PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, (CMC) Fresh controversy appears to be brewing between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the regional squad preparing to participate in the T20 World Cup in India, Media reports in Trinidad and Tobago suggest. The players, captained by all-rounder Darren Sammy, are objecting to a 75 percent pay cut imposed by the WICB ahead of the World Cup, set to begin on March 8, the Trinidad and Tobago-based radio station, I 95.5 FM, has reported. Sammy has reportedly written to the WICB requesting an urgent meeting as a February 14th Valentine’s Day deadline for the players to sign the contract looms. The I 95.5 FM report quoted from Sammy’s letter to the WICB: “We want to propose that we participate in the T20 world cup 2016 under the same conditions that we have represented the West Indies in previous tournaments”. Sammy has been quoted as saying that the West Indies players will each earn US$21,000 if they participate compared to US 135,000 received from the last tournament. WICB will receive US eight million for the team’s participation and more if they advance. Only one player on the West Indies team is said to be represented by the West Indies Players Association (WIPA). Eleven of the players on the squad were part of the West Indies team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012 in Sri Lanka. The fresh controversy between WICB and the T20 squad is brewing about a year and a half after the regional squad called off their tour of India abruptly over a longstanding payment structure dispute.
WESTERN BUREAU:Hydel High’s Stephen Barnett scored in the second minute for the All-Manning team, who again won their clash with a select All-daCosta Cup team yesterday at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex to maintain their hold on the trophy they also won last year.Winning coach Miguel Coley told The Sunday Gleaner he was happy to be on the winning side again, but was full of praise for the All-daCosta Cup team comprising the likes of Deshane Beckford (Rusea’s), Travar McCulloch, Chris Andrew Dixon and Neville Morgan (STETHS), and Rodave Murray of Dinthill Technical.”It was a great game. We won, but I was also impressed with a number of players from the All-daCosta Cup side,” said Coley.”It shows that Jamaica’s football is in good hands, but the onus must now be on moulding the individual talent and making sure that we get the best out of each player to strengthen the nation’s football,” he added.Barnett’s strike came against the run of play, as the All-daCosta team started with more intent and were unlucky not to have score at least one of their chances.FANTASTIC GOALKEEPINGThe All-daCosta team were kept out by the brilliance of the All-Manning goalkeeper Akeem Chambers. The Wolmer’s Boys goalkeeper was absolutely fantastic and was the difference in the final scoreline.The quality of the players was not lost on the University of Rhode Island football coach Gareth Elliott, who was among the scouts who watched the match.”It’s wonderful witnessing the quality players here in Jamaica. We could use some of their speed and skill in certain areas of our programme,” he said.”We have been looking at several players who could possibly fit into our programme but that all depends on their academic level,” stated Elliot.The ISSA Scholastic XI edged the Jamaica Under-17 team 1-0 in the day’s early game. read more