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NEW CALL UPS LOOK TO IMPRESS HART

As Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Team continued its preparations for the upcoming International Schedule, there are some new faces in the camp who will be looking to make an early impression on the international circuit with an aim to breaking into Stephen Hart’s World Cup qualifying roster.

DirecTV W Connection defender Tristan Hodge is among them alongside San Juan Jabloteh attacker Nathan Lewis and former National Under 17 World Cup team goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel of North East Stars.

Samuel has been in training with the Senior Team before but has considerable experience at the international level having been the starting custodian for T&T at the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World cup and the 2009 FIFA Under 20 World Cup. A solid season between the sticks for North East has earned him the call with both Hart and goalkeeper coach Michael Maurice seeing enough of him to warrant the call.

“It’s good to be back in the national team. It’s a proud moment for me and hopefully I can keep my spot. I was so elated, I ran through the village of Matura to let everyone know the news,” an obviously elated Samuel told TTFA Media after training on Tuesday.

Russell misses Gujarat Lions clash

Andre Russell will not play in Kolkata Knight Riders' crucial match against Gujarat Lions on May 19. 
 
The 28-year old allrounder limped off the field midway through the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday with a suspected injury to his left leg.
 
Russell did not travel with the squad that reached Kanpur on Tuesday evening.

PowerGen spinner, Kavesh Kantasingh continues to torment batmen in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Premiership Division I League tournament.

 

The left-arm spinner has taken 51 wickets this season which includes eight 5-wickets hauls to underline his status as one of the best bowlers in the country. With two rounds of cricket yet to be played Kantasingh is vying for the prestigious Best Bowler award in the league.

 

“I have been maturing as a cricketer the longer I continue to play cricket. My maturity is visible in my game where I have more control over the balls I bowl and the variations I use,” the 29-year-old explained.

 

This is the first full season of cricket Kantasingh is playing after returning to the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine for the last two years to finish his undergraduate degree in Engineering.

 

“If you look at the trend of spinners in First Class and International cricket you will notice they tend to get better from ages 29 to 34. You tend to understand the art of spin bowling the older you get because you mature as a player. I am now coming into my own and I have definitely not peaked as yet. Returning to play club cricket after representing the Red Force made it necessary that I dominated the league tournament. If you play First Class cricket you must be able to dominate club cricket to show that you are in the elite bracket of cricketers in the country,” the PowerGen player divulged.

 

The former Combined Campuses and Colleges player revealed that his ability to understand the game and decipher the weaknesses in batsmen has developed significantly on his return to cricket.

 

“I have become better at working out batsmen and understanding when to use different deliveries. Since I started playing I was always very analytical and my reading of the game has improved. Adapting to different situations and knowing how to bowl in different formats of the game has developed significantly over the past season,” said Kantasingh.

 

 

The former West Indies Under-15 player added, “For the past couple of months I have been working arduously on my game. My bowling is maturing and this has significantly increased my confidence. At this stage of my career I am very confident that I can dominate club and regional cricket once I am given the opportunity. Having a Red Force contract really changed my career because for the first time I was able to focus solely on cricket. Right now I am at a defining point in my career where my understanding of the game and confidence can really push me to the next level.”

Boss Toto Wolff says Mercedes must not make any errors at the Monaco Grand Prix, in the wake of his drivers' crashing out of the last race in Spain.
 
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided while disputing the lead on the first lap in Barcelona, leaving Red Bull and Ferrari to fight it out.
 
Wolff said: "It's clear we are under attack from more than one angle.
 
"We cannot afford to drop the ball so we must remain united and strong, and hit back hard this weekend."

Garcia matches Ballesteros' record

Sergio Garcia matched Seve Ballesteros' Spanish record haul of nine PGA Tour wins with a play-off victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament in Texas.
 
Despite hitting his ball into two water hazards, Garcia posted a two-under-par 68 to match overnight leader Brooks Koepka, who shot 71, on 15 under.
 
Garcia then won at the first extra hole after Koepka drove into water.

Zika may keep McIlroy from Olympics

Rory McIlroy says he could turn down the chance to play at the Olympics because of the Zika virus in Brazil.
 
The world number three from Northern Ireland is "monitoring" the spread of the virus, which is linked to brain deformities in newborn babies.
 
He was speaking just hours after securing his first Irish Open title.
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka recovered to beat Czech Lukas Rosol in the French Open first round.
 
Swiss Wawrinka, 31, who beat Novak Djokovic in last year's final, eventually came through 4-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-4 in three hours and 11 minutes.
 
Spain's Garbine Muguruza, last year's Wimbledon finalist, progressed with a 3-6 6-3 6-3 win over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia.
 
Play was delayed by more than two hours because of rain at Roland Garros.
Uncapped Mumbai quick Shardul Thakur has been picked in the 17-member squad for the four-Test tour of the West Indies in July-August. 
 
The squad also includes fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who has not played international cricket since March 2015 due to injuries. 
 
Virat Kohli will captain the team, while Ajinkya Rahane has been named vice-captain.
 
Test squad for West Indies tour: Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny 

Smith welcomes back fit Starc

Australia captain Steven Smith has welcomed the return of a fit Mitchell Starc for the upcoming tri-series against South Africa and West Indies.
 
Smith hoped that the presence of the fast bowler could "scare" a few opposition batsmen. 
 
He also said that allrounders Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh, who had picked up side strains during the IPL, were recovering well from their injuries and were expected to be fit for the series.

Gayle hits back at critics

Chris Gayle has responded to the criticism he received from fellow cricketers following his sexist comments during a live interview in last season's Big Bash League.
 
In January, Gayle was fined $10,000 by his club, Melbourne Renegades, after propositioning Channel Ten's pitch-side reporter, Mel McLaughlin.
 
As Gayle noted, Network Ten's commentary team could be heard laughing on air after the incident.
 
Among the most scathing critics of his actions was Rogers, the former Australia opening batsman who is also a team-mate of Gayle's at Somerset.
 
In response, however, Gayle insinuated that Rogers was a hypocrite, and had acted more like "Roger Rabbit".
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