Fazeer Mohammed

As if they don’t have enough to worry about, not least the increasing unpopularity of the event within Japan, the organisers of the delayed 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will be wary of the 17 days (July 23 to August 8) on the global stage being used as a platform for protest action.

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There must be some sort of illness, or maybe even a curse, which afflicts many persons in positions of authority to the extent that they are so convinced of their presumed superiority that they are incapable of appreciating the folly of their own actions, or as in the case of the Normalisation Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), their inactions.

What has Lasana Liburd done to be treated this way?

He is vice-president of the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) — not that his status in the organisation should matter — yet the initial refusal of senior men’s national football team head coach Terry Fenwick to conduct a media conference with Liburd present is being left to die a quiet, unconcerned death.

“So let’s see if the upcoming tests against sri lanka show that the west indies cricket ball is still rolling in the right direction.”

That was the last line of my last column three weeks ago, and the evidence of the ten days of play against Sri Lanka at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium over the past fortnight confirms that the trajectory remains positive.

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Two series in the bag with one to go.

In fact, if you tack on the unexpected success in the two Tests in Bangladesh last month, that’s three series wins in a row for the West Indies across the three formats of the international game.

So whether or not they successfully chased that potentially challenging target of 275 in the final One-Day International of the three-match series against Sri Lanka in Antigua yesterday, it’s fair to say the regional side are on a roll.

It was good to see the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force consistently getting the better of their toughest opponents over the past three weeks — themselves.

There really was little chance of the other contenders preventing Kieron Pollard from lifting the trophy once he and his teammates remained focused on the job at hand. And they did, to the extent of demolishing the Guyana Jaguars in the final on Saturday by the comprehensive margin of 152 runs at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

This is being written just minutes after Rahkeem Cornwall’s sharp slip catch clinched a 17-run win for the West Indies late on the fourth day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur yesterday.

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Today’s headline is huffed from a familiar section of the “Reader’s Digest” magazine because I just couldn’t come up with a common theme to tie in the many issues on the table for this column.

Yes, a reference to Reader’s Digest will elicit more than a few quizzical expressions from those with no idea about the publication which was enormously popular here, especially around the 1970’s. Then again I realise more and more that references to events and circumstances which pre-date most of our lived experiences have almost no relevance.

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In searching for a living example of strength in depth in a sporting context you would have to search far and wide to come up with something better than the Indian bowling line-up for the final Test of the series against Australia which comes to an end tonight in Brisbane.

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All the public reaction to 12 players declining the offer to tour Bangladesh, aside from the official line thrown out by Cricket West Indies, either hint at motives other than the official Covid-19 excuse or openly state that there is more in the mortar than just the pestle.

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