Chris Gayle's red hot T20 form carried over to Warner Park in St Kitts where his unbeaten 72 led Jamaica Tallawahs to a seven-wicket win against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Australian import Chris Lynn pitched in with 52 as part of an 85-run partnership for the second wicket, which put Tallawahs on course to overhaul 160. Gayle finished the chase with a pulled four, taking his team to their second win of the season.
Gayle's aggressive knock, which included six fours two sixes, was not without shaky moments though. After drinks were taken with the score at 71 for 1 in 10, play resumed with Gayle, on 28, hitting the third ball of the 11th over from Marlon Samuels to long-on where Martin Guptill's one-handed effort nearly produced a sensational catch.
All rounder Dwayne Bravo is not returning to the Test fold, at least not in short term, as talks with current coach Phil Simmons broke down. Simmons met with Bravo, Sunil Narine and Keiron Pollard recently and Bravo revealed that he would not be making himself available to return to “whites.” According to Bravo: “I met with coach Simmons and at the moment I am not prepared to come back to Test cricket. The conditions are not right for a return because it is even more unfair to us than before.
The letter from Lalit Modi to the ICC chief executive that surfaced on Twitter last week was written in June 2013. Two years have passed and one doesn't knowif the matter was probed or not. And if probed, then what was the conclusion. While ICC is not transparent at all on the issue of investigating corruption, Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) anti-corruption unit never bothered investigating the matter simply because the matter wasn't under its jurisdiction.
This after the ICC confirmed receiving a letter from Lalit Modi alleging that three Indian Premier League players Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo received illegal payments -- in cash and in kind.
In a move to give bowlers a bit of breathing room in 50-overs cricket, the ICC board has decided to do away with catching fielders in the first ten overs, get rid of the batting Powerplay, and allow five fielders outside the 30-yard circle in the last ten overs of an ODI innings. The other notable change that will take place from July 5 will see free hits awarded for all no balls in ODI and T20 internationals, not just when bowlers overstep. These changes to the playing conditions were part of the recommendations made this May by the ICC's cricket committee headed by the former India captain Anil Kumble. David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, said the modifications were made to make the "game simpler" for the fan and were approved by the ICC's chief executive committee and further ratified by the ICC Board at the annual conference in Barbados this week. "What we tried to do is make the game simpler for the fan and at the same time try and at least claw back a little bit of balance in favour of the bowlers especially in the last ten overs of the innings," Richardson said during a media conference on Friday. "So to that end we have got rid of the requirement to have compulsory close catchers in the first ten overs."