National champion racing against time

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Jahnoy Thompson (centre) winning the men 200m ahead of Nigel Ellis (right) and Rasheed Dwyer (left) at the JAAA/SVL National Senior Championships in 2018.
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Jahnoy Thompson (centre) winning the men 200m ahead of Nigel Ellis (right) and Rasheed Dwyer (left) at the JAAA/SVL National Senior Championships in 2018.

Jahnoy Thompson, last year’s national men’s 200-metre champion, is racing against time. Slowed by a foot injury, the 6’ 2” sprinter is just getting back into the training groove he feels he needs to retain his title. Speaking recently, Thompson remains hopeful of a timely return to full fitness.

“I had a stress reaction in my left foot, so I missed a lot of training”, said the White Hill native. “I missed like two solid months of training, so right now, I’m just trying to get back into the groove of things.”

The recurring injury worsened this year. “It started late January, so it was from like from February and ‘March-ish’, so basically I couldn’t like jog on it, couldn’t do anything on it,” he reported.

At the 2018 National Senior Championships, Thompson produced personal-best times of 20.29 and 20.21 seconds in the semis and final to book a ticket to the NACAC Championships and the CAC Games, where he finished fifth and fourth, respectively. Having run for Maggotty High, Manchester High, Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) and now Louisiana State University (LSU), he relished the international experience.

“It’s like I got a little piece of the cake, you know, and it just made me more hungry for the whole cake,” he declared.

A consistent block of training has made him cautiously optimistic about the upcoming NCAA Regional Championships and the Nationals, which are set for Kingston next month. “Let’s say I run like a 20.4 comfortably, I’d know that I could come and retain my title.”

So far, Akeem Bloomfield is the fastest Jamaican in the 200 metres at 20.24 seconds.

While this year’s big target is the World Championships, Thompson has Olympic aspirations.

“I feel like every athlete’s dream is to go to the Olympics”, he stated plainly. “If this season doesn’t work out as I planned it to work out, I just got to refocus and get right for next season, 2020 Olympics.”

By then, he could be running the 400 metres, an event in which he has run 46.67 seconds.

“This might sound kind of stupid, but I really love the 400m,” Thompson intimated. “I prefer the 400m over the 200m.”

“I missed out on training and stuff, so I just switched to the 200m,” the LSU senior outlined with regard to his 2018 event choices. “But I feel like in the future, I’m going to probably go back to the 400m.”

Last year, the long strider was the first-choice first-leg man for the LSU 4x400m team that clocked 3 minutes 00.55 seconds.

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IPL will help WI players – Grave

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

Cricket West Indies (CWI) says it does not anticipate any disruption to the squad’s preparation for the ICC World Cup due to the scheduled late arrival of key players from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Seven players, led by talismanic vice-captain Chris Gayle, only joined up with the West Indies squad last Saturday for the pre-tournament camp at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, after completing their IPL stints.

This meant that Gayle, along with all-rounders Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite, batsmen Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, along with fast-bowler Oshane Thomas, all missed the just-concluded Tri-Nations Series in Ireland – West Indies’ last one-day assignment before the World Cup bowls off on May 30.

But unlike several other cricket boards which opted to recall its players early from the IPL, CWI Chief Executive Johnny Grave said the Caribbean body believed the high-profile Twenty20 tournament served as adequate preparation for the World Cup.

“Playing in the IPL and playing in front of millions of people watching on TV, thousands of people in packed stands in big stadiums, many people will say that in terms of preparing for World Cup – where the eyes of the world are watching you and the stadiums in England, from my understanding will have capacity crowds for all games – some people will argue the IPL is better preparation than just sort of warming up or playing games where maybe the context and the pressure isn’t quite the same,” Grave said in a radio interview here.

“We also took the view that it was important that rather than disrupt what was happening in Ireland, we would leave that squad with real clarity that they were playing in all the games.”

The 15-man World Cup squad gathered in Southampton last weekend to begin their final preparation for the one-day showpiece, which runs until July 14.

West Indies will climax the camp with a warm-up match against defending World Cup champions Australia, before heading to Bristol where they take on South Africa on May 26 and New Zealand two days later in official warm-ups.

Grave said CWI had factored rest for the IPL players into their planning, and had also added the fixture against Australia to the schedule, to ensure that these arriving players had sufficient ODI practice in the buildup to the World Cup.

“We’ve also said to the players, ‘You’ve been in India for almost two months. We’ll let you come back into the Caribbean, come and spend a week with your family and friends and recharge’, because, again, the World Cup is no short tournament – it’s not a couple of weeks,” Grave explained.

FAIRLY CONFIDENT

“It’s almost two months in the UK and nine internationals plus these three friendlies that we’ve got, so we’re fairly confident. One of the reasons why we lined up the extra warm-up game against Australia was to just ensure that the IPL players themselves had enough match preparation.

“Hopefully, they will be adequate for our players and, hopefully, we can sort of manage the workload and make sure everyone is in top nick, in top form, when it comes to the first game at Trent Bridge.”

There had been concern in certain quarters about the West Indies IPL players being allowed to arrive just two weeks before the side’s first game against Pakistan on May 31 in Nottingham.

Players like Russell and Lewis have not played a competitive ODI in nearly a year, while Brathwaite, who featured in the home series against England in March, played in just two matches in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Laurie Foster | Don’t expect too much from Windies at World Cup

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West Indies’ Shai Hope play a shot through the covers during the third one-day international match between India and West Indies in Pune, India, on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

The West Indies team will go into World Cup 50-overs-a-side battle in England and Wales in a matter of weeks. It is widely discussed among the sport’s adoring fans,as to what will be its chances of notching a third title, 40 years after its last in 1979. Despite the ebb and flow of the team’s fortunes in recent times, it is difficult to match the enthusiasm and excitement engineered by West Indians all over, who still believe in the maroon-clad men’s ability to deliver the goods. How well-founded are these views?

The format this time will see the 10 qualifying teams each playing against one another in the opening round. The four top teams will go to a semi-final from which the ultimate winner will be decided on a knockout basis.

The Jason Holder-led squad is in for a rough passage to make it to the second stage. Gone are the days when scores of under 300 can point to, much less guarantee, a victory. Having said that, the Windies batting is suspect. Apart from being a batsman short, and the stark reality of that, it is too heavily dependent on the vice-­captain, Christopher Gayle, at just under 40 years old, to set the stage for match-winning totals. The rest of the batting gang includes a struggling out-of-form Darren Bravo, a recently unproductive Evin Lewis, plus the new kid on the block, Shimron Hetmyer. It is only the rapidly blossoming Shai Hope, in whom its supporters can be well pleased, as his run-scoring capacity is torrential. After this comes the all rounders, Holder himself and Andre Russell, still recuperating from knee injuries. In the case of the latter, he has made a significant contribution in Twenty20 cricket and it would not be prudent to depend on him to sparkle over longer periods, which would be the case if the upper-order batsmen fall into decline.

As far as the bowlers are concerned, the inclusion of Ashley Nurse seems a given. Otherwise, the team will be dependent on pacemen Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and either Sheldon Cotterell or Oshane Thomas. None of these has shown in the recent Tri-Nation Series with Ireland and Bangladesh, the consistency to make meaningful, early breakthroughs, especially when up against the Asians.

With all that in mind, it would be unwise to place too much confidence in this West Indies team. One does not necessarily wish to put them down, but the reality must be appreciated. Based on what was on display against Bangladesh and Ireland, they appear not to be good enough to make the mark for which their supporters hope.

But, as has been proven in the past, cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. As former West Indies great, Michael Holding, warns, “Never rule any reasonable team out of a one-day tournament.”

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Archer up for World Cup challenge

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Archer

LONDON (CMC):

Newly minted England fast bowler, Jofra Archer, believes he is well prepared for the challenges of the ICC World Cup despite his lack of experience in one-day Internationals (ODI).

The Barbadian, who qualifies for England through his British father, was yesterday named in the Lions’ final 15-man World Cup squad after playing a mere three ODIs earlier this month.

Archer, however, has had a couple of seasons in both the Indian Premier League and the Australian Big Bash and believes the demands of franchise cricket has served him well.

“I think I’m ready. I’ve played a lot of cricket outside of 50-over so I know how to deal with pressure – crowds. I think I am ready,” he told Sky Sports.

“Obviously, because of that cricket I wasn’t able to play much List A for Sussex but you don’t forget how to bowl really. I think you get more opportunities to bowl than in T20, you get another six extra overs to take more wickets.”

Archer snapped up 11 wickets in as many matches for Rajasthan Royals to follow up on an impressive debut IPL season when he took 15 wickets in 10 outings.

And having bowled against some of the world’s best batsmen in the IPL, Archer said he would bring that knowledge into the World Cup.

“I think I have bigger advantage over some of the other guys in our team,” he explained.

“We play them (opposing batsmen) twice in the IPL and you know their weaknesses, you know their strengths, you know if they can’t run between the wickets – you get an extra bit of inside information.”

Archer, who became eligible for selection in March after the England and Wales Cricket Board reduced its residency period from seven years to three, had been ignored in the preliminary World Cup squad.

However, he impressed with his pace in subsequent matches against Ireland and Pakistan, forcing left-arm seamer David Willey out of the final squad for the showpiece which bowls off May 30.

The 24-year-old Archer, who played for West Indies Under-19s in the past but had long expressed his desire to represent England, said he was thrilled with his selection.

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F1 great Niki Lauda dies at 70

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Lauda

BERLIN (AP):

Formula One great Niki Lauda, who won two of his world titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70.

Lauda’s family issued a statement saying the three-time world champion “passed away peacefully” on Monday, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Walter Klepetko, a doctor, who performed a lung transplant on Lauda last year, said Tuesday: “Niki Lauda has died. I have to confirm that.”

“His unique successes as a sportsman and entrepreneur are and remain unforgettable,” the family statement said. “His tireless drive, his straightforwardness and his courage remain an example and standard for us all. Away from the public gaze he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him very much.”

Lauda won the F1 drivers’ championship in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and again in 1984 with McLaren.

In 1976, he was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix, but he made an astonishingly fast return to racing just six weeks later.

RETIREMENT

Lauda remained closely involved with the F1 circuit after retiring as a driver in 1985, and in recent years served as the non-executive chairman of the Mercedes team.

Formula One posted a message from its official Twitter account to acknowledge Lauda’s contribution to the sport.

“Rest in peace Niki Lauda. Forever carried in our hearts, forever immortalised in our history,” the post said. “The motorsport community today mourns the devastating loss of a true legend.”

Born on February 22, 1949 into a wealthy Vienna family, Nikolaus Andreas Lauda was expected to follow his father into the paper-manufacturing industry, but instead concentrated his business talents and determination on his dreams of becoming a racing driver.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said “Niki, we will miss you.”

“The whole country and the motor sports world are mourning a really great Austrian,” Kurz wrote on Twitter.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen paid tribute to Lauda as “an idol and an ambitious fighter who never gave up.”

Lauda financed his early career with the help of a string of loans, working his way through the ranks of Formula 3 and Formula 2. He made his Formula 1 debut for the March team at the 1971 Austrian Grand Prix and picked up his first points in 1973 with a fifth-place finish for BRM in Belgium.

Lauda joined Ferrari in ‘74, winning a Grand Prix for the first time that year in Spain. He won his first drivers’ title with five victories the following season.

Facing tough competition from McLaren’s James Hunt — their rivalry featured in the Ron Howard-directed movie Rush — Lauda appeared on course to defend his title in 1976 when he crashed at the Nuerburgring during the German Grand Prix. Several drivers stopped to help pull him from the burning car, but the accident would scar him for life. The baseball cap Lauda almost always wore in public became a personal trademark.

Lauda made his comeback just six weeks after the crash, finishing fourth at Monza after overcoming his initial fears.

He recalled “shaking with fear” as he changed into second gear on the first day of practice and thinking, “I can’t drive.”

The next day, Lauda said he “started very slowly trying to get all the feelings back, especially the confidence that I’m capable of driving these cars again.” The result, he said, boosted his confidence and after four or five races “I had basically overcome the problem of having an accident and everything went back to normal.”

He won his second championship in 1977 before switching to Brabham and then retiring in 1979 to concentrate on setting up his airline, Lauda Air, declaring that he “didn’t want to drive around in circles anymore”.

Lauda came out of retirement in 1982 after a big-money offer from McLaren, reportedly about $3 million a year.

He finished fifth his first year back and 10th in 1983, but came back to win five races and edge teammate Alain Prost for his third title in 1984. He retired for good the following year, saying he needed more time to devote to his airline business.

TIES WITH HAMILITON

Lauda in later years formed a close bond with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who joined the team in 2013. He often backed Hamilton in public and provided advice and counsel to the British driver.

Lauda twice underwent kidney transplants, receiving an organ donated by his brother in 1997 and, when that stopped functioning well, a kidney donated by his girlfriend in 2005.

In August 2018, he underwent a lung transplant that the Vienna General Hospital said was made necessary by a “serious lung illness.” It didn’t give details.

Lauda is survived by his second wife, Birgit, and their twin children Max and Mia. He had two adult sons, Lukas and Mathias, from his first marriage.

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BCIC swings for junior golfers

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From left: BCIC National Junior team members Justin Burrowes, Emily Mayne and Rocco Lopez.

The third staging of the PGA Latinoamérica BMW Jamaica Classic closed with an exciting finish from American Evan Harmeling, who secured the first place trophy and a cheque for US$31,500 on Sunday, May 19th, 2019, at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay.

Over 144 of the region’s top golfers from more than 14 different countries competed at the event from May 16–19.

BCIC provided six national junior golf team members with the opportunity to ‘Play with a PGA Pro’ at the BMW Jamaica Classic Pro Am on May 15. Justin Burrowes, one of Jamaica’s leading amateurs, will be participating in the tournament itself and was also a member of the BCIC-sponsored National Junior Golf Team, led by coach Jason Lopez.

His teammates were Rocco Lopez and Emily Mayne. The second BCIC-sponsored team was the Campion Golf Team, whose members are Winnie Lue, Aman Dhiman and Trey Williams.

Tournament director Peter Lindo, expressed, “We are very grateful for the support that BCIC has given to junior golf. The participation of the junior golfers in this event will give them valuable exposure to world-class golfers, which they may not have otherwise experienced.”

FUTURE LEADERS

Lori-Ann Glasgow, general manager of marketing (BCIC) added, “We are happy and proud to be able to give these top young golfers a chance to participate in such a prestigious international tournament. BCIC is committed to the development of our future leaders through sports and education and I believe that this is a rare opportunity which will contribute to the growth and development of golf and give our top junior players the requisite exposure and advancement needed to excel in the sport locally and internationally.”

In keeping with its commitment to promoting youth development through education and sports, BCIC has sponsored several initiatives, such as the All Jamaica Junior Squash Championships and the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships, with a particular focus on not only raising the awareness of golf in Jamaica, but also providing opportunities for young women to be involved in the sport through their #GirlsforGolf Initiative.

Outside of Florida, Jamaica is the only English-speaking stop on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the 17th country and the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to host an official PGA Latinoamérica event.

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Resting champions – Warriors get another long break before NBA Finals

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts at the end of Game 4 of the NBA basketball play-offs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime.

And now, they wait.

Again.

The Golden State Warriors have got used to going to the NBA Finals, and their win in Portland on Monday night clinched their fifth consecutive trip. They’ve also got used to waiting for those finals to begin, with long layoffs after the Western Conference finals having become their norm.

By the time Game 1 of the NBA Finals arrives in either Milwaukee or Toronto on May 30, it’ll be a 10-day gap between games for the Warriors. It’s not the longest in NBA history, but it matches the length of the break that the Warriors handled in 2017, and this marks the third time in this five-year run of finals trips that they’ve had at least a week off.

“Happy to get a little rest before we have to play again,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

It is much-needed rest, too.

The Warriors clinched the series in Portland without Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala – all sidelined by injuries. There’s no way of knowing yet if Durant and Cousins will be back in time for the finals, either. Plenty of other Warriors are dealing with bumps and bruises as well.

Accruing rust is always a major concern during days without games, but the Warriors surely feel the obvious advantage – rest – outweighs any drawbacks right now – especially after they were stretched to seven games by Houston last year in the West finals and only had two days off before the NBA Finals.

HEALTH

“We definitely want to get our guys healthy,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “We need to get Andre back healthy, DeMarcus and Kevin. We need those guys going into the finals. That’s our hope, that we can get all three of those guys back moving forward.”

Down by 17 with less than two minutes to play in the third quarter at Portland, the easiest thing for the Warriors would have been to let off the gas and try to clinch the series at Oracle Arena tomorrow night.

Instead, they turned a 95-78 deficit into a 119-117 overtime win – outscoring the Blazers 41-22 in the final 19 minutes of the game.

“We could have said Game 5 was our game,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said. “But we saw how long that break was going to be and we wanted to take advantage of it.”

The longest gap between the conference finals and NBA Finals came in 1982, when the Los Angeles Lakers sat around for 12 days before beginning their series against Philadelphia.

The Warriors’ layoff this season marks the 26th time that a team will have at least a week before the end of the conference finals and the start of the NBA Finals — and if Milwaukee wins the next two games of the East title matchup, the Bucks would get added to the list as well. The earliest that the Bucks could oust Toronto and win the East is Thursday; the finals start the following Thursday.

Teams with at least a one-week gap before Game 1 of the NBA Finals are 14-11 in the series.

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High hopes – JFF, Grange confident of Reggae Girlz advancing from World Cup Group C

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Sport Minister Olivia Grange (centre) and Caribbean Airlines director Zachary Harding (right) chat with members of Jamaica''s senior women''s football team at a farewell event hosted by sponsor Caribbean Airlines at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

Jamaica senior women’s football team head coach Hue Menzies says he is very confident that the Reggae Girlz will make it into the second round of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The Reggae Girlz, who will be making their debut at the tournament, are drawn in Group C with Brazil, Italy, and Australia.

Menzies told The Gleaner that he has scouted all the teams in the Reggae Girlz’s group, and based on the information that they have received, he is feeling very optimistic that the Jamaicans will make it through to the next phase of the competition.

“We have to be in it to win it, so we have to believe, and we feel that we have as much a chance as the rest of the teams that are there that we will advance to the next phase of the competition,” Menzies said at a send-off ceremony for the Girlz at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

“The girls are confident because we are on a bit of a streak ourselves, and some of the other teams are going through a little bit of an individual turmoil, so hopefully, we can capitalise and do well in the group,” he said.

“It would mean leaps and bounds for us if we should advance from the group, but this is just a stop on the journey because we have more work to do beyond the World Cup.”

Sport Minister Olivia Grange, who was in attendance at the event, is also confident that the team will do well in France.

“Their motto is ‘Strike hard,’ so I want them to look at the letters in the motto and to find ways to stay focus, train hard, and be humble,” she said.

“Work hard as a team, care about your teammates, and go out there with the Jamaican edge, because although we are a small country, we have made history by qualifying for the World Cup in France.

“We have been able, so far, to display the kind of focus and results that we want, so I just want them to stay the course and remember that they have an entire nation behind them when they get to France.”

Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts said Menzies’ hopes are justified because the Reggae Girlz have produced impressive results in their build-up to the tournament.

“I think that they are in good physical and mental shape, having signed contracts,” he said. “I think that they will do well and we are looking forward to them going to at least the second round of the World Cup.

“We have showed that we have some quality and we have played two teams that are actually in the World Cup. We have beaten Chile twice and we played to a 1-1 draw against South Africa, so that could be an indication that we are on par with some of the top teams in the world.”

The Reggae Girlz will get their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign started on June 9 against Brazil. They will play Italy on June 14 and Australia on June 18.

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The ‘Alpha Factor’ – Jamaica gymnastics lands partnership with American apparel company

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From left: Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association (JAGA) president Nicole Grant, Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Christopher Samuda, JAGA’s junior development team members, and guest speaker Marva Bernard at the official announcement of a partnership with American apparel company Perform Group. The announcement was made at the JOA headquarters in Kingston on Sunday.

Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association (JAGA) president Nicole Grant says the body has signed a deal with an overseas apparel company to provide gear for the national teams over the next two years.

Grant, who made the announcement at a press conference at the Jamaica Olympic Association head office in Kingston on Sunday, said Perform Group, based in York, Pennsylvania, saw Jamaica’s gymnastics as a “viable and important part of their family” and reached out to JAGA to provide support.

Alpha Factor, the gymnastics apparel division of Perform Group, will now be the exclusive supplier of leotards for Jamaica’s junior and senior elite teams.

“We’re incredibly happy to have the opportunity to outfit these elite Jamaican gymnasts in our apparel,” Perform Group president Tighe King said. “Our Alpha Factor division creates some of the best practice and competitive leotards in the industry. Having Jamaican national gymnasts showcase our apparel on international stages will highlight the amazing design work being done at Alpha Factor.

“Each gymnastics team member will be outfitted with several styles – everything from our latest half-sleeve styles to custom long-sleeve leotards and men’s tanks. Our ability to do in-house digital printing on our fabrics means the designs can be incredibly intricate, unique, and cutting edge in appearance.”

Grant describes the partnership as a “wonderful journey”.

“We see this as a mutually beneficial partnership that will benefit both organisations by having our gymnasts showcase such a well-made and prestigious brand.

“Perform Group’s Alpha Factor division will outfit Jamaica’s junior elite team for the first Junior World Championships in Hungary (next month). The following month, Jamaica’s senior gymnasts will compete in Alpha Factor apparel for the team’s historic first-ever appearance at the Pan-Am Games.”

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Dottin out of England series

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Dottin

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):

Injury has ruled aggressive all-rounder Deandra Dottin out of upcoming tours of Ireland and England starting later this month, dealing a stern blow to the Windies Women’s ICC Women’s Championship campaign.

The 27-year-old, the world’s leading Twenty20 (T20) all-rounder, who also sits second in the Twenty20 batting rankings, sustained a shoulder injury and is now set to undergo surgery.

Dottin will be replaced by experienced batsman Britney Cooper, who last featured for the Windies in the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean last November.

The Windies Women have been involved in a preparation camp here for the last two weeks, but Cricket West Indies did not say whether Dottin sustained the injury then.

SPEEDY RECOVERY

“Obviously, it’s very unfortunate with Deandra having to do surgery. She is certainly a key player for us, and we wish her a speedy recovery to come back and win matches for the West Indies,” interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes, said.

“Britney has previous experience at the international level, and we believe she will make a positive contribution.”

Dottin is a vastly experienced member of the squad, having played 117 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 110 T20 Internationals.

She was the leading player in the series against Pakistan earlier this year, gathering 158 runs and taking three wickets in the T20 series in Karachi while scoring 129 runs and grabbing eight wickets in the ODI series in Dubai.

Her presence will be missed on the upcoming ODI tour against powerhouses England, where six ICC Women’s Championship points will be up for grabs.

The Windies currently languish in seventh on 11 points in the eight-team rankings used to determine automatic qualification for the 2021 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and are in desperate need of points.

The top four sides, plus the hosts, earn direct berths, while the remaining sides must enter a 10-team qualifying tournament.

The Windies face Ireland in three T20 Internationals from May 26-29 in Dublin before taking on England in three and three ODIs from June 6-25.

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