ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Veterans Merissa Aguilleira and Anisa Mohammed have been axed for West Indies women’s tour of Ireland and England next month.Neither was included in the 14-member squad announced by Cricket West Indies (CWI) yesterday, which will be led by regular captain Stafanie Taylor.The Trinidadian pair have been perennial fixtures in the regional side having both played over 100 One-Day Internationals but have found their playing opportunities reduced in recent series, with the emergence of younger players.Further, their form in the recent West Indies women’s Championship did little to enhance their claims, and newly-installed interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes, said this had also weighed against them.“Anisa Mohammed and Merissa Aguilleira’s performances in the recent women’s championships weren’t what we expected or how we wanted them to perform, so unfortunately they were not picked on this touring squad,” Haynes said.“There are other ladies who are vying for these coveted spots. We have three other wicketkeepers who have all been scoring consistently thereby outperforming Merissa.”He continued: “In terms of Anisa, we have Hayley who’s back and the captain Stafanie who can both bowl off-spin and have been performing consistently well. So overall we have a very unique and balanced team which reflects what we saw in Guyana during the Women’s Championships.”Aguilleira, 33, is a former captain, but failed to get a single game during last November’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean. However, she subsequently led the T20 side on the tour of Pakistan earlier this year when Taylor opted out, managing 20 runs from two innings.In the recent domestic 50-overs competition, Aguilleira could muster only 54 runs from five innings for Trinidad and Tobago, and a further 40 runs from three outings in the T20 phase.The 30-year-old Mohammed, who has also played over 100 matches in the shortest format, claimed nine wickets from five matches in the 50-overs competition and five from as many games in the T20 format.In acknowledging the pair’s contribution, Haynes said their omission was not the end of their careers.“Merissa and Anisa have given a lot to West Indies Cricket and I’m sure based on improved performances we can see them back in the West Indies Women’s team in future series.”Selectors have, meanwhile, recalled experienced batsman Stacy-Ann King following a three-year absence. The Trinidadian last turned out for West Indies on England’s tour of the Caribbean in 2016 but scored consistently in the domestic tournament to force herself back into contention.She averaged 40 in the one-dayers and 45 in T20s and Haynes said he expected her experience and all-round ability to be crucial on the upcoming tour.“Stacy Ann King’s return to the West Indies Women’s team to tour Ireland and England is no real surprise after her performance during the recently concluded Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup and CWI’s T20 Blaze tournaments,” he explained.“Her experience is very vital in this very crucial series against England, a series that we must win, so her ability to bowl good left arm swing will be an added dimension to our bowling attack.”Opener and vice-captain Hayley Matthews has also returned after missing the recent Pakistan series through injury.West Indies women will take on Ireland in a three-match Twenty20 series May 26-29 before clashing with England in a tour comprising three One-Day Internationals and three T20s, June 6-25.The squad will gather for a training camp here from May 6 to 20 before departing the Caribbean on May 21.SQUAD – Stafanie Taylor (captain), Hayley Matthews (vice-captain), Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbelle, Natasha McLean, Stacy Ann King.
The Clippers’ list of injured players is long and varied. Blake Griffin has a concussion. Austin Rivers has an ankle impingement. Patrick Beverley underwent season-ending knee surgery. Danilo Gallinari has a gluteus maximus injury. Milos Teodosic has a plantar fascia injury.They’re not alone in missing key players because of injuries.The Golden State Warriors, the Clippers’ opponent Wednesday in Oakland, have taken to listing most of their top players on their injured list. Steph Curry sat out 11 games because of a sprained ankle and Kevin Durant has missed the past three games because of a calf strain.Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets has been sidelined for extended periods because of knee injuries and adductor injuries. James Harden, Paul’s teammate, is out because of a hamstring injury, missing last week’s showdown with the Warriors. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The San Antonio Spurs have been without Kawhi Leonard for most of the season because of a quadriceps injury and more recently because of a partially torn shoulder muscle. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this season he’s never seen a quad injury like Leonard’s.“Never, never,” Popovich said.Except that the Spurs’ Tony Parker had a similar quad injury that sidelined him.The list goes on and on around the NBA.“There’s a million theories,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said when asked earlier this week why there seem to be more injuries to key players around the league this season than ever before. “It’s a great question. I wish I had an answer. I don’t have an answer.” Doc Rivers, who likes to joke that Doc is just his nickname and that he’s not an actual medical doctor, then offered one theory.“I wish all of them played more basketball,” he said. “Clearly, that’s not the whole reason, but I just think guys played basketball years ago. Just a lot of basketball. It’s not lost on me that Jamal Crawford is always healthy because he plays basketball.”NBA players are stronger, bigger and faster than when Rivers played in the league with the Atlanta Hawks, Clippers, New York Knicks and Spurs from 1983-96. He said he admires the dedication to their workout routines, but he wonders if they weren’t overdoing it.“Guys now do all the other stuff, which I think is important, but the game they play is basketball,” he said. “When the season starts, they haven’t played. They’ve been doing all the other stuff. Then the season starts and we ask them to play 40 minutes of basketball and their bodies aren’t used to it. That’s my second grade theory.”The Clippers’ injuries have nothing in common. It’s not as if they’ve suffered a string of sprained ankles. For example, Griffin’s concussion happened when the Warriors’ JaVale McGee accidentally struck him in the head during a drive to the basket.It could have happened at any time in any similar situation.Rivers acknowledged he’s just guessing about the reasons for all the injuries, but he does know one thing: There seem to be a lot more of them this season than in the past and it’s made a big impact around the league, and so far no team has been hurt more by them than the Clippers.“Sometimes it’s just freak injuries,” he said. “This year, there’s a lot of them. I don’t know the answer. I don’t have any clues there. These guys have muscles I didn’t even know about, literally, so I couldn’t hurt any of them because I didn’t have any of them.“I don’t know. There are a lot of injuries in our league right now.”
The driver, who is at the centre of the investigations surrounding a Stanleytown fatal accident on February 10, 2018, was on Monday evening driving the said vehicle when it hit a pedestrian causing the man to be hospitalised.According to reports, the mechanic was behind the wheel and travelling at a fast rate on Monday evening when the man who was crossing the road was hit. The accident occurred at Main and 36 Streets, Stanleytown.The incident occurred about 600 meters from where the previous accident was. Police say they are investigating.On February 10, at Main and 47 Streets, Ramanand Pooran, also called “Pumpy”, 43, of 58 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam was crushed to death by a moving 4×4 while he was seated on the carriageway of the main access road.In the past, Pooran had to be removed from the said roadway on several occasions after either sitting or lying dangerously. According to sources, Pooran was imbibing for several hours prior to going to the spot where he sat for a few minutes before venturing onto the road where he sat.The driver, who is also a mechanic, reportedly told the Police he thought he hit a dog. The dead man’s brother had taken the driver to task over that statement.According to Ganishwar Pooran, the driver has admitted to the Police that he saw an object on the road and still hit it. “He is saying so and the Police put him on station bail two days after and the next day give him back his vehicle. Now, look what he go and do again.”The family members of the dead man are of the view that the investigation done by the Police has not been transparent. The older Pooran claims that at the accident scene, he questioned whether the Police were going to conduct a breathalyser test on the driver and was told that they did not have the necessary equipment on the scene to do so and had promised to have it done later.He told Guyana Times that when he went to the Central Police Station, he was told that the test was already conducted and that there was no alcohol found on the driver’s breath.“When I ask them to see the slip with the result they tell me that I can’t see it and I think that is wrong because it is my brother; they should give me some satisfaction if they say it is zero,” he argued.Meanwhile, he told this newspaper that the Police removed the body from the New Amsterdam Hospital Mortuary and took it to the Port Mourant Hospital Mortuary for the post-mortem examination the very day the pathologist was conducting examinations at the New Amsterdam Hospital Mortuary.“More than that, they make us pay the cost to take the body to Port Mourant. I think they wanted to do the post-mortem where we could go and see it and get to talk to the doctor.”Pooran’s body was said to have had multiple fractures.“The leg smash up, they had to wrap it in plastic to hold it straight. They had to put cardboard around the body to put it in order and stuff it with cotton wool because it would be flat,” one of the brothers who witnessed the autopsy reported to this publication.“If he was going slow he couldn’t do all that damage,” Pooran concluded.“And the Police are covering this up, when I asked the Corporal a few questions, he turn and tell me that he does normally drunk and lie down on the road so who I bothering them now.”“The Police who investigating the accident tell me that he does be begging for cigarette and run all over the place so let me don’t bother him. These Police acting like the man pay them so they not concerned with this family,” he said.Police have reported that the file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.