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Miller hails T20 opportunity for emerging cricketers

first_imgCaptain Nikita Miller has described as unique the opportunity that has been provided for new and emerging players of Jamaica at the triangular Twenty20 cricket tournament involving the Windward Islands and Antigua and Barbuda. The week-long tournament, which forms part of Antigua and Barbuda’s Independence Day Celebrations, bowls off today in Antigua. “It’s an opportunity for the new and emerging players to show the national selectors what they are capable of,” said Miller, who along with teammates departed the country yesterday. He added: “I am, therefore, looking forward to them expressing themselves in the way they know how to. Some of the players who are in this team will be more than likely be in the set up for preparations for the regional Super50 tournament in January.” The team, which has a mixture of recent Jamaica and West Indies Under-19 representatives, includes two players with West Indies level experience. They are Miller and returning leg-spin all-rounder, Gavin Wallace. Set to play leading roles, the duo will also have in support promising batsman Brandon King, fast bowler Nicholson Gordon, and young Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith, who represents Jamaica Scorpions. REGIONAL REPRESENTATION The other members of the Junior Bennett-coached aggregation are either former national trials invitees or are new to regional representation at the Jamaica senior level. “It’s a national team and although it’s not a regional level tournament the aim is to win,” continued Miller, who captained Jamaica for the first time at the regional Super50 earlier this year. “I cannot speak for the other participating teams as I have not seen their squads but I know, for example, that Devon Thomas will be playing for Antigua. “We will therefore be going there to play the best cricket possible and hopefully it will help us to the title.” Jamaica squad – Nikita Miller – captain, Oraine Williams, Jermaine Harrison, Trevon Griffith, Kerry Holness, Brandon King, Derval Green, Romaine Morris, Oshane Thomas, Nicholson Gordon, Gavin Wallace, Pete Salmon and Fabian Allen.last_img read more

Man City eye record bid for French defender Laporte

first_imgLaporte — whose move reportedly would be dependent on Mangala moving on — would provide cover for present first-choice pairing England international John Stones and Argentinian Nicolas Otamendi.According to The Sun and the BBC, Guardiola favours investing that amount in Laporte — who has yet to win a senior France cap though he was called up for two 2018 World Cup qualifiers — than spending around £24million on rivals West Bromwich Albion’s 30-year-old Northern Irish central defender Jonny Evans.City’s current transfer record is £55million. They paid VfL Wolfsburg for Belgian international Kevin de Bruyne in 2015.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Aymeric Laporte reportedly has a £57million ($81million) release clause in his contract with Athletic Bilbao © AFP/File / Nicolas TucatLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 25 – Highly-regarded French defender Aymeric Laporte could become runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City’s record signing according to British media reports on Thursday.The 23-year-old centre-back — who has been at Athletic Bilbao since he was 16 — would cost City £57million ($81million) owing to a release clause in his contract at Bilbao but would resolve a problematic area for manager Pep Guardiola where veteran Vincent Kompany is injury-prone and Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala has not impressed.last_img read more