DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Superstar Chris Gayle headlines nine West Indian players set to participate in the Bangladesh Premier League starting next month, following Thursday’s player draft here.The left-handed Gayle will turn out for Barisal Bulls alongside all-rounder Kevon Cooper and left-handed batsman Evin Lewis, both of whom hail from Trinidad and Tobago.Gayle said following the Caribbean Twenty20 back in July that he was expected to undergo surgery to deal with a troublesome back and may have to be out of action until December.While he has not retired from Tests, he has not played one since last year September.Sammy for RangpurMeanwhile, West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy will play for Rangpur Riders alongside West Indies batsman, Lendl Simmons, while Test batsman Marlon Samuels, along with the trio of off-spinner Sunil Narine, left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie and fast-bowling all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, will play for Comilla Victorians.The West Indians are part of 19 overseas players in the tournament scheduled to run from November 22 to December 15.Overall, 82 players will represent six franchises.Notably absent are marquee West Indies players Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, two of the most in-demand T20 players in the world.
Dear Editor,I am shocked, but I cannot say surprised, at the letter written by Prime Minister Nagamootoo to Chairperson of the Chronicle National Newspapers Limited, Ms. Geeta Chandan.Mr. Nagamootoo accuses the Chairperson of being less than transparent in her handling of Mr. Duncan’s dismissal; and of being party to a process that was arbitrary, capricious, unlawful, and in excess of jurisdiction. Wow! Legal language for a Queen’s Counsel; it’s a pity that Mr. Nagamootoo has not taken Silk as yet.But back to the matter at hand. It is revolting and unbecoming for a Minister — more so a Prime Minister — to hang out his Chairperson to public ridicule, odium and contempt in the eyes of the public. What right does a Minister have to overturn a decision of the Board and re-instate someone whose tenure was fraught with problems, to say the least? On what authority can a Minister interject himself in the operation of a company? Is this what people voted for in 2015? Is this change? Maybe it is, but for the worse.Those who were wondering why Mr. Nagamootoo was not preferred for higher office with the PPP need not look any further. Blind and unadulterated opportunism appears to be his trademark.Remember, Dr. Cheddi Jagan had anointed him to be president; it would appear he cannot wait to be president.President Granger needs to take serious note of what is going on here. He has a Prime Minister who would do anything for power.Duncan’s reinstatement has all to do with the AFC elections, and nothing to do with good governance at the Chronicle. President Granger has to remember that he is not well, and his ‘number two’ must be someone he can trust. The Prime Minister should do what is expected of him and yield the Presidency to an APNU candidate. I am not sure Mr. Nagamootoo can be trusted to do such a thing.The shenanigans that have played out these past few days have exposed Mr. Nagamootoo for what he really is – someone thirsty for power. I am told that he reneged on an undertaking to be a one-term Prime Minister.But even if that is not so, here he is, picking a fight with a co-founder of the AFC; someone who encouraged him to join the AFC, and at whose Chambers, I am told, he learnt his trade as a lawyer. I think there is a word for this: Neemakaran.Yours respectfully,Lance Veecock
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