Pay­ment slip WI Women beat Sri Lanka in opener

Tri­dents yet to re­ceive CPL earn­ings Scores: SRI LANKA WOMEN 136 off 49.4 overs (Yashoda Mendis 34, Di­lani Man­odara 28 not out, Chamari Ata­p­attu 25; Hay­ley Matthews 3-18, Stafanie Taylor 3-24, Afy Fletcher 3-42)

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - One World/caribbean Link - By MIKE KING

KIERON POL­LARD and his Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents team are still wait­ing for the monies they earned from this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion.

A source told NA­TION SPORT that some over­due pay­ments ranged from US$10 000 to US$120 000 per player.

The source added that ne­go­ti­a­tions were tak­ing place and play­ers should be com­pen­sated be­fore year-end.

The Tri­dents fran­chise is owned by fugi­tive bil­lon­aire Vi­jay Mallya, who faces money laun­der­ing charges in Lon­don. The 61-year-old ty­coon, who has been stay­ing in the United King­dom for over a year now, is ac­cused of de­fault­ing on loans worth thou­sands of crores in In­dia.

He slipped out of the coun­try in March last year, amid at­tempts by a group of banks to re­cover more than Rs. 9 000 crore loaned to him for his now-collapsed King­fisher Air­lines.

In­dia made an ex­tra­di­tion re­quest in Fe­bru­ary to Bri­tain to send back the busi­ness­man to face trial. He was ar­rested and re­leased on bail in April this year fol­low­ing In­dia’s ex­tra­di­tion re­quest.

Last year, Mallya was quoted as say­ing that he and other share­hold­ers got the own­er­ship of Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents for US$100 but the cost of run­ning the fran­chise would be around US$2 mil­lion and the Bar­ba­dos Gov­ern­ment promised to grant sub­si­dies to the fran­chise.

Tri­dents won the 2014 CPL ti­tle to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League Twenty20 in In­dia, and also reached the fi­nal of the 2015 edi­tion which they lost to Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel.

This year, Tri­dents boasted the likes of dash­ing Bar­ba­dian Dwayne Smith, world-class New Zealand bats­man Kane Wil­liamson, Eng­land’s Eoin Mor­gan, South Africa’s Wayne Par­nell and Pak­istan’s Wa­hab Riaz but failed to make the play-offs for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

The team, which was coached by Trinida­dian Robin Singh, won only four and lost six of their ten matches to end on eight points, fin­ish­ing above only the win­less St Lu­cia Stars.

Even though it has been ru­moured in some cir­cles that Pol­lard may not be re­join­ing the Tri­dents, he has promised a bet­ter show­ing next year.

“The boys will tran­spire on what hap­pened this past month and I will in­tro­spect too...we’ll come next year and try to do a lot bet­ter,” he said. ( MK) TAROUBA – Bar­ba­dian Hay­ley Matthews dis­played her all-round abil­ity to help West Indies Women de­feat Sri Lanka Women by six wick­ets in the open­ing One-day In­ter­na­tional to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match cricket se­ries yes­ter­day at the Brian Lara Sta­dium in Trinidad and Tobago.

Matthews took three for 18 in ten overs with her off-spin bowl­ing as Sri Lanka were dis­missed for a mod­est 136 in 49.4 overs.

She re­turned to hit 22 be­fore re­tir­ing hurt as the hosts reached 138 for four in 39 overs to win with 11 overs to spare, se­cur­ing two points in the new round of the ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship.

Wick­et­keeper Merissa Aguilleira top scored with 32 not out off 48 balls.

Refs urged not to stray off-side

NEW CARIBBEAN FOOT­BALL UNION (CFU) pres­i­dent Randy Har­ris has urged as­pir­ing ref­er­ees to take their role more se­ri­ously.

That was the mes­sage that Har­ris had for two dozen young ref­er­ees at­tend­ing a FIFA Ref­er­ees As­sis­tance Pro­gramme (RAP) that is be­ing held un­der the aus­pices of the Bar­ba­dos Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BFA).

Speak­ing be­fore an au­di­ence yes­ter­day morn­ing at the Bar­ba­dos Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion’s (BOA) head­quar­ters that in­cluded FIFA tech­ni­cal in­struc­tor Peter Pren­der­gast, Har­ris said the ref­er­ees were key to rais­ing the stan­dard of foot­ball and the pro­file of the sport.

“We (BFA) want to lift the stan­dard of foot­ball not only on the field of play and in the board room, but in the of­fice and just about ev­ery­where.

“The ref­er­ees are a part of the process and it is im­por­tant they view their role more se­ri­ously. I want you to set an ex­am­ple. Young peo­ple need an ex­am­ple. We have to lift the stan­dard of the game and by do­ing that, we can lift the stan­dard of a lot of young peo­ple,” he said.

Har­ris said the course was crit­i­cal to de­vel­op­ing the stan­dard of ref­er­ee­ing in Bar­ba­dos, not­ing it was im­por­tant even though ev­ery par­tic­i­pant may not be­come FIFA ac­cred­ited of­fi­cials, it was vi­tal to have a com­pe­tent pool to draw from.

Har­ris, who is also the BFA pres­i­dent, also spoke of the value of fit­ness.

“Fit­ness is very im­por­tant in ref­er­ee­ing. A lot of time, we lose fo­cus on that.”

Chair­man of BFA Ref­er­ees Com­mit­tee, Bar­ney Cal­len­der, made it clear to the 25 par­tic­i­pants that train­ing must be part of their diet.

“Those who don’t value train­ing, I want you to re­think that. It is im­por­tant to put the hard work in. I want af­ter the nice gear and videos, that af­ter you leave here, you are a bet­ter ref­eree. I chal­lenge you to make sure that hap­pens.

“Ev­ery­one is not go­ing to be a FIFA ref­eree, but you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to the game,” he said.

In call­ing for a change of at­ti­tude to­wards train­ing and a com­mit­ment to ref­er­ee­ing, Cal­len­der said par­tic­i­pants should ask them­selves three ques­tions: “What as­pects of my ref­er­ee­ing I want to keep and im­prove? What as­pects of my ref­er­ee­ing I want to get rid off? What new skills, at­ti­tudes and tech­niques I want to in­clude in my ref­er­ee­ing?” he added.

Pren­der­gast was full of praise for Har­ris.

“Make the best of what you have as not many coun­tries have a pres­i­dent like you that has so much in­ter­est in ref­er­ees. This pro­gramme is vi­tal and will be a huge learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for par­tic­i­pants,” said Pren­der­gast, who added he was happy to see sev­eral fe­males get­ting into the sys­tem.

The course stretches five days with the ma­jor­ity of the par­tic­i­pants hav­ing of­fi­ci­ated in the lower

WINDIES ‘A’ bats­man Vishaul Singh pulling through the leg side, watched by wick­et­keeper Sun­dun Weer­akkody, dur­ing his un­beaten half-cen­tury. (Picture cour­tesy Cwi/athel­stan Bel­lamy)

TONIA DEANE (left) and Alanna King are among the par­tic­i­pants in this week’s FIFA ref­er­ees course at the BOA head­quar­ters. (Picture by Ken­more By­noe.)

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