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January 20, 2020
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Ramdin, Pollard axed from Windies’ ODI team

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin’s 12-year international career was dangling by a thread after he and all-rounder Kieron Pollard were axed from the one-day international (ODI) squad for next month’s Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe.Neither Trinidadian was named in the 15-man squad announced yesterday by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the tour which runs from November 12-27 and also features Sri Lanka.Both players have paid the price for poor form during the 3-0 drubbing by Pakistan in the recent three-match ODI series in the United Arab Emirates.Pollard’s form was perhaps the most glaring, as the right-hander managed just 42 runs from three innings at an average of 14 and produced precious little with the ball.More striking, however, was Pollard’s lacklustre approach with the bat, which prompted Pakistani bowling legend Waqar Younis to call for his dropping ahead of the final ODI.Pollard was only recalled to the West Indies ODI squad for last June’s Tri-Nations Series in the Caribbean – involving Australia and South Africa – following a near two-year period of exile.UNBEATEN HALF-CENTURYHe marked his return with a match-winning unbeaten half-century against South Africa in Guyana, en route to averaging 41 in the series as West Indies reached the final.The 31-year-old Ramdin, meanwhile, may feel hard done by especially after scores of 37 and 34 in the last two ODIs against Pakistan.While he managed just 79 runs in the series, only Marlon Samuels (116), Darren Bravo (90) and Kraigg Brathwaite (85) scored more, in what was a poor showing overall by the Windies batsmen.During the Tri-Nations Series in June, Ramdin scored nearly 200 runs, including a scintillating 91 against Australia in Bridgetown and 40 against the same side a few days later in a losing effort in the final.Ramdin’s sacking from the ODI side comes four months after he was also dropped from the Test squad and just over a year after he was removed as Test captain and it leaves his international career at the crossroads.He is not currently a member of the Twenty20 set-up.SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels.last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Governor seeks billions for state prison reform

first_imgNORCO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured a prison for low-level offenders and drug addicts Tuesday while campaigning for an $11 billion reform and building package that he says will alleviate severe overcrowding at the state’s 33 prisons. The governor toured parts of the California Rehabilitation Center and met with Warden Guillermina Hall before speaking with reporters in the prison yard. He was accompanied by Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James Tilton. The prison, which sits on a hilltop below the snowcapped San Bernardino Mountains about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, was built for 2,300 prisoners but now holds 4,500. A gym that was meant for rehabilitation and job training now holds 300 metal, double-decked bunk beds, while 335 inmates are on a waiting list for substance abuse programs there. Schwarzenegger said such overcrowding leads to California’s 70 percent recidivism rate because inmates are not given adequate job training and addiction counseling. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s dangerous for the inmates and it’s dangerous for the staff. There’s no room for rehabilitation in some of these facilities,” he said. “Here, they’re doing the best job but they will all tell you if they had more room, more beds available … they’d be able to do a better job.” California’s prisons were designed for 100,000 inmates but hold nearly twice that number. The overcrowding is the subject of three separate lawsuits filed in federal courts throughout Northern California. last_img read more