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T20 exodus hampering Windies – Lloyd

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Selection chief Clive Lloyd believes the exodus of players like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Lendl Simmons to the lucrative Twenty20 circuit has definitely had a negative impact on the development of the West Indies Test side.The legendary former West Indies captain said the absence of such players had left the Caribbean side with a vacuum and forced authorities in the region to undertake a rebuilding process.”You can’t fault them (players who have turned to T20s),” Lloyd told a media conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday.”The money that is being paid in these shorter games, it’s obvious that players are looking towards their future. And, unfortunately, we’re missing out, all those guys who we groomed have now left, so we’re left with a vacuum and we now have to fill that.”He continued: “People might say that we’re not a top-class side, but some of these guys [in the current squad] have only played four Test matches and we can’t bring anybody from home because they’ll be just as raw, or young.”Big Bash playersWhile West Indies have been locked in the current three-Test series against Australia, Gayle, Simmons and Russell have all been campaigning in theBig Bash League here for variousfranchises.Former Test and one-day captain Darren Sammy and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo are also involved in the Big Bash after having retired from the longer format of the game.Lloyd, who oversaw one of the most successful periods of West Indies cricket in the late 1970s and early 80s, said some of these players would have played key roles in the touring Test side.”That’s the situation we have; we have guys like Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Bravo and these fellas, (but) they’ve retired from the longer form of the game,” he explained.”I think somebody like Russell – surely we would have had a chat with him – but he has a problem with his knee and he’s just playing one-day cricket. Lendl Simmons, too, would have been a nice guy to have in the middle there because he’s an opener, (and) he plays spin very well; he would have fitted in fine with our batting.”But he’s not involved, so we’ve got to look somewhere else. It’s a bit of a sad situation, but I’m sure that our cricket will get better.”West Indies have struggled on tour so far, losing both Tests by significant margins. They went down by an innings and 212 runs in the Hobart opener before crashing to a 177-run loss in Melbourne last week.They face Australia in the final Test here starting today.last_img read more

PayPal Partnering with Philips for NetTV Monetization

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img It’s been a month since PayPal released its global payment APIs and the company is already primed to make some new announcements at today’s Le Web Conference. ReadWriteWeb caught up with VP of Product Development Osama Bedier for an early look at the company’s latest announcements. We’ve already seen some 3rd party apps at the Innovate Conference last month, what’s in store for Le Web?We’re announcing a few new partnerships including one on Philips’ Net TV. As of Q1 users will see inline payment on their televisions. Others include Greendizer for seamless bill pay and invoicing, GetGiving for one touch charity donations and Training Course Booker for fast course purchasing. The IPTV integration is an interesting one and Philips doesn’t seem like an obvious partner. What other types of partnerships do you have in store for us?Honestly, we’re not only looking to partner with the big brands, PayPal also wants to enable innovation from the little guy. We know we’ll reach success when developers exceed our expectations. We’re looking to them to decide how it plays out. Without taking credit for other developers’ work, there are some great areas to innovate in voice authorization, real-time mobile applications, shipping, consumer apps and coupons. What does the future of PayPal look like?We’re launching an app store where consumers can check out new and convenient payment forms and merchants can purchase specific solutions. How is this connected to Le Web’s theme of the real-time web?We’re looking to provide real time payment options and support. As a global leader you’ve got every opportunity to dictate industry pricing on apps and merchant services. What is the percentage you’re going to take off merchant purchases from the app store?”We’re not sure of that yet. What we do know is that it’s going to be fair. We don’t want to take our cue from some of the other closed platforms. We’re offering visibility, easy integration of payment and smooth transactions. We’re not trying to be Apple, we want as much cross device, cross platform transactions as possible. We make our money off the transactions, not the applications. If the future of PayPal is about seamless app integration, then doesn’t that mean that in a perfect world PayPal is virtually indistinguishable from the app?Not exactly. We offer developers security authorization. Consumers want to know that their money is safe. There are lots of other providers, but developers choose us because our brand offers a sense of security. We’re leveraging the success of our payment brand and the developers are responding.For more info on Le Web, check out Social Media Club House Tags:#p2p#web#Web Development A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more