Kemal Malcolm’s most productive goalscoring form in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) could land him a much coveted contract with a foreign club.The Arnett Gardens representative, who has so far scored 10 goals this season to be third on the goalscoring table behind leaders Dino Williams with 14 and Cory Burke 12, is being eyed by Salvadorean First Division club Pasaquina.”There is an offer coming for me but nothing is sealed yet. My focus is with Arnett Gardens now, but when I put pen to paper with any other team, then I can say whatever,” the former St George’s College Manning Cup star confirmed with The Gleaner on Sunday.Then, he netted the winner for his team in a 2-1 success over Waterhouse in the Red Stripe Premier League.For Malcolm, who had a short spell on the US College circuit after leaving St George’s, this opportunity will represent the realisation of a dream.”It is a wonderful feeling. I am overwhelmed because as a youngster, my aim was always to play professionally overseas, so to get an offer to play overseas makes me very grateful and very happy. That shows that something is going on with me, that I am doing something good,” the lightning-quick attacker said.The opportunity, Malcolm said, was facilitated by his former teammate, McKaully Tulloch.”This opportunity came about because of my friend, McKaully Tulloch. He hooked me up with his agent and the agent made some clippings of me with the goals that I have scored so far this season, and a few teams were interested. Pasaquina was one of them,” he explained.Malcolm said he is satisfied with what Pasaquina has put on the table, but the only stumbling block to this move could be the value placed on him by Arnett Gardens.”I think Arnett Gardens will want something for me, and that is where the problem is going to be if there will be one. Because of the fact that I am scoring frequently now, they would not want to let me go,” he reasoned.With the Salvadorean league set to kick off in the middle of this month, Malcolm is hoping that things are sorted out quickly.
KOLKATA, India (CMC):Captain Darren Sammy’s aggressive, unbeaten half-century led a determined lower-order rally as West Indies beat Australia by three wickets with a ball to spare in their final official warm-up game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday.Rocked by seamer Josh Hazlewood’s hat-trick in the fourth over to be tottering on 49 for five in the ninth over, West Indies recovered brilliantly to reach their target of 162 at Eden Gardens, thanks to exactly 50 off 28 balls from Sammy.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smashed 33 from just 14 deliveries, while Andre Russell blasted 29 from 15 balls, as West Indies scored over 10 runs per over in the final half of the innings as they gathered 106 runs from the last 59 balls.The revival started with a 23-run, sixth-wicket stand between Sammy and Russell and continued with an exhilarating 53-run, seventh-wicket stand off 23 balls between Sammy and Brathwaite.Sammy belted six fours and a six, while Russell counted a four and three sixes.But it was Brathwaite’s cameo which included three fours and two sixes that gave West Indies much needed impetus.He and Sammy combined to plunder 17 runs from the 15th over sent by pacer Mitchell Marsh, and they followed up by taking another 17 runs from the next over from seamer Andrew Tye (2-35).When Brathwaite perished in the same Tye over, Sammy and Ashley Nurse, who finished on 12 not out, then posted a vital 37 in an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership to see West Indies home safely.Hazlewood’s hat-trick had earlier handed Australia the advantage. He claimed Jason Holder promoted to opener for six with the second ball of his second over and then bowled Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo without scoring off successive deliveries.Opener Johnson Charles (14) and Denesh Ramdin (11) also fell cheaply to leave West Indies in deep trouble.Opting to bat first earlier, Australia started strongly but were pegged back by medium-pacer Bravo and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, to finish on 161 for nine off their 20 overs.Bravo claimed four for 21 and Benn, three for 37, as the Aussies declined from 106 for one in the 12th over to lose eight wickets for 55 runs.Opener Shane Watson top-scored with 60 from 39 balls, striking four fours and four sixes. He put on 76 for the first wicket with Aaron Finch, who scored 33 from 24 balls and a further 30 for the second wicket with captain Steve Smith, whose 36 required 29 balls.Brathwaite was brilliant in his three overs of seam, taking three for 16.West Indies will now turn their attention to their opening group game of the T20 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where they take on England on Wednesday.
Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange describes the West Indies men’s team as “true and worthy champions” after they became the first team to win the ICC T20 World Cup twice.Grange also congratulated the women’s team for winning their first-ever ICC T20 Women’s World Cup, calling it “a giant step forward for women in sport”.”It is really a historic occasion and I’m really happy that I’m the minister at this time. We won the Under-19 World Cup and now added the men’s and women’s ICC T20 World titles,” said Grange.The Caribbean men edged a pulsating four-wicket win over England in the grand showdown at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India, with Carlos Brathwaite smashing four mighty sixes in the final over.IMMENSE PRESSURE”Like every West Indian, I was nervous, too, with 19 runs required from the final over. But Carlos Brathwaite showed that he has a big, big heart. He believes in himself, and his calmness under such immense pressure is indicative of his quality and sheer class. Marlon Samuels was outstanding as well. It was his innings that was pivotal in making this victory possible.But overall, this team has proven throughout the tournament that they are true and worthy champions and it’s a victory most deserving for the entire region and all West Indians around the world,” said Grange.West Indies Women defeated their Australian counterparts by eight wickets in the earlier final.”Today is another giant step forward and a great moment for women in sports, especially for those of us from the Caribbean,” the minister said.”I must reserve special praise, though, for women’s team captain Stafanie Taylor, who I know personally as a little girl growing up in Gordon Pen in my constituency.”As the first woman to lead the West Indies ladies to their first-ever world title, she’s now a part of history that can never be eclipsed.”Grange added: “I am also pleased to tell the country that I will be resuscitating and fast-tracking plans for the Stafanie Taylor Oval at Eltham High School.”Continuing, she said: “We must not overlook the contributions of the West Indies Cricket Board, the coaching and management staff, the sponsors and ardent fans. They have all played their part in this momentous occasion for West Indies cricket, which, undoubtedly, remains an emblem of regional integration, pride and joy.”