PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine has come under fire for criticising the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board’s (TTCB) position on the sacking of Denesh Ramdin as captain of the West Indies Cricket team. TTCB president Azim Bassarath and former Trinidad and Tobago Red Force manager Manohar Ramsaran have both blasted Ramnarine after he told the Daily Express that he was confused by TTCB’s stance on Ramdin’s removal. Ramdin was axed as Test captain after just 15 months in charge and replaced by one-day skipper Jason Holder ahead of their tour of Sri Lanka. “It is unethical and highly irresponsible to be a member of an organisation and run to the media and air your views when there are processes within the organisation to have your complaints and concerns properly addressed,” said Ramsaran who also suggested that Ramnarine should have tendered his resignation before going public with his baseless comments. “It was under his watch that regional cricket was made a laughing stock and while he advocated a militant approach to resolving players’ issues, the fortunes of the team hit rock bottom and are yet to recover”. Ramnarine is an ordinary board member of the TTCB. He was replaced last year as WIPA president by Jamaican Wavell Hinds.
Germany ‘Messi comparison was a burden for Gotze’ – Low regrets famous World Cup quote Ronan Murphy 23:59 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Germany Borussia Dortmund World Cup Bundesliga The Germany head coach feels his comments may have placed too big a burden on the young attacker after his winning goal at the last World Cup Joachim Low believes his quote comparing Mario Gotze to Lionel Messi hindered the Germany international’s progress following the 2014 World Cup.The attacking midfielder scored the winning goal over Argentina in the final to help Die Mannschaft lift the trophy, with Low telling Gotze to “show the world you can be better than Messi” when sending him on as a late substitute.Then 22, Gotze became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final for almost 50 years, and also was the first ever substitute to score the winner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Despite being shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or in 2014, Gotze’s performances at club level declined, with numerous Bayern Munich luminaries criticising his impact at the club. A second successive poor campaign saw him leave Munich to return to Borussia Dortmund, where he missed most of the 2016-17 season due to illness.Low feels that his post-World Cup comments may have harmed Gotze’s development, putting too much pressure on the young attacker following their World Cup success.”I commited the mistake to talk about that sentence publicly afterwards,” Low said at the Bild100sport event in Berlin. “That did not help Mario during the next few months. He was always measured to it and scoring the decisive goal might have become a burden for him.”After recovering from his metabolic illness, Gotze started to regain some of his form with Dortmund in 2017-18, but has yet to return to the level he was at before the 2014 World Cup when he secured a €37 million move from BVB to Bayern.The level he has been playing at was not enough for him to make Low’s 27-man preliminary squad for the World Cup, with the Germany head coach explaining that he wants to see Gotze play even better before bringing him back into the national fold.”This season it was simply not that Mario Gotze who we all wish to see.”