More money for Tests could bring back stars, says Holder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder believes parity in earnings will motivate players to focus more on international cricket instead of solely on the lucrative Twenty20 format.Holder was responding to claims by England star Kevin Pietersen that the game’s biggest stars, especially those from West Indies, were being lost to international cricket because of the lure of T20s.Pietersen, a former Test star who now peddles his talents on the T20 circuit, said that the International Cricket Council needed to intervene to ensure that there were competitive financial incentives available to players in international cricket.”I think it’s possibly a way to keep [Test cricket] alive. Obviously, we’re in a situation where the money isn’t great for us at the moment, and we’ve been in numerous battles for that, but that’s beyond our control at this present time,” Holder told reporters yesterday.”At the end of the day, hopefully, somewhere along the line we can have an increase in pay and be paid a little bit better than at the moment.”Pietersen was echoing sentiments similar to those of West Indies’ chief selector Clive Lloyd, who said on Friday that the money on offer on the global T20 circuit had resulted in several Caribbean players opting out of Test cricket.West Indies players like Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, and AndrÈ Russell are all campaigning in the Big Bash League, while an inexperienced Caribbean side has been locked in a three-Test series with Australia.Holder said priority needed to be placed on international cricket and believed players would take this option once there was some balance, financially, with T20s.”I think we need to strike a balance, and I’m not knocking T20 cricket because I love T20 cricket myself, but we just need to find a way where the country comes first and then we are flexible in terms of allowing people to make money outside of international cricket,” the 24-year-old said.”I don’t think we should be playing hardball and deny people from going and playing, but there has to be a situation where we make international cricket our first priority. I think once we get to that stage, the players will buy in.”last_img read more

LNP, Small Arms Commission Sign MOU

first_imgThe Liberia National Police and the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms have signed a memorandum of understanding that will introduce control on the proliferation of small arms in the country.A police statement said the two institutions over the weekend signed the MOU which also considered the marking of small arms to include hunting rifles.The MOU among other things, is intended by the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms to effectively supervise and coordinate mechanisms to control the possession of small arms and light weapons in support of a national standard for arms registry.It also seeks to provide technical guidelines to the Liberia National Police in carrying out its responsibilities to ensure proper marking of fire arms, reflecting national standards consistent with ECOWAS classification system, including serial numbers and other important marks.Under the memorandum, the Liberia National Police will ensure that all small arms and light weapons under its jurisdiction or control are marked and registered consistent with approved standard operating procedures and the provisions of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons.The police is also required to mark its firearms using uniform, national marking formats established by the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms, consistent with ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, and properly manage and secure the arms marking equipment provided while in its possession.The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms is expected to provide the LNP arms marking equipment for a specified period and return under completion of the arms marking exercise with the exception of the desk top computers among others, as required under the MOU.Speaking at the signing ceremony the Chairman of LINCSA, James Flomoyan, said the signing of the MOU was a significant milestone in the control of small arms, which becomes dangerous when in the wrong hands.The LINCSA boss said Liberia is now on par with other countries within the sub-region on the control of small arms, which has played a major role in regional armed conflicts.Signing on behalf of the Liberia National Police, Director C. Clarence Massaquoi said the MOU was a step forward in the control of small arms, which was becoming widespread in the commission of crimes throughout the region.Director Massaquoi said the marking and control mechanism as laid out in the MOU will further stop the proliferation of small arms in the region, including Liberia. He pledged the full commitment of the police in upholding the MOU, stressing that it will help to contain conflict within the ECOWAS region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more