first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt wants to involve more former West Indies players in the process of recreating world-beating teams but believes there is a part of that process being neglected.According to Skerritt, the gap between first-class cricket in the region and international cricket is too great and that may be where past players would best serve.Speaking on the ‘Good Morning Jojo Sports Show recently, Skerritt said, “The legends in their own home bases, it would be great if they could do more.Some of them would tell you that, “well, I have been living here for so many years and the cricket association president or whoever has never asked me to do anything, so people tend to sit back and wait to be asked because of bad experiences in the past or whatever”.It is the opinion of many who have an interest in seeing West Indies cricket develop, that those who have contributed to the sport as players are being sidelined and their various experiences are going to waste.Skerritt says his administration has actively been trying to change that.“I can tell you that more of our former players have been engaged since I have been president and maybe some of them feel like they haven’t been engaged enough and I have no doubt they could be engaged more,” he said. “ … but the people who really operate across the region and for whatever reasons that gap is just too huge,” said the CWI president. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

first_imgJermain Defoe scored a sensational long-range volley as Sunderland leapt three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone by beating derby rivals Newcastle United 1-0 on Sunday.Defoe struck in first-half stoppage-time, crashing a sublime left-foot volley into the top-right corner from 25 yards after Steven Fletcher headed on Costel Pantilimon’s punt downfield.The goal sparked jubilant celebrations at the Stadium of Light and Defoe, who returned to English football in January after a disappointing spell at Toronto FC, was seen to wipe away tears as he left the pitch at halftime.The England international’s goal gave manager Dick Advocaat victory in his first Wear-Tyne derby and enabled Sunderland to extend their run of successive wins over Newcastle to five.Spurs issuesMeanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino admitted that his team faced an uphill battle to secure Champions League qualification following a 0-0 draw at Burnley. The stalemate left Spurs seven points below the top four in sixth place, having played a game more than fourth-place Manchester City, who visit Crystal Palace on Monday.Spurs also have a vastly inferior goal difference to the teams in the top four and with only seven games of the season remaining, Pochettino conceded that the odds were against his side.”It is difficult, but we have seven games – we will try,” said the Argentine, who handed top scorer Harry Kane the captaincy in the absence of injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.”It is true that it is not easy. This game was a very tough game and we need to try to win the most points possible in the next seven games.Burnley finished the weekend third-from-bottom, two points below Hull City and Aston Villa, with Sunderland a point further up in 15th place. –last_img read more