipated match-up, the respective zone leaders will meet at Mile Gully.Mile Gully have mined 13 points from five games, the same as Ricam.Ricam are Manchester in KO clashDefending champions Rivoli United tackle Portmore United in an all-Premier feature semi-final match-up in the FLOW-sponsored St Catherine FA Happy Sutherland Knockout Competition at the Spanish Town Prison Oval scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2016.Bodles will take on Royal Lakes in the opening semi-final game at the venue.Rivoli boot Old Harbour Bay United 2-0 in quarter-final action recently, and Bodles eliminated Frazsiers Whip 2-0. In other quarter-final games, Portmore United defeated Marcus Garvey 2-0 and Royal Lakes clipped Dunbeholden 2-1.All in place for ready for BraetonCedar Grove Estate FC go into their York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two midseason final match against Braeton United bubbling with confidence.”We are well prepared for this encounter, mentally and physically,” said Bryan Cunningham, the president of Cedar Grove Estate FC. The match will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2016, instead of the previously announced Sunday, January 3, 2016, at the Cedar Grove playfield starting at 3 p.m.Despite the delay, Cunningham, believes that won’t bother his team, which include the strike force of Stephen Squire, who has scored three times thus far. He insists that this year, they will go to the next phase, which is the St Catherine FA Division One. Last season, they lost to Hellshire 1-0 in the league final.Portmore, Rivoli KO championsRicam Academy won their first major senior Manchester Football Association title when they defeated Hillstars on penalties to take the Brumalia Hardware-sponsored Knockout Cup.The final, which was contested at Brooks Park earlier this week, saw a 1-1 draw following regulation and extratime.Ricam were deserving winners, having been the most assertive team throughout the match. They, in fact, rocked Hillstars early when Kemar Ricketts scored in the 26th minute.They looked like sealing the title as, in time added on, Hillstars added life to the game and ensured extra time, when their best player, Jermaine Green scored in second-half added time.MRPC says thanksThe management of Mandeville’s professional shooting range facility, the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), has said thanks to its club members and patrons throughout the year.They also state that they will continue to promote the benefits of professional shooting.In a new year’s release signed by club president Orville Henriques, the MRPC recognises that shooting is still an emerging sport but an important component of raising the awareness of safety in today’s Jamaica.”Our club continues to attract licensed firearm holders, but realises it has a central role in providing a top-class facility for the development of professional shooting,” read the release. “Professional shooting is important in fostering a stable culture of firearm acquisition and mastery and controlled use.”The facility, which is approved by the Firearm Licensing Authority of Jamaica and which also works closely with Central Dealers, the only approved facility for firearm purchases in central Jamaica, is opened to the public seven days a week. It hosts competitive matches each Sunday and competitive practice shoots on Wednesdays. The club also hosts a monthly match, which is open to all professional shooters and which adheres to international rules and organisation. Cedar Grove
KINGSTON: Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says a meeting will be convened with members of the organising committee – headed by Jason McKay (at the earliest possible date) – with a view to seeing how best the Government of Jamaica can assist in successfully hosting the 2018 International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships (ISKA). “I am very delighted and excited by the fact that we have won the rights to host the 2018 International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships,” said Grange. “It is an indication that the world of karate and kickboxing believes that our people have the ability and capacity to execute at a very high level.” Since the announcement, Grange has alerted technocrats within the ministry to the endless possibilities of hosting the championships, all in an effort to ensure that the sport and the country is positioned to maximise on the gains to be derived. “This is a massive boost to Brand Jamaica and is a challenge all of us must embrace. It is another opportunity to promote and raise awareness about our rich cultural heritage and generate revenue to the economy,” she said. “Coupled with our world-class hospitality industry, I am confident that many of our guests who will attend this event in 2018 will happily return to our shores thereafter.” Jamaica was announced as the chosen destination for the 2018 edition of the championships during the just-concluded ISKA World Championships in Germany, which was held from May 18-22. “Special commendations to the martial arts community and all other stakeholders for the role they have played so far, but rest assured that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is committed to ensuring that the 2018 ISKA World Championships will be a huge success in all areas,” she added. The sports minister also commended the entire combined martial arts team that went to the World Championships in Germany.
Past The Finishing PostTrack:Good Weather :FineORVILLE CLARKE TROPHYRace 1 1700 M (Purse $580,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #4 BRIDLED PRINCESS SMuir 53.52. #9 MINY LEE SEllis 54.0 3/4L*3. #1 VESPERS JPatterson2 51.0 3-3/4L4. #6 BURLIN NBerger4 49.0 1-3/4LWIN: $455.00PLACE: $113.00, $69.00, $101.00Final Time : 1:50.2 Splits : 25.0, 49.4, 1:15.4, 1:43.2Winner : 4yo b filly – BRIDLED QUEST – KAM TO THE WORLDTrainer : CLIFTON MCLISH Owner : CLIFTON MCLISHBred by TREVOR R. JAMESQu: $868.00 Ex: $1,295.00Superfecta: $22,102.00BRIAN RICKMAN TROPHYRace 2 1100 M (Purse $850,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #8 MARKET FORCE BebHarvey2 54.02. #9 GREAT FAITH PFrancis 52.5 1/2L*3. #6 AKASH SEllis 53.0 1/2L4. #11 WONG DON RHalledeen 54.0 2LWIN: $128.00PLACE: $53.00, $59.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:07.2 Splits : 23.2, 46.3Winner : 2yo b colt – ADORE THE GOLD – YOU CAN’T HIDETrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : HAM STABLES LIMITED (COMPANY)Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $289.00 Ex: $510.00D/E: $724.00Superfecta: $900.00(JR. WHOPPER) 2-Y-O JUVENILE SPRINTRace 3 1300 M (Purse $1,000,000) NB2-Y-O GRADED STAKES1. #6 MR. UNIVERSE JInnis3 54.0*2. #5 ARMAGEDDON OWalker 54.0 8L3. #2 VERY CLASSIC SEllis 54.5 3-1/4L4. #3 LADY FAYE AChatrie 52.5 4-1/2LWIN: $126.00Final Time : 1:18.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.1, 1:11.0,Winner : 2yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT – RAGING FURYTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $98.00 Ex: $259.00D/E: $276.00Trifecta: $121.00Rolling Triple: $2,903.00BK BEST BREAKFASTRace 4 1200 M (Purse $550,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JULY 12(DIV.I)1. #1 POCKET MONEY ARobles 52.02. #9 LEGAL ACCOUNT HPottinger2 51.0 Neck3. #3 MAGIC CITY OEdwards3 50.0 3-1/2L4. #12 EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS VNajair 51.0 Neck*5. #6 DUTCHESS URIEL PFrancis 50.5 4LWIN: $2701.00PLACE: $677.00, $94.00, $257.00Final Time : 1:17.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 9yo ch horse – TRADITIONAL – TROPICAL WAVETrainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : JOHNNY WILMOTBred by STEPHEN & W.P. VALENTINE CHUNGQu: $2,463.00 Ex: $11,029.00D/E: $3,205.00Trifecta: $7,645.00Hi-5 carry-over: $113,340.50Rolling Triple: $13,350.00Pick-4: $50,000.00INVITATIONAL MILERace 5 1600 M (Purse $1,350,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES (INV/H – CAP)*1. #6 BRAWN AChatrie 57.02. #7 HOUDINI’S MAGIC SEllis 54.5 1L3. #4 HOVER CRAFT OWalker 53.0 Neck4. #2 A THOUSAND STARS JInnis3 47.0 1/2LWIN: $136.00PLACE: $58.00, $55.00, $69.00Final Time : 1:37.3 Splits : 24.0, 46.1, 1:10.4Winner : 4yo colt – SARAVA – LA FAYETrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : MICHROSBred by SCF, INC DBA SOUTHERN CROSS FARMQuinella : (6,7) $153.00 Exacta : (6-7) $395.00D/E : (1-6) $5,322.00Superfecta : (6-7-4-2) $515.00Rolling Triple : (6-1-6) $17,727.00BK BEST BREAKFASTRace 6 1200 M (Purse $550,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JULY 12(DIV.II)1. #5 EXPRESS TRUCK JJackson 55.02. #7 WAR CHIP AndreePowell4 46.0 5-1/2L3. #11 TO THE WORLD RHalledeen 53.5 2-3/4L4. #2 SOJOURNER TRUTH OSimpson 51.0 1L5. #9 VERONICA B DAThomas 50.0 2-1/2LWIN: $241.00PLACE: $97.00, $314.00, $201.00Final Time : 1:16.0 Splits : 23.3, 48.1Winner : 7yo ch horse – REGION OF MERIT – PITTER PATTERTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : GARTH SAMUELSBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $827.00 Ex: $2,018.00D/E: $882.00Trifecta: $3,087.00Hi-5: $321,145.50Rolling Triple: $73,161.00Super-6: $327,534.00CARIBBEAN SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPRace 7 1200 M (Purse $1,750,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES (GR.I – INV)1. #1 CAMPESINO RHalledeen 57.0*2. #5 BUZZ NIGHTMARE ISpence 57.0 1-1/4L3. #4 CHACE THE GREAT OWalker 55.0 2-1/4L4. #2 ROYAL ASSAULT LSteadman2 57.0 1-1/4LWIN: $363.00PLACE: $97.00, $63.00, $98.00Final Time : 1:10.4 Splits : 22.3, 45.3Winner : 6yo b horse – COMPADRE – YAELLATrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $169.00 Ex: $975.00D/E: $3,773.00Superfecta: $5,990.00Rolling Triple: $11,714.00DR. PAUL WRIGHT TROPHYRace 8 1300 M (Purse $818,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*JOCKEYS VS APPRENTICES DUEL*1. #2 MEMORY OF TS DDawkins2 53.0*2. #13 BIG AL SEllis 55.0 1-1/2L3. #3 NINELIFECAT RLahoe 55.0 3-1/2L4. #4 WHITE RUSSIAN AChatrie 53.0 3/4L5. #10 BUCKALUCK JErwin 53.0 NeckWIN: $174.00PLACE: $73.00, $67.00, $218.00Final Time : 1:21.4 Splits : 24.2, 48.2, 1:14.1,Winner : 3yo gr filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – SAFE LANDINGTrainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner : CUDSBred by COURTNEY WALSHQuinella : (2,13) $197.00 Exacta : (2-13) $432.00D/E : (1-2) $2,055.00Trifecta : (2-13-3) $2,926.00Hi-5 : (2-13-3-4-10) $27,269.00Rolling Triple : (5-1-2) $13,372.00Pick-4 : (6-5-1-2) $37,840.00I LOVE MY WHOPPERRace 9 1820 M (Purse $580,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. #8 SPORTING CLAY AndrePowell3 52.02. #1 STORMONTHESEA AntThomas4 50.0 1-3/4L3. #9 EAZY STEPPING SMuir 53.5 5L4. #7 MR. ROMANTIC HPottinger2 52.0 1-1/2LDNF #4 SHELLIAN GREY SEllis 53.5 12/1Late scratch : #11 PLAY STATIONWIN: $354.00PLACE: $204.00, $221.00, $569.00Final Time : 2:00.1 Splits : 27.1, 52.1, 1:18.4, 1:45.1Winner : 5yo b gelding – URBAN KING – DANCIN ROSETrainer : ERROL POTTINGER Owner : V. & O. RACING STABLESBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $1,544.00 Ex: $2,145.00D/E: $1,400.00Superfecta: $107,348.00Rolling Triple: $14,810.00Pick-8: $1,942.00LINDY DELAPENHA TROPHYRace 10 1300 M (Purse $818,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO(NW3)-REST. STAKES*1. #9 CHOO CHOO BLUE RHalledeen 54.02. #1 SOY EL SENOR DDawkins2 49.0 14-1/2L3. #5 MISTER BONES AndreePowell4 48.0 3-3/4L4. #4 AFRICA JPatterson2 48.0 Head5. #7 QUEEN OF BAGDAD JErwin 53.0 NoseLate scratch : #11 DR. TRAINWIN: $119.00PLACE: $76.00, $143.00, $112.00Final Time : 1:17.1 Splits : 23.3, 45.4, 1:10.1,Winner : 3yo b filly – COWTOWN CAT – CHOOBLOOTrainer : PETER MCMASTER Owner : MISS SUCKIEQu: $1,630.00 Ex: $1,733.00D/E: $637.00Trifecta: $1,544.00Hi-5: $112,037.50Rolling Triple: $3,321.00BURGER KING SUPERSTAKESRace 11 2000 M (Purse $4,500,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES (GR. I – INV)1. #8 BIGDADDYKOOL LSteadman2 54.02. #1 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 57.0 Neck*3. #5 SEEKING MY DREAM OWalker 57.0 4L4. #9 PERFECT NEIGHBOUR OFoster 57.0 2LLate scratch : #7 PHINEASWIN: $157.00PLACE: $65.00, $75.00, $61.00Final Time : 2:06.2 Splits : 24.1, 49.0, 1:13.1, 1:38.3Winner : 3yo b colt – SORRENTINO – BEWARE BABYTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $391.00 Ex: $840.00D/E: $597.00Superfecta: $912.00Rolling Triple: $4,039.00KARL ANGELL TROPHYRace 12 1400 M (Purse $818,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2)*1. #8 SUNDANCE DDawkins2 54.02. #10 DREAMING THE CODE AndreePowell4 49.0 Nose3. #2 BLUE PEPSI LINKS BebHarvey2 53.0 4-1/2L4. #3 OLD BRAETON RLahoe 54.0 2-1/4L5. #1 DUSSELDORF LSteadman2 54.0 1-1/2LWIN: $150.00PLACE: $75.00, $85.00, $108.00Final Time : 1:26.1 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:12.1Winner : 3yo colt – COWBOY CAL – POWER TO PLEASETrainer : IAN PARSARD Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by IAN PARSARDQu: $528.00 Ex: $1,014.00D/E: $686.00Trifecta: $945.00Hi-5: $87,899.50Rolling Triple: $2,324.00Pick-4: $12,084.00Super-6: $119,386.10Pick-9: $5,704.00 (7 of 9) $136.50 ( six of nine) Carry-over : $1,408,673.70
The West Indies’ visually impaired cricket team’s Jamaican players have received a sponsorship of just under $3 million to compete in the 2017 T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind in India at the end of the month.The Sports Development Foundation (SDF) has contributed $2.2 million of this, with another $750,000 coming from the Jamaica Cricket Association.Sports Minister Olivia Grange said that the team still needs all the support it can get, especially financially, and has urged corporate Jamaica to get on board to help to cover other expenses the team still has.”There is still a shortfall and I will continue to lobby on behalf our visually challenged cricketers. They deserve this opportunity to compete against the best players in the world. They have always represented their country and the region with distinction and I know they will do so again. I appeal to corporate Jamaica to get behind our visually impaired cricketers and help them to get to the World Cup,” the sports minister said.The donation was made to the team on behalf of the Jamaica Visually Impaired Cricket Association as the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind had requested that each player gets funding from the respective territories. This meant a higher figure was needed for the Jamaicans as eight of them make up the 11-member squad.Minister Grange and SDF general manager Denzil Wilks both assured the team that the donation would not affect funds to be given to the Jamaicans at a later date as they look to defend their regional title.SENSE OF OPTIMISMThe team had faced the threat of withdrawing from the competition because of a lack of funds, but as they now look towards their opening game against the hosts on January 31, squad member Jason Ricketts said that there is a renewed sense of optimism in the camp.”We’re confident,” he says. “I’m not gonna say that we’re gonna win (the entire competition), but we’re in a better position now and actually feeling better than a week ago.”His teammate Mark Sweeney said that the donation has him motivated even more to make the region proud.”I must say that I am feeling a sense of relief,” Sweeney said. “I really want to go and represent my country and the region. We’re going out there to give it our best, nothing but the best.”Ricketts said that the uncertainty over participation has affected the team’s training, but they will make the most of the remaining time.”It’s (preparations) not as smooth as we’d want it to be, but we just have to work with the limited time and resources that we have and try and make it work when we get down to India.”The 2017 T20 World Cup for the Blind will run from January 28 to February 12.
RUBBING SHOULDERS PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago captain, Carlos Edwards, has hailed the appointment of former national teammate Dennis Lawrence as men’s senior team head coach. The 42-year-old Lawrence was announced by the T&T Football Association on Saturday to fill the post left vacant by the resignation of Belgian Tom Saintfiet. “I think it’s a really good decision. His passion and commitment to the game is second to none. From the time he started accumulating his coaching badges, he dedicated everything to himself and his development in order to fulfil his ambitions,” said Edwards, who along with Lawrence were members of the T&T side which made history by qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “I think this opportunity now is the best thing for Dennis and the country on a whole. “He will always be the man who played a critical role in taking us to the 2006 World Cup with his efforts throughout the campaign and the goal against Bahrain and now with his experience and being in the Premiership has made him into a better coach, rubbing shoulders with the best coaches and players in the world.” Lawrence played 89 times for T&T and is best remembered for the goal against Bahrain in a two-legged qualifier which saw the country clinch their spot at the World Cup for the first time. He spent several seasons at Welsh side Wrexham where he played alongside Edwards, and also turned out for Swansea City and Crewe Alexandra. Edwards, who also played with Lawrence at local side Defence Force, said his former teammate possessed the qualities needed to be successful in his new post. “He has the sixth sense about the game and his leadership will be valuable. Obviously he will have his own methods of coaching and dealing with the players. “From his days at Defence Force where we played together, you could see something special in him and his desire to coach at the highest level and he has maintained that passion past his playing days.”
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