Cavani, already recovered, does not travel to Lille and Tuchel sees him further outside: “He needs to solve things …”

first_img“Things are not clear. They will not be with us in Lille (in reference to Cavani and Kurzawa, also with their future in the air and that does not travel to that party either)”, said the press conference technician on both players with their eyes on the duel this Sunday, the fourth without playing for the Uruguayan battering ram. The Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, striker of Paris Saint Germain and claimed in the winter market by Atlético de Madrid, is already recovered from his muscular discomfort, but neither will he travel with the team for this Sunday’s duel in Lille by coach Thomas Tuchel’s decision, who said the attacker has trained with the group, but “needs to solve things.” In the previous three, the club reported some discomfort in the pubis; In this Sunday, the technician already confirmed that Cavani is recovered from his ailment. “He has done the training, but he needs to solve things. It’s the same for Layvin (Kurzawa). You have to make decisions,” Tuchel added.Cavani is the goal of Atlético in this winter market, whose term ends in less than a week, next Friday. At the moment, Paris Saint Germain rejected a first offer from the rojiblanco team, which is expected another attempt during the next few days.The player, who will turn 33 next February 14, has participated in fourteen meetings this season, in which he has scored five goals. This course its presence and impact in the Parisian complex has been inferior. In his time at PSG in the last seven years, he has scored 198 goals in a total of 269 crashes.last_img read more

“Sometimes you go out with the head that you want to change clubs”

first_imgCopa América or Olympic Games: “If I could play both … But it’s my last Olympiad, I want to be Olympic gold and be marked in the history of the national team.”Released by Madrid: “I don’t know. We don’t talk yet. Let’s see what’s best for the club and for the people.”Ups and downs season after the first season injury: “I have been very calm with the family and always thinking about the club and the tranquility of playing. I found the best when I was in the season and for nothing was worse at the beginning of the season, it was a bit difficult and playing less, but the club always gave me more support so that I could have the peace of mind of having this moment now, which are the best games in January and February. We need all the players. “Personality helps in bad times: “It does not matter the moment if you are being happy always laughing for everyone and always wanting to learn that helps me a lot too and having the family close helps me a lot.” Vinicius reviewed the news of Real Madrid and his possible presence in the Olympic Games in an interview with Intensive Esporte. 25center_img To mature: “I play here with more experienced players who are club legends who already won everything and who want to win more. They always help me and Rodrygo. Rodrygo and Militao are here for a short time and the players want to continue long enough to continue winning, to continue having that group strengthAssignment: “It did not go through my head and I know that in football everything changes every minute in the game you have to always be calm. Sometimes you go out with the head that you want to change clubs and in the middle of a season it is always quite complicated. Never I thought that. I always thought about staying here, doing my best and playing again with the best players in the world. I think there is nothing better than going out for another club, the level of training and play will go down a bit. “Costume support: “The Brazilians. Marcelo, Casemiro, Militao, Rodrygo … We are younger and we are always giving strength to each other, also to have peace of mind, because here it is always said that the most difficult is not to arrive, the most difficult is keep you and have a good head. “Neymar says he wants to play Copa América and the Olympic Games. Where is it most needed? “In both. Neymar is needed everywhere. He can play in both and help.”Neymar, Golden Ball: “Yes, that I can win the best in the world, that I don’t have any injuries, I can play a lot, conquer many titles, less against Madrid, and I can play a lot in the National Team, which is always good to play with Neymar.”training: “I have to be very focused and do a good job. With maximum strength in training.”Does training help you gain confidence when you are playing?: “Yes, a little. Just in the game you don’t have to compare it. In the game you can score and that confidence comes back faster.”last_img read more

Costa did not work out with the group

first_imgThe Portuguese striker already exercised Friday and Saturday, after his pharyngolaringitis, although he had an alternative training. Diego Costa did not train in this afternoon session with the rest of his teammates and also conducted alternative training. The headlines against Valencia, plus Vrsaljko, trained in the morning and did regenerative work. Atlético will train again tomorrow at 11:30 am and Cholo will begin preparing for the Champions clash. Atlético has had a training session in Majadahonda thinking about Tuesday’s match against Liverpool. In the work session, the players who did not start against Valencia participated. So Simeone had Adam, Hermoso, Giménez, Lemar, Carrasco, Morata, and Saponjic, who was not summoned before the Valencian team. Trippier, Joâo Félix and Herrera continue with their respective recoveries of their injuries.last_img read more

Barça advocates a general reduction of salaries

first_imgThe idea that it takes place generally is one of the priorities that the Barça board is marked to have a stronger position regarding the players, who for their part, it doesn’t seem like they’re going to oppose tailored, as reported in Sport Joan Vehils, who stressed that the captains of the team are perfectly aware of the situation and they have made themselves available to the President to assist as necessary.Another front in Barcelona is that of possible ERTE, as in most companies that have seen their activity ceased, glide over the landscape. Keep in mind that esome areas is it so unemployed. We talk about academy coaches, marketing people or employees of the Museum or shops. Barça will try not to get to the situation that has occurred in French teams such as Olympique de Lyon or the Montpellier who have never decreed what would be the equivalent to an ERTE in Spain.For this, the meeting on Monday via telematics is fundamental. Club management aspires to a general discount in the face of the crisis that is taking place on a planetary level. Just like reported this newspaper last Thursday March, 19 where it was pointed out that the Board of Directors Barcelona considered reformulate the budget facing this season (1,047 million) due to “unrecoverable losses” due to the fhigh income In television rights, museum, stores, sponsorships, box offices, schools worldwide, VIP tickets, advertising and hospitality it is time to act accordingly. In this sense, one of the scenarios that the economic technicians of the club are drawing is that of propose a reduction in staff wages facing this course, a quantity that supposes 61% of expenses of the entire budget. A fundamental measure for avoid a temporary employment regulation file (ERTE) among some employees of the entity.The Barça believes that he problem what affects you it’s general and therefore advocates a shared decision by most LaLiga and European teams. That is why the meeting next monday of the executive of the ECA, The association of European clubs is essential. In this sense, Mirko Calemme reports from Italy that the Inter would have put in touch with the Barça and Real Madrid on their own initiative for the same purpose.last_img read more

Lucas Vázquez, open front

first_imgMadrid has an open front with Lucas Vázquez that must be resolved next summer. The Galician winger ends his contract in 2021 and no one from the club has yet contacted the footballer’s agent to discuss an extension of his relationship. Some contacts that are difficult to come about because the leaders do not see this option at all clear.Lucas is currently 28 years old (he turns 29 on July 1), so his contract will end one day after turning 30. His performance since he returned to Real Madrid in 2015-16 has been faultless, although it is true that in no season has he earned the status of starter. He has been an important man for all coaches, but without consolidating in eleven. This is precisely why in the directive they are not in favor of extending their contract. They understand that the squad needs fresh air to go giving the alternative to the large number of young footballers that the club has signed. Lucas brings depth to the squad, although they think of the club that at 28 years old it is difficult to have a greater importance in the future than it has had in previous years. Nevertheless, They believe that footballers like Brahim, Vinicius or Rodrygo, who Lucas is now scratching for minutes, can grow a lot if they have an important role.With this situation, Madrid plans to meet Lucas when the season ends. The idea is to see what the footballer thinks, who will have two options: look for a way out (the club would provide facilities) or continue one more year and go free in 2021. He is a footballer who has never generated any problems, either inside or outside the locker room, so the board will not fault the Galician’s decision.ZidaneThe last word, however, will be Zidane, who has always opted for Lucas Vázquez. However, this time there will be little room for maneuver. Currently Madrid has 25 players in the first team and there are footballers who are going to return from their assignments (Achraf, Odegaard …). In addition, new reinforcements will arrive. Not all fit. Simply because there would not be enough chips. Therefore, in Madrid they understand that the best for all parties could be a departure from Lucas Vázquez. There are still months to close the open front, but today the future of the Galician is more in the air than ever …last_img read more

The stop of the Covid-19 stopped the best Saúl of the season

first_imgSaul had a hard time finding his point in the last year and a half. Fundamental for Simeone, there are the numbers to prove it, his player with the most minutes (3,420), ahead of Oblak and Thomas, the most versatile. But that ability to play as a left back, a midfielder, in the band and even as a central defender has been exploited by the Argentine coach in this period.: Saúl was able to play four different positions in the same match. His conditions seemed off under this ‘hotel syndrome’: waking up in the middle of a game and wondering where am I ?. That’s how he played. His decisive goals were missing, or his ‘opener’ goals simply, his stride, his kicks from outside the area. Until now. The forced stop in the world due to the crisis and the global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 slows down Saúl’s best moment of the season. Since the party in Mestalla, February 14, he had not gone through that position again, to see it as torture., the left back, is read in his gestures every time it touches him, although he never shouts, he always goes and meets, goes and surrenders, and seated in his position, midfielder, Saúl appeared again. Lodi’s growth behind is his own growth and, again, here are the numbers: two goals in three games, against Liverpool and Espanyol, the first being ‘so Saul’. Four goals as a midfielderWhy if anything reminded Saul of the great nights, of the great events, was his appearance in the Wanda Metropolitano match, first leg against Liverpool, knockout stages of the Champions League, that’s why his boots don’t know about normal goals (the Chilean against Madrid in the 4-0 of Calderón, the one that made Bayern in the 2015-16 semifinals). He put his head in a corner and kissed his wrist. Goal. The tie had just started and the reigning champion was already behind on the scoreboard. But it is that Saúl in that match started from his place, the midfielder, where he lurks with his arrival from the second line, often lethal. There is a curious fact in the season: in the four positions that he has had to play at the beginning (midfielder, left inside, left side and right inside) only from one came the goals: the first, his, in which he never feels the ‘hotel syndrome’ when you see her in the middle of a game. Four has done. The four from there arrived.last_img read more

“Without Serena or Sharapova women’s tennis would be unfeasible”

first_imgNevertheless, his statements rose in tone after saying that girls’s tennis would be unfeasible if it didn’t have large stars. “Males’s tennis is the boss. It has elevated its revenue and a spotlight for a very long time. Nevertheless, girls’s tennis is tougher to market and promote, and nearly unimaginable if there are not any large stars. With out sports activities or media stars like Sharapova or Serena, girls’s tennis is unfeasible “Safin stated.Youzhny additionally endorsed Safin’s opinion and warranted that he doesn’t know the highest 10 gamers within the classification regardless of persevering with on the circuit as Denis Shapovalov’s coach. “I would not be in a position to title the highest 10 within the WTA rating and that I always see girls’s matches.” Marat Safin has starred in some fairly controversial statements in regards to the proposal to unite the ATP and WTA circuits underneath a single establishment that Roger Federer proposed and that has the assist of different excellent gamers reminiscent of Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.In an Instagram Reside that he made along with the ex-tennis participant Mikhail Youzhny, Safin was in favor of this union. “It looks like a good suggestion to me, union would deliver many advantages to our sport. It would be higher commercialized, it would be extra engaging to sponsors and it would assist girls’s tennis. “last_img read more

The true story of T-shirt advertising

first_imgMilestonesThe 1995 Champions League was the first with advertising on the elastic. In 2000, the Spanish referees were sponsored. TrousersUdinese wore an ice cream parlor, owned by its president Teofilo Sanson, in his pants. In Italy the law was violated until the arrival of liberation in 1981-82. In 1978, the president of Udinese and the Sanson ice cream parlor, Teofilo, managed to put his inscription on the players’ pants. At the beginning of the 1979-80 season, Perugia managed to circumvent the regulations and thus receive 400 million lire from the Buitoni company to finance the arrival of Paolo Rossi. He wore the Ponte emblem (the pasta brand). To do this, he created a fake clothing company and named it Ponte Sportswear, and that was how he appeared on the shirt as if he were the team’s official supplier of clothing. The rogue was Franco D’Attoma, a pioneer and main promoter of the development of sponsorship within Italian football. Inter Milan started wearing Inno-Hit in training clothes and jumping onto the pitch with it; even Cagliari, Genoa and Torino even dressed their ball boys in clothes worn by Alisarda, Seiko and Cora, respectively. The Italian Federation, faced with an already unstoppable phenomenon, opened the ban (100 square cm were allowed, which soon became 144). Almost all the teams entered advertising at the same time: Juventus sported Ariston; La Roma, Barilla; Pooh sponsored Milan; Inno Hit did the same with Inter Milan; Fiorentina wore her viola color with the j.d. farrow’s; Udinese with a red Z (for Zanussi). Initial photo New eraThe marks entered to sack in the German soccer. Hamburg, Eintracht, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Duisburg or Bayern Munich began to have publicity. AgreementsAtleti has sold the space on its shirt to various brands. Kia and her deal with Columbia Pictures to promote her films are among the best remembered. By Now that advertising attracts more attention when it is not printed on t-shirts, few remember that until recently it was not allowed in Spanish football and few European countries wore it. Mythical “R”The Lanerossi company sponsored Vicenza after the Second World War. Oliver and Benji picked up that idea for their teams. The BBC and ITV refused to allow the English teams to sponsor. The 1984 FA Cup final was the first with advertising Enlarge Zanussi sponsored Real Madrid in 1982. Barcelona and Athletic kept their jersey ‘virgin’ until the 21st century Mineral waterThe French brands have sponsored the Cup finals since 1971. First, Vichy S. Yorre in the Rennes elastic. Then it was the emblem of Perrier. In Italy, after the Second World War, many companies collaborated with clubs. Lanerossi joined Vicenza AgainstGregorio Paunero, economic vice president of Real Madrid, left the vote.center_img putBuitoni wanted to sponsor Perugia but it was not legal. President D’Attoma could not allow the sponsor to leave and used other mechanisms. On January 8, 1973, with 145 votes in favor and 7 against, the change of the club’s shield was approved (replacing the characteristic red lion of the Braunschweig with the deer, the logo of the liquor brand). It was the start of a club sponsorship. The DFB gave the go-ahead … with limitations. It had to be a maximum of 14 centimeters in diameter. The Jägermeister sponsor, before his first appearance on the chest of the Braunschweig footballers in a match against Schalke, reached 18 centimeters. The referee was reluctant but at the end on March 24, 1973 the Eintracht was allowed to wear its deer emblem on its chest. The expansion and momentum that Jägermeister gave to the Eintracht Braunschweig allowed him to cast the nets on top of Paul Breitner and take him away from Real Madrid. Years later, in 1983, Günter Mast became the club’s president and tried, unsuccessfully, to change the name of the club to Jägermeister-Braunschweig … Good idea. Does that sound familiar to you? Now think about the Red Bull brand. It all started on October 9, 1981, in the assembly of the Spanish Football Federation. On the table the approval or not of allowing advertising (along with other issues, for example, the implementation of anti-doping controls, which incidentally, was rejected). According to the chronicles of the time, it was not an easy plenary session: ten hours and ten minutes long. Real Madrid did not attend and Paunero, economic vice president, left. Heated debates, vehement speeches for and against until Pablo Porta was able to move the assembly forward. “Solera, romantic, principles to maintain, money is not always the first thing, the emblems of a club do not have to be stained, I doubt that the publicity gives the money that many imagine, purism.” A summary of how much it could be heard. Of the most critical, Meller, president of Espanyol: “Advertising will not be the salvation of any club, the proof is that only five First Clubs have given their positive vote.” He was right. Most Primera teams did not vote in favor (Barcelona, ​​Real Sociedad, Osasuna, Zaragoza, Sporting), plus the abstentions of Seville, Athletic, Espanyol and Valencia, along with the absent Real Madrid. Even so, with 82 yeses out of 124 present, the use of advertising on T-shirts was approved. Although with restrictions: the anagram could not exceed twelve square centimeters and the advertising legend one hundred square centimeters. And no symbol was allowed on the elastic of the Cup finalists (later it would be corrected for the 1988-89 edition: Real Madrid wore Parmalat and Valladolid, the Helios emblem). That autumn, in which all footballing Spain was already looking towards the approaching World Cup, the starting gun was given to a fashion that would greatly help the economic boost of the clubs.Racing Santander was the first Spanish club to allow itself to be caught by the new fad. On December 27 of that same year, he appeared at the Santiago Bernabéu with the legend of the Teka electrical appliance company in his uniform. Curiously, it was Real Madrid (who did not vote in the famous assembly of its approval) the club that the following year, in the 1982-83 season, would wear the Zanussi brand on its elastic. It kicked off a tradition of selling, and very well, his space on the shirt. Zanussi spoke of 100 million pesetas per campaign. Then they would arrive: Parmalat; Reny Picot; Otaysa; Teka;; Siemens Mobile; Benq; Bwin, until the current Fly Emirates, which pays the white club 25 million euros (can be thirty depending on objectives) per season.Among the great Spaniards, Atlético de Madrid did not receive a sponsor until the 1987-88 season with the Mita company. Marbella or Kia were emblematic signatures of Atlético, although among the most remembered, their agreement with Columbia Pictures that put the logo of the film that promoted those dates on Spanish billboards (‘Spiderman’, ‘Two blondes with chest hair’, ” Peter Pan ‘,’ Two Rebel Policemen 2 ‘,’ Gothika ‘..). Athletic and Barcelona always showed their reluctance to stain the purity of their shirt. Josep Lluís Núñez spent 22 years constantly refusing the sponsor. It was not until 2006 when Barcelona reached a charitable agreement with Unicef ​​to later move to the Qatar Foundation in 2011.Since the 2013-14 campaign, the Catalan club’s uniform wore Qatar Airways after an agreement of 100 million euros for a three-year relationship with the Intel brand under the shirt and with the Beko company on the sleeves of the jacket. That location already wore the logo of the ‘Universal Forum of Cultures’ that would later replace the logo of the TV3 channel. Now Rakuten is in command. TraditionBarcelona and Athletic have been reluctant to ‘stain’ their shirt. Unicef ​​joined the Catalan club in 2006 and Petronor did the same in 2008 with the lions. A lot of moneyJägermeister’s sponsor at Eintracht Braunschweig allowed the German club to sign Breitner. Argentinos Juniors, thanks to Austral, was able to retain the Fluff TiresIn 1976, the Kettering team sported the name of a local company. It was the beginning of the advertising phenomenon in English football. Athletic Bilbao was the last Spanish club to allow a sponsor. In 2008 he reached an agreement with Petronor, although previously he had already reached an agreement with the Basque Government to wear Bizkaia (in training clothes and in the lower categories, at the rate of six million euros). The Euskadi brand has also appeared on the chest of Athletic players.In Italy after the Second World War, the collaboration between a football club and a company, in this case Lanerossi, became the main exponent of Vicenza, creating a new society identified by a large ‘R’ in the sportswear of the Lanerossi Vicenza. Style copied from the series of drawings: ‘Champions: Oliver and Benji’. It was the Argentine Boca Juniors who in 1967 managed to reach an agreement with the soda company Crush to sponsor its sports city. The entity wanted to extend it to the team as well and from the first quarter of that year, Boca players took to the field to pose before the photographers with the inscription of Crush on the center of the chest and on the back. The agreement was juicy: sixty million pesos. Succulent were also the $ 250,000 a year that the Austral airline disbursed to Argentinos Juniors in 1979 for sponsoring his shirt, and incidentally retaining the already dazzling jewel Diego Armando Maradona.In Europe, the first sprouts occurred in France. It was in the 1971 Cup final between Rennes and Olympique de Lyon. Rennes wore the sponsor that sponsored the competition, the natural watermark: Vichy S. Yorre. The following year, in the final between Marseille and Bastia both teams sported the advertising of another brand of natural water: Perrier. That in France, but the real boom would occur in 1973 among the German teams. Hamburg dressed Campari (brand of alcoholic beverage) like the Kaiserslautern; the Eintracht in Frankfurt sponsored Remington; Fortuna Dusseldorf (Allkauf), Duisburg (Brian Scott) and Bayern Munich sported the letters of the German sportswear company Adidas. Although the true promoter of advertising in Germany was Günther Mast. The name at first glance says nothing but is the founder of the liquor company Jägermeister who was looking for other ways to expand the company’s brand across Europe. He came into contact with the Eintracht Braunschweig through an agreement for 100,000 marks but they ran into a ban on the DFB (German Football Association) that only allowed the club’s emblem on the teams’ clothing. For some time, brands only managed to get out on clothes before the game. Crush did it with Boca Juniors in 1967. An era was beginning. Marathoner Pablo Porta had to deal with a difficult assembly. Gregorio Paunero left the meeting, which lasted more than ten hours. Copa del ReyThe ban was opened in the Cup in the 1989 final. Madrid, with Parmalat and Valladolid, with Helios. PioneerRacing dressed in Teka advertising at the Bernabéu. The following year, Zanussi wore white clothing. From its beginnings, England was one of the most closed markets. The entire movement originated in the modest Kettering Town. On January 24, 1976 he wore the local brand ‘Kettering Tires’ on his red shirt but the federation banned it and threatened a fine of £ 1,000. Former club player and chief executive Derek Dougan tried to get around the fine and put Kettering T (ambiguity between Tires or Town). It didn’t slip. In 1977 it was the Hibernian who managed to have Bukta (emblematic British sportswear brand) inscribed on his elastic. Derby County reached an agreement with Saab in 1978 but did not wear them in an official game and Liverpool broke the mold in 1979 when they sponsored with Hitachi. The Federation began to give wide sleeves but it was the televisions that put obstacles. The BBC and ITV refused to broadcast matches between clubs that sport advertising. Low for Coventry City that reached an agreement with Talbot. In 1983 the broadcasting organizations relented and were released with logos of 81 square centimeters, which had to reach half in retransmissions. The FA Cup final at Wembley between Everton (with Hafnia advertising) and Watford (with Iveco sponsor) was the first in English football. The brands found a very juicy market in the British Isles. Liverpool dressed with the Saab brand on the chest, as did Manchester City; Manchester United, with its unmistakable Sharp, Arsenal, with its long-standing JVC sponsorship; Nottingham Forest, with Panasonic; Tottenham took another year and wore Holsten and Chelsea surprised with Gulf Air (Bahrain airline).FIFA prohibits playing wearing a sponsor (it is very scrupulous in terms of size, place and what is put on the uniforms of the teams). Only allow emblems on training clothes. Meanwhile, UEFA only admits one emblem and does not even allow two teams that share a sponsor to agree on the field. Thus, the visiting team must wear another company logo. So much so that the first final of the Champions League with advertising on the shirts was the 1994-95 edition. Ajax wore ABN-Ambro and Milan, Opel.A few years ago it was Bwin, the sports betting brand, which dominated the market but was severely affected by regulations against many countries regarding advertising of this type at sports events. Now the brand that stands out is Fly Emirates (sponsor of Real Madrid, Arsenal, Milan or Hamburg). He went to the ‘naming’ of the stadiums with the ‘Emirates Stadium’, home of Arsenal. And perhaps to other places (Atlético launched the publicity in the socks) or to the referees market, such as Quiero TV in 2000 with the Spanish referees.last_img read more

Injuries hit big before Champs

first_imgA year ago, many-time champion Kingston College (KC) was derailed in their title bid to unseat champions Calabar at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships after key injuries to some of their stars.One year has passed, and with Champs just a few weeks away, the signs are not good once again for the North Street-based team reportedly struggling to get a few of their big names ready.Despite whispers that he is in fact training well, special 400m talent Akeem Bloomfield is yet to compete this season, while there are serious concerns about the condition of Nathaniel Bann, Jhevaughn Matherson and Dontre Williams.KC had already lost their top Class One sprint hurdler Chadwick Brown, who was seriously injured in training a few weeks ago and is out of the Championships.There are also concerns for Jamaica College (JC), who are also expected to push for the title and St Jago High, who are looking to get closer to the top of the pile this season.At a recent development meet, JC’s Orville Haslam, who is expected to dominate the Class 3sprints pulled up with a foot injury.Haslam is undoubtedly the top Class 3 sprinter this season and is favoured to win the 100m and 200m and play an important role on the 4x100m relay for his team.MAJOR SETBACKIf he is not able to face the start at Champs, it will be a big setback for his team as this could be a loss of over 20 points, a heavy loss in what could be a close Championships.St Jago’s Class 1 sprint heavyweight Raheem Chambers has been dominating since Class III and enters his second year in Class I as one element of an eagerly anticipated sprinting showdown with St Elizabeth’s Nigel Ellis and KC’s Matherson.Chambers is, however, yet to compete this season due to injury concerns and could be among those missing from the Championships.The injury concerns are also considerable on the girls’ side as four-time Girls champions St Jago could see their most outstanding athlete, Natalliah Whyte, missing in action.Whyte, the defending double Class 1 sprint champion, was expected to retain her title easily and in the process give her team some quality points.In a radio interview recently, head coach Keilando Goburn confirmed that his prized athlete is nursing a hamstring injury.She has only competed on a few occasions this season and has not been seen at any meet recently.Her absence wold deliver a crippling blow the Monk Street-based team, with the likes of Hydel and a rejuvenated Holmwood Technical showing good form.Today’s Gibson/McCook Relays will revealed the status of several of these athletes who are nursing injuries, and their presence or non-presence will be key indicators.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Cricket for everyone

first_img IMMEDIATE SUCCESS It was an immediate success, and I remember going from London to Birmingham in the summer of 2004 to see the final and to have a day-out. It was a lovely day. Edgbaston was filled to capacity. I met some old friends. We talked cricket sometimes, we looked at the cricket sometimes, and we ordered a drink most of the time. Little did we know that T20 cricket was here to stay and, regardless of what the cricket bosses say, and keep saying, it is here to threaten the survival of the limited-over game and the longer and traditional Test cricket. And it is now played, not for fun, not for saving the game, but for the money it pulls in. A Test series usually lasted for eight to ten weeks, during which time five Test matches plus county or state matches were played, and a Test match lasted five days, and sometimes they finished without a result. Test cricket continues to be played in white clothing, and today, it is still considered a gentleman’s game, where you sit and have lunch and tea and conduct yourself in a polite manner. The basics of the game are rigidly technical, where a flowing cover-drive, or a tight and studious defence, is one of its creed, or one of its commandments. Those, like me, who defend Test cricket or one-day cricket as their preference, are referred to as old, or as coming from the Dark Ages. They are told to adapt to the times, to make the necessary changes, and to come into today’s world. But why do they have to conform? Can’t they still love the game for what attracted them to the game so many years ago? They love the game for what it was, for what it was intended to be, and for what it tries to be: a passion, a classical experience of a flowing cover-drive, a tantalising leg-spinner, a game which moves between fast and slow, pleasantly through the notes, somewhat like a good musician in action while playing some good music, up and down the scale, with the result, the win, a loss, or a draw, sometimes, most times, a drama, unknown right up to the end. T20 cricket is for immediate satisfaction. Test cricket is longer, much longer, and calls for patience and understanding. In terms of leisure and skill, it is like golf, which is played over four days, all day, and whoever likes it makes it to the course every day with no complaints. Maybe the difference is that one is for the working class, which needs money to survive, and one is perceived by the poor as being basically for the rich, or the well-to-do, and which hardly needs the people’s money to survive. The cricket clubs, especially in this country, and countries like this one, are almost empty shells, void of people, and lacking in everything. The golf clubs, on the other hand, are pristine palaces, nice and shiny, tucked away in prized locations, and full of life. Everything is done to market T20 cricket. The television screens and the newspapers are flooded with pre-tournament advertisements, and whenever it comes around, the players are dressed in colourful garments, the rules are changed so as to make the game more attractive for those who like non-stop action. Every shot, every ball, every bit of fielding, regardless of how they appear, is followed by extravagant and flowery descriptions as the commentators describe the action in T20 cricket. “Oh my. What a shot. That ball is on the way to Mars.” In terms of delivery to the fans, T20 cricket is marketed and promoted and delivered differently to how limited-over cricket and definitely to how Test cricket are marketed and promoted. Cricket is cricket, money is money, T20 cricket, up to now, is money, and nothing is wrong with that. I love T20 cricket because of its excitement and its rambunctious hitting, but I prefer limited-over cricket, and I have a passion for Test cricket, where, to me, the best of cricket is played. The cover-drive, the extra-cover drive, the on-drive, and the late-cut, the leg-spinner, the googly, and the screaming bouncer are things of beauty, and skill. I love Test cricket because of the prolonged battle between bat and ball, a battle that may last beyond four overs. Today is “modern times”, but the world, with its daily dose of terrorism, among other things, is not what it used to be, neither are other things of the past what they used to be. I love Test cricket, and I will always remember the sight of Frank Worrell batting. I loved also to see batsmen like Everton Weekes, Rohan Kanhai, and Garry Sobers, Alvin Kallicharran and Lawrence Rowe, Viv Richards and Brian Lara of yesterday bat, just as how as I enjoyed Jeffrey Dujon batting, and Marlon Samuels, as he did in the T20 final, and Chris Gayle, and Virat Kohli, and Joe Root’s batting throughout the tournament. Everything is better today, it is said, but while I agree that most things are better, that cars are faster, I still remember and long for some of things of the past, of my earlier days. ADVERTISEMENTS There are, lately, three kinds of cricket around. There is the Twenty20 (T20) cricket of 2003, then there is the one-day cricket of around the late 1960s, and there is the traditional Test cricket, which has been going on almost forever, since 1877. First, Test cricket, or five-day cricket, was the order of the day, then the limited-over cricket. One-day cricket came on the scene to save the game, and then, so it was said, as soon as the one-day cricket appeared to have lost its appeal, T20 cricket arrived to do the same, to save the game also. T20 cricket was founded by an Englishman who, in the depths of winter and thinking about “the man and his dog” at county matches during the days of summer, thought of a way of getting fans through the gates in the coming summer. He came up with playing cricket after work for three hours, and it would be, must be, fun cricket, played in an atmosphere made for fun, with emphasis on the players hitting the ball far and often from start to finish, with the bowlers being present simply for the batsmen’s pleasure, and with the fans expected to pay a small entry fee for the entertainment while standing and having a drink or two.last_img read more