Bravo pulls out of World Cup – T&T batsman to focus on four-day championship

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Left-hander Darren Bravo yesterday became the third player to pull out of the troubled Twenty20 World Cup squad. Following the high-profile withdrawals by Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine last week, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that Bravo had also opted out of the squad in order to be available for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day championship. In a letter sent to the board, Bravo said that while he was “very grateful and humbled” to be selected, he preferred to focus on developing his game in the longest format. “I’m of the firm belief that I have a very big part to play in the resurgence of West Indies cricket in the longer formats of the game, and I will like the opportunity to play in our Professional Cricket League (PCL) because it will put me in good stead and will allow me to achieve those goals that I have aligned myself for the year 2016 and beyond,” the Trinidadian said. Selectors will now mull over yet another replacement after having to find alternatives for Pollard and Narine. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was named to replace Pollard while, yesterday, the board said that Barbados off-spinner Ashley Nurse had been chosen in Narine’s absence. Nurse has played four Twenty20s for West Indies and 60 overall. Pollard said that he had not fully recovered from an injury sustained last December, while Narine indicated that work on his new action had not been completed. He is currently banned from bowling in international cricket. Meanwhile, the remainder of the squad have all signed their tour contracts for the March 8 to April 3 ICC tournament in India. Fears of a player boycott were heightened last week when T20 captain Darren Sammy wrote to the WICB on behalf of the squad to indicate their discontent with the pay structure. In the communication, Sammy said the players “cannot accept the terms on offer”, but in a subsequent radio interview in Trinidad, he said the squad always intended to contest the World Cup and would sign the contracts. The WICB said the new terms of the contract had been hammered out almost 10 months ago in conjunction with players’ union, WIPA, and had been communicated then to all players.last_img read more

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Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgGOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: GRADEL 37th; KING 50th; COOK 78th. SWANSEA: BARROW 39th; SIGURDSSON 62nd.Bournemouth claimed valuable points with a third successive league win against Swansea. Max Gradel put the home side ahead. Modou Barrow replied for the Swans, before Joshua King restored Bournemouth’s lead, only for Gylfi Sigurdsson to level. But Steve Cook headed in late on to clinch the win for the Cherries.NORWICH CITY 0 MANCHESTER CITY 0Manchester City’s title hopes suffered a huge setback as they drew at struggling Norwich and are now nine points behind leaders Leicester, who play tonight. Norwich came closest to a goal when a 25-yard Patrick Bamford shot hit the crossbar. The home side might even have stolen a late winner, but Graham Dorrans put a shot wide when well placed.STOKE CITY 1 SOUTHAMPTON 2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 3 SWANSEA CITY 2 GOALS:- STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC 52nd. SOUTHAMPTON: PELLE 11th, 30th.Graziano Pelle scored twice to send Southampton up to seventh place in the Barclays Premier League. Pelle, who had not scored in his previous 12 league games, struck twice in the first half with a header and a low shot. Stoke replied in the second half when Marko Arnautovic flicked in from close range. The Saints finished with 10 men when Sadio Mane wasdismissed for an elbow late on.last_img read more

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Big names set to sizzle at MVP meet

first_imgRaymond GrahamGleaner WriterToday’s MVP Track and Field meet will take focus inside the National Stadium this evening, with the promise of top quality athletics, given the early form shown so far this season.Following last Saturday’s outstanding performances from several of the country’s top senior athletes including an world leading equalling 11.07 seconds in the women’s 100m from Elaine Thompson, fans are in store for three hours of top class performances once again with the main event expected to start at 3:00pm because of the overwhelming support of entries.Meet organiser Paul Francis is excited about the meet and the support it has received.”We have received over 400 entries and because of this we will have to start a bit earlier, running several heats but the main event with the top seeded athletes will commence at 5:00pm,” said Francis.With this being the last chance for athletes to sharpen up ahead of the Penn Relays it should be great competition for both high school athletes as well as those from clubs and colleges.The Penn Relays will take place in Philadelphia, USA between April 28 – 30.Besides the 4x100m and 4x400m there will be action also in the 4x800m relays with 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, 110m hurdles along with 400m hurdles also facing the starter.An exciting battle is expected in the men’s 100m as former world champion Yohan Blake of Racers Track Club will lead a high quality field with the likes of Sprintec’s Rasheed Dwyer, MVP’s Andrew Fisher and World Championships 200m finalist Zharnel Hughes all posing a threat.World Championships bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson is also expected to feature in the women’s 400m event.Following her defeat to GC Foster College’s Rhonda Whyte in the women’s 400m hurdles, Edwin Allen High schoolgirl Shannon Kallawan, will be hoping to avenge that defeat when both clash once again in an event, which also includes some of the country’s top athletes who will be bidding for spots on Jamaica’s team to the Rio Olympic Games.These include the likes of Sprintec’s Ristananna Tracey, MVP’s Nikita Tracy and the University of West Indies’ Rushell Clayton, who will be defending her collegiate title at the Penn Relays.Today’s meet will also be a good opportunity for high school teams in the relays. Following two sub-40 seconds clocking so far this season, Kingston College led by Jhevaughn Matherson and Akeem Bloomfield will be hoping for another big performance but with defending Penn Relays champion Calabar expected to insert outstanding Class II athlete Christopher Taylor in their line-up, this could make it more difficult for the North Street – based team.Both teams will be pitted against Racers and MVP units, which will also be interesting to see how the schoolboys do against their seniors.Among the girls Penn Relays favourite St. Jago is expected to parade their strong 4x100m team, which is expected to include the likes of Kimone Shaw, Shaniel English and Shanice Reid.However, defending Penn Relays champion Edwin Allen with the likes of Patrice Moodie and Shellece Clarke along Holmwood Technical with Ashley Williams and company could make it difficult for the St. Jago quartet.TODAY’S ORDER OF EVENT5:00 P.M: 4X100M FEMALE5:00 P.M: LONG JUMP MEN5:10 P.M: 4x100M MALEDISCUS FEMALE5:20 P.M: 800M FEMALE5:25 P.M; 800M MALE5:35 P.M: 400M HURDLES FEMALE5:40 P.M 400M HURDLES MALE5:50 P.M : 4X800M FEMALE6:00 P.M: 4X800M MALE6:10 P.M: 400M M FEMALEDISCUS MALE6:20 P.M: 400M MALE6:30 P.M LONG JUMP6:45 P.M: 200M FEMALE6:55 P.M: 200M MALE7:10 P.M: 100M H FEMALE7:15 P.M; 110M H MALE7:55 P.M: 4X400M FEMALE8:00 P.M: 4X400M MALElast_img read more

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