West Indies opener Evin Lewis just missed out on a place in the final six of SportsMax’s Ultimate XI T20 Edition earlier today.

SportsMax, ahead of the start of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), has been taking a look at what an all-time T20 team would look like.

In doing so, as the sports broadcasting powerhouse has done with its Ultimate XI Football, Test and ODI cricket teams, the SportsMax Zone has enlisted the help of a panel of experts, as well as a voting public to help with the decision-making.

Fans, called Fanalysts have a 30% weighted vote on who makes SportsMax’s Ultimate XI T20 team, with the SportsMax Zone having another 30% of the vote. The panel of experts’ vote will count for 40% of the overall votes.

Fanlysts can vote by clicking here or going to SportsMax.tv and just clicking on the Ultimate XI tab at the top of the screen.

SportsMax.tv has also built a list of profiles where Fanalysts can go to have a look at the careers of the players who have made the SportsMax Ultimate XI shortlist just in case you want to learn a little more about the players before making your choice. To take a look at those players click here.

Today, a panel of Kerry Scott, former cricketer, Chris Taylor, cricket umpire, commentator and expert, along with Sachin Ramsubhag, cricket commentator, had the unenviable task of whittling down a list of 13 potential openers to a final six for discussion on Friday, where a final pairing will be picked.

The 13 shortlisted for all-time best T20 openers were Indians, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan; New Zealanders, Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum; Australians, Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Shane Watson; South African, Quinton de Kock; Sri Lankan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, as well as West Indians, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, and Lendl Simmons.

The team were certain there were places for Sharma, Finch, Warner, Gayle, and McCullum.

However, difficulty arose when it came time to choose one from Lewis, Guptill and Rahul.

Guptill was the first to go with Scott and Ramsubhag overruling Taylor to go with Rahul over Lewis.

Meaning the final six for discussion are Gayle, Sharma, Rahul, Finch, Warner, and McCullum.  

Panellists and the SportsMax Zone have gone through their picks for the batsmen who will make up SportsMax’s Ultimate XI Test team but fans (Fanalysts) are still coming up with theirs. The differences in opinions are there and all three groups have good arguments for them.

As far as openers go, both the SportsMax Zone and Panellists agree that Matthew Hayden and Sunil Gavaskar should be the first to face the bowling of any team that may be created to challenge the Ultimate XI Test lineup. The fans though, believe Gordon Greenidge should join Gavaskar at the opening position.

As far as batsmen 3-5 go, the Zone has picked Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Don Bradman, while the panellists have replaced Bradman with Sir Vivian Richards.

The Fanalysts have sided with panellists so far, meaning the batting line-up for the Ultimate XI at this point could look this way.

Sunil Gavaskar will face the first ball while Matthew Hayden will be at the non-striker’s end, while Sachin Tendulkar comes at three with Brian Lara walking at four. At the moment, Viv Richards is walking at five.

If this doesn’t represent your Ultimate XI you can change it by voting for the makeup of your team. The fanalyst vote counts for 40% of the overall decision and you can vote as many times as you want until May 22.

Click the link here to start voting or to submit your XI again.

Edwin Allen coach Michael Dyke accepts that good sense has prevailed, despite admitting the fact that the cancellation of this year’s Boys’ and Girls’ Championships has come as a significant disappointment for himself and athletes.

Earlier this week, the annual powerhouse track and field event was cancelled following a meeting between various stakeholders.  The meet became the latest in a long line of sporting events, both globally and locally, postponed or cancelled this month as the world struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Understandably, the news has not been greeted positively in all quarters, with some coaches calling the move a ‘stupid fix’ and insisting the decision was arrived at hastily.  President of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Keith Wellington has, however, insisted the move was only taken after careful consideration.  Though insisting it was a disappointment, Dyke agreed that the safety of athletes and spectators should come first.

“Naturally I would have been very disappointed based on the fact that we have been preparing since September for the national girls' championships but it is a situation that we all have to understand and take into consideration the seriousness of the situation,” Dkye told SportsMax Zone in a recent interview.

“It is not just confined to Edwin Allen or Jamaica, but it is worldwide.  In my estimation the safety of the patrons and athletes must come first,” he added.

“You don’t want to allow people to be assembling in crowds like this because maybe at the end then you will find a lot more cases.  It would lead us to another situation where the blame game would have started, probably with the governing body or government.  In all of this, we have to put the student’s health on the forefront.”

The annual ISSA Boys and Girls Champs routinely draws crowds in excess of 25,000 at the country’s National Stadium.


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