NON-CONTRACTED PLAYERS Captain of the West Indies cricket team, Jason Holder, despite being drafted, will not participate in the upcoming inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament as he has been denied a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). In a comment posted on Twitter recently, Holder thanked franchise team Quetta Gladiators for selecting him, but expressed that he has not been granted permission to take up the offer. “Thanks @TeamQuetta for the opportunity,” stated Holder. “I was not granted a NOC by @westindies and won’t be able to join. Best wishes #maybeoneday.” Holder, one of 15 players with central-retained WICB contracts, would have joined several of the world’s leading players for the February 4-23 championship in the United Arab Emirates. These include non-contracted West Indies players Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, AndrÈ Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree. Meanwhile, the West Indies, in a response to a query by The Gleaner as to the official reason behind the non-issuance of a NOC to Holder, said it was based on an organisational policy. “The WICB has created the window for its retained players to participate in the Indian Premier League, and the Caribbean Premier League,” said WICB marketing and communications manager Carole Beckford. “The captain is among the retained players and has an obligation to participate in the domestic competitions.” The PSL, on behalf of Quetta, one of five teams down to participate in the tournament, also issued a statement on the matter. “Holder was an important part of our plans, but what can we do now,” a PSL official told The Express Tribune. “We wish him good luck for his assignment, while we’re delighted to sign such a brilliant replacement in the form of (Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara) Perera, who is a clever bowler and a big hitter.” The PSL is the latest among a flurry of national Twenty20 tournaments that has emerged worldwide since the early 2000s. Among these are the Indian Premier League, Australia Big Bash, Caribbean Premier League, South Africa Ram Slam, and England NatWest T20 Blast.
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EXETER, England (AP):Brad Smith scored for Liverpool in the 73rd minute as the English Premier League side twice hit back to draw 2-2 with fourth-tier Exeter in the FA Cup yesterday.Liverpool have never lost to fourth-tier opposition but were just 17 minutes away from making unwanted history.Tom Nichols put Exeter ahead in the ninth minute and despite Jerome Sinclair’s equaliser three minutes later, the hosts retook the lead on half-time through Lee Holmes. Smith then got the second equaliser for Juergen Klopp’s side.”It’s obvious what we have to learn in the future,” Klopp said to the BBC. “We have to be more robust. It was a difficult pitch. Exeter did really well. Maybe they know which part of the pitch you can play football. It was really difficult for us. On one-on-one situations they were more robust than our guys.”Klopp selected a squad that had 17 changes from the League Cup semi-final victory at Stoke on Tuesday against a side 76 places beneath them.Exeter went ahead when Nichols stretched for a low pass across goal from Jamie Reid and poked the ball into the bottom corner.Liverpool were level three minutes later when Exeter did not clear the ball and Sinclair steered it low past goalkeeper Robert Olejnik.Christian Ribeiro headed wide when unmarked for Exeter who retook the lead on half-time when Holmes scored direct from a corner after Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan misjudged the flight of the ball.Olejnik pushed a firm header from Christian Benteke over the bar and Liverpool equalised again when Smith hit a first-time shot into the net.
INDORE, India (AP): Virat Kohli hit his 13th Test century as India reached 267 for three at stumps on the opening day to take control of the third Test against New Zealand yesterday. Kohli was 103 not out, and Ajinkya Rahane undefeated on 79, as the pair put on 167 runs for the fourth wicket. It was a hard grind as New Zealand bowled and fielded with discipline in the 90 overs. But Kohli and Rahane didn’t give away chances with 119 runs coming in the final session. Kohli faced 191 deliveries and hit 10 fours for his sixth hundred in 17 tests as India captain. Rahane reached his 50 off 123 balls, and hit nine fours and a six overall. For the first time in this three-match series, India didn’t make too many mistakes on the first day. While it had frittered away advantageous positions in both Kanpur and Kolkata, Kohli and Rahane batted with calm and poise. They played out time even as the Black Caps restricted easy scoring opportunities and now stand a good chance of batting New Zealand out of the match on the second day. “The position we are in, we will try to bat as long as possible and get a big total tomorrow,” said Cheteshwar Pujara, who hit 41. “We will look to get at least 400 runs. And once we bowl, our spinners will have some assistance from this wicket and we will look to exploit that as the match progresses.” New Zealand came close to ending the partnership when James Neesham hit the stumps directly as Kohli scampered across for his 100th run. But Kohli had safely made the crease, much to the delight of the crowd at Indore’s first day of Test cricket. “I was at point and was pretty confident he’d drop and run to get it as quickly. So I took a couple of steps in, but Virat made ground quite comfortably,” Neesham said. BAT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
The lack of an adequate drainage system that forced play to be abandoned on day one was again in focus on day two of the third round at the Digicel WICB Four-day Championship clash between Jamaica Scorpions and front runners Barbados Pride at Sabina Park yesterday.The umpires were to forced abandon play at 4:15 p.m., shortly after tea, following a brief shower during the interval.The Jamaica Scorpions, sent into bat, were struggling at 157 for eight when play was called off, with captain Nikita Miller unbeaten on five, and Reynard Leveridge yet to get off the mark.Earlier, opener John Campbell top-scored with a stroke-filled 60, for his third half-century in five innings, with Damion Jacobs getting 30.”The weather has been kind of affecting us a bit,”‘ stated Jacobs. “The outfield, the delays, and the general conditions, but we have to keep our heads up.We have been bowling well since the start of the season, and the mindset is to just come and see how many more runs we can get,” he added.The Scorpions were 52 for five at one stage and appeared likely to fall for under 150. They were, however, kept afloat by Campbell, who struck five fours in his 142 balls innings, which lasted three hours and 24 minutes.Kenroy Williams (2-16), Kemar Roach (2-24) and Justin Greaves (2-40) were the leading bowlers for the Pride.”It is a good position to be in,” assessed Barbados coach Emerson Trotman.” I would have liked to be in a better position, of course, and would be a little bit out of our plans. But we have got to be thankful as Jamaica are still a good side.Play is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. today.
Sprinter-turned-bobsledder Carrie Russell, says that her time so far in her new sport has been bittersweet.Russell made the switch to bobsledding earlier this year and is now a brake-woman in the two-woman sled for the national team after being introduced to the sport by her coach at the MVP track club, Stephen Francis.The 2013 World Championships 4x100m relay gold medal winner says Francis wanted her to pick up bobsledding in order to regain her sprinting explosiveness out of the starting blocks.Russell recently competed for Jamaica at the North American Cup in Canada and says that the “bitter” moment came when she and pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who formerly competed for the United States, ended up crashing on the same track in Calgary, where Jamaica’s historic four-man team also crashed during the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.”If you ask me, I would say we (Jamaica) have bad luck on that track,” Russell says.”When we came off the track and I asked her (Fenlator-Victorian) what happened, she said she couldn’t talk, she was dumbstruck.”She says that her teammate has been a motivating factor for her as she has not only won medals in the sport before, while competing with former sprint hurdler Lolo Jones on the American team, but also because she kept her positive after the crash.”She said give it a next shot, we know we can do great things,” Russell says.BIT OF HISTORYThe pair is looking to create their own bit of history in qualifying for the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. They would become the first ever female bobsled team to represent Jamaica at the Winter Games.Russell says that the “sweet”, for her, is how well she is adapting to the sport.”I’m getting to love the sport and I’m getting to understand the sport more. My pilot is one of the best there is in the world. I’m looking forward to great things at the Winter Olympics with her,” she says.Russell will be back in training early next month ahead of Jamaica’s next two outings in the North American Cup but she says that the public can also expect to see her at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association All Comers track meets early next year. She will be returning to the track to attempt to prepare for next summer’s National Senior Championships and is hoping is to make Jamaica’s team to next year’s IAAF World Championships in London.
Last 5 results:Jamaica 1 – 0 SurinameGuyana 2 – 4 JamaicaJamaica 0 – 2 HaitiPanama 2 – 0 JamaicaUruguay 3 – 0 Jamaica Coach of Jamaica national men’s senior team Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore says local based players will be given sufficient opportunities in upcoming friendly internationals against the USA and Honduras next month.Whitmore has been preparing a squad of locals for games against the Americans on February 3 at the Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, starting at 7:30 p.m. (local time) and Honduras on February 16, which will also be played in the USA.Following the training camp, a 20-man team will be selected this weekend ahead of their scheduled departure on February 1.However, with a number of professional players from Major League Soccer expected to be added to the squad for the games, Whitmore made it clear that players from the local leagues will get their chance to make an impression.”We want to strike a balance between the local players here and the players in the MLS who are in off-season,” Whitmore told The Gleaner yesterday during a training session at Stadium East.ENOUGH CHANCES”Every game that the national team plays is important, but we don’t want to overemphasise, we want the players to go out there and get the experience, especially the local players, as we always hear the cry that locals are not getting enough chances to represent the country,” Whitmore added.”We want to make the local players going forward the head cornerstone of the programme, something similar to when we qualified for the 1998 World Cup final in France. We have some young players here, and the aim is to expose them to what international football is about,” the coach informed.The training squad includes two schoolboy players in Jourdaine Fletcher from Cornwall College and Fabian Grant of Kingston College.”What we don’t want to do is put these schoolboys under pressure to perform; we just want to nurture them and try as much as possible to integrate them into the senior programme. There is no doubt that they have the quality, but at the end of the day we have to look out for their welfare. They are in school so we have worked out a plan for Fletcher as he is from the west, so we had to sort out the best way for him to continue education, while in the programme,” Whitmore also added.Meanwhile, Fletcher who was the top goal scorer for daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College is confident that he can be included in the team.”It is a great feeling being among senior players. I will just try to keep the focus. I know that it is a faster pace but I’m used to that as I played three years for Falkland in the Western League and now at Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League,” Fletcher said.Reggae Boyz FIFA Ranking – 77
Ahead of the mid-March launch of the international promotional campaign for this year’s Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, the Half Marathon race event has been selected among the Best Half Marathons around the world in 2016. The award was the result of a survey among members of the 100 Half Marathons Club based in the USA. This is a racing club of members who have completed 100 lifetime Half Marathons and some members completing up to 300. “This great news has come as we get ready to kick off a vigorous promotion of this year’s sporting event at the Dallas Rock & Roll Marathon on March 17 and 18, with the support of the Jamaica Tourist Board and Reggae Runnerz ,” said Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, Race Director of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. Reggae Runnerz comprises runners from various running groups across the USA who come together to “run … where the sun meets the sea”. Francis said during the upcoming promotion in the USA, a representative of the Reggae Marathon team will be at the Dallas Rock n Roll Marathon Expo, together with the Dallas-based representative of the Jamaica Tourist Board and members of the Dallas-based Reggae Runnerz, who have attended the Jamaican annual race event in previous years. INCREASE INREGISTRATION Since registration opened on January 1 for the 2017 Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, the event has recorded an increase in registration over the 2016 numbers for February. Last year, more than 2,300 persons from 37 countries registered for the event. Among the countries which sent delegations for the first time were China, Malaysia, Turkey, and Guadeloupe. There were also athletes from South Africa, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and the Russian Federation, among others. In 2016, the Reggae Runnerz group of the USA brought a contingent of 342, while first-timers included Team Diabetes from Canada. Other notable teams came from China, USA, Japan, and France. In declaring that there was an increase last year in teams from the Jamaican community and corporate Jamaica, Francis said, overall, Jamaica had the largest group of participants, followed by the USA and Canada.
THE SAME FATE Foster’s Fairplay has never been a supporter of the good must suffer for the bad way of thinking. This is because it provides less incentive to do the proper thing. Equally, there is a strong feeling in this corner that those who do wrong should be punished. Putting together the two sentiments as expressed, gives birth to a dilemma in which there is a struggle to come up with the right formula. This is the situation that track and field the world over is facing following a European Athletics lobby. The group has put forward a suggestion, which in the view of this columnist, can best be described as scandalous. Coming after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruling that there should be re-testing of athletes’ samples retroactive to the Beijing Olympics of 2008, the Europeans are taking it a step further. Their wish is that all world records in the sport be cancelled once they were achieved prior to 2005. From that year, a new compilation process would start. As a result, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will consider the matter at its next Congress to be staged during the London World Championships, this summer. A decision will be taken among the other geographic areas whether the idea should be ratified. Foster’s Fairplay is adamant that give the thumbs up to the thought of rewriting the record books would be a step in the wrong direction. Admittedly, there are existing marks that defy the wildest imagination as to how they could possibly be legitimate. A look at all the women’s track events from 10.49 in the 100m and 21.34 in the 200m by the now deceased Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 all the way to Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czechoslovakia’s incredible 800m time of 1:53.28, is more than enough to make the point. The 47.60 by the East German Marita Koch over the quarter mile attacks sane thinking even more forcibly. The fact that no athlete, faster tracks notwithstanding and even alleged and admitted substance assistance, has come close, strengthens the case against their authenticity. With all that in mind, one can understand that a sport frustrated by the knowledge that there is no irrefutable evidence on which to cancel performances as those mentioned is seeking a solution as that born of the Europeans. What they desire for approval is being carried on the crest of a wave that had its genesis in that frustration. It should not be ignored that the positive tests that have emanated from the WADA retesting, could have been the trigger that set off this latest decision. However, it should not be allowed to stand. There are athletes who campaigned in the period pre 2005 whose excellence is on the back of hard work, dedication, rigid, uncompromising discipline, and an undying effort to be the best in their event. They have worked diligently at establishing a template by which challenges have been conquered and injuries tackled and overcome in their quest to reach the top of their event. What is the message being transmitted to them? Why must they now suffer due to an accident of birth? The European way should not be shown the light of day. It only pampers to convicted drug cheats who might be seeking company with those who have never been found guilty of any illegal act, but now are likely to suffer the same fate. The president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Dr Warren Blake has come out strongly against the European view. Meanwhile, IAAF President, Lord Sebastien Coe, himself a former world record holder, in talking to a section of the British Press, diplomatically said “I welcome the debate.” He went on to explain the process going forward which, according to him, could include counterproposals. Foster’s Fairplay has a request for the local boss. Sir, you too need to make a bolder move by communicating your thoughts to your regional supporters. They need to prepare themselves to vote alongside you against the ‘scrap them all’ lobby and have it turned down. The athletes, including Jamaica’s own Merlene Ottey, are under threat of their legacy being tarnished. It is essential that the opposing vote be loud and clear. Let us not have anyone abstain this time. – For feedback: email firstname.lastname@example.org
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