Ambrose lauds Skerritt’s administration

first_img(CMC) – Legendary fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose has lauded the Ricky Skerritt administration for immediately confronting and attempting to fix the player issues facing West Indies cricket.Prior to Skerritt’s election as Cricket West Indies (CWI) president a year ago, several experienced players remained at loggerheads with the Dave Cameron-led board and often declined selection while others opted for retirement.However, with Skerritt immediately overhauling the selection process and announcing his intention to use a player-centred approach to governance, the Caribbean side has seen the return of players like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Lendl Simmons.“CWI before Ricky Skerritt’s tenure has had major issues with players and the board, and a lot of players just didn’t want to represent the West Indies because of issues,” Sir Curtly said here.“What I like about his (Skerritt) thing is that he brought all the players back in, meaning that everyone can be available for selection so we can try and find the strongest West Indies teams and that, to me, is a good thing.”Simmons was recalled after 2-½ years in the wilderness while Bravo ended his retirement and earlier this year made his first appearance in nearly four years for the Caribbean side.Pollard, whose appearances had also been infrequent, was appointed captain of the white-ball sides last September, despite having not played a single One-Day International in three years.Sir Curtly, a former West Indies bowling coach, said Pollard’s appointment had been a progressive move by selectors.“I like the idea of bringing Pollard as captain and I’ve said that before, in the ODIs and T20s,” said the Antiguan, who snatched 405 wickets from 98 Tests.“I think he is a fantastic leader. I have a lot of respect for him. He knows how to get the best out of his players and it is going to take a little time as well because we are so far behind.”Despite the positive moves by Skerritt regarding player involvement, Sir Curtly said the former tourism minister in St Kitts had a massive job on his hands in rescuing West Indies cricket.“West Indies cricket generally has been in a serious decline for about 20 years and even though president Skerritt and his crew have a lot of things they want to put in place, it is almost impossible to fix West Indies cricket in one year and not even one term, because one term is two years,” Sir Curtly argued.“It is going to take a lot longer than two years to really implement the things that they want to implement.”last_img read more

Youth gives way to experience down the stretch for Syracuse to grind out win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ ABOARD USS MIDWAY, SAN DIEGO, Calif. — By the 10-minute mark of the first half, Jim Boeheim had made use of all nine players expected to see the floor with regularity this season. But five minutes later, the rotation was already trimmed to six.Redshirt sophomore Trevor Cooney and freshmen DaJuan Coleman and Jerami Grant got their first taste of Division-I college basketball in the Battle on the Midway on Sunday, but their experiences were brief. The three players saw the court for a combined 19 minutes in ninth-ranked Syracuse’s 62-49 win over No. 20 San Diego State, as Boeheim rode his more experienced players to a gritty victory in the season opener.“We went with our veterans today in the last part of the game,” Boeheim said. “They did what they needed to do.”As with the two exhibition games, Coleman was part of the starting lineup on Sunday. But instead of playing on the wing with sophomore Rakeem Christmas in the middle of the 2-3 zone, Coleman occupied the paint against the Aztecs.He drew the ire of Boeheim twice on offense, though, after turning the ball over. Coleman was stripped on the game’s first possession and later threw a poor pass toward Michael Carter-Williams that was easily stolen in the opening moments of the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis one positive play of the game came on a tip-in following a missed tip by Christmas, and Coleman bellowed on his way back down court.“Let’s f***ing go!” Coleman yelled. “I’ve got this.”Cooney didn’t have much of a role on Sunday due mostly to the weather. Breezy conditions that intensified as the game went along made long-range shooting — Cooney’s specialty — both difficult and doubtful. Syracuse attacked the paint relentlessly on Sunday, scoring 44 of its 62 points in the paint.“We took four 3-point shots,” Boeheim said. “And that was probably a couple too many.”Grant played a total of six minutes, all of which came in the first half. He grabbed a rebound, committed a foul and missed a mid-range jumper that was his only shot attempt of the game. Comments Published on November 12, 2012 at 1:02 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more