KKR might pull out of IPL if Narine is not allowed to play: Reports

Mon, Mar 30, '15


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With just nine days to go for the start of the eighth edition of the IPL, there is controversy in the air. The defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders are on a collision course with the BCCI regarding offspinner Sunil Narine's participation in the tournament.

Narine was banned for his suspect action during the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 and he could not play in the final against the Chennai Super Kings, which KKR lost by eight wickets . He was not picked for the West Indies tour to India in November and he opted out of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. He modified his action and was cleared by the ICC during his biomechanical test in Loughborough. However, in Narine's case, the ICC did not organise the test as he was not called during an international match. He was called during the Champions League Twenty20, a tournament that is run by the BCCI. According to the rules in the BCCI, since he was called for a second time, he was banned from bowling in any BCCI-organised tournament.

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Chance for 'mediocre' West Indies to show up England

Sun, Mar 29, '15



As the cricket world's attention was riveted exclusive on the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the lead-in to Sunday's fascinating final between the co-hosts, two also-rans from the tournament were preparing for a low-key Test series on the other side of the planet relevant only to the teams themselves and a few individuals on either side.

West Indies depended on net run rate and the result of a match between others to squeeze into the quarter-final of the World Cup where they were promptly dispatched by New Zealand. They returned home to hastily get ready for three Tests against England, who didn't make it into the top eight at the World Cup.

It is an immediate opportunity for a tired West Indies, who carried eight players aged 30 or above to the World Cup, to start rebuilding under new head coach Phil Simmons. A West Indian himself, his international career as power-hitting opening batsman and useful medium-pace bowler spanned 1987 through 1999.

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LICA to probe failed PCL draft

Sun, Mar 29, '15


Leeward Islands

CEO of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) Derrick Nicholas said chief amongst the discussions during the board’s meeting slated for Saturday, will be the methods employed by both the head coach and chief selector during the WICB’s Professional Cricket League (PCL) draft held in October of last year.

According to Nicholas, both the coach (Ridley Jacobs) and chief selector (Lawrence Carty) failed to carry out specific instructions on which players they should have selected in the draft.

“A player (Ramnaresh Sarwan) was even mentioned by name that we would have liked to acquire his services and we had from opening batsman, top order coming all the way down to bowling in terms of spin bowler, left-arm seamer. We even went as far as saying options one two and three in the event that when your time comes and option one was no longer available …” he said.

The CEO went on to hint that action could be taken against some during the anticipated Board meeting to be held in St Kitts.

more at Antigua Observer

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No Smiles This Time Around

Sun, Mar 29, '15



After many years of basking in brilliant sunshine, years in which Jamaica preened themselves in winning title after title under captain Tamar Lambert and on the back of Nikita Miller's bowling, Jamaica's cricket took a beating this time around.

At the end of a nice, long season, and after a promising start, Jamaica finished, not so much out of the running, but almost unrecognisable.

Playing 10 matches, Jamaica won three of the first four, lost five consecutively, drew two, including the last one, and finished in fourth position with 75 points, 73 behind winners Guyana Jaguars.

Finishing fourth out of six teams is not all that bad; after all, it had to rain sometime.

What was disappointing about Jamaica's performance is that it was, more or less, expected.

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Minnows brought value to World Cup

Sat, Mar 28, '15



The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided that they would narrow down the show piece Cricket World Cup event to just 10 nations for the next event in 2019 in England.

This decision has been met with great resistance and there is a petition that has close to 20,000 signatures on it, which is calling on the ICC to rethink this move.

There are 14 nations at the current event and this means that six will be missing out come next World Cup. The regular ICC full members West Indies, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, will be the ones battling for supremacy.

At the current World Cup, the minnows and this time Ireland, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Afghanistan and Scotland all created great excitement during their matches. Ireland took it further and defeated two Test playing full member nations in West Indies and Zimbabwe. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for the quarter-finals and this from a team that played just nine ODIs (One Day International) in between the 2011 and current World Cup.

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