2015 ICC Americas Twenty20 Division One and Tony Anthony (evangelist)

The 2015 ICC Americas Twenty20 Division One was a cricket tournament held in the United States from 3–10 May 2015. All matches were played at the World Sports Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The top two teams at the tournament, Canada and the United States, progressed to the 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland, where the top six teams will qualify for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India. The tournament was organised by ICC Americas, and featured the top four associate members in that region – Bermuda, Canada, Suriname, and the United States. The West Indies cricket team is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and thus qualifies directly for the World Twenty20.

Contents 1 Teams and qualification 2 Squads 3 Preparation 4 Points table 5 Fixtures 6 Statistics 6.1 Most runs 6.2 Most wickets 7 Final standing 8 References 9 External links

Teams and qualification Squads Japen Patel was initially named in the U.S. squad for the tournament, but withdrew in late April, and was replaced by Mrunal Patel. Fiqre Crockwell and Malachi Jones were initially named in Bermuda's squad for the tournament, but withdrew in late April (Jones due to injury and Crockwell for unnamed reasons), and were replaced by Jason Anderson and Jacobi Robinson. Anderson himself was withdrawn from the squad before the start of the tournament, and replaced by Mishael Paynter. Nisarg Patel was declared by the ICC to be ineligible to play in the tournament. Preparation

The Americas Twenty20 is the first international tournament to be held at the Indianapolis World Sports Park, with the two previous editions having been held at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. Bermuda, coached by former national player Arnold Manders (assisted by a former teammate, Clay Smith), prepared for the tournament with a training camp in Jamaica. There, they played three matches against Jamaican club sides, winning all three. As part of its preparation for the tournament, Suriname played several Twenty20 matches against a touring Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) side in March 2015. Canada played three warm-up matches against an invitational XI in Houston, Texas. Points table

Source: ESPNcricinfo Fixtures Suriname won the toss and elected to field. Bermuda won the toss and elected to bat. Canada won the toss and elected to bat. Bermuda's target was set to 105 off 13 overs due to rain. Suriname won the toss and elected to bat. United States won the toss and elected to bat. Bermuda won the toss and elected to bat. Bermuda won the toss and elected to bat. Canada won the toss and elected to bat. Canada qualified for the World Twenty20 Qualifier as result of this match. United States won the toss and elected to field. United States qualified for the World Twenty20 Qualifier as result of this match. Bermuda won the toss and elected to bat. Bermuda won the toss and elected to bat. United States won the toss and elected to field. Statistics Most runs

The top five run scorers (total runs) are included in this table.

Source: CricHQ Most wickets

The top five wicket takers (total wickets) are listed in this table, ranked by wickets taken and then by bowling average.

Source: CricHQ Final standing

Tony Anthony (evangelist) and 2015 ICC Americas Twenty20 Division One

For other people of the same name, see Tony Anthony (disambiguation).

Tony Anthony (born as Andonis Andreou Athanasiou on 30 July 1971, name changed by deed poll in 1975 to Andonis Andrew Anthony, but known since childhood as Tony) is a British Christian evangelist. He became prominent following the 2004 publication of his autobiography, Taming The Tiger, in which he claimed to have been a violent criminal before converting to Christianity. The book was well received by the Christian community, and Anthony began an international ministry as an evangelist. However, an independent investigation in 2013 concluded that large sections of the book are false.

Contents 1 Early life and conversion 2 Investigation 3 Subsequent events 4 Republication of Taming The Tiger 5 Bibliography 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life and conversion

Tony Anthony was born in London. According to his books, his father is Italian and his mother is Chinese, and he spent part of his childhood with relatives in Canton, China. He claimed to have been trained in kung fu by his grandfather, and that he won three Kung Fu world championships after returning to London, before working as a bodyguard and turning to violence and crime, including murder, after his fiancee died in a car accident.

He recounted that in 1989 he was arrested for burglary in Cyprus and was sentenced to three years imprisonment in the Central Jail of Nicosia, where his Buddhist upbringing did not give him much strength to endure the harsh conditions. Over six months, he was visited every week by an Irish missionary, Michael Wright, and converted to Christianity. They developed a friendship which continued after Anthony's release.

He was sentenced again in 2001 to 15 months in prison in the United Kingdom for perverting the course of justice and other charges. By his own version of events, his car had hit a female motorcyclist at night, killing her, but he had not stayed at the scene and later denied it to police. The person killed was Elizabeth Bracewell, sister of footballer Paul Bracewell. Anthony's wife, Sara, received a sentence of 120 hours of community service for her role in the cover-up. When Anthony was jailed (as when he married) he used a false date of birth.

Anthony set up Avanti Ministries in 2003 to support his evangelistic work (avanti is the Italian for 'go'). The organisation received charitable status on 3 June 2004.

In 2004, Authentic Media (then part of Christian publishers Send the Light and currently owned by the Australian company Koorong) published Anthony's autobiography, Taming The Tiger. The book won the 2005 Christian Booksellers Convention award, was translated into 25 languages, and 1.5 million copies were distributed. Taming The Tiger brought Anthony to the attention of Christians worldwide, who were enthralled by the conversion of such a violent criminal. He travelled internationally to tell his story; video interviews were broadcast in Canada on 100 Huntley Street in 2005 and 2011, and in the Netherlands by Evangelische Omroep. Anthony was also the keynote speaker at the Global Day of Prayer event in London in 2010. He was a member of Leigh Road Baptist Church. Investigation

Concerns began to be expressed about Anthony's claims to have been a Kung Fu champion and violent enforcer. Christian journalist Gavin Drake writes:

Questions were asked about the authenticity of Taming the Tiger ever since it was first published in 2004. Critics were quick to point out that it reads like a work of fiction...

Users of a martial arts website also began to doubt Anthony's story, starting in 2007.

Mike Hancock is credited with initiating the events that finally exposed Anthony. Hancock was appointed as a director of Avanti Ministries in December 2010, but received evasive answers when he asked for proof of Anthony's claims. Having failed to convince the other directors of the need to verify Anthony's story, he resigned in January 2012. Hancock then joined with another former director of Avanti Ministries, Geoff Elliott, who had similar concerns, Anglican church leader Carl Chambers, and prison chaplain David Buick, and together they sought to uncover the truth about Anthony. Chambers created a website documenting his research into Anthony's claims. Additional members of the group were Tony Pancaldi, Aaron Peterson and Jon Mason. Collectively, they became known as the Research Group.

In October 2012, the Research Group presented a detailed complaint to the Evangelical Alliance, an umbrella organisation of which Avanti Ministries was a member. Following discussions with the Alliance, Avanti Ministries agreed to set up an independent investigation conducted by a panel comprising three senior members of the Evangelical Alliance council. A joint press release issued by Avanti Ministries and the Evangelical Alliance on 12 July 2013 advised:

The panel produced its report on 26 June 2013 and concluded, based on the evidence submitted to it, that large sections of the book Taming the Tiger, and associated materials, which claim to tell the true story of Tony Anthony’s life, do not do so.

Avanti Ministries have refused to release the panel's report, citing confidentiality, but Gavin Drake has indicated that the Research Group challenged virtually all of Anthony's claims regarding his life prior to becoming a Christian. A comment by Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, confirmed that the information available online comprises most of the issues raised in the original complaint.

Specific aspects of Anthony's story that have been disputed include his birth in the early 1960s to an Italian father, his raising in China, his training in Kung Fu and winning of three world championships, and his role as a bodyguard and enforcer for international gangsters and diplomats. Drake indicated that Tony Anthony has confirmed that his real name is Andonis Andreou Athanasiou and he was born on 30 July 1971, which would make him too young to have participated in the events described in his book. Subsequent events September 2013 issue of Christianity magazine. The cover story, "Stranger Than Fiction – Could a best-selling testimony really turn out to be a pack of lies?" refers to Tony Anthony's disputed autobiography; the story itself is available online.

On 16 July 2013, the Avanti Ministries board made public their decision to close down the organisation. Authentic Media, Anthony's publisher, also announced that they were withdrawing his materials from sale.

In a statement published on his personal website, Anthony accepted that there were some errors in Taming the Tiger relating to his childhood, and claimed he was unaware of these details when the book was written. Anthony maintained that the substance of the book is true, but did not respond to the more significant allegations. The statement was reported by the Christian Today website.

On 30 August 2013, John Langlois OBE, the chair of the inquiry panel, released a strongly-worded letter expressing his concerns at the lack of transparency shown by Avanti Ministries. He said that a statement from Avanti Ministries was "a deliberate deception" and explicitly accused Anthony of making false claims:

...I concluded that: Tony Anthony never went to China as a child as claimed, He was never involved in Kung Fu as claimed, and He was never involved in Close Protection as claimed.

The inquiry's conclusion was reported in both secular and Christian media, with British national newspaper The Observer describing Anthony as a "serial fantasist". Christianity printed a lengthy article about the investigation and its conclusions. Other press coverage included Anthony's local newspaper the Southend Standard, Reform magazine, and French magazine Marianne.

Following Avanti Ministries' refusal to release the report, and Anthony's trivialisation of the allegations, the Evangelical Alliance removed Avanti Ministries from membership on 19 September 2013.

A few days later, Anthony's former church, Leigh Road Baptist Church, released a statement indicating that they accept the findings of the inquiry and can no longer support his ministry. They confirmed that Anthony was no longer a member of this church.

On 21 October 2013, the New Zealand Herald reported that Anthony was making a six-week visit to New Zealand, and that the NZ Christian Network, a similar organisation to the Evangelical Alliance, had issued a warning because Anthony's biography had been found to be '99 per cent false'. The national leader of the Elim Pentecostal Church in New Zealand was reported as saying that they are suspending support for Anthony pending their own investigations.

On 25 March 2014, British Christian website The Way published an article in support of Anthony. The article referred to a subsequent investigation by Ian Bruce which concluded that the allegations made against Anthony were unjust,
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