The West Indies team are improving and the talent is there, but there is something intrinsically wrong with the sport in the Caribbean, says Richie Richardson.
Since the West Indies' halcyon days in the 80s when a superstar side dominated world cricket as their bowlers terrorised and batsmen, Richardson included treated attacks with contempt, things have gone downhill.
Richardson, 51 and the current side's manager, struggled to hide his frustration when asked what had happened to West Indies cricket. read more at stufff.co.nz
WICB withdraws West Indies Under 19 from Bangladesh tour
Mon, Dec 9, '13
St John’s, Antigua – Acting in the best interest of the safety and security of the West Indies Under 19 team, the West Indies Cricket Board has today, taken a decision to withdraw the team from its tour of Bangladesh.
The WICB’s decision was taken following consideration of a report on the situation in Bangladesh as prepared by WICB Security Manager Paul Slowe. The report emphasized that the current security environment in Bangladesh is not conducive to the playing of cricket in light of the 72 hours nationwide blockade and calls for countrywide dawn to dusk protest. The State Department of the United States of America has also issued a travel alert to its citizens living in and travelling to Bangladesh.
Change to fixtures for West Indies Under-19s in Bangladesh
Sun, Dec 8, '13
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh – The second One-Day Match between Bangladesh Under-19 and West Indies Under-19 scheduled to be held at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong on Sunday has been shifted to Monday.
The venue and match timing will remain the same. The rest of the itinerary of the seven-game series will be unchanged. The decision to shift the second match was taken after discussions between officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and West Indies Under-19 Team management in regards to security arrangements following an incident on Saturday evening near the hotel where the teams are staying. BCB Director Akram Khan, who has spoken to officials of the West Indies and Bangladesh teams and local administration in Chittagong said: “The security agencies have assured the players and management that there was no risk to their safety. Nevertheless security measures will be reinforced further as we will not compromise with matters that concern the well-being of international teams. The West Indies Under 19 side have expressed their confidence in the arrangements and it has been decided that the second match will get underway tomorrow.” TOUR SCHEDULE – December 2013
Wednesday, 4th: West Indies beat BCB Invitational XI by 114 runs in warm-up – ZACS, Chittagong
Friday, 6th: 1st ODI: Bangladesh won by 104 runs – ZACS, Chittagong
Monday, 9th: 2nd ODI vs Bangladesh Under-19 – ZACS, Chittagong
Wednesday, 11th: 3rd ODI vs Bangladesh Under-19 – Cox’s Bazaar Stadium
Saturday, 14th: 4th ODI vs Bangladesh Under-19 – KSOAS, Fatullah
Tuesday, 17th: 5th ODI vs Bangladesh Under-19 – KSOAS, Fatullah
Thursday, 19th: 6th ODI vs Bangladesh Under-19 – Sher-e-Bangla, Mirpur
Friday, 20th: 7th ODI vs Bangladesh Under-19 – Sher-e-Bangla, Mirpur
For New Zealand, it must have felt like spending numerous hours debugging a simplistic computer code, and just when it all looked ready, seeing the message 'core dumped'. Dunedin had been dry for almost 14 sessions, but the rain arrived just before tea on the fifth day to leave New Zealand stranded 33 runs away from their first Test win under Brendon McCullum. The rain intensity seesawed frustratingly before the match was finally called off, the third time New Zealand failed to close out a home Test this year.
Thirty-three runs. At the rate they were going, New Zealand would have needed approximately 12 overs, or 50 minutes, to score those runs. West Indies' last three wickets had batted for 81 minutes in the morning, after the double-centurion Darren Bravo had been dismissed in the day's third over. The 38-run partnership between Darren Sammy and Shane Shillingford for the eighth wicket had eaten up 56 minutes. And this is without even considering the dropped catches on the fourth day.