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)
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