“There is a lot of time to go for 2022 Asian Games. In due time, we will discuss and decide,” a BCCI official said. The decision to include cricket in the 2022 programme was on expected lines after Randhir visited Hangzhou last month to zero in on a suitable venue. Sri Lanka and Pakistan won the men’s and women’s gold in 2014 while Bangladesh and Pakistan claimed the top honours in 2010. Cricket has also been played once at the Commonwealth Games, in 1998, when India and Pakistan sent teams to Kuala Lumpur. However, the Shaun Pollock-led South Africa won the gold there and Australia, captained by Steve Waugh, the silver. In the 2014 Asian Games, OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah had criticised the BCCI for not sending its teams for the second edition in a row. “I’m sorry that India, for the second Games, did not send a team. I respect their decision but I believe the people in charge are not interested in promotion of the game but only in making it a business, in making money out of it. They want to control the market and control the game,” he had said. In another major decision taken at the OCA General Assembly on Sunday, it was announced that Oceania countries, including Australia, will be invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games. It was reported that the number of Oceania athletes who will be allowed to compete in Hangzhou will be decided at a later date. Cricket was part of the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games in Guangzhou and Incheon.In both Asian Games, cricket was played in the Twenty20 format.India did not send a cricket team in the 2018 Asian Games. highlights Bangkok: Cricket is set for a return at the Asian Games after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) included it in the sports programme for the 2022 edition in Hangzhou. The decision was taken at the OCA’s General Assembly here. “Yes, cricket has been included in the sports programme for 2022 Hangzhou Games,” OCA honorary vice-president Randhir Singh told PTI. Cricket was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia after featuring in 2010 and 2014, albeit without the presence of the game’s powerhouse India. India opted out of the quadrennial event owing to the team’s packed international schedule. The Indian Olympic Association welcomed the decision of the OCA to include cricket in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games programme. “We welcome the decision of the OCA. Which format will be played is not yet confirmed but it is a welcome decision,” said IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, who attended the General Assembly in Bangkok. He said the IOA would want to have an Indian cricket team in the 2022 Asian Games. “The IOA will request the BCCI to send a cricket team in the 2022 Asian Games. India can win in both men and women’s events and increase its medal tally,” Mehta said. In all probability, the T20 format will be played at the Asian Games, like it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively. Since the mega event is still some years away, the BCCI has plenty of time to deliberate on the Indian team’s participation. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Birmingham: Former spinner Daniel Vettori says Kane Williamson has proved that he is the greatest ODI player to have come out of New Zealand by scoring a match-winning hundred against South Africa in a tense World Cup game here. Vettori is himself a New Zealand great who took 705 international wickets in his illustrious career besides scoring close to 7000 runs across formats.”Kane Williamson has to be New Zealand’s greatest ODI player of all time ? and innings like that against South Africa tells you exactly why. e’s already there now and by the end of his career his record will far exceed anything we’ve had in the past or present, he really is that good,” Vettori wrote in his column for the ICC.Williamson’s unbeaten 106 off 138 balls led New Zealand to another memorable win over South Africa in World Cup history.”Kane has done so much in such a short period, whether a captain or not, he’s been exceptional and he’s an absolute joy to watch. He plays all the shots, he knows how to manipulate the strike and he’s always going to run hard.”What differentiates him from a lot of batsmen in this day and age is his sole focus is winning the game and he tailors his batting towards that,” said.Williamson, 28, is among the world’s leading batsmen with more than 13,000 runs. New Zealand were in a precarious position at 80 for four on Wednesday but Williamson stood like a rock on a tricky surface to chase down the 242-run target.”The wicket was tricky, the South African bowling was very good and they took the pace off the ball well, it was a tough time to bat.”But the way he understood that situation and got his team across the line was exceptional, it’s what makes him one of the greatest in the world now and by the end of his career he’ll be up there with some of the greats of all time,” added Vettori. New Zealand are currently table toppers in World Cup 2019. New Zealand has won four out of five games this World Cup. Kane Williamson registered 12th ODI ton against South Africa on Wednesday.
Matt Henry won the Man of the Match award in Manchester.India has lost five World Cup contests against New Zealand in England.New Zealand has reached the World Cup final for the second time. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Destiny – the hidden power believed to control future events. In a World Cup tournament, New Zealand is destiny’s child. Ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against India, New Zealand was given no chance. Many commentators and analysts had wished the Indian players all the best for the ‘next two games’. However, fate had other plans. New Zealand, putting on their inspired ‘punching above their weight’ face, turned the tables spectacularly on India and managed to defend 240 as they knocked Virat Kohli’s team out of the tournament. The main catalyst behind the exit was Matt Henry, destiny’s favourite child.Against a batting line-up which had more fifties and centuries than entire New Zealand playing XI combined, the task was massive. However, Henry had great experience of English conditions, having played County Cricket for Kent. He used a simple formula which is effective for fast bowlers when operating in England. Under overcast skies, with a bit of moisture on the wicket and with a new Kookaburra, Henry kept it simple. Pitch the ball up, keep it close to the off stump and ensure there is just a hint of swing movement in the air or off the pitch.In England, bowlers often get carried away by excessive swing seen in Tests with the Duke ball. In ODIs, under English conditions, only a hint of movement is needed from the right areas and the batsman makes mistakes. Henry’s first wicket was Rohit Sharma, the man who had scored five centuries in a single edition and was expected to break Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of runs in a single edition.Henry set-up Rohit brilliantly with a good length ball in the channel outside off and it straightened just a tad to get the edge of the batsman. Rohit went for 1. Couple of overs later, Henry bowled a back of a length ball which nipped away slightly and kicked up from the deck outside off, KL Rahul was caught in two minds whether to leave it or play at it. In the end, Rahul’s misjudgment produced an edge to the keeper. Dinesh Karthik held firm and got off the mark only after 20 balls with a boundary to the third man fence.With the pressure building, Henry continued to be accurate. Karthik’s dismissal was the result of immense pressure built by both him and Trent Boult. Henry pitched the ball full outside off, it stopped on Karthik who stabbed at it and the ball flew to point where James Neesham dived to his left and took a stunning one-handed grab. In his first spell of 6-1-18-3, Henry had run through the top order. India’s worst nightmare had come true. With Rohit and Kohli dismissed cheaply, they had no Plan B. Henry had put the match firmly in New Zealand’s grasp and they secured a ticket to Lord’s.After the match, Henry explained his modus operandi. “We had to ask a lot of questions against that world-class batting line-up. We knew we had to create pressure against that batting line-up but we also knew that this was a difficult wicket to bat on and it was holding up a little bit. We brought ourselves on and if we could create a few early chances, anything could happen,” Henry said after he won the Man of the Match award.Henry’s performance makes him the man of destiny for New Zealand. That too in a semi-final is a feeling of deja-vu. In 2015, Henry was surprisingly omitted from the New Zealand squad for the World Cup after some solid ODI performances in 2014 and 2015 where he took 19 and 17 wickets. However, Adam Milne suffered an injury during the quarterfinal against West Indies and Henry was included. His first game came against South Africa in the semi-final in Auckland.Henry’s first two overs in his first match of the World Cup were maidens and in that high-voltage semi-final, it was simply valuable. Although Henry managed to end with figures of 8-2-40-0, the right-armer, whose action resembles a lot like Shane Bond, had shown that he could handle pressure on the big stage. Four years since Auckland, Henry had shown his mettle on the big stage in Manchester.
Associated Press Tennessee looks for home win vs Florida Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFlorida (18-10, 10-5) vs. Tennessee (15-13, 7-8)Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Tennessee looks for its fourth straight win over Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena. The last victory for the Gators at Tennessee was a 67-58 win on Feb. 11, 2014. February 27, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com .FUELING THE OFFENSE: Jordan Bowden has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Tennessee field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 20 field goals and 13 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 73: Tennessee is 0-8 this year when it allows 73 points or more and 15-5 when holding opponents to fewer than 73.ASSIST RATIOS: The Volunteers have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Gators. Tennessee has an assist on 39 of 67 field goals (58.2 percent) across its past three outings while Florida has assists on 34 of 79 field goals (43 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Florida has committed a turnover on just 18 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best rate among all SEC teams. The Gators have turned the ball over only 12 times per game this season.
Haggerty also said that the group’s reserve funds are available to help individual countries’ tennis federations be prepared for tournaments and grassroots efforts once it’s deemed safe to return to competition.The ITF oversees the Fed Cup and Davis Cup, along with hundreds of lower-tier tournaments around the world.The Fed Cup finals this month have been postponed; the Davis Cup finals are scheduled for late November. All tournaments are on hold until at least mid-July.Haggerty wrote to the AP: “In these unprecedented times, it is hard to predict when we will return to tennis.”___ ___The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESPN will stream a HORSE tournament on ESPN’s app.The NBA HORSE Challenge will have eight participants. The quarterfinals are to be shown Sunday and the semifinals and final on April 16.The quarterfinal matchups are Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks against former NBA player and ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups; WNBA great and 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tamika Catchings against Mike Conley Jr. of the Utah Jazz; Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls against NBA retiree and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce; and Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder against Allie Quigley of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.Players must call their shots before the attempt and dunking is not allowed. The players will be isolated and competing on separate home courts. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has completed his quarantine period that followed a positive test for the coronavirus and has returned to his base in New York. The Indiana-Kentucky boys and girls high school all-star games have been canceled for the first time since World War II.Officials from the two states cited measures taken by both state governments to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, including the closure of schools through the rest of academic year.The boys series began in 1940 but was not played in 1943 or 1944. The girls games were added in 1976 and have never previously been called off.The series pits the top seniors from each state and were scheduled to play June 5 in Georgetown, Kentucky, and June 6 in Indianapolis. The top juniors were scheduled to square off June 1 at Floyd Central High School near the Ohio River.Indiana also has canceled the junior-senior all-star games on June 3 and the All-Star Shootout on June 6. Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months.Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The merchandise includes Derby glasses, T-shirts, bags, socks, posters and magnets. It also includes items associated with the Kentucky Oaks, the race for fillies held on Derby eve.Derby glasses have long been popular with collectors and limited production runs or mistakes can make them highly sought after.___The Chicago Bears say they are donating $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in Illinois.The Bears gave $250,000 to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund on March 20, and they said they plan to donate $250,000 each to three other causes — the Advocate Charitable Foundation’s Relief Fund for Critical Care, Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and the University of Chicago’s Community Support Programs. The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up.Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”He says “the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.”___ Gurley, who played five seasons for the Rams before he was released last month, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Falcons for $6 million. ___The Kentucky Derby Museum is looking to unload all merchandise for the 146th Derby dated May 2. The race has been postponed from that date to Sept. 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic.As a result, over 300 Derby 146 items with the old date will be available for online sale from April 15 to May 3. The museum will donate 20% of sales proceeds to two funds that help those affected by COVID-19. April 9, 2020 Also Thursday, Curling Canada canceled all of its remaining championships for the 2019-20 season, which ends in the spring.___The International Tennis Federation is putting about half of its staff on furlough and cutting other employees’ salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic.The move includes a 30% pay drop in 2020 for ITF President David Haggerty and reductions of 10% or 20% for others.Haggerty wrote in an email to the AP on Thursday that the ITF’s finance committee and board “looked at all areas where we felt we could make savings in the short term to be prepared for the return to tennis.” The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.The UCI says its leadership has agreed to reduce salaries or allowances and furloughed all 130 employees of the UCI and the world cycling center.___Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28.The NRL has been suspended since March 23. The Latest: Jockey Javier Castellano out of quarantine State Farm is the presenting sponsor and will offer a prize pool exceeding $200,000 to charities working on the coronavirus response. The event will be pre-taped.___The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.”The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar.The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers. ___The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Former Toronto Blue Jays first baseman and two-time World Series champion John Olerud, 2006 American League MVP Justin Morneau, former Blue Jays pitcher Duane Ward, and Montreal sportscaster Jacques Doucet were scheduled to be enshrined in a ceremony in St. Marys, Ontario, on June 20.The hall of fame said in a release Thursday that the ceremony and related events are postponed until further notice.The museum and ballfields are closed to the public, as mandated under Ontario’s declaration of emergency. “We will be forever grateful to the healthcare providers, first responders, grocers, sanitation workers, janitors and everyone keeping our communities healthy and safe during this time,” Bears president Ted Phillips said. “Please continue to do your part and stay home so we can slow down the virus and save lives.”___The World Curling Federation has canceled its championships this year.The men’s, women’s, mixed doubles and senior championships will not be held in 2020. The events had already been indefinitely postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The WCF has adjusted its qualifying for the 2021 world championships and the 2022 Winter Olympics to compensate for the missing tournaments. “I am sad for the players and coaches who comprise this year’s All-Star teams,” Indiana game director Mike Broughton said in a statement. “This is a once in a lifetime experience for the seniors who made the team, but they do have the satisfaction that they are an Indiana All-Star for life.”The Indiana boys hold a 99-44 advantage in the seniors’ series while the Indiana girls lead 50-38.The move comes less than a month after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the boys state tournament for the first time since its inception in 1911. ___The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic track and field trials for next year’s Tokyo Games will remain in Montreal. Castellano tested positive for COVID-19 last month as part of a physical mandated by Gulfstream Park to determine if he could be cleared to ride in the Florida Derby on March 28. He quarantined in Florida and returned to New York earlier this week.Castellano said he was largely asymptomatic throughout his time with the virus, thanked Gulfstream for setting up “procedures to follow because of the situation and enforced it.“Whoever came in from out of town had to have a test. That’s the only way to ride,” he said.Castellano is scheduled to ride at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas on May 1 and May 2. He has not ridden since having two mounts at Gulfstream on March 15.Castellano has won more than 5,000 races in his career with purse winnings exceeding $344 million. Athletics Canada announced Thursday that the trials will take place in 2021 at Montreal’s Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. The event is expected to be held June 24-27.Montreal was scheduled to hold the trials this summer from June 25-28, but the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The trials will serve as the final event to determine the athletes nominated to the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams competing in Tokyo.Montreal hosted the Canadian Track and Field Championships in 2019. The last Olympic trials held in Montreal were in 1996.The Tokyo Games will take place July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021, after being postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus. The Paralympic Games will run from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5. Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka.Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak. ___Falcons running back Todd Gurley is donating meals to feed Atlanta residents in need and healthcare workers at two hospitals. The former standout at the University of Georgia is donating meals to low-income Atlantans through Hungry@Home. The donations also will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Atlanta and two Atlanta hospitals, Northside and Piedmont.“Atlanta has welcomed me back with open arms, so it was only right that I gave back to this city,” Gurley said Thursday. “My partners at Hungry have allowed me to reach out and spread love to those who need it most by donating good food to people in need.” He said he hopes to inspire others to provide similar help, “especially for those risking their lives on the front lines and, most importantly, make a difference every day.” ___Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union.The league has been indefinitely suspended.Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”
Windies attempting to avoid second straight series whitewashBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Back-to-back defeats to England last weekend have left West Indies facing a second straight series whitewash – a fate they will earnestly attempt to avoid – when they contest the final One-Day International at Kensington Oval here today.The Caribbean side slumped to a 45-run loss in the opening game at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium last Thursday and two days later lost by four wickets in the second encounter at the same venue.But even though the three-match series has already been decided, captain Jason Holder urged his side to stay focused on securing a victory especially with West Indies urgently needing to bolster their ranking in order to earn automatic qualification for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.“A win here obviously would be very valuable. Pakistan is ahead of us (in the one-day rankings) as well so we just need to pick up points there,” Holder told reporters here yesterday.“We haven’t worked it out mathematically but we know the importance of every game especially playing a side that is higher-ranked than we. We’ve got England now, Pakistan afterward, then we have India later down in the year and then we also have one-dayers in England.“Those are all teams that are ranked higher than we. The magnitude of the situation is for us to win these games against higher-ranked sides and I think once we do that, we’ll definitely qualify for the World Cup.”In both previous games, West Indies found themselves with chances to turn the results their way, but lacked the killer instinct.Chasing 297 in the opener, they were 190 for four in the 39th over but threw away their last six wickets for 61 runs, to surrender meekly.Then, in last Sunday’s encounter, England plunged to 124 for six at the half-way stage in pursuit of 226 but West Indies proved sloppy in the field, and Joe Root (90 not out) and Chris Woakes (68 not out) capitalised, engineering an unbroken stand of 102 for the seventh wicket to frustrate the hosts.Holder said despite the two disappointing performances, the Windies had remained upbeat and were optimistic about turning their fortunes around.“The guys are in good spirits. Everybody wants to make their mark here. Obviously we’ve had two games and we’ve had some individual brilliance from players like Jason Mohammed and Jonathan Carter, Shannon’s (Gabriel) been pretty good – (Devendra) Bishoo and Ashley (Nurse) as well,” Holder pointed out.“I don’t think the spirits are daunted in the dressing room; I think everybody’s heads are held high. I just try to keep everyone in good spirits and everybody is in good spirits. We have a good vibe on and off the field. It’s just a situation for us to execute.“We’ve also let ourselves down in the field in terms of dropping catches and being a bit sloppy in the field so that’s obviously an area we have paid some attention to, and I think once we hold those half chances, games can be a lot different for us.”Last October, West Indies were swept by Pakistan in a similar three-match series in United Arab Emirates. The following month, they struggled in Zimbabwe during the Tri-Nations Series involving the hosts and Sri Lanka, missing out on the final after winning just one of four games.Holder said across both the batting and bowling departments, there was obviously a need for more consistency from his players.“I’ve preached in the dressing room we need consistency. The only way you can be consistent is if you get an opportunity to play …,” he explained.“I just think it is important that we do a lot better at the top of our innings when we bat. We haven’t really gotten a good start in this tournament as yet.“I thought the bowling in the last game was a lot better than the first game. We got down to the last 10 overs and did a lot better and that’s all due down to the context of the game but I thought we fought really hard and had attacking options in the last game. We set attacking fields and we got wickets; so for me we may just need to string that collective game together and take it all the way.”West Indies have brought fast bowler Miguel Cummins into the 13-man squad as a replacement for injured speedster Shannon Gabriel.
POINTS leaders in the East Demerara Football Association’s (EDFA) Senior League 2016/17 season, Buxton Stars, had their winning streak halted last Sunday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Golden Stars.Playing at the Golden Grove ground, East Coast Demerara, the home side opened the scoring with a 5th minute strike off the boot of Samall Woodman and the Golden Grove team maintained their lead until the second session before Buxton Stars’ Dennis Fordyce levelled the score.Buxton Stars then took the lead for the first time through a Shamar Scott goal and the points leaders were in sight of continuing their unbeaten run, but injury time worked in Golden Stars’ favour as they earned an equal share of the spoils when Rundell Liverpool scored in the 99th minute.The other match that was scheduled for that day did not come off as Bachelor’s Adventure/Paradise Sports Club failed to show up for the fixture against Ann’s Grove who were awarded a walkover victory.
…Fifth round bowls off tomorrowFRONT-RUNNERS and defending champions Guyana Jaguars will look to extend their dominance when Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament resumes tomorrow..The Jaguars played outside of their home territory for the past three rounds, will resume home advantage against third-place leaders, Barbados Pride at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Currently, the Jaguars sit on 64.8 points, 20.2 points ahead of second-placed Leeward Island Hurricanes (44.6), Barbados Pride (42.4), Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (41.8), Jamaica Scorpions (36.6) and Windward Islands Volcanoes (18.4) complete the points table after four rounds.Complacency will be the only thing that Leon Johnson and company will have to resist, but the Jaguars have never given the impression that this is something which embeds itself in the way they operate.They have won three of the four games in convincing fashion, and playing their next three games at home will definitely give them that additional motivation.The Guyanese will be aiming for a fourth straight title, and according to manager/assistant coach of the Jaguars unit, Rayon Griffith, his charges have played some excellent cricket to date.Speaking to Chronicle Sport yesterday, Griffith, the former Guyana fast bowler, is optimistic that the team will utilise home conditions to the fullest, adding that the Jaguars must not take the next three games lightly.“We played some very good cricket so far, and the confidence among the players is high.“Definitely we know our home turf…we have a good record at home, but haven’t said that can’t afford to be complacent at any point. We need to take one game at a time,” Griffith said.The Jaguars have be a dominant force in both departments of the game since the inception of the League, but over the years, and especially this season, the opening slot has been the Jaguars’ main problem – an issue, Griffith is well aware of.To this end, the 38-year-old is appealing for more consistency so that a better foundation can be laid for the rest of the batting unit.Further, Griffith, who represented the country in 22 first-class matches, indicated that the squad for the fifth round will be named today.Tomorrow’s match starts at 09:30hrs and admission into the venue is free.Other fifth round matches will see Leeward Islands Hurricanes host Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, while Jamaica Scorpions play host to Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park in JamaicaThe tournament will again be contested under a round-robin format, featuring 10 rounds of matches, comprising five home and five away fixtures apiece, for each of the six franchises. The team to accumulate the most points will be declared the Champions.
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (CMC) – West Indies Under-19 captain, Emmanuel Stewart, says he regrets the appeal which led to the controversial dismissal of South African opener Jiveshan Pillay, during yesterday’s ICC Youth World Cup fixture here.Following the contest at Bay Oval which Young Windies lost by 76 runs, Stewart said while his decision has been within the laws of cricket, it did not reflect the spirit of the game.“I asked the question and it was given out based on the laws and the rules of the game,” Stewart said.“But on reflection it wasn’t in the spirit of the game. I think moving forward I would have withdrawn the appeal and that’s how I see it.”The incident arose in the 17th over of the South Africa innings when the left-handed Pillay inside-edged a drive at fast bowler Jarion Hoyte and then watched cautiously as the ball rolled on the crease and came to a halt next to the stumps.As has become customary in international cricket, Pillay picked up the ball and tossed it to Stewart who then, to the surprise of many, appealed for obstructing the field.Following a consultation between the umpires, Pillay was then controversially given his marching orders.Under Law 37.4 regarding ‘returning the ball to a fielder’, it states: “Either batsman is out obstructing the field if, at any time while the ball is in play and without the consent of a fielder, he uses his bat or any part of his person, including a hand not holding the bat, to return the ball to any fielder.”Stewart’s actions drew strong rebuke from current and former international players but South Africa’s head coach Lawrence Mahatlane refused to be drawn into the controversy.“Our take is very simple. We play to the laws of the game, and it’s part of the laws,” he said afterwards. “It’s happened, so hopefully we’ll learn for a long time from it.”Captain Raynard van Tonder, however, disagreed with Stewart’s actions.“It is the law of the game but I think there is something like the spirit of cricket. I think if I was in the same situation, I don’t think I would have gone about it the same way.”The incident rekindled memories of the Mankad controversy during the last Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh two years ago when West Indies again came under heavy criticism for their actions on the field.Then, bowler Keemo Paul ran out Richard Ngarava for backing up too far, to help the Caribbean side pull off a tense victory over Zimbabwe and reach the quarter-finals.West Indies went on to win the tournament.