Superstar opener Chris Gayle will return to domestic limited overs action for time in seven years when he headlines the Regional Super50 starting next Tuesday.The 38-year-old Jamaican has been included in the Jamaica Scorpions squad for the January 30 to February 24 tournament, bringing added flavor to a campaign which has lacked star quality in recent years.Premier ODI cricket batsmanGayle is the Caribbean’s premier one-day batsman, with over 9, 000 runs in 275 One-Day Internationals and nearly 12 000 in List A cricket.However, his last appearance in a domestic 50-overs tournament was back in 2011, when Jamaica beat Trinidad and Tobago in the final at the Guyana National Stadium.Andre RussellThe left-hander will be joined by explosive all-rounder Andre Russell who returns to action after serving a one-year anti-doping whereabouts ban, which also kept him out of international cricket.Russell has missed the last three years of the tournament and like Gayle, will bring an added quality to the Scorpions who were last year’s losing finalists.Sunil NarineChampion off-spinner Sunil Narine will also suit up for this year’s competition after being named in the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.The 29-year-old last played in the regional tournament when he snatched an amazing six wickets for nine runs as Red Force beat Guyana Jaguars in the final of the 2015 edition at Queen’s Park Oval.Two former West Indies players will be turning out for overseas teams. Speedster Fidel Edwards, who played 55 Tests and 50 ODIs, will suit for English County Hampshire while Xavier Marshall, who appeared in seven Tests and 24 one-dayers, will be part of the United States set-up.West Indies one-day captain Jason Holder, along with current ODI players Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Kesrick Williams and Marlon Samuels, are all set to campaign in the tournament, as they gear up for the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe next March.
President of the Republic of Ghana. H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has granted approval for the Black Starlets and the Black Satellites to resume camping following an appeal by the leadership of the Ghana Football Association through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.The approval was captured in a letter communicated to the GFA, dated August 11, 2020 and signed by Nana Bediatuo Asante, Secretary to the President.“Approval has been granted for the teams for the U-17 Tournament and U-20 Tournament to resume camping to enable the team prepare for their respective competitions. This approval is granted subject to the strict adherence to the prescribed protective. Please accept the President’s best wishes” the letter stated.The two National teams broke camp in March, following suspension on public gathering and all sports activities as part of the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.Reacting to the news, GFA General Secretary, Prosper Harrison Addo (Esq,), thanked the President for approval to the request of the Association.“We are extremely happy that the Presidency has swiftly approved our plea and we are extremely grateful to His Excellency” said Prosper Harrison Addo“The GFA would like to also thank the Office of the President and the Secretary of the President, the Chief of Staff, the Sports Minister and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Government COVID-19 Task Force and the National Sports Authority” Mr. Addo added.The Black Starlets have been preparing for an upcoming WAFU Championship slated for Benin from October 17 to 31, 2020. While the Satellites also gear up for their upcoming WAFU Zone B tournament scheduled for Togo from November 14-29, 2020. The 2021 U-20 AFCON tournament is scheduled for Mauritania. Source: Ghanafa.org