Daesrath, Chattergoon named in OSCL team for New York Cup

first_imgFormer Guyana First-Class skipper Damodar Daesrath and ex-Guyana and West Indies youth player Hemnarine Chattergoon have been named in the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) team for the forthcoming New York Cup slated for three consecutive days (June 29-July 1).Teams from Canada, New York, Guyana and Florida are set to participate at the 12th edition, and some keen contests are highly predicted as a large number of high-profileDamodar Daesrathsoftball players will be on show in both the Open and Masters’ categories.Daesrath, who represented his adopted country Canada also at the highest level, featured in the tournament previously playing for other teams while Chattergoon, who as well wore the Canadian national colours at the senior level, will be looking to make an impression.Several other players have represented Guyana and Canada in hardball cricket. Riaz Kadir and Raja Pooran are in the lineup to play for OSCL while Berbician Aftab Shamsudeen, who played for Canada at the international level, is included.Assistant manager of the team, Canada-based Guyanese Bobby Ramlagan is pleased with the selection and is very optimistic the players will create a big impact on their first outing representing the OSCL.With the reintroduction of white ball cricket in the OSCL’s various competitions this season, Ramlagan mentioned the guys were more equipped now to compete against these quality teams. Ramlagan, who was born in Wakenaam, also expressed that a captain would beHemnarine Chattergoonnamed just before the competition starts. He further related that preparation for this mega softball tournament was very crucial and the team were set to have done that before proceedings begin in the United States of America. Veteran Sports Journalist and OSCL’s Secretary/Public Relations Officer, Frederick Halley is the manager. Ramlagan is also an executive member of OSCL in the position of Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.The full squad reads: Damodar Daesrath, Riaz Kadir, Hemnarine Chattergoon, Rabindra Diaram, Anil Ramotar, Yadram Bohj, Aftab Shamsudeen, Bolanauth Sukhu, Zaheer Allard, Muniram Karran, Ravin Babulall, Anand Monelall, Shah Mahabir, Fizul Haniff, and Raja Pooran.last_img read more

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Man United trust in Mourinho’s second-season recipe

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho led Manchester United to victory in the League Cup and Europa League last season, the latter yielding a place in the Champions League, but their football was drab and they finished a distant sixth in the Premier League © AFP / DIMITAR DILKOFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 8 – After qualified success in his maiden campaign as Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho will hope to dust off his tried and tested second-season formula in 2017-18.Mourinho led United to victory in the League Cup and Europa League last season, the latter yielding a place in the Champions League, but their football was drab and they finished a distant sixth in the league. Having won the league in his second season in his last five jobs — Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid — he will be expected to mount a strong title challenge at the very least.“Can we win it? We can, but maybe we won’t,” Mourinho told ESPN in a recent interview.“Everything is good and strong, but some of them (other clubs) are really strong in the market, so it is going to be difficult.“Normally the second season should be better than the first because you know the club, you know the players. The players, they know you.Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku (pictured) are all over six feet (183cm) tall, giving Manchester United the second-tallest squad in the Premier League behind West Bromwich Albion © AFP / DIMITAR DILKOFF“The club know you can affect in a positive way the structure, you can affect in a positive way the people that work around you.“But this is modern football. It’s getting much harder for everyone, so we don’t know.”United’s signings have been thoroughly in keeping with Mourinho’s pragmatic approach to the game, the Portuguese having galvanised his squad with extra height and muscle.Centre-back Victor Lindelof, midfielder Nemanja Matic and striker Romelu Lukaku are all over six feet (183cm) tall, giving United the second-tallest squad in the division behind Tony Pulis’s West Bromwich Albion.Lukaku faces the greatest scrutiny, having been brought in to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the charismatic Swede was released in the wake of the serious knee injury he suffered last season.Lukaku, 24, has scored 87 goals for Everton over the past four seasons, statistics that moved United to sanction a £75 million ($97.9 million, 82.9 million euros) acquisition.– Make-or-break for Martial –With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney no longer around, there is pressure on Paul Pogba (front) to establish himself as Manchester United’s leader after blowing hot and cold in his first season following his return from Juventus © AFP / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOVBut the Belgium international failed to convince Mourinho during their time together at Chelsea and will be playing in the Champions League proper for the first time.A battering-ram striker in the finest Mourinho traditions, Lukaku’s task is to sharpen an attack that mustered only 54 league goals last season.“I’m here to score goals and be the focal point of the team,” Lukaku said.“At Manchester United, we play to win and that’s the mentality when I get on the pitch.“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. Now I’m here and it’s time to work hard and, hopefully, deliver.”With Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney no longer around, there is pressure on Paul Pogba to establish himself as the team’s leader after blowing hot and cold in his first season following his return from Juventus.Anthony Martial, meanwhile, faces a make-or-break campaign, having slipped from view last season after failing to earn Mourinho’s trust.The 21-year-old Frenchman faces stiff competition for one of the two or three places in support of Lukaku, with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard among Mourinho’s other options.Matic, who won the league with Mourinho at Chelsea in 2015, is expected to slot into midfield alongside Pogba and Ander Herrera, with former Benfica man Lindelof due to partner Eric Bailly at centre-back.United face a relatively benign start to the season, Rooney’s return to Old Trafford with big-spending Everton the most taxing assignment of their opening seven fixtures.But October and November bring meetings with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the space of three weeks, by which time United’s Champions League campaign will be in full swing.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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