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Jamaican Bobsleigh team sets sight on Olympic glory
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Jamaican Bobsleigh team sets sight on Olympic glory

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Jamaica’s Bobsleigh team, so poignantly portrayed in the Disney movie hit Cool Runnings, are back in business with some members currently training in England for the 2022 Olympic Games. The 1993 comedy drama Cool Runnings was loosely based on the remarkable true story of the Jamaica Bobsleigh team’s debut in the competition during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada, when those involved had never seen snow. And now members of Jamaica’s latest Bobsleigh team, who missed out on making the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea by being just one position too low in the world rankings, have taken to the slopes at the UK’s largest indoor slope at The Snow Centre inHemel, Hempstead. ...
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“Universal Boss” Gayle in the running for top ICC accolade

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Chris Gayle, the hard-hitting Jamaican superstar, has been nominated for one of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Awards of the Decade. The 41-year-old, who was a powerhouse performer for the West Indies from 1999 until last year, is among the hopefuls to lift the ICC Men’s Twenty20 International (T20I) Cricketer of the Decade crown.Gayle, the self-titled “Universe Boss” on social media platform Twitter, has been recognised by the ICC for his outstanding performances in the T20I competition from the start of 2011 until October 7 this year. These awards are a special edition of the ICC’s annual prizes.During the past decade Gayle was a victorious member of the West Indies side that captured the ICC T20 World Cup on twice, in Sri Lanka (2012...
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Catalonia lined up for Jamaica’s next friendly Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Theodore Whitmore’s Jamaica, fresh from their troubled tour of Saudi Arabia, remain in the top 50 of the latest FIFA world rankings, with the Reggae Boyz potentially tackling the Catalonia national side in March. Theodore Whitmore The whistlestop tour in Asia was arranged to get the Boyz gelling as a team, and also to boost their world ranking against Saudi Arabia. Neither of these occurred and means Whitmore goes back to the drawing board. Yet the obstacles that beset the Jamaica contingent - including COVID-19 positive tests, delayed and cancelled flights for players arriving as well as the threat of a strike over money -meant that Whitmore’s plans were constantly shelved. The Boyz, who ...
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Splashing cash without success – Skerritt

Ricky Skerritt Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Ricky Skerritt, Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, is lamenting the splashing of cash over the past two decades, saying there is little to show for the investment. The West Indies, currently in New Zealand on their second Test tour this year, have been accused of not making a significant improvement performance-wise even after an injection of more than US$250m over the past 20 years. They are scheduled to play a trio of one-day matches, starting next week (November 27), against the hosts before they contest a pair of Test matches beginning December 3. Skerritt made the shock statement this week during his ‘Reforming CWI For Improved On Field Results’ lecture as part of the 20th annual Frank Worrell Memorial Lecture, which w...
Testing time for Jamaica coach Whitmore
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Testing time for Jamaica coach Whitmore

Theodore Whitmore Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Theodore Whitmore has seen the goal posts move constantly ever since it was announced that his Reggae Boyz would tackle Saudi Arabia in back-to-back friendlies.The Jamaica head coach has had to hurdle plenty of obstacles in preparation for the matches, which kick-off on Saturday (November 14, 11.30 a.m. Jamaican time) and conclude next Tuesday.But are Whitmore’s troops fully prepared for battle against the FIFA world no. 67 side, ranked 19 places below the Boyz, at the imposing Prince Faisal bin Fahad Stadium in Riyadh?Since Whitmore named an attack-minded 24-strong squad for the trek to western Asia, he lost a trio of players - one seeking to sign for a new club and two side-lined by coronavirus.Veteran centre back Adrian Mariappa...
Mariappa seals deal with Bristol City
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Mariappa seals deal with Bristol City

Adrian Mariappa at the tackle ! BNeil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Adrian Mariappa, the experienced Jamaica defender, has signed with highflying Championship side Bristol City today (November 11), ending his search for a new club following his release by Watford in August.The 34-year-old got permission to turn down being involved with the Reggae Boyz for this month’s back-to-back friendlies against hosts Saudi Arabia, to concentrate on finding a new club during the FIFA international break. Mariappa, who boasts 49 international caps for the Boyz, held talks with the club and was at their training ground today although initially it was unclear if a deal had been agreed or whether he was undertaking a trial. He signed a short-term deal with ambitious Bristol City, who are ...
Jamaican Marlon Samuels draws stumps
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Jamaican Marlon Samuels draws stumps

By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd BNeil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Marlon Samuels, the Jamaican all-rounder who was last seen on the pitch by fans in December 2018, has announced his retirement from professional cricket.However, the controversial 39-year-old took to Instagram last week to leave some parting shots. He hit out at former Australia spinner Shane Warne and England's Ben Stokes, following his long-standing feud with the pair, as well as slamming unnamed West Indies players. Kingston-born Samuels, who won two ICCC World Twenty20 finals in 2012 and 2016 respectively, was a stylish middle order batsman who bowled right arm off-breaks but who constantly ruffled feathers during his career. Failure to live up to his initial potential as a natural stroke pl...
WI commence training
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WI commence training

BNeil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd The West Indies had their inaugural training session on November 3, after the squad on tour in New Zealand, tested negative for COVID-19.  However, they will undergo further coronavirus tests before they can be released from the mandatory 14-day isolation. The team and management, which will next week be boosted by the arrival of an additional half-a-dozen players of their Twenty20 International (T20I) squad, have been in isolation in a bio-secure facility in Christchurch following their 54-hour flight from Barbados.With their first three days subjected to isolation, they are now set to continue training in small groups at New Zealand Cricket’s High Performance Centre at Lincoln University. But the majority were forced to wear warm clothin...
Bravo blow for West Indies’ tour NZ
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Bravo blow for West Indies’ tour NZ

By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Dwayne Bravo BNeil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Romario Shepherd will replace former West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo in the T20 International (T20I) squad due to tour New Zealand next month.Shepherd, 25, who made his international debut last year against Afghanistan, has played five One Day Internationals (ODI) and just two T20 Internationals. Trinidadian all-rounder Bravo was ruled out of the touring party, scheduled to depart the Caribbean on October 27, because of a groin injury.The 37-year-old two-time T20 World Cup winner, sustained the injury on October 17 during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match, playing for the Chennai Super Kings. He has returned to his native Trinidad and Tobago for rehabilitation. The Windies, defending...