Hughes included in England squad

first_imgHughes could come back into the side at number eight at Murrayfield in the absence of Sam Simmonds, who will miss the next two rounds with a shoulder injury.Wasps forward Hughes has been sidelined for six weeks, but came through a demanding training camp last week.Head coach Eddie Jones has also named prop Joe Marler and backrow forward James Haskell in a 29-man group for the Calcutta Cup showdown after the duo served suspensions.England recorded victories in their first two matches against Italy and Wales as they attempt to become the first team to win the tournament outright three years in a row.England squad:Forwards: Dan Cole, Charlie Ewels, Jamie George, Dylan Hartley (captain), James Haskell, Nathan Hughes, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury, Joe Marler, Chris Robshaw, Sam Underhill, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams.Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Care, Nathan Earle, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Gabriel Ibitoye (apprentice), Jonathan Joseph, Harry Mallinder, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Denny Solomona, Ben Te’o, Anthony Watson, Richard Wigglesworth. Photo Getty Images. Caption: England number eight Nathan Hugheslast_img read more

“I went out at night; I didn’t want Ramos to start like this …”

first_imgDarío Silva acknowledges that Ramos made him a strong marking outside the field: “He controlled me, I saw that he controlled me to see if I continued for my house. I entered for my house but of course then at the roundabout I turned, I waited for a little while … When I saw that the lights were on in the house, I already knew that it had gone up, that I was going up the stairs, so I would go out in my car and leave. The next day he saw me and said: ‘What a pestilence you have, you can see that you went out last night!’ ‘I didn’t, I was at home now, before I left, I took a drink.’ And I always cheated him, trapdoors. “ Darío Silva, former player of Sevilla, Málaga and Espanyol, among others, stars in the next program of The Movistar Others. It will be broadcast on January 7 (10:00 p.m.), but Movistar + has offered an advance where the former leader He talks about his relationship with Sergio Ramos, with whom he agreed in Seville from 2003 to 2005, and how he tried to keep him from the “dangers” of the night.“He was young, I went out at night. I didn’t want him to start that way. Let’s see the night, maybe alcohol, women because women are more and more beautiful when you’re famous … “, begins by explaining Darío Silva. “He wanted to stick to me and I said no. I said: ‘I can’t, we can’t go out, I’m not going out.’ ‘How not? If everyone is going to leave.’ Sure, I had to take him to House”, says the Uruguayan, who in addition to being a partner was the oficial official driver ’of the now captain of Real Madrid who at that time had no driving license.last_img read more

Fede San Emeterio: “In Granada you will have to match the intensity”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 12, 2020 When analyzing the game, San Emeterio said: “It will be complicated by the push they have at home” and development: “It will be a match similar to the one here, a very physical match, closed in terms of occasions, individual struggles. We have to go thinking about what we have to go 100% to match intensity. “ Fede San Emeterio, Real Valladolid player, returns to Los Cármenes, stadium where last season he managed to ascend with Granada, team that keeps “a great memory” Y does not deny that it is “a special match, I left there very good friends, many people dear for the year so special that I spent there. ”The midfielder is sincere in stating that “We were all surprised by its performance. A little less for meeting them from last year, for the dynamics, but they were reinforced well and the truth is that it is a great season for them, surprised a little because no one expected him to be as he is, “he analyzed the Nasrids:”It is a very compact team, they play as a team, they all go to one and at home they are a little stronger “ Y He denied that it could take their toll to be immersed in the Cup: “First professional teams are prepared to competeWednesday weekend they also have a good closet bottom and we will face the game as a final. “ The player also gave his impressions on the fight for the descent: “We focus on ours which is what we can change or improve because we cannot do anything about others. We look at the classification, but we do ours, to continue adding to reach the objective “, He acknowledged that the distance of +8 would have been signed at the beginning of the season: “To have this rent we would have signed it, we are in a comfortable situation, in quotes “ Y He denied that they make them on the points of salvation: “I don’t know how many points he will be, I have not done kabbalahs and I think the team either, we are focused on what may come next weekend. These three points will be as important as the final three, the sooner we get the points to be saved mathematically, the better. “ On a personal level, Fede San Emeterio claimed to be “very happy, I have had sections playing more, less, but I feel very comfortable with my teammates, coaching staff, with everyone and very happy because the collective is doing very well and that makes everything much better “ Y appreciated the arrival of Matheus to a saturated position: “It has been very well coupled, very fast and the more people there are better for the team, which is what we all owe. It’s true that another partner in the midfield, but raises the level and competence in the workforce and for us much better “ and defined him: “He is a pretty dynamic player, with ball it is offered well, also in defense Y it is quite complete. “last_img read more

De Jong’s generosity rescues Sevilla

first_imgIt was the punishment deserved for a disastrous start of the second half and a gray first act, in which the three central system did not grant the opponent any chance but neither served to stalk the Cluj area. The grass was a good excuse, but perhaps it had more to do with the bad moment in the form of some sevillistas, mainly, its two lanes.But in Sevilla there are players with self-esteem that, even if they do not enter through the eye, they split their faces. It was the case of De Jong, who was once accompanied in attack by En Nesyri He threw the team on his back and was more than generous to give away the draw to the Moroccan in 83.He could even win Sevilla at the end but the score no longer moved. The conato of European tragedy ended with a good result for the return that does not frighten the clouds due to the bad moment of the Lopetegui’s game. The quality and generosity of Luuk de Jong saved Sevilla from a defeat in Romania that had deserved freehand for his ominous game. The team is going through a crisis of confidence that causes teams as limited as the Cluj, whose only weapon was to hang balls to the area from any part of the field, cause a state of anxiety that always ends up being reflected in the locker room. Goals1-0, 58 ‘: Deac, 1-1, 81 ‘: Youssef En-Nesyri And, for a change, the VAR was going to be the protagonist again in a Sevilla match. On this occasion without any controversy, unless it is counted as something similar to the controversy that the party delayed its start five minutes since the video arbitration system did not work. But it was fixed and go if it did, since in the 58th minute German Aytekin was advised to review some hands within the Sevilla area. And they couldn’t be clearer, since Koundé He jumped with one arm up in a natural position to dance Sevillanas in some booth of the April Fair but unnatural to play football. Deac’s penalty and goal, to which Vaclik guessed the direction of his shot But it was not enough to arrive.center_img ChangesYoussef En-Nesyri (72 ‘, Jesus Navas), Hoban (73 ‘, Constantin Paun-Alexandru), Marcos Lopes (77 ‘, Lucas Ocampos), Mario Rondón (82 ‘, Lacina Traore), Catalin Golofca (85 ‘, Omrani), Franco Vázquez (90 ‘, Suso) CardsReferee: Deniz AytekinVAR Referee: Daniel SiebertFernando (43 ‘, Yellow) Reguilón (67 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more

“The locker room takes everything the president says”

first_imgQuique Setién attended the media in the previous match that Barcelona will play against Eibar tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. -Will the match against Eibar look something like Getafe?-Each game is a new experience and they have a different analysis because the rivals propose different things. There are teams intense in pressure and you have to constantly study what the opponent does. We already assume that this team is going to try to push us up, because he likes to play in a rival field. We have been proposing things during the week to find solutions.-Messi has said that it is not enough to win the Champions League. Do you have that feeling?– There are things in which I agree and others in which I have seen how many Champions have won and I think we could have many options to win them as other teams may have. It is true that there are things to improve. We are not with everything but we are growing little by little and reaching levels that will allow us to compete with all teams.-The Barça, since its arrival, moves in institutional crisis. Does the stability of the club depend on what the team achieves?-There are many things you can think that affect us but in reality it is not so because we are focused on football issues. We are aware of what happens but I can assure you that it does not influence. We are focused on our goal, try to play well and enjoy the public and nothing else. The rest affects us little.What explanations did the president give them, did the dressing room take it for granted?Of course he considers everything the president says. I have not turned it over and with the captains we have not talked about it anymore. It is a subject that does not help us for what is not football. We leave it aside. The explanations are given and that’s it.-How did you see Braithwaite?-Surely in some game we will see it as a starter. It may be premature now. It comes in a state of suitable form but there are concepts and things that must be explained and that you must understand. It has come with enthusiasm, and we hope it helps us a lot. Definitely.-Can you play tomorrow even if you don’t start?-It’s possible.-Messi said he responded to Abidal because he felt attacked. Does it bother you that the air is aired publicly?-I own what I say and what I do. Sometimes differences happen that the ideal would always be to clarify them from you to you. But in the other things I do not enter because they are not things that affect me.– Messi also says that they easily disconnect from the matches.-We are very aware of the game we have left before facing the next three or four that will be important. And the first is Eibar. We have raised the game as if it were a final. Not only would it allow us to remain there. It would reinforce us for what is coming. As I always say, you have to do things right. And it won’t be an easy match.-He has had two clean weeks of work. It has helped? – These two weeks have been good because we have been able to work more, put more loads. But I already know the requirement. I know that I have to win every game here and play well. This is a process that may take a little longer, a little less, but I think that in all the games we have played well during times. But, except for Leganés day, we have not clearly resolved the matches. We have had the possibility of scoring many more goals and we also have the fact that we are generating less in each match. Although sometimes the feeling of danger may be higher in games against Getafe, they throw us quite a bit at the door.How do you plan to manage the issue of power plants?Either one that will play and be sanctioned will be a setback, but we have the other. What we are not going to risk is that it will happen to both of us. I have confidence in both players. The two can do well. I know the card will appear sometime and they will have to rest.When did you arrive, did you expect this volume of controversy?I have come to the best team in the world or the best. Tell me about positive things. They give me nothing. What I need is to focus on my players, convince them. Try to see what we propose in the field. The rest affects me little and I trust and perceive that the players either.Will you choose the centrals thinking about the Classic?Whoever plays tomorrow can play in Naples and at the Bernabéu. Sometimes I spend time without sleep because I have two players that are a little different and you don’t know which player is going to come best for you. Sometimes I don’t decide five minutes before, but almost.Have you asked Braithwaite?Martin is a player we had been following for some time. He is a player with conditions that will help us a lot. It is quite specific but can play in different positions and we have faith and confidence that it will help us. Not only is he a good footballer but his head works well and he is going to bring us many things.What should they improve more urgently?Everything is going more globally. This week we worked on the issue of pressure. Because Athletic already did it to us and these situations are going to be prepared by other teams. So we want to give players the tools to have a more key exit from the game. That has touched this week, but other weeks touch other concepts.To what extent can the Champions League condition the alignment?It is true that you have to take it into account but in principle I intend to win this match. And it is true that I have to take into account but of course we will not reserve anything that can help us to win this match.-Riqui Puig had a certain presence but has been losing prominence. Why?– I have already told you many times that I do not like to refer to a specific player because there are many players in the branch that are in the same position as Riqui. Earning space is not easy because they have to compete with players who are at a very high level. Riqui is doing it frankly well, like Collado, like Akieme, like Ronald Araujo. They potentially have conditions and are there. But another thing is that you consider taking out a professional who takes good. I hope to have margin. If the first staff relax, I will put them.Are you excited to debut in the Champions League?Sure, but first things first. We have a serious rival. There is hope for Tuesday to arrive. For me too. But first things first, worse Eibar and Mendilibar do things very well many years ago.What do you prefer, to be locked behind or come to look for you?The truth is that I am indifferent. Maybe they better wait for you back, I don’t know. Or that they squeeze you and find spaces. In both circumstances, the team is able to solve many situations. Although all have their difficulties.last_img read more

The stars already look at Tokyo 2020: Ramos, Neymar, Mbappé …

first_imgThe case of Kylian Mbappé (Paris, 21 years old) is similar to that of his partner Neymar in the PSG. He wants to play the Olympics and the European Championship with France. If he did, he would not have rest during the summer and could return to the discipline of the Parisian club with fatigue or injury. The president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, has made clear his intention to summon Mbappé, backed by the player himself. Although the PSG is not obliged to yield to the striker for the Olympics, not allowing him to travel to Tokyo can subject the club to eventual discrediting throughout the country. The final position of the team is yet to be known. Mohamed Salah (Egypt) Mohamed Salah (Gharbia, 27 years old) is the top reference in the selection of Egypt. Therefore, his name sounds to be the spearhead of the team that will play the Olympic Games. The Egyptian coach, Shawky Gharib, has praised Salah’s game, but it has not been clear with his eventual participation in the Japanese fair. But besides being the idol of the Egyptians, Salah is also one of the key figures of Liverpool led by the German Jürgen Klopp. If the left-hander travels to Tokyo with the Olympic team, he would miss the preseason with the English team. Some British media predict an eventual confrontation between Liverpool and Egypt in case of reaching such a scenario. Salah’s presence in Tokyo, however, remains unconfirmed.Thomas Müller (Germany) Neymar (Sao Paulo, 28 years old) has already won the Olympic gold with the Brazil national team in Rio 2016. However, the federation has initiated contacts to make the PSG star be the champion of the football team in the Tokyo tournament . The president of the institution, Rogerio Caboclo, has already spoken with Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of the Parisian team, to convince him to free Neymar for the Olympians. But the PSG faces several scenarios: that the Brazilian has expressed his desire to also play the Copa América, which would lead to greater wear; and that another of his referents, Kylian Mbappé, has shown his willingness to dispute the Olympics with France. The team’s response is still pending.Sergio Ramos (Spain) At the end of 2019, the name of Sergio Ramos (Camas, 33 years old) began ringing to reinforce the Spanish Olympic team. In case the Real Madrid defender wants to travel to Tokyo, he will have the authorization already expressed by Zinedine Zidane. His obstacle, however, is the coach, Luis de la Fuente. Although the coach has said that he does not close the door to anyone, he is expected to opt for Fabián Ruiz and Dani Ceballos as two insurances, and that the third choose between Pablo Fornals, Mikel Merino or Marc Roca. Although Ramos is among the shortlisted and, for now, there is nothing defined.Kylian Mbappé (France)center_img Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martínez (Bahía Blanca, 22 years old) is one of the players who, it is hoped, will travel to the Tokyo Olympics to reissue the gold that the Argentine national team already won at the 2008 Beijing and Athens 2004 Games The albiceleste team was crowned champion of the Colombian pre-Olympic tournament last February 9 without several of its great figures that, however, are expected to have a quota on the flight to Japan. Among them, apart from Martínez, are Ezequiel Palacios (from Bayer Leverkusen), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur) and Nico Domínguez (Bologna).Vinicius, Rodrigo and Reinier (Brazil)The search for the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Rogerio Caboclo, for the Tokyo Games is not limited to Neymar alone. His efforts are also advanced in the awnings of Real Madrid, where he plays a powerful trio that can provide the Brazilian Olympic team with special power in Japan: Vinicius (Rio de Janeiro, 19 years), Rodrygo (Sao Paulo, 19 years) and Reinier (Brasilia, 18 years old). The absence of the three can be a problem for Zinedine Zidane in Madrid, who will not be able to count on them at the beginning of the League if they go to the Olympics. In addition, they would also not have a summer vacation to prepare their participation in the Games. The wall of 23 years as the maximum age to participate in any of the football teams at the Tokyo Olympics has a crack: the possibility of including three players who were born before January 1, 1997 in the summoned group For that crack fit, among others, Neymar, Thomas Müller and Mohamed Salah. But the road has other obstacles for stars such as Argentina’s Lautaro Martínez or Frenchman Kylian Mbappé. The two, with 22 and 21 years, respectively, can have a quota in their selections. However, the dates of the Olympic football tournament (July 2 to August 9) are very close to the Copa América (June 18 to July 7) and the Eurocup (June 12 to July 12), tournaments in those who also hope to participate. Clubs have the obligation, as a rule of FIFA, to allow their players to participate in both fair jousts, but not in the Olympics. Despite that, more than one star has its head on Tokyo. We review the situation of eleven of them.Neymar (Brazil) Bayern Munich striker Thomas Müller (Weilheim, 30) is one of the players whom Stefan Kuntz, coach of the German Olympic team, wants to take to Tokyo 2020. Vetoed by the coach of the absolute team, Joachim Löw, the Bavarian player sees in the Olympics the possibility of re-dressing the Germanic coat. The attacker himself, in an interview with the German portal Sport1, on January 13, said it would be “cool” to travel to Japan with the Kuntz team, who sees in Müller an experienced and veteran player.Lautaro Martínez (Argentina)last_img read more

Adrián Ortolá only conceded one goal in the last four games

first_imgFor a while now, Tenerife is beginning to find that defensive solidity that is allowing it to score points and move away from the relegation zone. And had it not been for a penalty (indicated by the VAR) against Real Oviedo in ’87, the Blue and Whites’ goal would have been immaculate in the last month. Is that Adrián Ortolá has not fitted in three of the last four games.It is at Heliodoro where this difference is beginning to be noticed: against Rayo Vallecano, the duel ended without goals, a week later, Elche could not overcome the island goal despite being one of the most effective teams. Then came the aforementioned match against Oviedo at Carlos Tartiere and last week it was Ponferradina who could not get it right. “A goal to zero means that you score at least. You like adding three by three, but a draw is also good. The equipment is more compact and solid. In defense, we appreciate it because we will have more options to win “, Ortolá commented a few days before the suspension of soccer due to the Coronavirus.The statistics also reflect that The Tenerife goalkeeper is among the ten who have made the most stops so far in competition. The Alicante has made 74 saves, still very far from the 114 of Edgar Badía. The reading, however, is positive since the Blue and Whites are no longer shooting as much as before.Since the arrival of Rubén Baraja, the team has had a bit of bleeding to concede goals. It took a bit, but with the passing of the matches, the improvement began to show thanks, among other things, the good moment that Alberto Jiménez and Sipcic are going through, the two fixed and immovable centrals.last_img read more

Peiró’s record: the athlete who won and scored in all the finals

first_imgBut there is some curious information in his history at Atlético. He twice scored four goals. One to Betis and the other … to Seville. In the match against Betis he scored twice the goal of the lame, since he had been injured. On five occasions he scored a treble.Another curiosity is that never took a penalty. None of his 127 goals were scored from the penalty spot. In the Recopa marked 1-1 against Fiorentina and did not fail in the tiebreaker either. The rojiblancos won by 3-0, with goals from Jones, Mendonça and Peiró. Joaquín Peiró keeps a beautiful record at Atlético. Peiró, who died this Wednesday at the age of 84, is the only footballer in the history of the Madrid club to win and score a goal in the finals played. Greyhound of the Metropolitan marked in the two Cup finals (1959-60 and 60-61) against Real Madrid and also in that of the Recopa de Europa against Fiorentina, in 1962. He scored in both, because in the first there was a tiebreaker game and a second had to be played. It was Atlético’s first European title. In the first Cup final in Chamartín Atlético beat Real Madrid 3-1. They marked Collar, Jones and Peiró. It was the first cupbearer title in the history of Atlético. A year later, the final was repeated and the Chamartín stadium returned to attend a new rojiblanco victory. This time Atlético won 3-2, with a double by Peiró and both by Mendonça.last_img read more

Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgBarclays Premier League ReviewsJohn LeyCRYSTAL PALACE 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3GOALS:- PALACE: VERTONGHEN OG 30th. TOTTENHAM: KANE 63rd; ALLI 84th; CHADLI 90th.Dele Alli scored a wonder goal to put Tottenham into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. Jan Vertonghen turned Wilfried Zaha’s cross into his own net to put Palace ahead, but Harry Kane levelled. Then Alli flicked the ball over his head before volleying Spurs into the lead, while Nacer Chadli netted a late third.LEICESTER CITY 3 STOKE CITY 0GOALS:- LEICESTER: DRONKWATER 42nd; VARDY 66th; ULLOA 87th.Leicester moved three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with an impressive win over Stoke. Danny Drinkwater gave Leicester the lead before Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought of 10 hours and 17 minutes and Leonardo Ulloa completed their 13th win of the season.MANCHESTER UNITED 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: AUSTIN 87th.Southampton substitute Charlie Austin scored the winner to punish lacklustre Manchester United at Old Trafford. Austin, signed last weekend from Queens Park Rangers, rose to head home an 87th minute free-kick. At the end, United manager Louis van Gaal and his players were booed off.NORWICH CITY 4 LIVERPOOL 5GOALS:- NORWICH: MBOKAI 29th; NAISMITH 41st; HOOLAHAN PEN 54th; BASSONG 90th. LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 18th, 63rd; HENDERSON 55th; MILNER 75th; LALLANA 90th.Liverpool come back from 3-1 down to steal a dramatic last-minute winner from Adam Lallana. Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead, but Dieumerci’s Mbokani levelled before debutant Steven Naismith put the home side in front. Wes Hoolahan added a penalty, before Jordan Henderson and Firmino struck. James Milner put the away side ahead and though Sebastien Bassong netted in added time, Lallana delivered a twist.SUNDERLAND 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1GOALS:- SUNDERLAND VAN AANHOLT 45th. BOURNEMOUTH: AFOBE 13th.Patrick van Aanholt scored for the second game in a row as Sunderland came from behind to draw against relegation rivals Bournemouth. The visitors dominated the opening half-hour and took the lead through Benik Afobe’s diving header. But Sunderland hit back through Van Aanholt, who collected Fabio Borini’s through ball and shot past Artur Boruc.WATFORD 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- WATFORD: IGHALO 46th; CATHCART 58th. NEWCASTLE: LASCELLES 71st.Odion Ighalo rediscovered his scoring touch as Watford won their first league game in six. The Nigerian striker went into the game without a goal since 28 December, but finally claimed his 14th of the season when he beat the offside trap to slot in Troy Deeney’s through ball. He then set up Craig Cathcart, who drove in the second from six yards. Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles headed home in the 71st minute to set up a tense finish.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 ASTON VILLA 0Aston Villa avoided defeat for a third successive Barclays Premier League match as they held neighbours West Bromwich Albion in an uninspiring stalemate. Villa could have been awarded a first-half penalty when Jordan Ayew appeared to be fouled by Albion defender Jonas Olsson. Albion failed to register a single shot on target, although Craig Dawson headed over and Stephane Sessegnon slashed wide after the break.WEST HAM UNITED 2 MANCHESTER CITY 2GOALS:- WEST HAM: VALENCIA 1st, 56th. CITY: AGUERO PEN 9th, 81st.Manchester City lost ground on Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City as Sergio Aguero scored twice to rescue a draw at West Ham. Enner Valencia struck from inside the area after 53 seconds for the Hammers, but Aguero equalised with a penalty after he had been fouled. The hosts regained the lead when Valencia capitalised on hesitant defending by Nicolas Otamendi to stab in. However, Aguero struck from 10 yards late on to earn his side a point.last_img read more

Oral Tracey: We cannot handle success

first_imgThe Caribbean people and the Jamaican people, in particular, must be among the most talented, most creative and most resilient people in the entire world. On the few occasions when we have managed to put our collective energies together, we have been unstoppable. We seem, however, to have some serious and crippling flaws in our character, which make it most challenging for us to actually unite consistently for any meaningful cause. One such cause, West Indies cricket, has long been a victim of this debilitating fractiousness. The recent and ongoing controversy raging across the region – ironically ignited by the recent success of the regional cricket teams – the direction the rhetoric is going, poignantly highlights some of these fundamental flaws. The term ‘crab in a barrel’ has often been used to describe people who tend to pull down the progressive ones in their midst instead of supporting and encouraging their success. That is exactly what’s been playing out since the recent success of the West Indies team – in the glorious moments when the Caribbean people should be enjoying the unprecedented success of our Under-19 team, our women’s T20 team and our men’s T20 team all simultaneously boasting the status of world champions. Instead of celebrating and appreciating these rare and precious moments, the rhetoric has been toxic and the energies concentrated in the cause of tearing down the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and getting rid of its Jamaican president, Mr Dave Cameron. It is nothing short of ironic that the catalyst for this ongoing bickering was indeed our success. The incessant calls for the blood of Cameron in the instant of the region’s most successful on-field run in close to three decades, I think, merits some in-depth sociological and anthropological research. So many among us seem so willing to subscribe to the fickle notion that winning these world titles was achieved in spite of the administrators, and not because of them, implying therefore that now is as good a time as any to launch the ‘anti-WICB attacks’. Pettiness, maliciousness It would be understandable if this attitude emanated from some lofty and noble pursuit of a higher standard of consistency of excellence from our players and administrators, but the inherent pettiness and tone of maliciousness in the attacks, specifically against the board president, implies a complex and inexplicable personal dislike which defies rational discourse. In what is supposed to be one of our proudest moments, we have degenerated to our divisive worst. Not long ago, I was way down the wicket, in terms of my personal resignation to the fatal demise of West Indies cricket as an institution, after repeatedly witnessing and living the embarrassment of some stinging recent defeats in Tests and one-day internationals. Then came T20 and the near-immediate compatibility of this new format with the natural athleticism, pace and power of the average Caribbean cricketer. Flames of hope were rekindled when the West Indies went on to win the world T20 in 2012. Then came the men’s team and then the women’s team of 2016 and the historic double, as the flames were now fully ablaze. But just for a fleeting moment. Instead of gratitude and satisfaction, bickering has become the order of the day with past and current players leading the way, with the proverbial angry mob behind them. Misinformation and half-truths have permeated the air, as personal agendas have taken charge. Lost in the quagmire is another potentially inspirational and motivational gem, transformed instead into another opportunity to self-destruct. Despite the obvious redemptive value of T20 to the region’s cricket, we appear destined to drop the catch, as apparently we cannot handle success.last_img read more

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