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Terrible news for West Indies: Narine banned by ICC

More terrible news from the West Indies as Sunil Narine, the tricky spinner who can bowl so many types of deliveries, was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Narine is ranked #1 in ODI and T20I bowling and has been difficult to hit. This comes as more devastating to a West Indian team searching for some redemption, with not much going right the past few years.

You may remember that Samuels was reported again just a few weeks ago in October. Narine was reported in the Champions League T20 competition but, this time, it’s the ICC. This is awful news. Only time will tell when he will be allowed to come back. You may remember Shane Shillingford was doing well for the West Indies before being reported. His international cricket came to an end and he hasn’t been the same since.

Recent report
Marlon Samuels Reported NOV 2013; cleared in DEC 2013 – banned from bowling quicker deliveries;
Marlon Samuels Reported OCT 2015
Shane Shillingford Reported NOV 2013; Suspended DEC 2013; Cleared MAR 2014 0 banned from bowling doosra
Sunil Narine West Indies Reported, then suspended, in November 2015

Do the big 3 (India, England, Australia) all have some special action-correcting machine that prevents their spinners from undergoing this level of “action reporting”? I do not recall the full list of spinners whose actions were reported to the ICC but, if you check Wikipedia: International players whose actions have been reported to ICC, you see that the past 10 years, none of them are from those big three countries. Conspiracy theory?

Reggae Boyz in must win vs Haiti tomorrow (Tuesday Nov 17)
November 16, 2015

With 5 games to go in the group stage after losing 0-2 at home to Panama, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz finds itself in what I believe is a “must win” away game against Haiti in a strong group that sees the top 2 advancing to the final 6-team group round of CONCACAF World Cup 2018 qualifications.

In theory, the Boyz can lose this game and still qualify. I am not that terrible at Mathematics. The reasons I consider this a must-win are:

1. The Boyz are looking for 10 points or more. With a loss, they can get a maximum of 12 points. With a draw, their maximum possible points is 13.
I believe that will get them into the next round.
a. 15 points -> 5 wins – 1 loss, which most likely tops group. I don’t expect this from any team.
b. 13 points -> 4-1-1 (12 + 0 + 1 = 13)
d. 12 points -> 4-2-0 (12 + 0 + 0 = 12)
e. 11 points -> 3-1-2 ( 9 + 0 + 2 = 11)
f. 10 points -> 3-2-1 ( 9 + 0 + 1 = 10)

2. A draw or loss against Haiti keeps the Boyz in 4th pla… er… last place in the group with 4 matches to go.

3. It only gets tougher so winning this may puts them in 3rd or maybe 2nd place, with 4 matches left next year.

4. With Panama easily defeating Jamaica in Kingston, Panama’s confidence will be much higher in Panama next year in the return match.

5. Costa Rica are the favorites in the group, but Jamaica has lost to Panama already.

6. With the current Boyz, “The Office” is no longer “the Office”. It’s just the National Stadium in Kingston, a place where Jamaica has a tough time winning in recent times. There’s no guarantee they’ll win 2 in Kingston and then win 1 and draw 1 on the road, after the Haiti match.

7. It is never fun trying to hope and depend on other teams to do your dirty work for you. Take care of business, even on artificial turf in Haiti…

Haiti, a team that plays and defends very well, is also desperate after going down 0-1 to Guatemala. They also need this win so it’s going to be very difficult for the Boyz.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors, one of the 4 Caribbean teams of the 12 in group stage, won their first match vs Guatemala. For the Soca Warriors, their next match is not a must win but a win vs the United States would put them in a commanding position in a group where the USA is the favorites. In fact, T&T was the only Caribbean team to register a win in game one.

St Vincent & the Grenadines, after going down 1-6 to the United States, has an opportunity against Guatemala to step into 3rd place after tomorrow night with a win.

Let’s see how it goes.

Senseless terror in France; Europe & USA on alert.
November 13, 2015

After the senseless terror where it appears multiple (4 so far), coordinated attacks in various parts of Paris, at least 100 people have been murdered in that attack… and 3 terrorists so far confirmed dead.

Yowlink remembers the families of the people who lost their lives in these acts of terrorism. May God comfort them and grant them peace. God remember us, as people. Help us to love one another. If we love, we will:

1. “have no other gods before You, the one true Almighty God
2. “not make a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven, or on earth beneath, and will not bow down to or serve them
3. “not take the name of the Lord God in vain
4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Sabbath was made for us not the other way around, according to Jesus)
5. “Honor our father and mother
6. “not murder
7. “not commit adultery
8. “not steal
9. “not bear false witness against your neighbor
10. “not covet your neighbor’s spouse, or properties”

Remember us in these perilous times oh Lord.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts (sins),
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.


West Indies wins final T20I to end disappointing tour of Sri Lanka
November 11, 2015

West Indies won the 2nd T20 International (T20I) to close out a disappointing tour of Sri Lanka. Mr @csharpe, however, thinks winning the final one was actually a good thing for the West Indians because “they won one AND they get back their coach for upcoming tours“. They get back coach Phil Simmons after suspension by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Overall they went 1-6.

Tests: 0-2
ODI: 0-3
T20I: 1-1