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Genuine international contests
may return to the United States
if the Cricket Australia chief exec-
utive James Sutherland has any-
thing to do with it.
Following on from the notable
crowds drawn by the Twenty20
All-Star matches concocted by
Sachin Tendulkar and Shane
Warne, Sutherland has proposed
the scheduling of limited-overs tri-
angular series among leading
nations in the USA, a concept flirted
with more than a decade ago but
more recently ignored by teams
protective of television rights.
In the week of the inaugural day-
night Test match, Sutherland spoke
boldly of USA as "potentially a
great asset for cricket" and pointed
out that it was Australia s third
biggest overseas television market
behind India and England, ahead
of the likes of Pakistan, South Africa
and New Zealand.
"I d love to do it one day with
the shorter forms of our game,"
Sutherland told News Limited. "It
would be a great thing to play a
triangular series with say England
and India or South Africa and Pak-
istan. We can really nurture the US
market and get their people
engaged. We re talking about our
third biggest overseas television
"When we sell our rights over-
seas, India is the biggest, England
is the second biggest and then
North America third in terms of
dollars they spend. There s huge
potential. There are more players
in America than there are in New
Zealand. During the World Cup we
had 90,000 visitors to Australia
and New Zealand and a quarter of
them came from North America.
Asian expats. This market is poten-
tially a great asset for cricket."
Numerous attempts have been
made to build regular cricket fix-
tures in North America, but most
have floundered after a few years.
The first day of the day-night Test
in Adelaide drew a crowd of 47441,
and Sutherland has clearly been
encouraged to think more bullishly
about where to take the game in
the future. "This Test in Adelaide
is a great example of what we re
trying to do," he said.
"It s got a Melbourne Spring car-
nival type atmosphere about it. It s
a major event which brings people
to the cricket. I think this is a game
changer. It s all about the fans and
making cricket accessible. When
people are working and kids are at
school, it s hard to sell Test cricket
on a Thursday or a Friday. Moving
it to the evening makes a big dif-
"Right now kids have multiple
choices in terms of what sports to
play and computer games etc.
We re competing for people s leisure
time. Our focus is very much about
giving fans a proposition to come
to our games or watch us on TV.
We want cricket to be a priority in
their lives. We need to make sure
the at-match experience is great
because it s such a good sport to
watch on TV. We re all about
inspiring the next generation of
players and fans." CRICINFO
Hours before today s T&T
Football Association Annual Gen-
eral Meeting (AGM) which
includes the important election
of a president, officials of the
Central Football Association
(CFA) have made a last-ditch
effort to replace three delegates
following the recent change in
the Zone s administration on
Delegates Glen Khan of Leeds
FC, Oswald Mayers of Cara-
pichaima Playmakers, former gen-
Stephen Bartholomew and an
alternate Allan Logan of Persever-
ance, were chosen by the previous
central executive under president
Bryan Layne. They were expected
to cast their votes for Ramesh
Ramdhan who was said to have
been nominated by the CFA.
But following Wednesday s
AGM and election in the central
zone, a new administration was
elected unopposed. It is being
headed by businessman Shymdeo
Gosine. Yesterday, Jimmy Henry,
the new secretary of administration
told the Guardian that a proposal
was made to replace Mayers,
Bartholomew and Logan with Gre-
gory Mc Sween- of Harlem Strik-
ers, and Anthony Job as the alter-
nate and himself. An alternate it
is understood, is the person who
will be a replacement of any of
the delegates cannot vote at an
Henry said he contacted the
football association s Acting general
secretary Paula Chester yesterday
about the change and he was
advised to write a letter stating his
association s intentions. Henry said
the change is almost certain as the
TTFA s constitution states clearly
in Article 22; Subsection 3---that
"Delegates must belong to the
member zone that they represent
and be appointed or elected by the
appropriate body of that member.
They must be able to produce evi-
dence of this upon request"
Contacted Chester made it clear
that provisions for such a situation
were catered for within the football
association and therefore the
request was granted. "In fact, we
have a meeting last week with all
the members and this was a matter
that came up and needed to be
addressed" Chester said.
Henry and his association have
publicly stated that it would not
have supported Ramesh Ramdhan
because he was not the choice by
the general membership before the
Zone s AGM and he not the choice
of the new Central Zone executive.
But yesterday Henry explained that
having listened to the plans of the
candidates he was impressed by
them all. He did not say who he
would vote for but noted that he
has already narrowed down his
options to two candidates that he
is seriously considering.
Today, he will meet with the
other delegates to decide on which
candidate the Central zone will
support and vote for.
The main position of president
will be contested by five individuals
which includes the incumbent
Raymond Tim Kee, Clynt Taylor-
a first vice p-resident of the T&T
Referees Association, Selby
Browne- the president of the Vet-
eran Football Federation (VFF) and
David John-Williams- the presi-
dent of TT Pro League Club W
Connection and Ramdhan, a for-
mer World Cup referee.
Gosine, when quizzed on who
his association would vote for,
explained that he will sit with the
clubs to decide on a candidate to
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa---
CMC-West Indies allrounder Andre
Russell led a dominant bowling per-
formance to help steer Knights to a
comfortable eight wicket victory over
Dolphins in South Africa s Ram Slam
T20 Challenge yesterday.
Russell grabbed three wickets for 15
runs from four overs, one of which was
a maiden, while his team mate Malusi
Siboto also took three wickets for 13
runs in a low scoring encounter at St.
George s Park, Port Elizabeth.
Dolphins were restricted to 82 for 9
in 20 overs, giving Knights an easy
chase before securing victory at 85 for
two in 13 overs.
Dolphins, who elected to bat, were
off to a horrible start and were left reel-
They failed to recover from that start
as wickets fell regularly -- including
two run-outs with the only resistance
coming from West Indies allrounder
Bravo was the only batsman to score
more than 15 and smashed two fours
in a 24 ball 23 top score, before he was
dismissed by Russell in the final over.
Knights were off to a shaky start
after losing both openers within the
first three overs.
However, Theunis de Bruyn (42) and
Aubrey Swanepoel (30) posted an
unbeaten 75 run partnership which
helped Knights reach their target with
eight overs to spare.
The victory was Knights second of
the season. CMC
to another victory
MIRPUR, Bangladesh---West Indies
middle order batsman Marlon
Samuels missed out on another half
century but has again led Comilla
Victorians to another victory in the
Bangladesh Premier league on Fri-
Samuels slammed an unbeaten 42
from 24 balls as Victorians coasted
to an easy nine wicket win over Rang-
pur Riders in the 11th match of the
tournament at the Shere Bangla Sta-
Riders, sent in to bat, were bowled
out for 82 in their 20 overs with West
Indies opener Lendl Simmons scoring
three runs and Sunil Narine picking
up a wicket for 16 runs from his four
Samuels hit eight fours and a six
and built a 55 run second wicket part-
nership with Imrul Kayes as Victo-
rians cruised to victory at 84 for one.
Kayes was not out on 24.
Samuels, who also took a catch to
dismiss opener Soumya Sarkar for
five, one of Nuwan Kulasekara s four
victims, was voted man of the match.
He is now the second highest scorer
in the tournament with 142 runs, sit-
ting 12 runs behind tournament leader
Tamim Iqbal of Chittagong Vikings.
wicket haul helps
Knights to second win
Cricket Australia eyes USA matches
James Sutherland - "We can really nurture the US market and get their people engaged. We're talking about
our third biggest overseas television market" © ROB TRINGALI/ESPN
Meanwhile, Thursday s AGM and
election of the Northern Football
Association (NFA) did not come off
as planned and the club represen-
tatives and candidates do not know
why the meeting did not take place.
One candidate Nevick Denoon said
it is total mayhem in the zone as the
present executive appear reluctant
to have elections. Thirteen clubs
showed up for the elections such as
Maple, Malvern, Paragon, Barataria
Warriors, RSSR, Petit Valley, Clint
Marcelle Coaching Academy, Cos-
mos Eagles and Morvant Element.
In attendance for the election were
Marcelle, a former national mid-
fielder and vice president of the NFA
along with secretary Dale Tavares.
Notably absent was incumbent pres-
ident Roland Forde, who it is under-
stood was ill.
Denoon said they are unsure of
what is happening now because no
information has been forthcoming.
The post of presidency is being con-
tested by Marcelle, sports adminis-
trator Tony Harford and Denoon.
CFA executive replaces delegates
...as TTFA elects president under new constitution today
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