Posts Tagged ‘West Indies’

Digicel proposes to end contract row

September 13, 2008

The row between the West Indies Cricket Board and its sponsors, Digicel, took another twist on Thursday with a proposal from the company to settle its dispute with the board.

In August, Digicel filed an injunction in the High Court in London seeking to have the WICB withdraw all approval for the Stanford Super Series which, it claimed, encroached its “exclusive sponsorship rights”. The move came in the light of rumours that Stanford was close to signing Cable and Wireless (Digicel’s competitor and a former sponsor of the West Indies team) as a sponsor for the series.

The court put the matter to arbitration, and the results of this are due in October. Digicel said it proposed a “compromise solution will involve the waiver of a considerable number of legal and commercial rights owned by Digicel by virtue of its sole and exclusive sponsorship agreement with the WICB”.

The conditions of the offer are that the Stanford side in the 20/20 for 20 match against England on November 1 wear official West Indies kit with Digicel branding; that no telecommunications company be involved in the event; and that Digicel’s costs be paid for by the board.

While this might appear one-sided, Digicel claims that in return it will be “foregoing a large number of valuable legal rights and entitlements including broadcast rights, exclusively branded pitch mats, sight screens, perimeter boards, promotional opportunities, advertising, content rights and various other avenues for commercial use that it currently owns by virtue of its sole and exclusive sponsorship agreement with the WICB”.

“Digicel would call upon both the WICB and Stanford to engage constructively on this matter and to put cricket in the West Indies first. Digicel’s compromise solution is a very credible alternative and provides something for every party concerned.”

Insiders believe that the WICB might have little option but to agree to the bulk of the demands, because without the board’s backing, the series could be deemed unofficial which, given the precedent set with the ICL in India, would create numerous issues for the players involved.

As far as the ECB are concerned, however, the matches were approved by the ICC back in June, and so they have no doubts about their status.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Pakistan invites West Indies for Tests in November

September 13, 2008

Pakistan have “formally invited” West Indies to play two Tests in November in another attempt to fill the gap created by the postponement of the Champions Trophy.

The Pakistan board had initially proposed a tri-series in South Africa but the plan fell through after Cricket South Africa said their players were fatigued following a long tour of England. They then tried to set up an ODI series against Sri Lanka but had received “ridiculously low figures” for the television rights.

Pakistan have been deprived of Test cricket in 2008 after Australia postponed their tour of the country for Test and ODI series, scheduled for March, because of security concerns. They hosted the Asia Cup in June-July, but the Champions Trophy, which was supposed to begin on September 12, was also postponed after five countries said they wouldn’t participate in the tournament due to security fears.

Their next international assignment is a four-day Twenty20 quadrangular in Toronto next month with Sri Lanka, West Indies and hosts Canada.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Bermuda v/s West Indies 2nd ODI Scorecard

August 21, 2008
Scotiabank Series – 2nd match
Bermuda v West Indies
2008 season
Played at Maple Leaf North-West Ground, King City (neutral venue), on 20 August 2008 (50-over match)

Result West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 109 balls remaining)

Bermuda innings (50 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
OO Bascome b Powell 1 5 0 0 20.00
wicketkeeper J Edness b Taylor 4 13 1 0 30.76
CRM Douglas c Chattergoon b Miller 53 105 6 0 50.47
SD Outerbridge c Miller b Roach 5 31 0 0 16.12
captain IH Romaine c wicketkeeperBaugh b Roach 19 24 2 1 79.16
LOB Cann st wicketkeeperBaugh b Miller 17 20 3 0 85.00
DCC Borden c wicketkeeperBaugh b Nash 0 3 0 0 0.00
RJ Trott run out (Powell) 1 4 0 0 25.00
RDM Leverock not out 20 60 2 0 33.33
RD Steede b Miller 5 25 1 0 20.00
SKW Kelly not out 2 11 0 0 18.18
Extras (lb 12, w 18, nb 1) 31
Total (9 wickets; 50 overs) 158 (3.16 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-1 (Bascome, 1.2 ov), 2-15 (Edness, 4.3 ov), 3-43 (Outerbridge, 14.4 ov), 4-79 (Romaine, 22.3 ov), 5-108 (Cann, 28.4 ov), 6-109 (Borden, 29.2 ov), 7-114 (Trott, 30.4 ov), 8-139 (Douglas, 40.5 ov), 9-152 (Steede, 46.4 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
JE Taylor 9 0 22 1 2.44 (3w)
DBL Powell 10 1 32 1 3.20 (1nb, 4w)
KAJ Roach 10 1 29 2 2.90 (5w)
BP Nash 10 1 43 1 4.30 (2w)
NO Miller 10 2 19 3 1.90
XM Marshall 1 0 1 0 1.00
West Indies innings (target: 159 runs from 50 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
XM Marshall c wicketkeeperEdness b Steede 0 2 0 0 0.00
S Chattergoon c Trott b Kelly 7 9 1 0 77.77
LR Johnson c Leverock b Borden 27 28 5 0 96.42
SE Findlay b Borden 41 35 5 2 117.14
BP Nash not out 27 62 3 0 43.54
captain RR Sarwan not out 49 58 5 1 84.48
Extras (lb 1, w 4, nb 3) 8
Total (4 wickets; 31.5 overs) 159 (4.99 runs per over)
Did not bat JE Taylor, DBL Powell, KAJ Roach, NO Miller, wicketkeeperCS Baugh
Fall of wickets1-1 (Marshall, 0.2 ov), 2-31 (Chattergoon, 3.4 ov), 3-57 (Johnson, 8.3 ov), 4-90 (Findlay, 14.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
RD Steede 2 0 21 1 10.50 (3nb, 2w)
SKW Kelly 5 0 22 1 4.40 (2w)
SD Outerbridge 1 0 15 0 15.00
DCC Borden 8 0 38 2 4.75
RDM Leverock 10 2 31 0 3.10
RJ Trott 4.5 0 28 0 5.79
OO Bascome 1 0 3 0 3.00

Toss West Indies, who chose to field first
Points West Indies 2, Bermuda 0

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Sarwan confirms West Indies win

August 21, 2008

West Indies 159 for 4 (Sarwan 49*) beat Bermuda 158 for 9 (Douglas 53, Miller 3-19) by six wickets

Ramnaresh Sarwan starred for West Indies in their opening fixture in Canada

The captain Ramnaresh Sarwan guided West Indies to an easy six-wicket win over Bermuda in their opening match of the Associates Tri-series in Canada. Sarwan ended the contest with a six over midwicket to finish on 49, sweeping his team past Bermuda’s 158 for 9 with 18.1 overs to spare, while the debutant Brendan Nash collected a cautious 27 not out.

The chase started with a couple of difficulties for West Indies, who lost Xavier Marshall to the second ball before Sewnarine Chattergoon went for 7 in the fourth over. However, Leon Johnson, who struck 27 off 28 deliveries in his first game, and Shawn Findlay (41 off 35) quickly lifted the rate and put the team on track for a comfortable success.

A second half-century of the tournament for Chris Douglas was the only real highlight of Bermuda’s innings. Despite having an under-manned attack due to a back injury to Fidel Edwards, West Indies were able to capture regular wickets.

Nikita Miller, the left-arm spinner, was the most dangerous with 3 for 19, including the dismissal of Douglas for 53, while Kemar Roach, another debutant, picked up 2 for 29 with his fast-mediums. Douglas was the eighth batsman to fall and it was left to Dwayne Leverock, who posted an unbeaten 20, to expand the small total. West Indies’ next match is against Canada on Friday before the final on Sunday.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Shoaib can miss Champions Trophy

August 16, 2008

Just three days after completing a remarkable comeback into the Pakistan squad for the Champions Trophy, Shoaib Akhtar’s participation in the tournament was again in doubt after the Pakistan board served him an ultimatum saying he could play only if he paid the fine of Rs 7 million (approx US$105,000). The latest statement is yet another u-turn by an embattled Pakistan board, which had earlier softened its stance over the fine and cleared his selection.

The PCB had earlier agreed to defer the payment of the fine till after Shoaib’s appeal against the 18-month ban is heard in the court in September, a board official claiming at a press conference for the squad announcement that legal and cricket matters should be kept separate. But Rizvi justified the board’s decision by saying: “There is no court order saying he should not pay the fine. Even if the court upholds his petition against the ban and fine it will be refunded to him but he has to pay the fine now.”

Shoaib was initially banned by the board for five years, but the sentence had been reduced to 18 months by an appellate tribunal in June, which also imposed the fine. A Lahore High Court suspended the ban after Shoaib complained against it, but it did not pass any order on the fine. A final verdict on the ban is expected when the courts restart in September.

The Champions Trophy starts on September 12, with Pakistan playing the first match against West Indies

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi