Chanderpaul appreciates JCA’s career recognition

first_imgThe West Indies’ second- highest Test-scoring batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has expressed delight at being formally recognised by the Jamaica Cricket Association JCA, for his contribution to West Indies cricket. The recognition, which came via a commemorative plaque, as well as tributes from officials of the JCA, was made on Monday following the conclusion of the WICB regional four-day tournament contest between Jamaica Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park. The plaque, which had an image of Chanderpaul enshrined on it, as well as a citation, was presented by JCA president Wilford ‘Billy” Heaven in the presence of the players and officials of both teams. JCA Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Francis, read the citation. ”I am very, very happy about it and very thankful that the JCA has seen it fit to recognise me,” said Chanderpaul, who is second on the list of West Indies leading run-getters behind Brian Lara. ”It really feels special when it is at the back end of your career that people recognise you for the work that you have done, having played cricket in the Caribbean for over 20 years,” he declared. Chanderpaul, 42, who recently negotiated a Kolpak deal to play county cricket in England, played 164 matches for the West Indies, an outstanding average of 51.37, while scoring 11,867 runs. Lara scored 11,953 runs from 131 matches at an average of 52.88. Heaven, who said his association could not have allowed an outstanding player like Chanderpaul, who is likely to have played his final match at Sabina Park to go unrecognised, described the Guyanese as an icon. “Chanderpaul has had a fulfilling and illustrious career, not only for the West Indies, but also for Guyana and the several clubs and counties that he would have played for throughout his career,” stated Heaven. He brought to the game not only his cricketing skill and prowess, but a high level of dedication, commitment and resilience, and throughout has played with such levels of maturity and professionalism. ”These are attributes of a high order, admirable, and what all of our current young cricketers, and others, should look to aspire to.” Thankfullast_img read more

Sanchez flop at United not his fault says Guardiola

first_imgManchester: Pep Guardiola believes Alexis Sanchez cannot be blamed for his spectacular failure with Manchester United and expects the Chile forward to make an impact on loan with Inter Milan. The Manchester City manager tried to sign Sanchez — who played under Guardiola at Barcelona — when he was in the process of joining Manchester United from Arsenal 18 months ago. His failure to do so hardly proved problematic, with City winning the last two Premier League titles and watching from afar as Sanchez struggled at Old Trafford, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Sanchez joined Inter on loan this week with United still paying a large percentage of his salary. “I know him (Sanchez). We worked together in Barcelona. I have a special affection for him as a player, of course, but especially as a human being,” said Guardiola. “He’s an incredible, humble guy and a fighter. “So now he decides to move to Italy with one of the greatest teams in Europe with Inter right now, incredible manager with Antonio Conte and I’m pretty sure they are going to do well. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Because the way I think Inter plays, is perfect for him. Play close to (Romelu) Lukaku and in this position I think he is going to have a good period in Milan.” – ‘He is a shy guy’ – ===================== Talking ahead of the weekend visit of Brighton to the Etihad, Guardiola joked he never pondered what might have happened had Sanchez opted to join him instead of Jose Mourinho at United in January 2018. But the City manager is firm in his conviction that there is no simple explanation for Sanchez’s catastrophic fall from grace. “Football clubs don’t depend on one player,” he said. “You judge it was a failure for just Alexis, but there are many reasons. “Quality is there, it is always there. It happens for many reasons. “It is not only for one player that doesn’t work with one team. They don’t play alone, it’s not tennis, it’s not golf. “There is not one player in the Premier League that said this player is not good. “I don’t know what happened, I was not there, so that’s why I cannot give my opinion, but I am not thinking it is just for one reason.” Meanwhile, Guardiola must decide whether to hand teenage midfielder Phil Foden just his fourth ever league start — and a first of the season — against Brighton. The 19-year-old is widely expected to step into the void left when City skipper David Silva leaves at the end of the season, but Guardiola believes Foden may be too nice for his own good. “He is a shy guy. I would like him to talk more to me, but all the time I go to him and speak to him, he still looks at me like a little bit respect like a manager, and after two or three season it’s not necessary,” said Guardiola. “When he plays I will decide. I don’t know when but that’s going to happen because now we play an incredible amount of games.” (last_img read more