Former Jamaican Olympic weightlifter, Calvin Stamp, is dead. 

Cricket West Indies have clarified its position on new Windies head coach Richard Pybus, saying the appointment is an interim one, as the organization seeks to find a head honcho from within the region. 

Jamaica may very well not have a team to support when the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) begins this year. 

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John Williams claims the organization has taken steps to clear outstanding match fee amounts due to members of the country’s national team.

According to reports, members of the country’s national squad have considered taking strike action ahead of upcoming friendlies to protest months of non-payment of fees. 

Several players claim they had been owed match fees since the October 2017 World Cup qualifier against the United States.  In addition, they also claimed John Williams and members of the association proved elusive in addressing the issue.

With the twin-island republic expected to play Wales next month in their next friendly, however, John Williams has insisted the organization is making significant steps to resolve the dispute.

“TTFA has begun to pay the players.  We have around three games outstanding for them now.  Over the past week we have paid them for three games,” Williams said.

“There is no secret that the TTFA has serious cash flow problems and that is due to the fact that we have been paying debt accrued by previous administrations,” he added.

The president explained that the issue had arisen after the organization failed to claim expected funds.

“We were expecting some inflows by 15 December, unfortunately, that did not happen but we expect the inflows in the next 10 to 15 days and we will deal with the matter.”

Windies captain Jason Holder has attributed an outstanding 2018 to a more patient approach on the cricket pitch.

The 27-year-old finished the year in second spot on the Test all-rounder;s rankings list, just behind Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.  Holder scored 336 runs including two half-centuries at an average of 37.33.  He was, however, more remarkable with the ball. 

In six Tests Holder took 33 wickets at the impressive average of 12.39, which included four five-wicket hauls in successive matches.

“I just believe I was more so a lot more patient than before. I was able to settle down a lot more when I was bowling and try to be a lot more patient than I was in the past. One of the things that I really focused on was consistency,” Holder told Barbados Today.

“I always had the skill to move the ball both ways in and out. In my view, one of my downfalls as a bowler was that I experimented a bit too early and too much. Last year, I was more patient, therefore I began stringing together a lot more spells consistently and performing my role as a bowler more effectively,” he added.

“I have always been regarded as the workhorse in the team who can come on and bowl long spells. The only way a bowler can bowl long spells is to keep his economy rate down and be tidy and pick up wickets along the way. I was successful in doing so last year.”

 

Former FIFA vice president and local football head Jack Warner has lambasted the standard of the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League.

In a wide-ranging interview, which spoke to the overall state of football in the twin-island republic, Warner pointed to the level of play in local football league as a primary concern.  The league has often been plunged into chaos in recent years with players and clubs threatening to take strike action over unpaid wages.

As it stands, the league is heavily reliant on Government subvention and corporate support but it seems Warner is unconvinced of its benefits.

“You can’t expect to be asking how much you going to pay me and you can’t trap a ball, you can’t pass a ball,” Warner told T&T based news source CCN TV6.

“Right now the only thing professional about the T&T Pro League is the name pro.  There’s nothing professional about it.  Who today would pay a dollar to see a player play in the Pro League,” he added.

“Name for me five players in the Pro League who have substance.”

The former football administrator who is currently fighting extradition to the United States relating to corruption charges during his tenure as a FIFA Vice president.

Former Windies off-spinner, Shane Shillingford is in hot water over an illegal action for the third time in his career. 

Windies captain Jason Holder believes he is fully recovered from a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for several weeks at the end of last year.

The injury saw the 27-year-old all-rounder miss some of the team’s recent tour of Asia.  Holder put in a few commendable performances against India before missing the entire series against Bangladesh. 

The player, who spent a few weeks of rehabilitation in England, recently joined the Barbados Tridents ahead of this weekend’s Regional Four-day fixture against the Guyana Jaguars.

“I had some time off from cricket to correct the problem I had with my shoulder. I spent a month in England getting some rehabilitation work done on my shoulder which went well,” Holder told Barbados Today.

“I am playing in the match against the Guyana Jaguars on Friday to find out how strong my body is and trying to see if I can improve and go from strength to strength, but I feel fine,” he added.

Despite the injury, Holder had an outstanding season, finishing as the world’s second-ranked Test all-rounder. 

In six Tests he took 33 wickets at the impressive average of 12.39, which included four five-wicket hauls in successive matches. Holder also scored 336 runs including two half-centuries at an average 37.33.

 In ODIs, he dismissed 21 batsmen at an average of 33.75 and accumulated 405 runs at 33.75.

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John Williams has staunchly defended the controversial Home of Football project at Couva as a necessity for the sport in the twin-island republic.

The multi-million-dollar project, which officially began in September of last year.  The facility was built on 7.64 hectors of land leased to the TTFA.  The project has, however, drawn criticism for both its overall cost and implementation.  Some have argued that the funds could be better spent with the association already heavily in debt.  In an exclusive interview with the SportsMax Zone, John-Williams, however, defended the project.

“The most important investment you can make is a roof over your head,” John Williams told the SportsMax Zone.

“The house is very important for a family,” he added.

“What this administration is achieving is a necessity.  Before we never owned a parrot on a stick.  If it’s this association that achieves it then so be it.”

A US$2.5 million (TT$16.85 million) grant was given to the TT Football Association to build the facility, which will include a hotel, an entertainment centre and training grounds.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) recently announced that Curacao will host the 2019 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield. 

Defending champion Windies have gained automatic qualification to the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.

As hosts, the Australians were already guaranteed a place at the tournament and will be joined by the other top-ranked nine teams in the world.  Leading that list are number one-ranked India who are followed by England, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Despite claiming back-to-back World Cups the West Indies find themselves in seventh position, the last of the automatic qualifying spots.  Based on their rankings as 9th and 10th , Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have to play the group stages with four other qualifiers.

The top eight teams will automatically qualify to the Super 12s stage, which will take place after the group phases.  Despite missing out on the automatic qualification to the Super 12s Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga was confident the team would still get there.

"Having played three finals and winning once, it is natural that everyone expected us to finish in the top-eight, but we have to take the opportunity in the extra matches of the group stage and prepare well for the knock-out matches."

Former Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Oliver Camps has passed away at the age of 87.

 Camps, who was the longest-serving president of the association, died at the St Clair Medical Centre in Port of Spain on Tuesday, after being admitted late last year.

The former TTFA boss served the association for 20 years, between 1992 and 2012 before retiring in somewhat controversial circumstances.  During Camps’ tenure, Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the FIFA 2006 World Cup in Germany as well as the 2007 Under-17 and 2009 Under-20 World Youth Cups in the Republic of Korea and Egypt respectively.

In addition, the former official was involved in two other moments of near-historic significance for T&T.  Camps was team manager when Trinidad and Tobago were controversially denied a spot in the West Germany 1974 World Cup, after dubious officiating saw T&T,inspired by Everald Cummings, Steve David and Warren Archibald, fall 2-1 to Haiti.

He was the manager again in 1989 when the ‘Strike Squad’, then coached by Cummings and featuring the likes of Russell Latapy, Dwight Yorke and Clayton Morris lost 1-0 to the USA in Port of Spain, when a draw would have secured them a place at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Khadija Shaw should be over the moon. Way over the moon.  

But instead, the Jamaica Reggae Girlz striker has opted to remain grounded with her latest accolade as she was named The Guardian newspaper’s Footballer of the Year.  

By nature, Shaw is a quiet, unassuming and supremely humble individual, so her low-key reaction to the prestigious award by the respected British daily surprised only a few.  

“This is just like any other award for me though every award is very important, but I just want to continue looking at the positives and continue to work hard,” Shaw said from her Jamaican heartland of Spanish Town.  

“To be honest, I feel good about it although I didn’t expect this award; but I have been working hard all year and they say once you put in the work, good things will happen and so I am pleased about it,” said the 21-year-old.  

Shaw, who attends the University of Tennessee in the United Sates, was an instrumental figure in Jamaica’s historic qualification to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and led her team to the glorious achievement through the qualifying rounds with an impressive 19 goals, the most by any player.  

It was this accomplishment, plus meeting The Guardian’s rarified criteria that propelled Shaw to become the first female to win the award since its inception in 2016.  

The Guardian award for Footballer of the Year is given to a player who has done something truly remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others, or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty.  

The Jamaican darling of women’s football is only the third recipient of the award and joins the ranks of world superstars Italian Fabio Piscane in 2016 and Spain’s Juan Mata in 2017.  

“When I heard the names of those who have won it before, I feel even more honored as the first female to win, but at the end of the day, I just want to remain humble and hopefully more will come,” Shaw said. 

Even though the award went to the Jamaican forward as individual recognition, she wished to share it with her teammates.  

 “Everything happened because of my teammates, so I just want to continue focusing on the team, and once we continue working hard as a team, hopefully, I won’t be the only one winning awards, but my other teammates will as well, or we get it as a group,” noted Shaw.  

The former St Jago High School star, who has represented Jamaica at every level – Under-15, Under-17, Under-20 and senior – was singled out for the award because of her display of inner-strength in overcoming personal tragedy and how she managed to stay on top of her game through it all. 

Hers is a story of inspiration, and Shaw has embraced her standing as a model of resilience and exemplary conduct. 

Her life story has a deadly twist having lost four of her brothers — three to Jamaica’s high rate of crime and violence and another to a vehicular accident. 

 “Football, to me, is just more than the sport itself, it is to inspire others, so I am willing to do whatever I can to inspire others — whether it be playing on the soccer field or giving motivational speeches. 

 “So just winning these awards can show others that if I can do it, they can do it also,” she noted. 

The Guardian’s Footballer of the Year award adds to her 2018 collection, having already copped the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Sport. Shaw is also a nominee for Sportswoman of the Year, the most prestigious award for Jamaicans who have excelled in the arena of sport.

Windies captain Jason Holder has been named as an all-rounder on several team of the year cricket lists after several exceptional performances in 2018.

In fact, the 27-year-old Holder ended the year as the second best-ranked all-rounder in the world behind Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.  The West Indian finished the year with 33 Test scalps at an average of 12.39.  His match-best figures best came against Bangladesh, where he claimed 11 scalps for 103 runs against Bangladesh in Jamaica.  The Windies skipper also scored 336 runs at an average of 37.33

His performances have seen Holder named as part of the Cricket Australia Test XI of 2018, Cricbuzz Test Team of the year and ICC Test Team of the year.  On the overall bowler rankings list Holder ended the year ranked at 10 and is the only West Indian on the charts.

The ICC Test team of the year team is completed by Aiden Markram, Dimuth Karun-Kratne, Virat Kholi, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Jos Butler, Ravindra Jadeja, Kagiso Rabada, James Anderson and Mohammed Abbas.

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