I don’t know what my new schedule is going to look like without the end of the T20 Championship but the comfort of knowing that the Indian Premier League starts this weekend is enough consolation.
The past weekend was what you would call a thrilling action packed one for sports lovers. El Classico lived up to its billing; Leicester extended their lead at the top of the English league, Formula one is starting to take shape and of course the West Indies.
West Indies are not a one man team
(West Indies celebrate their T20 win)
The West Indies are now holders of the u-19 world cup trophy + the two t-20 trophies scooped by the men and women’s teams in India over the weekend, a magnificent feet for a nation some were starting to write off cause of their troubles.
They were reports that Just before the tournament the board was struggling to raise funds to for jerseys and despite their triple crowns the troubles in west indies cricket are far from over.
Why?? When the men’s side won their first of T20 crowns in 2012 many thought it would represent a turn of events for the Caribbean side but nothing has changed since. Thus not much room for optimism despite the board announcing that they will sit down with the players association to resolve the ongoing disputes. But which players association are we talking about here?
Of the 15 man squad at the tournament, only Andrew Fletcher is a member of the West Indies Players Association, so who is negotiating the player contracts with the board?
Though looking past these controversies let’s take a moment and bow down for the great performance from the west indies side, not only did they win the tournament amid the current squabbles, they did so in style and showed great depth. Initially looked at as a one man team the likes of Andrew Russell, Simmons, Fletcher and Marlon Samuels all stepped up when the, “King,”Gayle was a no show.
Notice the Spurs anyone?
(New Breed: LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard carry the Spurs)
The San Antonio Spurs have set a new NBA record for the longest home-court unbeaten run in NBA history and no one seems to notice, at least not us in the media. Gregg Popovic wants it that way, having sealed the number two seed in the west. The Spurs continue to go about their business quietly in a season where they have relied less on Parker, Ginobili and Ducan. Pop has built a new axis around Kawhi, LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills. The first trio are no spring chicken but will be well rested for the playoffs and who knows what can happen in a seven games series against the record chasing Warriors?
(Nic Rosberg *middle* celebrates his win at the Bahrain grandprix podium)
This year’s formula one championship might turn out to be the most interesting and closest that we have had in years. If we are to read into anything from Bahrain and Australia then China is set to be a cracker. The year’s first two races have increasingly shown the effect of the new rules that seem to give drivers much more liberty and less interference from their team management. Although the car one drives still matters, just like last year one feels Ferrari are making the right adjustments despite a few struggles here and there, the Italians don’t seem to be pushing too hard.
Nico Rosberg’s has carried his great form from the end of last season into the new year with the Mercedes driver once again taking advantage of Hamilton’s poor start to sail home comfortably. If Ferrari falters to deceive at least we are assured of an intriguing battle between the mercs at the top.