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 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. CHANGING TIMES 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. PAY TO PLAY TEST CRICKET 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.last_img read more

Doncaster Rovers sign promising Everton midfielder on loan

first_imgEverton midfielder Conor Grant has joined Doncaster Rovers on loan.The 20-year-old has been a regular for the Merseyside club’s Under-21 team this season, impressing youth coach David Unsworth.He has now joined League One side Doncaster though in an attempt to gain valuable first-team experience.Grant spent time on loan at Motherwell last season and was on the bench for Everton’s home Europa League meeting with FC Krasnodar this term.The midfielder will stay with Doncaster for one month and is available for this Saturday’s game with Colchester United. 1 Conor Grant last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.IT was supposed to be warm and sunny by now – but the forecasters were way off the mark last week and Atlantic fronts with loads of water on board will pound Donegal on Wednesday. After a wonderful April, May is turning into a very damp month so far.Light rain at dawn will soon turn heavier in the morning and will continue throughout the day, easing up around teatime before dying out. You might see some sunshine before dusk.It will be dry overnight before it all kicks in again on Thursday morning.Sources: BBC NI, Met Eireann, Sky. DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.  WET, COLDER, MISERABLE: THE DD WEDNESDAY WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalweatherWednesdaylast_img read more


first_imgDETAILS have been released of the finals of the GAA For All Letterkenny area primary schools finals today, Wednesday.The matches were postponed before Easter due to the weather, but they will go ahead this morning and this afternoon in O’Donnell Park with the showpiece finals in memory of two GAA greats who dedicated their lives to sport – Elaine Winston Friel and Susan Carr.In a message to the schools, Odhran Doherty from GAA For ALL writes: On behalf of everyone involved the GAA for All PEACE III Project I want to thank you sincerely for taking part in the Schools league for the past four weeks, without your help and cooperation it would be impossible to run such a huge event. I hope that you and all the children enjoyed the games and used the league as an opportunity to meet new friends and colleagues from the other schools. It is important to remember that the idea of this league was to celebrate the lives of two great local women from the Letterkenny area, Elaine Winston Friel and Susan Carr who spent their lives promoting the values and benefits of participating in sport and having an active lifestyle. I hope that our coaching programme in your school and your participation in the schools league has provided your children with a platform to take part in Sport and Physical Activity. I hope you all enjoy the day and good luck to your teams!Yours in Sport,Odhran DohertyBOYS: Elaine Winston Friel Memorial Cup Final (12:20 PM)  Termon V LurgybrackGIRLS: Susan Carr Memorial Cup Final (11:30 AM)Gaelscoil Adhamhnain V Scoil Mhuire Gan SmalBOYS: GAA for All Cup Final       (12:20 PM) Scoil Colmcille v Gaelscoil GIRLS: GAA for All Cup Final (11:30 AM)    Lurgybrack v TermonBOYS: GAA for All Shield Final (12:20PM) Woodlands v Kilmacrennan GIRLS: GAA for All Shield Final (11:30 AM)Illistrin v WoodlandsBOYS: GAA for All Plate Final    Play-Off (10:45 AM) Illistrin v GlenswillyGIRLS GAA for All Plate Final Play-Off (10:45 AM)Ballyraine v Glenswilly   BOYS: Final       (12:20PM) Ballyraine/Glenswilly or IllistrinGIRLS Final (11:30 AM)Ballyraine/Glenswilly or KilmacrennanPLEASE NOTE;The playoff match for both the boys and girls GAA for ALL Plate Final will take place at 10:45 am. All the girls final will be played at 11:30 am while all the boy’s finals will be played at 12:20 pm. Presentations of medals to all participants in the league as well as the cups to the winners of the finals for both boys and girls will be presented at 1:00 pm by representatives from the Friel, Winston, Carr and Mc Granaghan families as well as local representatives.RULES–        30 minutes per game, 15 minutes per half. 2 minute turn around at half time.–        11 a side per team, no limit to substitutions, run on and off.–        Maximum two touch before releasing the ball, e.g. solo & bounce or two solos.–        Kick outs 10 metres from goals from hands–        45’s from the ground or hands 25 metres from the goals–        1 point is awarded for a point and 3 points for a goal– ALL PLAYERS MUST WEAR A MOUTHGUARD WHILE PLAYING–        All players and coaches must line up and shake hands at the end of each gameGAA FOR ALL: ELAINE AND SUSAN TO BE REMEMBERED IN TODAY’S SCHOOLS FINALS was last modified: April 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA FOR ALL: ELAINE AND SUSAN TO BE REMEMBERED IN TODAY’S SCHOOLS FINALSlast_img read more


first_imgMac Mini Mart in St Johnston which was robbed late last night. (NewspixIrl)BREAKING NEWS: Gardai are at a shop in St Johnston after what is understood to be an armed robbery last night.The incident took place at Mac’s Mini Mart on the town’s Main Street.It is understood two men entered the shop just before 10pm and got away with a “substantial amount of money.” A Garda patrol car is outside the shop and the shutters of the premises are pulled down.It is understood Gardai are awaiting officers from the forensics investigation team to carry out a search of the premises at first light.It is not known if anyone has been arrested in relation to the incident.Gardai at the scene are remaining tight-lipped about the incident. We will bring you a full report when further information is made available.  GARDA INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER RAID ON SHOP was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mac’s Mini MartraidshopSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Corwin Named STATS FCS National Freshman Player of the Week

first_imgAgainst the Red Foxes, Corwin completed 20-of-29 passes (69.0 percent) for 255 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. The four touchdown passes went to four different Bulldog receivers. Corwin has thrown seven touchdown passes through four games. CHICAGO – Freshman quarterback Ian Corwin (Tulsa, Okla.) of the Drake University football team is the STATS FCS National Freshman Player of the Week. Corwin earned the national award after he helped lead Drake to a 41-17 road win at Marist on Saturday in Drake’s Pioneer Football League opener. Corwin and his teammates return to Drake Stadium Saturday, Oct. 5 against Valparaiso. Kickoff against the Crusaders is set for 1 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Rescue underway of injured walker near Malin Head

first_imgDonegal Mountain Rescue team is currently on a call-out to assist a walker who has been injured.The walker became injured near Malin Head this afternoon and requires assistance.Update:The injured walker was found and brought safely off the hill at approx 8pm. Rescue underway of injured walker near Malin Head was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Couple beaten, forced to drink urine by kin

first_imgOpposed to her love marriage, the family members of a tribal woman allegedly assaulted her and her husband and forced them to drink urine, the district police said on Tuesday. The incident took place at Hardaspur village, near the Alirajpur district headquarters, last Wednesday. Ambua Police Station in-charge Vikas Kapis said the 19-year-old woman had married a 21-year-old man from the same village against her parents’ wishes in May this year. Later, the ‘jaat panchayat’ (community body) intervened and ordered that the man’s family pay ₹70,000 to the woman’s family as compensation and resolve the issue, Mr. Kapis said. The couple then left for Gujarat in search of job. When they returned last week, the couple stayed at the house of the husband’s uncle. The woman’s family members went to the house at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, and forced the couple to go with them at gunpoint, Mr. Kapis said. They allegedly tied the man to a pole and beat him up. The woman was half-stripped, her hair was cut and she too was beaten, he added. The accused allegedly forced the couple to drink urine, the police officer said.‘A revenge’ While letting them go, the accused allegedly told the woman that this was a revenge for ‘hurting the family’s pride’. The couple approached the police and filed a complaint against the woman’s father, her two uncles and three others. “Two of the accused were arrested on Monday. Search for the other accused is on,” said District Superintendent of Police Vipul Shrivastava.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Good to see Ajinkya Rahane finish off the game, says MS Dhoni

first_imgMS Dhoni was pleased as punch with his Rising Pune Supergiants’ effort in their debut game as they crushed the defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Saturday night. (Match Highlights | Report)Dhoni had a special praise for his trusted opener Ajinkya Rahane, who hit 66 not out off 42 balls, to help Pune get off to a bright start in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.”The start was important. I’ve always felt that Rahane is brilliant when the ball comes on. He’s someone who plays traditional shots. Good to see him finish it off,” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation ceremony. (Also read: Dhoni prefers the new Ashwin over his old warhorse)The special praise from the captain comes after Rahane’s slow knock in the the World T20 semi-final against the West Indies was criticised following India’s ouster from the tournament.While praising his team’s bowlers, Dhoni also said he “couldn’t have asked for a better start” to the tournament.”Credit to the bowlers. Yes, the pitch had a bit in it for the fast bowlers but they stuck to their lines. Once they were a few wickets down, they had to change their tactics which played to our advantage,” Dhoni said.Man of the Match Rahane said he felt the importance of the knock.”I felt that it was important to time the ball. It was stopping a bit so it was important for me to take some time early on and finish the job. The pitch was two paced, not what we usually get at the Wankhede.advertisement”In the first six overs, the ball was moving a lot. They are all world-class players. All match-winners and we try to learn things from them,” Rahane said.Rohit slams batsmenLosing skipper Rohit Sharma was not a happy man after his team’s poor showing in the opening encounter of the new season.”Pitch looked okay. We didn’t bat well to be honest. 121 is never going to be enough against a batting lineup like Pune. Lot to learn from this game. Never thought the ball would do that much having played a lot of cricket here. They swung it a lot and our shot selection wasn’t great,” Rohit said.Rohit, however, said he will take positives from this game as they face Kolkata Knight Riders next at Eden Gardens.”Hopefully we’ll go back and come with a positive frame of mind. We go to Kolkata from here where we have good memories – we have won 2 titles there. It’s just the start of the tournament, no need to panic,” Rohit added.last_img read more

Lightning Strikes Twice (Rangers Nonce)

first_imgNEW YORK – It wasn’t supposed to end this way. The New York Rangers, whose regular-season play earned them the National Hockey League’s best record, cruised to victory in the first round of the playoffs, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games. That part of the script went according to plan.The next series proved tougher, with the Washington Capitals pushing the Blueshirts to the brink, taking a commanding 3 games to 1 lead before the Rangers came back in spectacular fashion to capture three in a row and win the series in 7.Every game was decided by a single goal, two of the games in sudden-death overtime, including the seventh and deciding one. Ranger fans took the win any way they could get it – but is that really what one would expect from the team with the best record in hockey?Next up, the explosive Tampa Bay Lightning, notorious for their high-powered offense. Splitting the first two at the Garden – Rangers took Game 1, but Tampa Bay tied it up – the teams headed South, where the Lightning took a 2-1 series lead. The Rangers returned the favor by splitting in the Sunshine State, and headed back to New York for Game 5.  But the lightning shut down the Rangers to grab a 3-2 lead, putting the President’s Trophy winners in the all-too-familiar backs-against-the-wall position. They pulled off yet another miracle in Tampa for Game 6, managing to score 7 goals (6 really, one was an empty-netter).  But they couldn’t manage a single goal at home, for Game 7.The first period was a chess match. The second, more action-packed, as chants of “Henrik! Henrik!” filled the Garden – cheers for Ranger star goalie Henrik Lundqvist – who masterfully fended off the Lightning’s onslaught, but finally proved mortal in the third period.With less than two minutes into the third, Alex Killorn scored on a backhander. But these were the Rangers, after all.  They’d tie things up and win it in overtime, right? Not this time. With about eight minutes left in the game, the Lightning’s Ondrej Pallat snapped the puck into the net for goal #2, and the Garden’s fans knew their beloved Rangers season was slipping away.Well done, lightning, but in what other major sport does the best team not dominate? For all intents and purposes, the Rangers season should have been over with three weeks ago, in Game 5 versus the Caps. Only an improbable game-tying goal with a minute left in the game, followed by the game winner in overtime, kept the Rangers from being manhandled by the Caps in 5. Again – in what other major sport would that happen to the team with the best regular season record?Congratulations, Tampa Bay, you played very well and deserved to win. But with apologies in advance to those who wouldn’t trade the NHL for anything, there’s a reason most people rank football, baseball, and basketball above hokey (the missing “c” is not a typo).TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more