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

Footie ace Harry Winks shows off skills by volleying tea bag into his mug

first_imgGOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected] FOOTIE ace Harry Winks showed off his soccer skills when he made a cuppa by volleying the tea bag into the mug – from the other side of his kitchen.The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder posted a video of his unique approach to tea-making on Instagram.7 Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks posted a video of his unique approach to tea-making on InstagramCredit: Harry Winks instagram7 Harry sends the teabag looping towards the mug on the other side of his kitchenCredit: Harry Winks instagramThe 15-second clip shows Winks, 24, at home in his kitchen during the coronavirus lockdown.He lobs the teabag up in the air and with his stocking feet volleys it around five yards straight into the cup.He then walks up, pours some milk in and takes a swig.Spurs fans praised his footie skills with one saying: “Best tea maker in north London, without a doubt.”7 Heading for the back of the mug as Harry turns away ready to celebrateCredit: Harry Winks instagram7 The teabag lands in the mug after Harry’s perfectly executed volley – although he is yet to score in the Premier LeagueCredit: Harry Winks instagramJaibrooks added: “That was sweet no pun intended.”And Rhian Morgan posted: “This is why he is on the back of my shirt.”Winks posted the video as footballers across the country try to fill their days now that games and training sessions have been suspended. The Premier League is currently halted until April 30, although a meeting will be held on April 3 to discuss the next steps.The midfielder has featured in 23 of Tottenham’s 29 Premier League games this season, although his shooting has not been as accurate as his tea-making volleys – he has yet to score.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAnd although most fans hailed his footie skills some questioned his tea-making ability – including Leicester City star James Maddison.He said: “At least let it brew Harry.”Winks replied: “Was a great cuppa mate.”7 Just time to add a dash of milk…Credit: Harry Winks instagram7 …Before Harry lifts the cupCredit: Harry Winks instagram7 Harry in action for SpursCredit: Getty Images – Gettylast_img read more

Formula One: Charles Leclerc Claims Pole as Ferrari Lock Out Front Row in Belgian GP

first_img belgian gpBelgian Grand PrixCharles LeclercF1 First Published: August 31, 2019, 10:20 PM IST Spa-Francorchamps: Charles Leclerc claimed pole position for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix with a dazzling lap in a dramatic qualifying session on Saturday as Ferrari delivered a dominant front row lockout.The Monegasque, who was quickest in two of the three practice sessions and is seeking his maiden victory in Formula One, clocked a fastest lap in one minute 42.519 seconds. He was 0.748sec clear of his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel. It was his third pole of the season after successes in Bahrain and Austria, but he goes into the race seeking to claim his maiden victory, having been left frustrated at both previous races.It was Ferrari’s first lockout since the Bahrain Grand Prix in March and the 63rd in the team’s F1 history, one fewer than Mercedes.Defending five-time world champion and series leader Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, who was fifth for Red Bull, and Daniel Ricciardo of Renault.”That felt good,” said Leclerc. We were struggling a little bit more for race pace and we need to work on that, but I am sure we will be strong.”Vettel was left frustrated by traffic on his final run. “At the end, it’s good we secured the front row, but to fight for pole I was in the queue!”Referring to his big crash in final practice in the morning, Hamilton said: “P3 was a terrible session for me and it’s painful because I know how much it takes to build the part and put the car together.”Ferrari have done a great job and I hope we can bring the fight to them.”Nico Hulkenberg was seventh in the second Renault ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo, Sergio Perez of Racing Point and Kevin Magnussen of Haas.Hamilton has won eight of this year’s 12 races to date to lead Bottas by 62 points in the championship.FLAMES PLUMINGOn a near-perfect day in the Ardennes forests, the air temperature was 31 degrees centigrade and the track 42 as the session began, the session was halted after five minutes when Robert Kubica pulled up with flames pluming from the rear of his Williams as another new Mercedes power-unit failure.It was the second stoppage of the day following Hamilton’s crash in third practice, an accident that resulted in high-speed repairs on his Mercedes as it was fitted with new front wheels, a new nose, bargeboards and floor.The session resumed after 10 minutes, with Hamilton immediately back in action courtesy of the unexpected extra time.He responded with a fast lap. That was, topped immediately by Bottas and then the two Ferraris.Q1 ended when Antonio Giovinazzi pulled up in his Alfa Romeo at the exit of La Source, preventing any late laps and condemning Carlos Sainz to elimination in 17th between the two Toro Rossos of Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat. The two Williams were last, with George Russell in 19th and Kubica 20th.After another delay, Q2 began with everyone on softs and Hamilton setting the early pace before Leclerc and Vettel took overs.Romain Grosjean of Haas, Lando Norris of McLaren, Lance Stroll of Racing Point, Red Bull new boy Alex Albon and Giovinazzi were all eliminated, the last two without managing further laps.The Q3 shootout began with Ricciardo first out ahead of a curious bunching of the top drivers as they jockeyed for best ‘hot lap’ positions, Hamilton braking hard to avoid hitting his team-mate.”This is affecting the out lap,” he said. “Ridiculous.”On their first runs, Leclerc took advantage with a best lap in 1min 42.644sec to go six-tenths clear of Hamilton with Vettel two-tenths back in third ahead of Bottas. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more