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Atlético de Madrid has another rival for Milik: Schalke

first_imgThe last one, in Germany. Schalke 04. This was revealed in the last hours by the Italian press, that the Germans, even, would have made Naples an offer of 25 million, quantity above that offered by Milan. The figure, however, is still far below what De Laurentiis, president of Naples, asks for Milik. 40 million. A sharp amount, since the footballer ends his contract in 2021 and this is the last summer in which he can receive money for his sale.His club has tried to renew him, but so far they have not reached a common point, since the footballer asks for a salary of five million euros a year. His arrival at Atlético would be linked to a sale of a footballer: Thomas Lemar. The Frenchman, the most expensive signing in the Atletico history (70 million) until the arrival of João Félix (127), has neither succeeded nor convinced and it seems that it will be the letter from which Simeone will come off in the next market to ease the drowning staff salary and be able to make room for what you so long for. The goals. The fight for Milik is open. Atlético needs goals and directs its eyes to Naples. There Arkadius Milik plays, striker of 26, and one of the names that the rojiblanco club manages to reinforce his forward. The rojiblancos’ transfer policy is like this: the sports management manages and studies three names and finally it is Simeone who decides one. Lacazette, Timo Werner and Milik can make up that list. Although the rojiblancos for the Polish do not stop emerging competitors.last_img read more

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Midfielder Angela Sosa, a sure value for Atlético

first_imgAn attacking level that leads you to be the top scorer of the team, tied with ten goals by Brazilian star Ludmila, and the player who has participated the most in the goals of the mattress team. With this, there is no doubt that bland it is an indisputable pillar for Atleti, especially this year, in which the rojiblanco team is not showing he great level of the previous three seasons, in which he won the league title three consecutive times. Also, Sosa is the only red and white footballer who has participated in 27 games (21 in the League, 4 in the Champions, 1 in the Cup and 1 in the Super Cup) contested by the team this season. An untouchable role that has been earned. In it, Atleti has undeniable success.Publisuites Atlético has found in Ángela Sosa one of his most precious values. With an unbeatable continuity in the last three seasons, practically participating in all encounters (92 games played), the midfielder has gradually acquired a decisive role in the team. its scoring nose and his great game vision They make Seville one of the most decisive players in the Atletico squad. A rating backed by its colossal engine room performance and their great goalscoring figures: 28 goals in the last three years.Since his arrival at Athletic in 2014, being one of the players older women of the team, Sosa has been gaining more weight little by little, managing to be last year MVP and top assistant of the league. The Andalusian has not lowered her level this season. If not the opposite. He has already equaled his best scoring mark of the last years (10 targets) despite the fact that there are still nine league competition matches and at least two Champions League matches. To the goals five league assists and an endless number of passes in goal plays are added.last_img read more

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LaLiga says that the judgment of the Osasuna Case confirms that premiums to third parties are a crime

first_imgLaLiga, as with the rest of the judicial decisions, respects the terms of the Judgment, adopted unanimously by the members of the Tribunal, in which condemns the crime of sports corruption in art. 286 bis of the Penal Code to professional soccer players that, on the date of the facts subject to prosecution, they participated in their competitions. In front of executives, there was already the precedent of Judgment 283/2018 of the Criminal Court No. 1 of Girona that resolved the so-called “Racing-Girona” case, and in which LaLiga also acted as a private prosecution. Furthermore, the Judgment emphatically resolves that the so-called “bonuses to third parties for winning” are crimes.The Judgment, on which there is still an appeal, reinforces the work that LaLiga has been doing for years in the fight against corruption and to defend the integrity of football competitions against any form of adulteration, be it predetermining a result or trying to adulterate the course of the competition ”. The Professional Soccer League issued a statement on the resolution of the Osasuna Case, by virtue of which the Provincial Court of Navarra has sentenced nine of the eleven accused to prison terms, in which it affects premiums to third parties, which the judgment considers as a crime.In the note, he highlights that the resolution of the case has been possible thanks to the accusation of the League itself and the Prosecutor’s Office, in its attempt to preserve the integrity of the competitions.The League note reads as follows:“The Second Section of the Provincial Court of Navarra has notified Judgment No. 111/2020, of April 23, in which it resolves the procedure called as the” Osasuna “case, in which LaLiga has exercised the private accusation.last_img read more

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first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECHBELLERIN, GABRIEL, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,CAMPBELL, OZIL,WALCOTT,GIROUDNEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)MITROVIC,COLBACK , WIJNALDUM, PEREZ,ANITA, SISSOKO,DUMMETT, COLOCCINI, MBEMBE, JANMAAT,ELLIOTOn Monday night Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League. And with Leicester drawing 0-0 a day later, Arsene Wenger’s men stay top, albeit on goal difference.The Gunners are unbeaten at the Emirates Stadium since the opening day of the season, when they lost to West Ham. Since then, Arsenal have won six and drawn two at home.Mesut Ozil made one goal and scored another against Bournemouth – his 16th assist of the season,The game also saw Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech keep the 170th clean sheet of his Premier League career, a new record in the competition and achieved in just 352 games. Previous record holder David James kept 169 clean sheets in 572 games.Now Arsenal face a Newcastle United side with only five away goals this season, the fewest in the Premier League.When these teams met at St James’ Park earlier this season Newcastle had Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off after just 16 minutes and lost 1-0 thanks to a Fabricio Coloccini own goal.That was Arsenal’s eighth straight win against Newcastle in the Premier League and extended their unbeaten run against them to 10 games. The Magpies last beat Arsenal in November 2010, at the Emirates. Since then they have lost four in a row while conceding 16 goals.Arsenal test Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Flamini but are still without a host of key players including Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. Newcastle test Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse and Rob Elliot.last_img read more

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Horse Racing Results

first_imgTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. RIO COBRE OWalker 55.02. *EDISON DaneNelson 54.0 2L3. LADY SHANKARI AChatrie 51.0 1L4. MISS JUANITA OWhite 51.0 4LLate scratch : #1 DWAYNE STARWIN: $90.00Final Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, ,Winner : 8yo dk b/br horse – CHELSEY CAT out of CHELSEY’S FINEST byTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ELIZABETH A. DACOSTA & DERRICK C. SMITHBred by NANCY C. SHUFORDQuinella : (2,6) $72.00 Exacta : (6-2) $123.00Trifecta : (6-2-5) $390.00Race 2 1500 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,000-$210,000)/ NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. *LEGENDARY PLEASURE LSteadman3 54.02. #1 PERSIAN BELLE JErwin 56.0 2 1/4L3. #6 PLAY STATION SMuir 52.5 3/4L4. #8 TECHNOCAT DDawkins4 49.0 4 1/2LWIN: $166.00PLACE: $73.00, $68.00, $113.00Final Time : 1:36.2 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:13.0,Winner : 6yo ch horse – WAR MARSHALL out of FIGHT FOR PLEASURE by FIGHT OVERTrainer : CHIN,WILFRED A Owner : THE BUSINESSMANBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (1,9) $200.00 Exacta : (9-1) $486.00D/E : (6-9) $308.00Superfecta : (9-1-6-8) $1,412.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. MY FAVORITE DANCER AMartin 54.02. *QUEEN OF THE TOWN JErwin 55.0 1 1/4L3. THEGREATALLIANCE DBadaloo 54.0 1 1/4L4. MR. MUSMAKIT OEdwards3 50.5 2 1/2LDNF #8 ROYAL PRIESTHOOD SMuir 53.0WIN: $134.00PLACE: $72.00, $62.00, $119.00Final Time : 1:40.2 Splits : 25.1, 49.3, 1:16.1,Winner : 5yo b filly – DISTORTED out of THE WHITE WITCH by SPLINTER REDTrainer : TULLOCH,CONROY D Owner : UNCLE BOBBred by KENUTE BIGNALLQuinella : (7,9) $129.00 Exacta : (7-9) $242.00D/E : (9-7) $546.00Superfecta : (7-9-5-2) $5,032.00Rolling Triple : (6-9-7) $1,673.00Race 4 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE(DIV.I)1. *PROUD PRESIDENT AChatrie 56.02. DUSSELDORF AMartin 56.0 7L3. RAJPUT RAJA LSteadman3 54.0 1 1/2L4. CORALANDO RMairs 53.0 3/4LDNF KEEPIN THE LINKS JErwin 56.0WIN: $102.00PLACE: $68.00, $183.00, $148.00Final Time : 1:22.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, 1:14.3,Winner : 3yo b colt – TAQARUB out of ALMOST PRESIDENT by REAL QUIETTrainer : MCINTOSH,MICHAEL G Owner : T.Y.S. RACING STABLESBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (2,5) $516.00 Exacta : (2-5) $964.00D/E : (7-2) $309.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. ANOTHER BULLET BebHarvey3 52.52. PIZARRO OEdwards3 50.0 4 1/2L3. MARKOFAPRINCE CChow 53.5 Neck4. STORMING DDawkins4 48.5 1 1/4LWIN: $278.00PLACE: $95.00, $162.00, $236.00Final Time : 1:00.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – NASHEET out of WISELY NOTED by WISED UPTrainer : FRANCIS,EVERAL C Owner : TAINIYA S KERRBred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITEDQuinella : (1,9) $2,504.00 Exacta : (9-1) $5,127.00D/E : (2-9) $713.00Superfecta carry-over : $114,468.25Rolling Triple : (7-2-9) $2,933.00Superfecta : (2-5-7-8) $7,899.00Rolling Triple : (9-7-2) $1,643.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE(DIV.II)1. *MEGATRON SEllis 56.02. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 52.0 1 1/4L3. IAN LINKS JInnis4 48.0 1/2L4. MACALLAN DaneNelson 56.0 Nose5. DR. TRAIN RHalledeen 56.0 9 1/2L6. LUCKY NINE JErwin 56.0 1/2LLate scratch : #9 TWILIGHT CATWIN: $85.00PLACE: $66.00, $206.00, $106.00Final Time : 1:21.2 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:13.2,Winner : 3yo rn colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of CHIKINEY by SLICK TRICKTrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Quinella : (5-12) $1,057.00 Exacta : (5-12) $882.00D/E : (9-5) $785.00Trifecta : (5-12-7) $2,006.00Hit-6 : (5-12-7-10-4-8) $162,714.50Rolling Triple : (2-9-5) $2,376.00Pick-4 : (4-4) $5,348.00Super-6 : (6-6) $14,367.70Race 7 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES & MARES1. *KACI DaneNelson 53.02. FREE RANGE OBennett 53.5 9 1/2L3. CHEXIMAKIT AMartin 53.5 3 1/2L4. LEILANI KPowell 53.0 1 1/4L5. PRINCESS STATISTIC RLahoe 53.0 1LWIN: $88.00PLACE: $69.00, $99.00, $188.00Final Time : 1:08.4 Splits : 24.1, 48.0, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – IMAGE MAKER out of DANCIN ROSE byTrainer : RICHARDS,FITZGERALD J Owner : MR. J.P.S.Bred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (5,6) $407.00 Exacta : (6-5) $690.00D/E : (5-6) $163.00Trifecta : (6-5-9) $2,033.00Hi-5 : (6-5-9-3-11) $28,726.50Rolling Triple : (9-5-6) $1,266.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-3rd SINCE OCTOBER 23, 20151. SOJOURNER TRUTH OnBeckford4 51.52. PEARL APPEAL RLahoe 52.5 1 1/4L3. CANTARE LSteadman3 54.0 Neck4. ALISONBEE DDawkins4 49.0 3/4LDNF #4 PALACE DANCER JErwin 54.0Late scratch : #6 BARS OF GOLDWIN: $262.00PLACE: $116.00, $251.00, $232.00Final Time : 1:03.0 Splits : 23.4, 48.1, ,Winner : 8yo b mare – SKIPPING out of AUGUS MAWNIN by FRENCH CHAMPAGNETrainer : HYLTON,PAUL A Owner : ALL STARS PROBred by SEWARD KINGQuinella : (5,9) $4,126.00 Exacta : (9-5) $8,485.00D/E : (6-9) $829.00Trifecta : (9-5-10) $10,517.00Hi-5 carry-over : $43,410.25Rolling Triple : (5-6-9) $1,430.00MILLARD ZIADIE MEMORIAL CUPRace 9 1100 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW3)1. BRAVE PROSPECT KRobinson 54.02. *FRANKENSTORM BebHarvey3 53.0 3L3. UNCLE G JPatterson4 54.0 3 1/2L4. AUNT HILDA OEdwards3 50.0 3 1/2LWIN: $160.00PLACE: $66.00, $56.00, $68.00Final Time : 1:07.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.2, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of GOOD PROSPECT by TEXAS PROSPECTORTrainer : GRAHAM,NEIVE E Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTIONBred by FRANCIS BARNETT, EDISON CHAI & LOUIS LYNQuinella : (1,5) $301.00 Exacta : (1-5) $531.00D/E : (9-1) $1,125.00Superfecta : (1-5-3-2) $13,214.00Rolling Triple : (6-9-1) $3,360.00Race 10 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. SHINE RMairs 55.02. BIMINI RLahoe 53.0 4L3. LAZZA LSteadman3 53.5 3 1/2L4. ARIZONA GOLD DaneNelson 55.0 Sh.HeadLate scratch : #4 TWILIGHT CITIZENWIN: $161.00PLACE: $93.00, $132.00, $1082.00Final Time : 1:21.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.2, 1:13.4,Winner : 4yo colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS out of SHE’S SO LOVELY by EXOTIC TRAVELERTrainer : SMITH,GRESFORD A Owner : MICHAEL HUE & LOUIS CHIN & FITZGERALD ROBERTSBred by BRIAN,KIRK & LOUIS CHINQuinella : (2,9) $563.00 Exacta : (2-9) $897.00D/E : (1-2) $694.00 (1-4) $212.00Trifecta : (2-9-8) $75,720.00Hi-5 carry-over : $214,181.00Rolling Triple : (9-1-2) $7,575.00Pick-4 : (6-9-1-2) $165,000.00Super-6 : (9-5-6-9-1-2) $71,227.10Pick-9 : (9-7-2-9-5-6-9-1-2) $13,401.00 (9-7-2-9-5-6-9-1-2) $304.50 Carry-over : $883,081.50PlacePot 8 : (7,9-2,5-1,9-5,12-5,6-5,9-1,5-2,9) $31,250.00last_img read more

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#JAVotes2016: ‘Wi done wid politics war’ – Tel Aviv/South Side residents

first_imgLocated just metres from each other, supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) stronghold in Parade Gardens – otherwise called Tel Aviv and those of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in South Side remained calm as they prepared to cast their votes early this morning. The two communities have been at political loggerheads for decades, but residents have said that the rivalry is now more gang – related. According to residents, there has been no recent politically related incident, but they are concerned about the state of shooting that has occurred in the area in recent weeks. “The gang rivalry still deh bout, but no politics. We dun wid dem ting deh long time. We are all friends,” Sandra Ellis said.last_img read more

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Edwards facing layoff after ankle break

first_img Hampshire’s coach, Dale Benkenstein, said the injury came about in a freak accident during a game of football before the start of play. “We were only 45 seconds away from the end of the game when Fidel went to kick the ball,” the South African said. “I was just about to get the mitts on for fielding practice when his foot got stuck in the turf and all his weight went over on it. There was no one near him. It was a really freakish fall, and there was a loud crack. “It was clear it was bad when he started calling out for T (Hampshire physio Thihan Chandromohan).” Edwards was Hampshire’s leading wicket-taker last season, with 45 wickets from just eight games, and was rewarded with a contract for the new season. He has played 55 Tests for West Indies, taking 165 wickets. LONDON (CMC): Former West Indies and Barbados speedster Fidel Edwards is facing a long spell on the sidelines after fracturing his ankle during warm-ups on the final day of Hampshire’s County Championship game against Yorkshire on Wednesday. Hampshire confirmed the injury on Thursday and said Edwards would undergo tests to determine the extent of the damage and his recuperation period. “Hampshire Cricket can confirm that fast-bowler Fidel Edwards has suffered a fractured right ankle, which was sustained during the warm-up on day four of the Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley,” the club said in a statement. “Fidel will see a specialist (Thursday), which will help determine the predicted length of time that he will be out of action for.” The loss of the 34-year-old Edwards will be huge for Hampshire, who are already stricken with an injury crisis that has claimed Reece Topley, Ryan Stevenson, Gareth Berg, Liam Dawson, Chris Wood, and Sean Ervine. Edwards has played both Hampshire games this season, taking three wickets against Warwickshire in the opening game earlier this month. He went wicketless from 23 overs in the first innings against Yorkshire but was ruled out of action in the second innings. FREAK ACCIDENTlast_img read more

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Tough Boyz defence set to stifle Mexico

first_imgTHE Reggae Boyz are brimming with confidence for their historic CONCACAF Gold Cup football final against Mexico today at 7:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. Jamaica time). Winfried Schäfer has built a team full of strength, belief and unity on and off the field that wants to cap their progress with an unprecedented win. “The players have to play football with concentration, with winning mentality,” Schäfer said. The Caribbean champions are unbeaten at the tournament, winning all their matches after their 2-2 opening game fixture against Costa Rica nearly three weeks ago. Since that game, they have conceded only one goal – in the semi-finals. Such has been their defence, built solidly throughout the team from back when Ryan Thompson replaced Dwayne Miller, because he got injured in the Canada match. Miller had himself replaced Duwayne Kerr, who had been at the Copa America, until he made one bizarre error that cost a goal and 1-0 loss against Paraguay. Thompson’s spill cost the US goal at Georgia Dome and with Miller and Andre Blake in waiting that may be one of the biggest decisions for the coach and his staff. All round, Jamaica’s Boyz match up well against Mexico who have hosted the World Cup Finals twice and been a staple for CONCACAF at the sport’s big dance. However, they have not been as smooth in all areas this championship. While they have been solid on their feet in attack, by netting 13 goals, Mexico have been wobbly in defence, where they have conceded five times. Additionally, for two consecutive matches in the knockout stage, the Mexicans have profited from bad officiating to get decisive penalties against Costa Rica, who they beat 1-0, then against Panama, which suffered in a hot-tempered semi-final by conceding two questionable penalties and a red card. Schäfer has also moved quickly to fix other positions when he thinks things are not working. It’s his way. It’s the way he wants his players to be, always thinking, always searching for ways to improve. In matches too, like in the El Salvador group match when the Central Americans were running roughshod over their opponents, Schäfer made changes in personnel and team shape and the problems were fixed. “We’ve played eight matches, everybody knows in this team what they have to do,” Schäfer said. “When a worker works with heart, he has luck.” As they’ve done in matches before, he noted that Jamaica’s shape for the final would be influenced by decisions to stifle Mexico, who are searching for their seventh title in this the 13th Gold Cup. In their last 10 matchups between the countries, dating back to 1997, Mexico won five and Jamaica two. Recent contests, however, paint an even picture, with Jamaica losing 1-0 and tying 0-0 in 2013 World Cup qualifying, when Jamaica secured its first tie in Mexico City. Other firsts this past week speak louder on Jamaica’s growth, which has coincided with Schäfer’s coming around the very 2013 period. ” … Two years down the line and everybody’s sort of comfortable with each other, everybody knows the dynamics of the group and it works very well,” said influential midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff. Key to Jamaica’s victory charge will be their trusted defending. The goalkeepers have been excellent, barring the semi-final glitch. Those in front have been solid, despite forced changes through Jermaine Taylor’s injury and Alvas Powell walking out on his country to lessen the options. Michael Hector, who was strong at Copa, has filled the void left by Taylor with a mind good enough to read the game while working in tandem with sturdy Wes Morgan. Kemar Lawrence has proved key with his long throwing, which has set up two goals, a set play weapon also possessed by Adrian Mariappa, who has also been sound on the other flank. Key to everything, going both ways, are central midfielders Rodolph Austin and Je-Vaughn Watson, along with McAnuff and Garath McCleary, whose two goals tie with main striker Giles Barnes in the eight goals netted by the team. Boyz well matched Schäfer’s calllast_img read more

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Brazil clip Costa Rica 1-0

first_imgHARRISON, NJ (AP): Hulk scored in the 10th minute after an early stretch of Brazilian dominance and the five times world champions beat Costa Rica 1-0 yesterday in a World Cup qualifying tune-up match. Despite Costa Rica employing five defenders, Brazil clearly had the better of play throughout, with the Ticos only occasionally managing to get forward on counters. Brazil used a somewhat experimental line-up with Hulk as the lead striker. Manager Dunga stayed with his starters until the middle of the second half. He used six substitutes, sending in Orlando City forward Kaka in the 67th and Neymar in the 82nd, both to large ovations from the crowd of 19,146 at Red Bull Arena. Neymar, only last week, returned to Barcelona’s line-up after a case of the mumps and reportedly limped out of training Thursday after grabbing his knee. Brazil took the lead when Hulk and Costa Rican defender Giancarlo Gonzalez raced to get to a ball from Danilo out of the back. Gonzalez overran the ball and slipped as Hulk lost his footing and fell. Hulk recovered first and put a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton.last_img read more

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Tony Becca: Better pay does not mean better play

first_img Everyone wants to play T20 cricket to the extent that a No Objection Certificate is required from the country of a player who wants to play it. The No Objection Certificate is to prevent a drain of players on Test cricket, otherwise players would leave the Test game for the lucrative T20 game at the drop of a hat. Right now, especially in the West Indies, there is a war going on between Test cricket and T20 cricket, so much so that many fans believe that the West Indies Test team would have been much better had they had the services of the likes of Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, and Lendl Simmons. The West Indies, because of the schedule of their domestic tournaments and the lack of money to pay their players reasonably well, suffer most of all the Test-paying countries and more than the likes of New Zealand and South Africa. Many of the world’s cricket people lament the fall of the West Indies, however, or so they say, and they keep trying to find a solution to the problem, with many suggesting a “window” for T20 cricket. Nothing has worked. NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE Once upon a time, cricket was played mostly for entertainment and for fun, first-class cricket and Test cricket for a little pay, for one’s country, and for glory. Times have changed, however, and while cricket is sometimes now played for fun, today, it is looked upon as a profession for some, especially the recently popular T20 version. Test cricket, still considered the best of cricket by a vast majority of players and fans, is, however, gradually losing ground, or has lost ground in the popularity stakes. Whereas Test cricket still means something to those in cricket, T20 is the order of the day. It is the thing to play, for young and old cricketers alike, it is the thing to watch, and the thing which everyone wants to play. And the reason for that, apart from the entertainment, the music, including the drums, the dancing girls, the flashing lights, and all the things that greet a towering hit for six or a blinding bit of fielding, is money, lots of money. CHANGING TIMES Recently, however, the former England player Kevin Pietersen came up with a suggestion. He called on the powers that be to change the order of things, to improve the pay to play Test cricket in the poorer countries, and Jason Holder, the young captain of the West Indies, quickly supported it. The suggestion was to improve their pay to compete with the pay to play T20 cricket so that the players would play both versions of the game, or at least would not leave Test cricket to play T20 cricket. That sounds good, except for a few things. Cricket, it has always been said, especially recently, is business, big business, and no business pays out what it does not make. Cricket is poor in Jamaica, and the West Indies these days. Hardly anyone watches cricket at any level in Jamaica or in the West Indies these days except when it comes to the privately-owned T20 competition, and West Indies cricket makes no money, at least hardly anyone pays to see cricket in the West Indies. Why, it may be asked, should those countries who love cricket and those who pay to see cricket subsidise those countries who do nothing to develop the game, those countries which do not even go to see it being played? Cricket is no different from anything else in life. What you put in is what you get out, most times. If you put in nothing, you get back nothing. It is as simple as that. On top of that, there is no guarantee, at least not in Jamaica or the rest of the West Indies, that with more money will come greater responsibility and, therefore, more development. The more money, from whatever quarter, will probably, more than likely, only bring greater swagger from the players. Holder has since been denied a No Objection Certificate to play in the Pakistan T20 League by the West Indies Board, and from all reports, he is an angry man. It was a tough call, and it must be rough on both sides. As a young man, Holder needs to look about his future, but as the West Indies Board, the board members must look about West Indies cricket, and as the West Indies captain, Holder is also obligated to do so. He is expected to play in the West Indies domestic competitions so as to get to know the players and also to protect the integrity of West Indies cricket. PAY TO PLAY TEST CRICKET These are changing times. West Indies cricket is in a bind. It needs money to help itself grow, to properly pay the players, and to develop the sport. West Indies cricket was once the best in the world. If the West Indies is to get more money for cricket, it must come from West Indies cricket. It must come from their own sweat and blood, not from handouts, or gifts, or what have you. Hardly anybody watches cricket in the West Indies these days, and in Jamaica especially, hardly anyone remembers cricket, except whenever the West Indies lose a Test match and all the cursing starts. Why, therefore, should other people pay the West Indies to play the game? West Indies cricket will only get stronger if it stands on its own two feet. It must stop employing foreigners in an effort to solve the problem of poor structure and poor performance, stop paying local people to do nothing, and start running a clean and lean ship. The days of bringing in people from England to show the West Indies the way is long gone, by at least 66 years. Money is needed, very much so, but it must come from within, from utilising good, honest, hard-working and knowledgeable administrators at all levels. It must come from the hard work, improved skills, and performances of the cricketers, all the cricketers, from full houses at matches, and from the support of sponsors and others who can benefit from the glory, from the triumphs of a successful and wonderful team.last_img read more

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