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first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Former West Indies fast bowler, Sir Curtly Ambrose, said Antiguan pacer Alzarri Joseph should be promoted to the senior set-up on the basis of his ability and not his age. Joseph picked up 13 wickets to help West Indies win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this month. The 19-year-old pacer grabbed three for 39 off 10 overs to inspire West Indies to a five-wicket win over India in the final. “I believe that age has nothing to do with if you are ready or not,” declared Ambrose. “Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest players ever, made his Test debut when he was 15 or 16-years-old, when I figured he should have been in school and look how turned out.” During the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Joseph delivered the fastest ball in the tournament at 91.5 mph and bowled consistently around the high 80s-90 mph. He removed the stumps in four of his 13 wickets, had three lbw decisions, while three of his victims were caught by wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach off tentative edges. “So what you are telling me is that if Alzarri is doing well at age 19, and we think he can get the job done, why wait until he is 22?,” asked Ambrose, who claimed 405 Test scalps in 98 matches and 205 wickets in 172 one-day internationals. “By then he may just lose focus or say, ‘I am fed up’.” The powerfully built, 6 ft 4in Joseph hit helmet and gloves with his pace and bounce in Bangladesh to unsettle batsmen and trigger prospects of a revival in West Indies fast bowling. He bowled with similar intensity to claim seven for 46 against Windward Islands last November. “Alzarri still has a lot to learn, he has pace, which is good, but I figure that whenever I go close enough to him to sit and talk about cricket I would let him know that pace is good because you can intimidate people,” said Ambrose. “But to be able to consistently put the ball in the right area is the key and the foundation to being a great fast bowler.” Joseph returns to regional action for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes when they take on Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Trinidad on Friday. – CMClast_img read more

first_imgDr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh has said that Tuesday’s decision by the Liberian Senate to endorse the December 16, 2014 timetable by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the Special Senatorial Elections amounts to “lowering itself”.According to Dr. Tipoteh, a twice defeated presidential candidate, NEC through a communication asked the Liberian Senate for approval of a date to hold the Special Senatorial Elections, because the electoral body holds the view that its request was the legal action to take.The Senate, in the view of Dr. Tipoteh, began considering the request of NEC because it was of the opinion that NEC had taken the appropriate legal action.Surprisingly, Dr. Tipoteh pointed out, NEC went ahead implementing its plan to hold elections without the Senate’s approval, by announcing the beginning of electoral campaigning on Thursday, November 20, 2014.More surprising, Dr. Tipoteh observed, is the approval of the request of NEC after that body had begun the implementation of its plan to hold the Senatorial Elections.He insisted, in a text message to this newspaper yesterday, that NEC’s action to proceed with its plan prior to receiving the requested approval of the Senate means that NEC considers the Senate’s approval to be “unnecessary and irrelevant.”Therefore, Dr. Tipoteh concluded that the Senate lowered itself by allowing NEC to proceed with the elections without the approval of the Senate, especially after NEC had publicly sought that body’s approval of its elections plan.Meanwhile, some of the 12 Senators who are contenders for their second term, will be clearing their desks today during the 79th day sitting of the Senate, some, if not all, for the last time. They journey to their respective counties as campaigning kicks off today in earnest.Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson, who served as Pro Tempore in the 52nd Senate, is calling it a day after serving in several governments for over 50 years.Senator Frederick Doe Cherue of River Gee, who is one of the renowned lawyers of the country, and Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County are also not standing for re-election. Nyenabo has been nominated by President Sirleaf to serve as Ambassador to the European Union and Brussels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more