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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, April 20, 2015
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
is looking for more matches for the region-
al team this year, in an effort to boost rev-
A source close to the WICB told the T&T
Guardian that the regional team is likely to
make a trip to Bangladesh later this year.
This trip was not on the Future Tours Pro-
gramme (FTP) but it is understood that the
WICB wants to get the team over to
Bangladesh after their tour of Sri Lanka in
October/November. The series is expected
to be short, with matches only in the limited
overs and T20 formats.
President of the WICB, Dave Cameron,
when contacted, did not confirm or deny
this fact, saying: "The WICB is always look-
ing for more matches for the West Indies
The WICB directors will meet with Cari-
com cricket committee today and on the
agenda is the bill of US$41.95m that is owed
to the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) over the aborted tour last year.
Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell
will chair the meeting, which will also be
attended by Bahamas Prime Minister Perry
Christie, the current Caricom chairman;
Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston
Browne, chairman of the Caricom Prime
Ministerial Sub-Committee on Cricket; and
St Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister
Dr Ralph Gonsalves.
The BCCI has cut all bilateral relations
with the WICB since that ill-fated tour and
has given different deadlines along the way
to get back the money. To date they have
not, and the WICB has not publicly given
an update on the matter.
T&T Guardian understands that at the
last AGM, time ran out and the directors
could not touch the finance report and hence
they were not brought up to scratch with
the India matter. President of the T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB) and WICB director
Azim Bassarath confirmed that they did not
discuss the board's financials at the last
meeting but a meeting will be convened
soon to discuss it.
T&T football icon, Everald Gally Cummings, left, and his wife, Roslyn, second right, pose with legendary Brazilian and international
footballer Pele, second left, and Werner Roth, former captain of the New York Cosmos. Pele was in New York to promote the New York
Cosmos Soccer Organisation and their opening game which was held on Saturday at Hofstra University, Long Island. There was a
reception for him at Modell's Sports Store, downtown, Manhattan, at which some of the past and present Cosmos players, including
Cummings and Roth, were present.
Simmons 59 helps
BANGALORE---West Indies limited overs bats-
man Lendl Simmons struck a half-century in
only his second innings of the new Indian Pre-
mier League season to help Mumbai Indians
beat Chris Gayle s Royal Challengers Bangalore
by 18 runs, and end their losing streak here yes-
Without a win in five outings this season, Mum-
bai piled up 209 for seven from their 20 overs
and then restricted RCB to 191 for seven at the
M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Sent in, Mumbai were given a flying start by
the right-handed Simmons who anchored two
enterprising partnerships with a top score of 59.
He put on 47 for the first wicket with Parthiv
Patel who scored 12 and a further 72 for the second
wicket with Unmukt Chand who hit 58.
The 30-year-old Simmons stroked nine fours
and two sixes off 44 deliveries while Chand faced
37 balls and counted eight fours and two sixes.
Simmons was finally out in the 14th over, top-
edging a sweep at leg-spinner Yuzvendra Singh
Chahal to fine leg where Varun Aaron took the
Chand and Rohit Sharma, who made 43, added
42 for the third wicket but West Indies and
Trinidad and Tobago big hitter Kieron Pollard
failed, lasting only three balls for his five.
In reply, RCB were off to a troubled start, losing
Gayle for ten off 24 balls as they slumped to 125
for six in the 15th over.
However, AB de Villiers hammered a shot-filled
42 from just 11 deliveries with five fours and three
sixes, in a 58-run sixth wicket stand with fellow
South African David Wiese who was unbeaten
on 47 at the end.
In the other match, Dwayne Bravo smashed
an exhilarating unbeaten half-century but then
leaked runs with his medium pace as the previously
unbeaten Chennai Super Kings crashed to an
eight-wicket defeat to high-flying Rajasthan Roy-
als.Opting to bat first, Chennai collapsed to 65 for
four in the 10th over before recovering to reach
156 without further loss from their 20 overs.
Bravo struck 62 off 36 deliveries with eight
fours and a six to lead the revival, putting on 91
with captain MS Dhoni who chipped in with an
unbeaten 31 from 37 deliveries.
Bravo's West Indies teammate Dwayne Smith
hammered 40 from 29 balls with three fours and
two sixes at the top of the order.
In reply, Royals were propelled by a 144-run
opening stand between Ajinkya Rahane who ham-
mered 76 not out and Australian Shane Watson
who finished 73 not out. Rahane struck six fours
and two sixes off 55 balls while Watson clobbered
six fours and four sixes in a 47-ball knock. Bravo's
first two overs gushed 29 runs but he returned
to bowl the penultimate over and pick up the
wicket of Australia's Steve Smith for six, with
Royals on the brink of victory.
Royals are now unbeaten in five outings.
Bolt cruises in 100
RIO DE JANEIRO---Usain Bolt won a 100-metre
exhibition race yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, run-
ning a slow time of 10.12 seconds.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist said he'd
hoped to run under 10 seconds.
The exhibition was staged on a track set up at
a horse racing venue in central Rio.
Bolt holds the world record of 9.58 and hopes
to add three more Olympic golds next year at the
WI looks for tours
to boost revenue
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Cameron defeated Barbadian Joel Garner
8-4 in that vote and is still at the helm of
Mahabir thinks that this is no longer an
issue: "That is water under the bridge as
far as I am concerned."
Mahabir went up against Emmanual Nan-
ton for the post of vice-president and also
lost by an 8-4 margin. "At the end of the
day Dr Gonzalves had his point of view but
Cameron is the president of the WICB and
they have to do what is best for cricket and
put that at the forefront of their minds. I
don't think that will be an issue as the gen-
tlemen all have West Indies cricket at heart
and will be looking to get something mean-
ingful in terms of the relationship between
the two bodies."
The WICB is facing a bill of US$41.95m
owed to the BCCI after their players aborted
their tour of India last year because of a
payment structure dispute.
WICB facing stiff bill from BCCI
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