Cricket no longer on top

Sun, Aug 30, '15

by TONY COZIER

Commentary

CRICKET was the sport that created and, for decades, maintained the West Indies’ reputation for athletic excellence.

For so long the passion of its fanatical public, its strength has rapidly withered, for a variety of mostly self-inflicted reasons. It now ranks ninth among ten Test and ODI teams and, for the first time, is excluded from the eight-team Champions Trophy in 2017 in England.

Fortunately, the consequent despair of all West Indians has been lifted by performances in another sport, by the region’s magnificent athletes, mostly Jamaican with rising numbers from its smaller constituents.

As the individual now unreservedly recognised as the all-time king of the sprints, his sport’s showpiece events, Usain Bolt has been the ideal energiser to put a smile back on the faces of cricket’s sad devotees.

Bolt is a towering Jamaican with a spirited Caribbean sense of fun whose long strides cover the track with the power and speed of lightning. Barring a false start disqualification in the 2011 World Championships, he is unbeaten for seven years in either of his favoured events, the 100 and 200 metres at major championships.

 

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Galle doubtful as venue for West Indies Tests

Sun, Aug 30, '15

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Cricket's interim committee is considering beginning the upcoming Test series against West Indies in Colombo instead of Galle, which has been the customary venue for a tour opener, because of the cost factor. West Indies, who last played a series in Sri Lanka in 2011, are set to tour again around mid-October.

With the West Indies tour not generating big revenue for the SLC, chances are the interim committee would prefer playing the two Tests at the P Sara Oval and the SSC or R Premadasa Stadium to cut costs.

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Toronto Softball cricket tournament to benefit Guyana charities

Sun, Aug 30, '15

 

Guyana

Umpires urged to be consistent with their rulings on the contentious issue of pelting. According to the playing conditions and rules, no pelting is allowed.

TORONTO, Canada – With just a mere five days to go before the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Club (OMSCC) stages its first-ever Toronto Cup softball tournament, excitement is at fever-pitch and the organisers are brimming with confidence that it will be a huge success.
Following a meeting of the organising committee on Friday night, it was disclosed that over five thousand dollars (US) will be up for grabs in the three-day extravaganza, set to be staged over the Labour Day weekend, with the winners in the Open category carting off US$3000 and the victors in the Masters division US$2500 in the 20-over affairs.

 

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Reifer, Bishop spur WICB U-15s to victory on UK Tour

Sat, Aug 29, '15

 

WICB

LONDON—Half-centuries from compatriots Nico Reifer and Joshua Bishop have helped the WICB Invitational Under-15s to victory in the two latest matches on their tour of the United Kingdom.

Reifer cracked 60, spurring the WICB Under-15s to a nine-wicket victory over Hertfordshire Under-15s Thursday at West Herts, while Bishop scored a vital 57, propelling the visitors to a one-wicket victory over Barmy Army Colts yesterday at Stanmore.

On Thursday, Reifer, the younger cousin of former Barbados batsman and West Indies captain Floyd Reifer, smashed five fours and four sixes from 48 balls, as WICB Under-15s successfully chased 135 for victory in a Twenty20 contest at the Herts Under-15s.

Before he was the only scalp claimed by the Herts Under-15s, Reifer shared an opening stand of 91 with Crystian Thurton, whose run-a-ball 42 not out included five fours and one six. The visitors’ captain Kirstan Kallicharran was not out on 29.

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Former Sri Lanka captain blames ICC for the dwindling interest in Test cricket.

Sat, Aug 29, '15

 

Media Watch

COLOMBO: This has been a hard-fought Test series but attendance has been pretty poor throughout. In fact, the P Sara Oval - venue of Kumar Sangakkara's farewell Test - struggled to fill its 7,000-seat capacity on most days. Former Sri Lanka captain and current member of parliament Arjuna Ranatunga believes the International Cricket Council (ICC) is to be blamed for the dwindling interest in Test cricket.

"We have two top teams in action, playing some exciting cricket, but still we don't have crowds. I have doubts whether the present ICC regime wants to do anything to save Test cricket. It's all about making money for them, which comes through ODIs and T20s," Ranatunga told TOI on Friday.

"If this attitude of ICC doesn't change very soon, I don't see a very bright future for Test cricket or the sport in general," the 1996 World Cup-winning captain said.

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