BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul issued a stern warning to Bangladesh ahead of Saturday's start of the first Test at Arnos Vale, when he hammered a top-class hundred in the tour match that ended yesterday.
Resuming the day on 232 for four, St Kitts were eventually dismissed for 399 in response to Bangladesh's first innings of 377 for seven declared.
Chanderpaul, who resumed the day unbeaten on 70, reached his hundred before lunch when he square drove seamer Robiul Islam to the point boundary for his 12th four. He required just over 4-1/2 hours and 207 balls to reach three figures.
IS It a problem that the World Cup is less than six months away and West Indies still have no head coach? It depends on who is answering the question. Michael Muirhead, chief executive of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) , as a typically cagey administrator, is relaxed about it. “That would be considered a nice cut-off time to have a coach but we don’t plan to rush and get a new one just to say we have a coach for the World Cup,” he told the Barbados Nation, stressing that the sole objective would be to get the best man. Daren Ganga, the former Test batsman, now television analyst, has the totally opposite view of a player.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – An unbroken 144-run, seventh wicket stand between captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain, rescued Bangladesh on the opening day of their three-day tour match against St Kitts and Nevis here Saturday.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua—Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine has once again chosen the Twenty20 format over Test cricket, after opting out of consideration for the two-Test series against Bangladesh. He was a notable omission from the 13-man squad announced by the West Indies Cricket Board yesterday for the first Test against Bangladesh at Arnos Vale, which bowls off September 5th, the Trinidad Guardian is reporting.
No decision has been made on who will fill the vacant post of West Indies head coach and there will be no mad rush to find a candidate, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive Michael Muirhead has said. Media reports in recent weeks have speculated that Mickey Arthur was a virtual shoo-in but Muirhead said while “informal” discussions had been held with the South African, the WICB were yet to even start the interview process. “There is absolutely no truth to that talk around the region that Mickey Arthur will be hired as the next coach,” Muirhead told the Nation Newspaper here. “We did speak to him and many other coaches recently because it was convenient to do so but to say he will be the next coach is not true. We don’t know yet who will be the next coach.” He added: “The talks with Arthur were very, very informal. No official interviews for the position have even started.”