Jamaica Scorpions captain John Campbell expects a tough match when his team faces ICC Americas in today’s WICB/NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.The contest in Group ‘A’ will see both teams looking to rebound from opening-round losses to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride, respectively.Jamaica lost to the defending champions by 84 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval, while the Americas, a composition of players from the western hemisphere, fell to Barbados Pride by four wickets.”They, like us, lost their opening match, but I had a look at the scorecard and noticed Barbados Pride lost six wickets to get the runs in 47 overs,” noted Campbell.”It appears, therefore, that the (Americas) have a decent bowling attack, and as such, it should be a hard-fought game.”SIMILARLINE-UPJamaica, looking to eventually cop one of two available spots from Group ‘A’ to the semi-finals, are expected to keep a similar line-up to that of the Trinidad fixture.Despite losing several players, Jamaica Scorpions showed glimpses of their ability and are likely to be given another opportunity to show their worth.Among these are batsmen Brandon King and Guyanese-born opener, Trevon Griffith.King top-scored with 26. Opener Griffith, in the meanwhile, was making his debut for Jamaica after sitting on the sidelines since the start of the season. He made a third-best score of 20.Nikita Miller and emerging leg-spinner Damion Jacobs who shared five wickets in the opener, are again expected to lead the bowling along with left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell.”Everybody appears to have put the defeat behind us and are ready,” Campbell told The Gleaner yesterday.”We had a good training session this morning, and all the guys were in high spirits and looking for us posting our first win.”Trinidad and Barbados will do battle at Queen’s Park Oval in the day’s feature encounter.Over in Group ‘B’, being contested in St Kitts, Windward Islands Volcanoes, who surprised Guyana Jaguars in their opener, will square off with Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.The latter drew their match against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in a rain-affected encounter.The Leewards and Guyana will meet in the day’s other fixture at Warner Park.Jamaica Scorpions: John Campbell (captain), Trevon Griffith, Jermaine Harrison, AndrÈ McCarthy, Tamar Lambert, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Aldaine Thomas, Marquino Mindley, Sheldon Cotterell, Shacaya Thomas, Nicholson Gordon.ICC AMERICAS: Ruvindu Gunasekara (captain), Danial Ahmed, Timroy Allen, Alex Amsterdam, Akeem Dodson, Navneet Dhaliwal, Muhammad Ghous, Jeremy Gordon, Nitish Kumar, Muhammad Khan, Hammad Shahid, Timil Patel, Hamza Tariq, Steven Taylor, Srimantha Wijeyeratne
The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent referees, having earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.In a statement to AFP, FIFA said it was looking at the case and seeking more information.“FIFA notes the information that referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has allegedly been banned for life from all football-related activities by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF),” it said.“FIFA has requested more information from the SAFF before making any further comments.”Mirdasi was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia’s Kings Cup final between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game.In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.“The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said.The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport — the highest sports authority in the kingdom — triggering an administrative investigation.Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life”.The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially request FIFA to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life.“Our integrity is above all considerations,” said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport.Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Saudi referee Fahad al-Mirdasi has been banned for life by the Saudi football federation for offering to take a bribe.© AFP/File KARIM JAAFARRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 16 – The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Mirdasi was suspended after admitting offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, the federation’s disciplinary and ethics committee said late Tuesday.