CWI continues to support the PCL

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) continues to streamline and improve the Professional Cricket League (PCL) in the region for the sake of development of the sport.The board’s initial arrangement was to fund the league for a couple years and then let the territories take over but according to CWI director and president of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB), Azim Bassarath, “CWI has and will continue to take care of the PCL financially, in order to keep the players employed and to offer them the comfort of knowing that there is a salary there for them and they can concentrate on their cricket.“We have seen so much positives come out of this arrangement that it has been one of the better programmes put in place in West Indies cricket for a very long time now.The idea which was initially touted by the president of CWI, Dave Cameron, has really taken off and with stiff economic times being experienced all over the Caribbean, the territories found it difficult to find investors.“This by no means indicated that the PCL was not good. In fact, having discussions with investors in my capacity as president of the TTCB, many of them have indicated that the PCL is what would take West Indies cricket right back up the ladder.They have been warning though that we must continue to work the model all the time to make sure we have the right equation in place and we have been doing that at the CWI.”This year, the PCL will enter its fourth season, having bowled off in 2014. “We are looking towards another good season in the PCL and what is great to see is that the selectors are paying attention to the players who go out there week after week and represent their franchise.The path is clear for our players. All they need to do is put down the hard work, go out there and perform well and they will be playing for the West Indies.”The six franchises, hailing from each of the West Indies territories, compete in the Regional Four-Day Competition yearly.They are also automatically included in the Regional Super50 Competition, which takes place during the first quarter of each year.These competitions are to not only prepare the regional players, but also give the selectors an opportunity to efficiently select the Test and One-Day International squads respectively.The franchises are: Guyana Jaguars, Barbados Pride, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, T&T Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Jamaica Scorpions.last_img read more

Tickets for Poland vs Nigeria Friendly Sold out

first_img*Ekong, Aina, Ebuehi, Iwobi, Balogun, Idowu are the early birds in campDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportWhen Super Eagles turn out at the 42,000 capacity Stadium Wroclaw on Friday to engage Poland in their first tune-up match en-route the World Cup in Russia in less than three months from today, Gernot Rohr and his wards will meet more than they bargained for. The Bialo-Czerwoni (White and Red), as the Polish senior football team is called, will take on the three-time African champions in front of a full house.As at press time last night, only six Super Eagles have arrived the team’s camp in Wroclaw from their respective clubs in Europe. The early birds include; Williams Troost Ekong, Ola Aina, Tyrone Ebuehi, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun and Brian Idowu. Others were been expected in late last night with the rest arriving today for training to begin.Top Polish journalist, Piotr Kozminski, hinted SCORENigeria that all the available 42,000 tickets have been picked by Polish football fans who want to gauge their team against an African opposition.“The 42,000 tickets for this game have been sold out, the company responsible for this has announced,” Kozminski revealed yesterday.He hinted that expectations were high in the country for the Bialo-Czerwoni to do well in Russia this coming summer.The clash against Nigeria is to give them an idea of what to expect when they take on robust-playing Senegal in their opening game of Group H.“There is high expectation around the team leading to the World Cup in Russia and it will be a major disappointment if they do not go past a first round group that also has Colombia, Senegal and Japan.“The Polish FA boss, Zbigniew Boniek, a famous player in his playing days, said he expects Poland not to lose their opening game against Senegal and for Colombia and Poland go through,” stressed the top Polish sports journalistAnd four days later, they will take on another World Cup qualifier South Korea so as to prepare for their group game against Japan.Interestingly, while there is frenzy in Wroclaw over the clash, Nigerian midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi who is expected to arrive Eagles’ Radisson Blu Hotel camp today, insisted that there was nothing friendly about the match.“Yes it’s a friendly match, but we don’t see it as friendly, every game is important for us as we start our World Cup build-up,” Onazi observed yesterday.The Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder who scored a spectacular goal on Sunday for his club in the 4–1 win over Yeni Malatyaspor, is to have a delayed transit in Germany before connecting straight to the Polish city for the Friday night friendly.“I will arrive on Tuesday because I have a very long transit from Frankfurt to Poland,” concludes the Jos-born Onazi.Four days after the game in Wroclaw, Eagles are to take on Serbia in another friendly against Russia 2018-bound team at The Hive in London (home ground of Barnet FC and London Bees).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Borland embracing move to middle linebacker

first_imgChris Borland suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year, but as he works his way back to full heath, he is preparing to man a new spot – middle linebacker – for the Badgers this year.[/media-credit]Chris Borland seemed to be in the middle of everything during the 2009 season when he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, forcing turnovers and recording sacks on a regular basis.Now, after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last season, Borland is set to become the official man in the middle for the UW defense in 2011.Head coach Bret Bielema announced at the start of spring camp that Borland was making a position switch from outside to middle linebacker. Borland remains limited in spring camp as he works his way back to full health, but the transition to middle linebacker has already started in the film room.“I’ve just been familiarizing myself with the position,” Borland said. “It’s not too difficult really. And we’ve changed some things with our defense so everybody is learning. I played a little bit my freshman year and its been a pretty smooth transition so far.”But why the need for such a transition in the first place?Borland established himself as a defensive play maker in his first season on the outside, so why make a change?According to Borland, the move fits better with Wisconsin’s current linebacker depth.“I think it’s just a practical decision based on our personnel,” Borland said. “Mike [Taylor] and Clax [Kevin Claxton] are two great outside linebackers and I’m probably a better fit than both of those guys in the middle.“To get three of our better guys on the field – I think it makes the most sense.”In addition, Borland appears to have the skill set necessary to excel at the middle linebacker spot.The 5-foot-11, 242-pound player is stout enough to hold his ground against inside running plays, and he also has the quickness needed to shoot the gaps and make plays on the edges.With that in mind, Borland’s fellow linebackers are excited about the positive effect the move will have on their unit.“I think it’s a really good move,” senior linebacker Kevin Claxton said. “Chris is a very athletic, explosive guy who can go sideline to sideline. It’s a good thing for us to have him on the inside.”“In this defense having Chris in the middle keeps him in the box,” junior linebacker Mike Taylor added. “Chris is just great for fighting those linemen and using his quickness and strength to bully those guys. Having him always in the box where he can always make plays will be really helpful.”Offenses now won’t be able to run away from Borland’s side of the field in hopes of keeping him away from the action.In the middle, Borland can use his speed to track down plays on either side.But how does Borland’s unique pass rushing ability fit in? In his freshman season, Borland finished with five sacks and was constantly pressuring the quarterback with his trademark spin move off the edge.Opposing offensive tackles were simply no match for Borland’s quickness, and though he may be moving inside in UW’s base defense, don’t be surprised to see Borland lined up on the outside for that very role in specific third down packages.“We don’t know what we are going to do yet for our third down package but yeah, absolutely,” Borland said with a smile. “I think that will stay.”Borland says he expects to be back to 100 percent by June when the Badgers begin their summer workout program.He’ll continue to study his new position until camp resumes in the fall when he will presumably be able to return to full-contact action for the first time in months.So, how anxious is Borland to test out the middle linebacker spot and absorb that first collision?“Words really can’t describe,” he said.last_img read more