OPENING batsman Bhaskar Yadram has described the West Indies Cricket Board’s 12-day training camp as “beneficial”, adding that the experience gained will definitely boost his cricketing career.Yadram and his Guyanese counterpart Joshua Persaud were among a 20-member preliminary squad. The camp was held from December 9 to 20 in Grenada.“Yes, definitely the camp was good, it was indeed beneficial, and the experience gained will definitely boost my cricketing career,” said the 17-year-old.He added, “I have leant different tactics of the game, different techniques both batting and bowling, so overall the camp was indeed beneficial – the coaches were receptive, and that made it more interesting.”The national youth player divulged that now the camp is done and dusted, he is now focused on being selected in the final squad for next month’s Regional Super50 tournament.The former Bladen Hall Multilateral School student said playing among the region’s best players will be another major step in his career if he makes the final squad.The Under-19s will do battle in Group A of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, along with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes and visiting English County, Kent Spitfires, have also been installed in Group A.Group B, meanwhile, comprises last year losing finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions and ICC Americas.The tournament will serve as part of the build-up for the Under-19s as they ready themselves for the defence of their ICC Youth World Cup title captured earlier this year in Bangladesh.A management team, led by head coach Graeme West and comprising Dwain Gill, Anthony Gray, Khevyn Williams and Zephyrinus Nicholas, overlooked the camp.The 20-man training squad were – Keagan Simmonds, Kirstan Kallicharan, Cephas Cooper, Navin Bidaisee, Matthew Patrick, Te-Shawn Alleyne, Johann Jeremiah, Emmanuel Stewart, Johnnel Eugene, Daneal Dupigny, Alick Athanaze, Jerellius Louis, Javier Spence, Kian Pemberton, Joshua Persaud, Bhaskar Yadram and Jeavor Royal.
Maybe Andre Iguodala still has hurt feelings over LeBron James’ chase down block of the century on him that helped clinch the title for the Cavs. Maybe his back still hurts from getting dump trucked by LeBron for seven games in the Finals. Whatever the reason, when Iguodala appeared on The Breakfast Club morning radio show yesterday, he still wasn’t prepared to give the Cavs and LeBron their full props.When the conversation turned to the Playoffs, Iguodala said the Thunder, not the Cavs, were the best team in the Playoffs.“Now that we got KD, I can say it, they were the best team in the league last year, in the Playoffs. They were better than us, they were better than Cleveland.He added, “They should have won a championship.”This, from an Andre Iguodala radio interview, on the Thunder will only sting OKC fans more pic.twitter.com/9mxuRgirSj— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 14, 2016Nick Wright filled for Colin today and didn’t take kindly to Iguodala’s slight to Cleveland, and more specifically, LeBron.“The whole Jordan era, everyone just bows at his alter. And now you got Andre Iguodala being like ‘Let’s be honest, let me tell you something, the Thunder were the best team, they played us better than Cleveland, who beat us.’Were you not there last week? Did your back injury, did it extend to the brain? What are you talking about man? This is how professional basketball works. Which team that has the best player on the court? You answer that one question, and you answer who wins a series 85% of the time. And unless LeBron’s quitting, Cleveland had the best player, and has the best player.”Even though the Warriors added Durant, Nick says people shouldn’t be so quick to crown the new Warriors dynasty.“And while everyone is just hyperventilating about the Golden State. I looked at these Finals and I said to myself, ‘You know what Golden State’s issue is? Nobody can stop LeBron.’ And you know what Golden State just did? Got rid of their three rim protectors, got rid of some of their depth, and didn’t get anyone to stop LeBron.”