WEST Indies Over-50 selectees will assemble in Trinidad and Tobago from January 13 for a series of trial matches to select the final touring party for the Over-50s Cricket World Cup scheduled for March in South Africa.It is the second edition of the Over-50s Cricket World Cup and West Indies will be one of four teams to make their first appearance.The players invited to form the historic first West Indies Over-50s team are eager to prove themselves after their previous trial matches were severely affected by bad weather in Fort Lauderdale last November.After the disappointment in Florida, the organisers were forced to arrange fresh trial matches that should give the players enough time to prove their readiness and to impress the watchful selectors.The 18 West Indies selectees will be joined by four Trinidad and Tobago Over-50 players for their first match on Monday January 13 at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Balmain Couva.The second match will be played against a star-studded Clarke Road United Masters team featuring some former Trinidad and Tobago senior and junior national players the following day at the same venue while on Wednesday the World Cup-bound players will turn their attention to NAS Masters also at NCC.The final match which will also test the fitness levels of the players will be played on Thursday at the historic Queen’s Park Oval against the home team the Queen’s Park Masters.All matches will be 45 overs per side and will be played with Cricket West Indies (CWI)-approved coloured clothing without the official West Indies Cricket Teams’ logo since the World Cup is not an ICC’s event.However, the Regional side received the blessings of Ricky Skerritt, president of CWI. He wished the team well and applauded the work of the Local Organising Committee.Skerritt wrote in the pre-tournament magazine, “Although CWI’s resources are now more focussed on developing younger players, we commend any project that seeks to directly engage past regional players in cricket-related activity.”West Indies are in Group B of the tournament which is set for March 11 to 24 in Cape Town, South Africa. Other debutants are India, Namibia and Zimbabwe taking the total number of teams to 12, compared to eight in 2018 when Australia won the inaugural tournament at home in Sydney.Group A comprises England, Namibia, Pakistan, India, South Africa and Wales while Group B will have Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and West Indies.West Indies selectees are: Virgil Gossai, Hafiz Mohamed, Sudesh Dhaniram, Imtiaz Rick Ali, Julian Charles, Lawrence Pooran, Zamin Amin, Curtis Richards, Fareed Hosein, Howard Jodhan, Krish Harricharan, Rajendra Sahadeo, Roy Singh, Azad Mohammed, Kenny Girdharry, Richard Seechan, Mark Audain and Ishwar Maraj.The management team includes Guyanese cricket administrator, Raj Singh as Manager, businessman Dave Narine as Assistant Manager, Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira as Public Relations Officer (PRO), John Ramsingh as the Media Officer, Rick Ali and Ian Allen.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs heading to T-Mobile Arena in Las VegasCanelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs heading to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), boxing’s marquee attraction in the United States, fights at T-Mobile Arena for the fifth time in his career, which includes both megafights against Gennady Golovkin in September 2017 and 2018. The 28-year-old last fought in December when he captured the WBA (regular) super middleweight championship by third-round TKO over Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden in New York City.”I’m excited to return to T-Mobile Arena for a fifth time,” Alvarez said in a press release. “I inaugurated this arena to boxing at an international level, and it’s a place where I have had some of my biggest fights. This fight against Daniel Jacobs will not be the exception. I am ready to capture another world title in front of a packed house, listening to the unconditional support of the fans in attendance, and also for those who will watch this fight through the screens of a huge platform in DAZN. I want it so when people talk about T-Mobile Arena, they say that is where Canelo Alvarez fights.” One of the worst kept secrets in boxing was made official on Wednesday, as Golden Boy Promotions revealed that the May 4 middleweight title unification bout between WBA and WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and IBF titlist Daniel Jacobs will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, airing live and exclusively on DAZN.MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs The 32-year-old Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) hasn’t competed in “Sin City” since he suffered his first loss in July 2010 when Dmitry Pirog knocked him out in the fifth round. Jacobs relishes the opportunity to show the world how great he is on boxing’s grandest stage.”I’m thrilled that this huge night has landed in Las Vegas,” Jacobs said in the release. “I made my debut there in 2007, but I haven’t boxed there for nearly nine years. Scheduling the biggest fight of my career at T-Mobile Arena is the perfect occasion to return to the bright lights and shine on a massive stage. Canelo is a champion and he’s fought the best so it’s an honor for me to face him, and of course, it’s a brilliant fight for the fans. But my legacy is on the line and I have a lot to gain – I want to be a hall of famer one day, and this is the sort of fight that will get me there.”