Tony Becca: ICC chairman says no to Big Three

first_imgThe West Indies Cricket Board’s dream of collecting US$10 million from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the next eight years, starting in January, appears to be over. This is based on the stance of the new president of the ICC, Shashank Manohar, who is also the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The money was supposed to be payable to the West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan for their support of cricket’s “Big Three”, India, England, and Australia, in their move to take over the ICC early last year. In any language, that is a lot of money, and it is a lot of money for doing nothing, except, possibly, for supporting the “Big Three” in their bid for control of the ICC. That figure represents the money for the Test Match Fund promised to the full members of the ICC, with the exception of India, England, and Australia, and it was promised to them for their support in the much-maligned bid. Lest you have forgotten, the aim of the Test Match Fund was “to encourage Test match cricket” outside the “Big Three”. According to the ICC, with all but the “Big Three” suffering loses when they play each other, it was likely that the money would be used to offset these loses. Recently, for example, Sri Lanka lost some $648,000 while hosting the West Indies. In announcing the release of the funds recently, the ICC did not, however, make mention of the terms of usage, or how it would hold the Boards accountable to the objective of encouraging Test cricket. Maybe the ICC did not have to, or did not intend to, if the money was really for the Test Match Fund and was something of an attraction, something like a bribe, to get the seven to vote for the “Big Three”. SECRETLY TALKED ABOUT BULLYING Remember, the takeover, as it was reported, was secretly talked about privately for some time before it became public, and when it came out and was met with opposition, the deals followed. The deals included plans for more Test matches and more money for the smaller teams, and two countries, New Zealand and the West Indies, supported the move, while Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan were all against it. The promise of money won the day, with Pakistan, the last join in, saying it was difficult to stand alone. The pieces of silver may not now arrive, and some of the seven may be disappointed, including the West Indies, who gave away their right, the right to have a voice around the table, the right of equality, and the right for which their predecessors had fought for so long and so hard. Maybe the West Indies four-day professional league is not now guaranteed. The “Big Three” takeover, however, may now end up as nothing but a nightmare, or a bad dream, and as an embarrassment to India, England, and Australia, and also the West Indies. Two Wednesdays ago, it was reported by that Manohar, the present and new chairman of the ICC, the man who is also the new president of Indian cricket, and the man who succeeded N Srinivasan, the former Indian Board president, had criticised “the imbalance of power within cricket’s governing body” because of the constitution revamp last year which gave the boards of India, England, Australia “greater authority and a larger share of the revenue”. That is interesting: an Indian against an Indian, and Manohar could make all the difference, especially as England, one of Srinivasan’s supporters, is now, it is reported, supporting Manohar. Speaking in Dubai a few days ago, Manohar called the revamp “bullying”, while saying that “there were several faults in the ICC that he hopes to rectify during his term as chairman, which ends in June 2016”. The faults include his disagreement with three countries “bullying” the ICC because of his belief that “an institution is bigger than an individual”, his disagreement with the ruling which says that “all the three countries will be automatically represented on all major committees”, and his disagreement with the fact that “all the financial and commercial aspects of the executive committee will be controlled by the representatives of the three countries.” According to Manohar, “You should have the best man, whether he comes from Zimbabwe, or the West Indies, or even from an associate or affiliate to work on a committee, that will protect the interest of the ICC.” Under the new governance structure, while the BCCI president became the chairman of the ICC, the Cricket Australia chairman heads the five-man executive committee, and the England and Wales Cricket Board president continues to head the ICC’s finance and commercial committees. In January 2014, a draft, done by representatives of India, England, and Australia, was presented to the ICC. The draft was a revenue-distribution document and it proposed, among other things, such as the return to the days of colonialism, that India, England, and Australia get a greater share of the ICC’s revenue. The new chairman of the ICC, the new president of the BCCI, and the man who follows the recent president of the BCCI and the chairman of the ICC into office, said that he does not agree with the revenue-sharing formula simply because, “while it is nice to say that India will get 22 per cent of the total revenue of ICC, you cannot make the poor poorer and the rich richer only because you have the clout”. Early last year, people like Eshan Mani of Pakistan, Malcolm Speed and Malcolm Grey of Australia, Saber Hossain Chowdhury of Bangladesh, Ali Bacher of South Africa, Mike Atherton of England, and Clive Lloyd of the West Indies saw the light and spoke out against it, loud and clear. Today, apart from England’s Giles Clarke, it is Shashank Manohar, the president of the all-powerful BCCI and the chairman of ICC himself, and his stance is strongly supported by members of the cricket fraternity, among them, Cricket South Africa, which has expressed “enormous delight”, and Sri Lanka Cricket, which calls Manohar “a sensible man”.last_img read more

Give locals a chance, says Dr Paul Wright

first_imgLast week our under 17 Reggae Girlz left Jamaica to compete in the women’s CONCACAF Championships in the Caribbean island of Grenada. Our young teenage footballers had been crowned the Caribbean Football Union champions last year and after a preparation which included a training camp in Florida that head coach Lorne Donaldson described as “useful”, expectations were high.The pre-qualification hype suggested that other than the mighty USA, Jamaica should easily qualify for the next stage, which is the ultimate prize, the Under 17 World Cup. Jamaican football fans, anxious for another appearance of the national team in a World Cup Finals might be forgiven for thinking that this team of young girls comprised young Jamaican footballers who played football in this country under trying conditions, with the hope of representing their country in competition.No such luck. The team selected to play in the first game against the mighty USA comprised of seven American and four Canadian players, who have legitimately qualified to represent Jamaica in this tournament.No local-based player was good enough to make the cut.The quaint and old fashioned idea of international competition being the best of ours against the best of yours has once again been abandoned in the desperate attempt to win. Apparently, development will come later.Unfortunately, our girls lost to the USA 8-1.Our next game against Costa Rica saw our young girls leading 2-1 before eventually effectively bowing out of the tournament by losing 3-2. Today we play defending champions Mexico. Hopefully some of our local footballers will get a game as there is no chance of our qualifying and there is very little difference in losing 1-0 or 6-0.What would be different would be the fact that local footballers gained valuable experience in playing in a World Cup qualifying tournament against superior opponents. The lessons learnt in that match cannot be duplicated in a practise or ‘friendly’ game.Jamaica’s football is in crisis. That fact seems lost on the hierarchy of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), who constantly look overseas for talent when contemplating selection for international competition. Once you have an accent you are in.What kind of system is that? How can our local players improve? Why are our local coaches, those who constantly win local competitions, always overlooked for someone who trains abroad. Why is it not possible for the coach of the Barbican women’s football team who have yet to lose a match in two years been asked to coach a Jamaica team? Why is it not possible for the coach of Jamalco and other local netball teams asked to coach a Jamaica team? Why is it that the coach of the Jamaica cricket team, who has coached the team from first to last in the past two (or is it three) years not relieved of his duties?These are questions that need answers. These answers will only come when we-the-people demand it.I’m of the opinion that those in charge of our local sporting organisations have some other agenda than developing local talent. God bless our track and field athletes who have shown that there is absolutely nothing wrong with Jamaica. In fact, foreigners leave their first world countries to train here in Jamaica, while we the leaders of our other sporting organisations constantly look abroad for talent.Things can change. Recent happenings give me hope. Swimming has seamlessly changed leaders. The other sporting organisations have leaders who are prepared to defy the courts, Prime Ministers and fans, while desperately clinging on to power. Let there be power to the people.last_img read more

Are we serious with our cricket?

first_imgThe talent of Jamaicans when it comes to sports is undisputed. Our fellow citizens, men, and women excel when their raw talent and innate ability are harnessed, and coached, then compared with athletes from anywhere else on the planet in competition. Yet, there are some sporting activities, where, despite our obvious skill, world domination is always just out of reach. I submit that the reason for this is the lack of administrative and facility support that our sportsmen and women are faced with, day in and day out. In cricket, Jamaicans and West Indians are tethered to the bottom of the pile when Test, one-day, and T20 cricket-playing countries are rated by accepted international rating systems. And yet, when teams are selected for world-class competition, our cricketers always seem to be “must-picks” and are afforded the chance to earn vast sums of money. It is, therefore, obvious that the administration of the sport is the main cause of the lack of success when a team of these same players is selected for competition. The present abrupt suspension/dismissal of the West Indies coach, Phil Simmons, is a case in point. Mr Simmons was selected to replace the previous coach, who seemed to have a passion for reprimanding and trying to stifle any player who demonstrated obvious skill (to the extent where his services were in demand worldwide) but who refused to be treated as if he was a child in school. Simmons started his stint by opening lines of communication with these superbly talented but out-of-favour gentlemen and genuinely seemed to believe that fences had been mended, to the extent that the chairman of selectors and the newly installed captain of the team agreed with the proposed names for the Sri Lanka tour. We now know (thanks to the coach himself) that two of the world’s greatest exponents of the shortened form of the game were excluded by “outside forces”. The prime minister of Grenada has already signalled his discomfort, but we all know that that is all it will be, “His discomfort”! Except for a few minor rumblings, the team will go to Sri Lanka minus the best players. Are we serious? Are we going to allow this travesty of justice to continue? It is said that “the key to success and happiness is to find a middle level. The one problem with sport is that there is no middle ground … sport is all highs and lows. That brings out things in people that normally wouldn’t surface. A lot of good men become Jekyll and Hyde and everyone they touch suffers”.last_img read more

Former rider named chief steward in California

first_imgARCADIA, California (AP):Darrel McHargue, who, as a jockey, won the 1975 Preakness Stakes and has been a racing official for 27 years, was named to the newly created position of chief steward in California.The California Horse Racing Board announced yesterday that McHargue will handle daily supervision of all stewards at the state’s racetracks. Executive director Rick Baedeker says the board’s goal is to be consistent in the interpretation of racing board rules statewide.McHargue has been a California steward since 1990. He begins his new job on December 26, when Santa Anita’s winter meet opens. He will work with stewards to review race films and discuss and evaluate decisions and rulings.The 61-year-old McHargue won an Eclipse Award in 1978 as the nation’s outstanding jockey.last_img read more

Pollard outshines Russell

first_imgPAARL, South Africa (CMC): Kieron Pollard’s cameo trumped Andre Russell’s as his Cape Cobras beat Knights by four wickets in the final over, in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge yesterday. Chasing 141 for victory at Boland Park, Cobras got home when Pollard smashed a four off the third delivery of the over from seamer Shadley van Schalkwyk, to seal a comfortable win in the end. The right-handed Pollard finished on 23 not out from 12 deliveries, with three fours and a six while Justin Ontong top-scored with 40 from 42 balls and opener Richard Levi, 36 from 23 deliveries. With 16 needed from the last two overs, Pollard put his side on top when he blasted a four and a six in the penultimate over bowled by West Indies teammate Russell, which leaked 14 runs. Russell finished with two for 43 from his four overs of medium pace. Earlier, the Jamaican struck 27 from 20 balls to help Knights reach 140 for seven off their 20 overs, after they were sent in. He belted one four and two sixes, and put on 51 for the fourth wicket with Theunis de Bruyn who top-scored with 45 from 44 deliveries. In Johannesburg, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo failed with two as his Dolphins went down by six runs to Lions.last_img read more

Smith dazzles, Bravo holds nerve as Lions win IPL thriller

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (CMC):West Indies opener Dwayne Smith stroked an up tempo half-century, while seamer Dwayne Bravo remained calm under pressure to bowl a decent final over as Gujarat Lions held on to beat Delhi Daredevils by a single run in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Playing at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Lions piled up 172 for six after being sent in, with the right-handed Smith carving out 53 and opening partner Brendan McCullum top-scoring with 60.In reply, South African Chris Morris hammered a career-best unbeaten 82 to get the hosts within touching distance of their target.However, with 14 runs required from the final over, Bravo managed to hold his nerve and see the visitors over the line.The victory was Lions’ fifth in six outings and it pushed them top of the standings on 10 points, two ahead of the chasing Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi, meanwhile, remained third on six points.FLYING STARTSmith and McCullum gave Lions a flying start, putting on 112 off 64 deliveries.In only his second game of the IPL, Smith faced 30 deliveries and clobbered five fours and three sixes, while New Zealander McCullum hit six sixes and three sixes in a 36-ball knock.Smith eventually fell in the 11th over when he missed one from leg-spinner Imran Tahir, which skidded on and was lbw. His wicket signalled a collapse, which saw six wickets tumble from 30 runs.Seamer Dhawal Kulkarni then grabbed three wickets to stun Delhi and leave them on 16 for three in the fourth over before Morris and JP Duminy, with 48 off 43 balls, came to their rescue. Morris faced only 32 balls and slammed four fours and eight sixes, while Duminy hit three fours and a six off 43 deliveries.Bravo claimed one for 40 from his four overs, but more important, managed to keep Morris quiet in the final over.last_img read more

Jamaica seek vital point

first_img Although he thought they should have taken the three points from Haiti, which ended with 10 players, he felt the result was fair. “We can’t just assume that because the other team went down to 10 men that we are going to win the game and we don’t want to feel comfortable getting a point either. The result is a reflection of the game. We had the better of the chances and maybe should have won the game, but they gave it their all and their best and Haiti did the same, so it was a fair result,” he said. “Both teams played well and went at each other from end to end. We did well to dominate the game, we had significant moments for portions of the game. It was the kind of game we expected from Haiti, but it’s the kind of game that will help our boys get stronger as the competition progresses,” he added. FAIR RESULT Jamaica need only a point from their final Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 Championship Group A game against hosts Trinidad and Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium this evening – starting at 7:30 p.m. – to secure their place in the CONCACAF Finals, set for next April and May. The young Reggae Boyz share the lead in the group with Haiti on four points, but lead with a better goal difference. Trinidad & Tobago are next with three points, after coming from 2-0 down to defeat Bermuda 3-2. A draw for the Andrew Edwards-coached team would ensure at least a second-place group finish and a place in the semi-finals, which also guarantees them passage to the CONCACAF Finals. “We can never guarantee results, but we want to guarantee our supporters that we will be giving the best effort. We have scouted the Trinidad team, and we have prepared our technical plan. We have worked out how we want to play against them in offence and defence and in transition, and we believe we are a better team, man for man,” he assessed. “But they will have crowd support and we expect the stadium to be full to capacity and for them to give us a real fight, but we know that we have to go out and perform really well, and if we do that, the result will favour us,” he commented.last_img read more

Clarke Wants Big Home Showing

first_imgThe second staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic will be held this Saturday at the home of defending ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ champions, Calabar High School. Head coach of Calabar Michael Clarke has called on the school’s fans to support the meet in what he calls great numbers as his team is expecting another strong performance. “We want our home fans to help in celebrating the achievement of our success at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships last year, and we are hoping for them to come out in large numbers on Saturday as the team will be making a big statement in its bid to defend its title in a few months, despite it being early days in the season,” Clarke said. A few of his top athletes will not be opening their 2017 campaign as yet, but according to Clarke, this will not detract in the quality of performances expected. “Chris (Christopher Taylor), Michael (Stevens), and Dejour (Russell) will not be competing on Saturday as they started their preparation late, especially Chris. We do not want to push them into early competition, but the team has enough quality for great performances,” Clarke continued. He said that preparation has gone very well so far and that his boys are ready for any challenge. “I am extremely happy with our preparation so far, and after their performances at the Douglas Forrest meet last week, there were no surprises as the guys executed what they had been doing in training,” he said. At that meet, the Calabar team dominated in all areas, especially in Class One, where coming into the season, critics said that they were weak. The likes of sprinter Taraj Smith, who clocked 23.27 seconds in negative wind, to defeat Kingston College’s top man Terrique Stennett in the Boys 200m Class Three sprint; and long jumpers Nicolloyd Brown and Jordan Turner, with distances of 6.06 and 5.95 metres respectively, were the standouts for the Red Hills Road-based team. “Every year is a new challenge and every team has a chance to win, and we are very happy for them all to be ambitious. We will not change our strategy in preparation, and we will always be ready for any challenge. The boys are being meticulously prepared and are ready for any challenges,” he said.last_img read more

Juve too strong for Porto

first_imgPORTO, Portugal (AP):Two second-half substitutes came on and quickly scored as Juventus beat FC Porto 2-0 yesterday after playing with an extra man for an hour in the Champions League Round-of-16 first leg.Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves broke through with goals in the 72nd and 74th minutes to give the Italian champions a commanding advantage.Porto’s Alex Telles was sent off in the 27th minute after a pair of rash fouls.Juventus hemmed Porto in their area and Pjaca scored five minutes after coming on.Alves was even quicker in finding the net two minutes after joining the game.Also yesterday, Sevilla beat Leicester 2-1 in Spain.Porto’s Telles was sent off after the left back cut down Stephan Lichtsteiner, just two minutes after a yellow card for his studs-first tackle on Juan Cuadrado’s heel.TEAM RESTRUCTUREPorto coach Nuno Espirito Santo took off striker Andre Silva, who has scored five goals in the competition this season, and restructured his defence with Miguel Layun.But Layun was at fault in Pjaca’s goal when he deflected Paulo Dybala’s pass to the Croatian midfielder inside the box.Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas had made an earlier save to frustrate Gonzalo Higuain, but the Spaniard could do nothing to stop Alves when he received a cross from Alex Sandro at close range.While the former Real Madrid goalkeeper had a busy night for the hosts, Casillas’ counterpart, Gianluigi Buffon, barely had to intervene at the Estadio do Dragao stadium. The two veteran goalkeepers embraced after the final whistle.Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci missed the match as punishment for his outburst aimed at coach Massimiliano Allegri. Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini were both back after the defenders recovered from thigh injuries.The second leg is in Turin on March 16.last_img read more

‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds in SEAG

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “I’m not guaranteeing that [we’re going to get all the gold medals] but I can tell you that they are very determined to get the gold medal.The boxers are currently training in Guangzhou, China. The team returns on July 22 and will leave for Malaysia on Aug. 17 three days before the competition unfolds.“We hope the exposure the boxers are getting are enough. There’s no excuse for failure because they’ve been given exposure and equipment,” said Picson.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano CJ Perez backs up the hype in Pirates debut Charly Suarez (light welterweight), Eumir Felix Marcial (middleweight), Carlo Paalam (light flyweight), Ian Bautista (flyweight) and John Martin (light heavyweight) are carrying the country’s fight in the sport.“At the risk of sounding immodest, six,” Picson told reporters during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum when asked about ABAP’s end goal in the SEA Games. “I think we have a pretty solid team in the SEA Games.”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’Picson is convinced the boxers have what it takes to deliver.“We’re not going to send a boxer that has no chance of winning. I believe that all our boxers are capable,” Picson said. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Great Britain’s Joseph Cordina (R) fights Philippines’ Charly Coronel Suarez during the Men’s Light (60kg) match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro – Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZAssociation of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines is not guaranteeing anything when it comes to the Philippines’ bid in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur next month, but it’s not tempering expectations either.Abap executive director Ed Picson on Tuesday said ABAP is aiming to sweep all six gold medals at stake in boxing tournament of the biennial meet.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)last_img read more