COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Legendary all-rounder Sir Garry Sobers believes West Indies’ downward spiral will continue unless players begin to pledge their allegiance to the Caribbean side over the lucrative Twenty20 leagues across the globe.The 79-year-old said that many of West Indies’ best players were often unavailable due to their T20 commitments and unlike other cricketing nations, this was having a significant impact on the team’s development.”I think the Twenty20 is taking a toll. It seems to be more so on West Indies cricket than any other nation because we seem to be finding it more difficult to put good teams together,” said Sir Garry, who arrived here earlier this week as a guest of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.”England had limited their players from going to play in the IPL (Indian Premier League). If you look at the West Indies, a lot of players are there.”West Indies players have become fixtures in the IPL in recent years, with the likes of opener Chris Gayle, all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and AndrÈ Russell, along with mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine, all attached to franchises.In their absence from the longest format of the game, West Indies have continued to slide down the rankings, and are now ranked number eight – only above minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.Once the number-one side in the world during their heyday, Sir Garry now fears for the Windies’ future, especially if some of their best players continue to opt for the T20 format.”Until we can get people who are willing to play for the West Indies in the right way, I think we are going to be struggling for a long time,” the former West Indies captain said.”Other countries are going to come and surpass us.”Sir Garry has long been regarded as the finest all-rounder to play the game. He scored 8,032 runs, snared 235 wickets and 109 catches in a 93-Test career that spanned 1954 to 1974.He perhaps became best known for his World record 365 not out against Pakistan in 1958, a mark eventually overtaken by batting prodigy Brian Lara in 1994.Referring to his time in the game, Sir Garry pointed out that his only commitment then was to West Indies cricket.”My whole obligation was to the West Indies cricket. I have never made a run for me … records meant nothing, the team was always important,” he stressed.
Story Links Photo Gallery (Donahue) Drake (20-5, 12-1 MVC) overcame early shooting woes to shut down the Evansville attack after halftime. Senior guard Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) tallied a season-high five steals to lead the defensive effort, along with 11 points. Junior guard Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) totaled five assists to go along with seven points, six rebounds, and four steals. Junior forward Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) added 13 points, which is her most through 13 conference games. The Bulldogs got off to a shaky start, but Rhine kept the game close by scoring the team’s first seven points. On her second basket of the game, Rhine surpassed 1,500 career points. Both teams struggled shooting the ball early, especially from beyond the arc. Drake made just 1-of-its first 12 three-point attempts, and the Aces went 3-of-13 in the first two quarters. The Bulldogs will be back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on Indiana State in a rematch of the team’s nail-biting 70-68 victory over the Sycamores Jan. 25. It will be the program’s annual Alumni Game. Print Friendly Version HTML Box Score Indiana State 2/24/2019 – 2 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Praise 940 ESPN+ Full Schedule Roster At the halftime break, Drake led, 28-26, after the two teams traded threes in the final seconds of the period. Rhine totaled 10 points and five rebounds, both of which were game-highs at the break. Evansville outpaced the Bulldogs in points off of turnovers, 11-3, on 11 Drake turnovers. Photo Gallery (Heuer) Evansville continued to struggle from the field, making just three shots in the fourth quarter. The Aces’ 13 points are tied for the third-fewest points in one half allowed in the team’s history. Neither team scored in the last three minutes of regulation and Drake held onto a comfortable lead to close out the game. Watch Live The Aces were led by Marley Miller who had team-highs in rebounds and assists, with seven and three, respectively. Miller also added eight points which were second to Brooke Bishop’s 10 on 5-of-10 shooting. PDF Box Score The Bulldogs came out of the halftime break with defensive intensity, holding the Aces scoreless for the first six minutes of the third quarter. In the third, Evansville scored just three points on eight shots. The three points are the fewest Drake has allowed in a quarter since the NCAA made the switch to quarters in 2015-16. The 39 points are the fewest scored by an opponent this season. Next Game: DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Evansville, 66-39, Friday night in the annual Pink Game presented by Mercy One. The win marks five-straight 20-win seasons for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were led by redshirt junior forward Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), who finished with a game-high 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds.