Badree’s plea: WI need help

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):Leg-spinner Samuel Badree believes the problems of West Indies cricket are now too big for authorities in the region to fix.As such, he said here yesterday that cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), or Caribbean governments may need to intervene to halt the decline.”It’s disappointing and deeply painful to be a player and to see the level we have reached,” said Badree, who has signed to play with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.”There has been a lot of conjecture about the reasons and I don’t want to get into that – just to say that we need help.”Whether it comes from the ICC or whether it comes from the governments of the West Indies, at the end of the day, we need some help to get our cricket back on the right track.”The 34-year-old Badree has played 22 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies but is yet to play Test or one-day cricket.He has risen to become the number two ranked bowler in the world and, like many West Indies players, has opted to focus on the lucrative T20 leagues around the world in recent years.Badree is joined by fellow West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago player Lendl Simmons for Heat’s campaign in the Big Bash.Tonight, they will take on Melbourne Renegades, featuring Windies teammates Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, and Badree said he was fully aware of his role for the Heat.”As one of the international players, I need to step up to the challenge,” Badree said.”People doubted spinners initially in Twenty20 cricket, but you have seen the success of slow bowlers as the game has gone on. Spinners all over the world have adapted well [to T20 cricket].”last_img read more

Second Round Afcon Morocco 2015 Qualifiers Begin Today

first_imgThe qualifying rounds for the 2015 African Cup of Nations continues today, Wednesday with a whole selection of matches across the continent.The opening round of games followed the form book, with victories for Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, South Africa and Algeria.However, continental giant Egypt was defeated by Senegal, Ghana could only muster a draw against Uganda at home and African champions Nigeria was defeated at home by the Republic of Congo in a disgraceful fashion.These three fallen nations will be keen to bounce back, but, with a number of major sides facing each other in the mid-week qualifiers, it is no guarantee that they will succeed in getting their campaigns back on track.The following are the pairings: South Africa vs. Nigeria; Rwanda vs. Sudan; Algeria vs. Mali; Angola vs. Burkina Faso and Lesotho vs. Gabon.Cameroon vs. Cote d’Ivoire; Sierra Leone vs. RD Congo; Togo vs. Ghana; Cape Verde vs. Zambia; Mozambique vs. Nigeria; Uganda vs. Guinea; Egypt vs. Tunisia and Botswana vs. Senegal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more