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More Sports in Brief - Badminton boss for pilot course

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

President of the Jamaica Badminton association, Robert Richards, will leave the island for Guatemala on Sunday to participate in a pilot course put on by the Pan American Badminton Confederation in conjunction with the Badminton World Federation.

The course will be a three-day intense seminar that will cover all the aspects of selecting a player and the plans and strategies to making them become an elite player.

Richards, a past national player, was asked specifically to participate in this pilot project to give feedback on both the benefits of the course as well as its viability. Richards will return home on Thursday, October 2.

Dravid hails Chanderpaul

NEW DELHI, India, CMC: Former India captain Rahul Dravid has praised the consistency of veteran West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, describing him as an exceptional batsman.

The 40-year-old Chanderpaul recently returned to the top three of the ICC Test batting rankings, following his heavy scoring against Bangladesh in the recent two-Test series in the Caribbean.

"You only have to look at his numbers the sheer weight of them over the length of his career - which is not a short one," Dravid was quoted as saying in Modern Masters, a video series by ESPN Cricinfo.

The Guyanese batsman has jumped two places to number three and now lies only behind the top-ranked Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and South Africa's A.B. de Villiers.

He completed his 30th Test century during the Bangladesh series and also had scores of 84 not out and 85 not out.

Glowing tribute to Richards

LONDON, England, CMC: Glowing tribute has been paid to cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards, one of the most destructive batsmen of a dominant era for West Indies.

Some of the most decorated names of West Indian cricket's golden era joined in the special tributes to Richards during a dinner at Lord's Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

They included former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and former team mates Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge and Colin Croft.

"It's not often I'm moved but this has been a truly special evening and something I won't forget for a very, very long time," said Sir Viv.

The dinner raised nearly £100,000 for the United Kingdom's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, the Lord's Taverners, and the St John's Anglican Cathedral Restoration Project in Antigua.