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Batting coach Toby Radford said West Indies once again failed to adjust to conditions in Saturday’s second Twenty20 International, and need to find answers ahead of the final game on Tuesday.

For the second straight day, the reigning World champions found themselves completely outclassed by Pakistan, this time slumping to a 16-run defeat to surrender the three-match series.

Radford said his side’s batting performance had once again been “disappointing”, pointing out that it followed a similar trend to Friday’s nine wicket loss in the opening game.

“The first power-play today and yesterday were similar. [We were] five [wickets] down yesterday, three down in the first six [overs] today and I think the big difference when you looked at Pakistan in the first six they were 38 for one [in the opening game] and 39 for one one [today],” said the Englishman, who joined the side just before the series.

“Clearly the game plan from Pakistan has been to have slow wickets, bowl a lot of spin and have very big boundaries. The West Indies are known to be a big six-hitting and boundary-hitting side and normally play on slightly quicker pitches and slightly smaller outfields but it is up to us to find a way around that.”

Chasing 161 for victory at the Dubai International Stadium in order to level the series, West Indies never got going, slumping to 19 for three in the sixth over and then 89 for seven in the 16th.

Sunil Narine, batting at number nine, top-scored with 30 while Andre Fletcher scored a pedestrian 29 but they were the only two players to pass 20 as left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir wrecked the top order with three for 13 from his four overs.

“I thought Sohail Tanvir bowled very well with the new ball tonight and picked up two wickets. I thought yesterday Imad (Wasim) picking up five wickets was very, very good,” Radford said.

“[They are] quality spin bowlers on pitches they are used to bowling on and they did a very good job. We didn’t find a way with the bat to combat that. It certainly wasn’t through a lack of effort by the players, they just found it very difficult. It’s disappointing.”

Radford was quick to praise Pakistan’s batting effort, which saw them tally 160 for four off their 20 overs after being sent in.

He said the hosts had shown the correct batting approach for the type of wicket they were faced with.

“Pakistan have bowled well and have actually fielded very well and when they batted, they showed that on a slow wicket and a big outfield it’s actually all about knocking the ball into gaps and doing a lot of running,” he explained.

“They ran a lot of twos which I think really stretched us and I don’t think it was ever going to  be a game for lots of boundaries because I don’t think it was that type of surface or that type of outfield.”

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in collaboration with Concacaf will stage a Club Licensing seminar at the Ato Boldon Stadium Press Room on Wednesday September 28th from 2pm.

This is being done the aim of establishing standards and enhancing the environment for club football to advance in the country.

The seminar, which will be conducted by Jonathan Martinez, CONCACAF senior manager for club licensing and development, is compulsory for all local Pro League and Super League clubs

The growth of leagues and clubs is directly related to key performance indicators within the areas of infrastructure, sporting, administration, finance, legal and social responsibility. CONCACAF’s club licensing program provides tools aimed at  raising the level of professionalism in league and club management.

The system aims to improve club football by setting minimum standards in key areas such as stadium safety, fan experience and youth football development. Clubs then need to meet these standards to qualify for certain international competitions.

The adaptation of club licensing at confederation and subsequently at member association level is a long-term process in which the objective is to provide essential requirements and minimum standards to further enhance club football competitions. At the end of this process, the benefits for clubs, leagues and member associations are numerous: higher level of club management, better level of home-grown players, higher level of play, increase of fans and revenues, and ultimately, better level of the national team.

Former Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop was a  key speaker at the FIFA Club Licensing Seminar for the COSAFA region held in Johannesburg in March.

The seminar is to present FIFA and CAF’s vision of what the future requirements for clubs will be in terms standardised norms across all football around the world.

“It’s vital for the long-term future of the clubs. As an example, I spoke recently with Sir Alex Ferguson and he said when he came into Manchester United, he told his board they must make the club’s academy the foundation for their growth and success, and some 26 years later we all know how successful that was,” Hislop said.

“It affords the players the opportunity to play at the highest level that their talent will take them. It also serves the clubs better in terms of their bottom line.”

National Under 17 Men’s Team Head Coach Russell Latapy has offered congratulations to the five teams from the Caribbean Football Union which have qualified for the CONCACAF Final Round of qualification for the FIFA Under 17 Men’s World Cup in 2017.

Latapy issued a statement today, also thanking members of the T&T Under 17 team for their efforts during the ongoing competition which saw Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba,Curacao and fifth place finishers Suriname advancing to the  CONCACAF Finals in Panama City next year.

“Firstly I’d like to congratulate the five teams that have qualified for the next round and wish them the best. Unfortunately for us we are not among those five teams but I want to thank the players for the efforts and time they gave in the preparations and during the matches and to the staff and the fans who supported us, also to the Football Association for trying to give us the best preparation during the time in which we were able to have two training camps inside a month,” Latapy told TTFA Media on Thursday.

“Sadly it was not meant to be for us but I’d like to tell the players to not drop their heads. They still have the remainder of their careers ahead of them and there’s a lot of football to be played.

“But one of the things I think we can take from this tournament is the spirit which we showed which allowed us to come back in two of the matches. Maybe with a bit more time together things may have turned out better. We also would have to take away  from this tournament the fact that there is a lot of work to be done if we are to compete strongly and give ourselves a good shot at succeeding at the international level.

“What will follow now is we’ll have a proper review of our showing in the tournament and put measures in place to ensure the team continues a programme. Like I said before, one of the discussions I had with the President and with the members of the technical committee was to have continuity and programmes in place where we do not find ourselves having serious preparations underway just two or three months before a tournament but that we have a system in place whereby our teams are together on a more regular basis,” Latapy added.

The former National Team Captain also issued a message which he feels is critical towards improving the development of local football and it is centred around a change in attitude and work ethic.

“It is imperative for the progress of our football that we change our mindset because what is happening is we tend to react after the fact. The mindset has to be one where are committed to stopping the short cuts that we are accustomed taking,” Latapy said.

“As a nation we tend to take short cuts and then at end of the day we want things to work in our favour or we are always hoping it will work in our favour but in order for that to really happen, we must give ourselves the best chance by having proper preparation and doing the hard work that is required for it.

“And some of the little things that make a difference is the short cuts players tend to take in training during drills or trying to stay away from putting in the extra work. The coaches also have an important role to play in breaking these bad habits. This is something in our culture and at the various levels of our football that we need to change in order for us to achieve any level of success on the international stage,” Latapy concluded.

Latapy recently agreed to a two-year contract with the TTFA as Under 17 head coach and a staff coach with other national youth teams.

Club Sando became the latest project of Angus Eve after the former North East Stars and St. Ann’s Rangers coach agreed to a three-year agreement with the Digicel Pro League (DPL) club for the upcoming 2016/17 season and onwards.

“The plan is to improve on what Sando did last season [in the league],” said Eve who wants his new side, Sando, to also push for the First Citizens Cup and Digicel Pro Bowl finals in the upcoming season. “Nothing is beyond us as Leicester City demonstrated last season [in the English Premier League]. Sando made no finals last year, so to make it to two this season will be an improvement. If we can do that then we will give a go at titles.

“But for now we are realistic,” added Eve. “Our team are young. We are not W Connection who have a very young team but very experienced due to play at the CONCACAF Champions League experience and international exposure. So it’s a matter of managing our expectations at Sando.”

The expectations are high—a top half of the table finish this season and eventually the DPL crown—from Eve’s new employers. “We don’t expect success overnight,” said Club Sando boss and San Fernando businessman Eddison “Eddie” Dean. “We are a 25-year-old club and it took us quite some time to dominate the South Zone and then it took us some time before dominating the Super League. [But] I hope it don’t take as long to dominate the Pro League.”

Since joining Sando in June, Eve has made “wholesale changes” to the club’s roster with goalkeeper Stefan Berkeley, midfielders Kevon Piper and Keron Cornwall and forward Trevin Latapy all joining from Rangers. Former North East Stars midfielder Jamaican Keithy Simpson has also reunited with Eve following a stint Finland.

Other signings include Akeem Roach (Defence Force), Leslie Russell (Morvant Caledonia United), Kevin Lewis (Police FC), Vincentian Nical Stephens (Cunupia United), Jayson Joseph, Nicolas Thomas (Point Fortin Civic) and Kaashif Thomas (San Juan Jabloteh). While Kemuel Rivers, Shaquille Holder, Akeem Humphrey, Jared London, goalkeeper Kelvin Henry and former Naparima College captains Michael Basdeo and Amrit Gilharry have all been retained. Eve has also promoted 20-year-old midfielder Anderson Toussaint from Sando’s Super League team. 

Sando made their Pro League debut last season, finishing seventh on the 10-team DPL standings under coach Anthony Streete who had led them to the Super League title the previous season and before that a runners-up finish.

But at the end of last season, Sando parted ways with Streete, who has now returned to his old employers Rangers, who failed to avoid a third consecutive cellar-position finish last season even with Eve at the helm. Credit to Eve, however, Rangers’ play showed improvement while nearly tripling their points tally from the season before under previous coaches.

Prior to his stint at Rangers, Eve had a three-year spell at North East Stars – his first position as head coach of a professional club – and led the Sangre Grande club to the 2012 Toyota Classic and 2015 TTFA FA Trophy. Also during his tenure, Eve guided North East Stars to 4th (2012-13), 5th (2013-14), and 4th (2014-15) finishes in the DPL.

Eve also had successful spells at San Juan Jabloteh (2006–2009) and Ma Pau SC (2009–2011) as assistant coach to Terry Fenwick and Michael Mc Comie, respectively, while his international coaching experience stands at having a stint as the Trinidad and Tobago Under-23 team for the 2012 Olympic qualifiers.

However it was the former Trinidad and Tobago international’s coaching success with Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) giants Naparima College over the past years, including last season’s treble (National Inter-Col, South Inter-Col and Premier League) that captured the interest of Sando, with club boss Eddison Dean a Naparima College old boy and keen supporter of “Naps” football team.

Eve said his philosophy to develop young players for the development of Trinidad and Tobago football while creating better opportunities for youngsters align with the thinking of Dean.

Eve has acquired the services of former Guyana international Charles Pollard as assistant coach and former San Juan Jabloteh and North East Stars goalkeeper coach Brian James, both who had lengthy playing careers in the Pro League.

Eve will face his former employers when Club Sando tackle San Juan Jabloteh on September 30 from 5pm at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin in the opening game of the 2016/17 Digicel Pro League followed by home side Point Fortin Civic against Morvant Caledonia United from 7:30pm to complete a South vs North double-header at the venue.


Digicel Pro League 2016/17
Round One Match Day One
Friday September 30
Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin
Club Sando vs San Juan Jabloteh—5pm
Point Fortin Civic vs Morvant Caledonia United—7:30pm

Sunday October 02
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella
Defence Force vs St. Ann’s Rangers—3:30pm

Tuesday October 04
Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar
Ma Pau Stars (formerly North East Stars) vs Police FC—3:30pm

Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
Central FC vs W Connection—6pm

Effective October 1, 2016, women’s cricketers on retainer from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will see an increase in their pay package. The number of women on retainer will also move from 11 to 15.

An agreement between the WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will see increases in annual retainer fees, sponsorship payments, match fees and captains’ allowances. The estimated increase will cost the WICB just under US$600,000 for the upcoming year. The new compensation package will benefit an unlimited number of non-retained players.

Captain, Stafanie Taylor appreciates the increase. She notes that “I believe we are stepping in the right direction. England and Australia are the two top teams where Women’s cricket is concerned and I think we can mirror what they are doing and get on their level. It’s good that the retainers and match fees have been increased and the girls love it. We hope that, as time goes by, more things will be improved.”

Former captain, Merissa Aguilleira is also happy. “I am really pleased and thankful about the increase. We have been working hard as a team with huge success. I strongly believe that an increase like this will only encourage us to work harder and continue representing the people of the Caribbean to the best of our abilities.”

WICB’s CEO says “we are hoping this new package will serve as an additional incentive for the current set of women, but will serve as a drawing card to more women to be attracted to cricket.”

WIPA President and CEO, Wavell Hinds also thinks “our women senior team has been a solid elite performing group over the last decade, as such, the improvement and security in their compensation package is well deserved. We wish the team well for their upcoming home assignment.”

West Indies women are now in camp for a home-series against England. The series will consist of five ODIs, the last three of which will count towards the ICC Women’s Championship, to be contested between October 8 and 19 at the Trelawny Multiplex and Sabina Park in Jamaica.

A win in this series for the Windies women could seal a spot in the World Cup in the UK in June next year. West Indies are in second place with 20 points behind Australia. England are currently in third place.

The ICC Women’s Championship, a multi-year bilateral competition is between the top eight international women’s sides that will lead to automatic qualification for the top four teams.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 17 Men’s Team once again showed their ability to produce a strong show of resilience and ability to bounce back but it was not enough on Tuesday night as they went down 3-2 to Jamaica in their closing Group A fixture in the Caribbean Football Union Finals at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Down 2-0 at half time and in a similar situation to that of their previous encounter against Bermuda, T&T fought themselves back into the affair to level the scores at 2-2 but the “Reggae Boyz” were just too good on the night.

T&T finished Group A in third place with three points behind winners Haiti (seven points) and Jamaica (seven points). Haiti drubbed Bermuda 5-0 in Tuesday’s earlier match in Couva.

T&T must now await the results of Group B’s closing games on Wednesday. If  Suriname loses to Cuba by two or more goals, T&T can still advance to the CONCACAF Final phase as the best third place team from the two groups.

On Tuesday night, a double by Raewin Senior in the 13th and 76th minutes and another item by Nicque Daley in the 36th minute did the job for the visitors. But a stubborn T&T outfit didn’t give in and skipper Jayden Prowell levelled the scores in the 57th minute after substitute Nion Lammy had pulled a goal back three minutes into the second half.

T&T had a somewhat sluggish start but soon found their footing after Jamaica pounced for the 1-0 lead.

A good combination between Damani Osei and Nicque Daley, led to a ball through for Senior who blasted past goalkeeper Emmanuel John from 12 yards out.

T&T had a couple good efforts near the half hour mark through Che Benny but Jamaica kept their advantage which they would double when Daley headed home from close up.

After rallying back and leaving their opponents on the blackfoot for long periods in the second half, T&T failed to finish the job and Jamaica would have the final say when Damani Osei’s left-sided cross found a lurking Senior and he made no mistake, shooting low past John for the winner.

T&T also lost to Jamaica, 5-1 in their previous meeting at this level, that time at the CONCACAF Final round in Honduras in 2015.

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