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The Pakistan and the West Indies cricket
boards have reached an agreement to play
a T20 international series in the United States
in July this year.
However, that is just one part of the story,
the other is obtaining visas for the Pakistani
cricketers to land in the US for the match.
Sources close to the West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) indicated to the T&T Guardian
that both the WICB and the Pakistan Cricket
Board (PCB) have finalised the schedule and
agreed that two matches (T20 format) should
be played at the Broward County ground in
Fort Lauderdale in July.
The game s ruler, the International Cricket
Council (ICC), has already been notified by
the respective boards. Pakistan team will tour
West Indies from July 7 to play five ODI match-
es and, after that, both teams are supposed
to fly to Miami for the two T20 matches.
According to the source, although the WICB
would be playing the matches in Fort Laud-
erdale, the matches would still be treated as
In the recent past, West Indies, New Zealand
and Sri Lanka have played T20 matches at
the same venue in Fort Lauderdale with the
outcome not very encouraging because of
complaints over the pitch conditions.
The WICB is one of the cricket boards that
the ICC has charged with the responsibility
of developing cricket in the Americas and the
thinking, according to the source, was that:
"Pakistan is involved in the series the West
Indies board is confident the matches can be
a huge success and also promote North Amer-
ica as a international cricket centre.
"There is a big Pakistani and West Indian
expatriate community in Miami and other
parts of Florida and they are expected to show
keen interest in these two matches."
The source, however, admitted that one of
the biggest hurdles in the way of the two
matches being held in Fort Lauderdale was
getting visas for the Pakistani players.
The Pakistan team will return home after
the Champions Trophy and then leave for the
West Indies on July 7. The Pakistan board has
already started initial preparations for applying
for the US visas which normally take a long
time to be processed, from that part of the
The source further pointed out that after
the 9/11 incident the US embassies took time
to process visa applications from Pakistani
A West Indies Cricket Board director agreed
with the comments made by the source and
said that at this moment it was very unsure
as to whether the matches will go ahead as
planned in Fort Lauderdale.
He said lobbying was expected to be done
by both boards and the ICC would also be
asked for assistance.
BIRMINGHAM---India put already-eliminated
Pakistan out of its misery in the Champions
Trophy by thrashing its fierce rival by eight
wickets in a rain-hit match yesterday, clinch-
ing a third straight win for the tournament
In-form opener Shikhar Dhawan caressed a
fluent 48 at Edgbaston to help guide the Indians
to their target, revised three times because of
persistent showers in Birmingham, of 102 with
17 balls of their maximum 22 overs remaining.
Pakistan will return home with three suc-
cessive losses from a miserable Group B cam-
paign in which its malfunctioning batting lineup
failed to pass 200.
Beating its biggest foe in what is always a
spectacular, passionate sporting occasion would
have given the Pakistanis something to cling
to but they were bowled out for 165 in 39.4
overs, with two frustrating rain delays having
initially reduced the match to 40 overs a side.
Doubts over whether this youthful India side
would rise to the challenge in the Champions
Trophy and back up the cricket-mad country s
success in the 2011 World Cup have been dis-
missed by a string of impressive wins, estab-
lishing the team as the favourite heading into
"If any team wins (all) their games, they will
be favourites," said India paceman Bhuvneshwar
Kumar, who took a team-best 2-19 off his eight
overs. "It s important to keep the momentum
going from these group matches."
And in Dhawan, India has arguably the player
of the tournament.
The left-handed batsman scored 114 and 102
in wins over South Africa and West Indies and
he sparked a comfortable run chase in front of
22,832 spectators, the majority appearing to be
Cutting and pulling with aplomb, he made
five fours in his 41-ball knock. By the time he
was out, holing out to third man in search of
another boundary, India was 78-2 and just 24
runs from victory with nearly eight overs left.
Virat Kohli (22) and Dinesh Karthik (11) got
the Indians over the line.
They started the reply requiring 168 off 40
overs but a first rain break reduced that target
to 157 off 36 overs, using Duckworth-Lewis
calculations. After the next delay---at 11.3 overs
with the team 63-1---the target was lowered to
102 but it was always well within their reach.
This result will hurt the pride of Pakistan s
players and fans but head coach Dav Whatmore
refused to criticise his batting department after
another sorry show here and will not be making
Given the intense rivalry between the two
countries based on long-standing political dif-
ferences, this had long been viewed as the mar-
quee match of the group stage, with tickets
selling out within 30 minutes when they went
on sale in October.
Its importance was diluted after the early
group results but that didn t stop horn-blowing
fans draped in flags turning out in force and
providing banter that appeared good-natured
KINGSTOWN---Narsingh Deonarine con-
verted his overnight half-century into triple
figures as the rain-hit second "Test" at
Arnos Vale finished in a tame draw, as
The day started badly for West Indies A
as Kraigg Brathwaite only managed to add
seven runs to his overnight score before
being bowled through his defense by Malinda
Pushpakumara. He went for 77, effectively
ending a 127 run partnership with Narsingh
As Pushpakumara caused trouble at the
other end, taking the wickets of Jonathan
Carter (18) and Chadwick Walton (22),
Deonarine stood firm. But Walton would
see Deonarine to his century before depart-
ing.On the stroke of lunch, trying to take on
Pushpakumara, Deonarine holed out to
Vimukthi Perera at deep mid-wicket. His
innings of 109 had brought the break. West
Indies A were 258/7, having scored 103 runs
in the session while losing four wickets.
After lunch, the last three wickets fell for
34 runs as the West Indies A were bowled
out for 294, giving Sri Lanka A a first innings
lead of 20.
Both Pushpakumara and Suranga Lakmal
finished with four wickets each.
In Sri Lanka A s second innings, Dimuth
Karunarathne was caught by Leon Johnson
off Sheldon Cotterell, leaving them at 8/1.
But then, Udara Jayasundera and Kithruwan
Vithanage pummelled the Windies A pacers
as both left-handers struck boundaries to
every part of the ground.
In 11 overs, Sri Lanka A raced to 75/1.
Carter suffered the worst of the onslaught
as the 11th over went for 16 runs, which
included two sixes from Withanage. Both
batsmen took their team to tea at 83/1.
On the resumption, Carter would get his
man as Vithanage tried cutting a wide deliv-
ery, only to get a top-edge to Brathwaite at
cover. He scored a quickfire 42. But there
wasn t much to gain in the final hour as
Jayasundera got to his 50, both teams shook
hands and called it a draw at 4 pm. Sri
Lanka A s second innings finished on 140/3.
The series was also drawn 0-0.
WI, Pakistan clash in limbo
West Indies A allrounder Narsingh
Deonarine flicks a leg-side delivery for four
during the fourth and final day of the
second "Test" against Sri Lanka A in Arnos
Vale, St Vincent, yesterday. The match
ended in a draw. PHOTO COURTESY WICB
in tame draw
India puts PAK out of Champions trophy misery
India's Virat Kohli takes a catch at leg
slip to take the wicket of Kamran
Akmal during their Group B match in
the Champions Trophy, yesterday in
Edgbaston. India won by eight wickets.
PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
NJamshedcRainabKumar . . . . . . . . . .2
MHafeezcDhonibKumar. . . . . . . . . . .27
AShafiqcDhonibISharma. . . . . . . . . .41
SAjmalcRSharmabISharma . . . . . . . .5
Bowling: Kumar 8-2-19-2, Yadav 6.4-0-
29-0, Sharma 7-0-40-2, Ashwin 8-0-35-
2, Virat Kohli 2-0-11-0, Jadeja 8-1-30-2
SDhawancJamshedbRiaz . . . . . . . . .48
RSharmacMisbahbAjmal . . . . . . . . .18
TOTAL:(fortwowickets). . . . . . . . . . .102
Bowling: Irfan 4-0-24-0, Khan 4-0-21-0,
Ajmal 5-0-29-1, Hafeez 2.1-0-8-0, Riaz
Result: India won by eight wickets (D/L).
Umpires: Ian Gould, England, and Richard
Third umpire: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri
Lanka. Match referee: Chris Broad,
NewZealand .2 . .1. .0 .0. . .1.+1.04. . .3
England. . . . . . .2. .1. .0. .1. .0.+0.28. . .2
SriLanka. . . . .2. .1. .0. .1. .0.-0.51. . .2
Australia. . . . . .2. .0. .0. .1. . .1.-0.96. . .1
s-India. . . . . . . .3. .3. .0.0. .0.+0.93. .6
s-SouthAfrica3 . .1. .1. .1 . .0.+0.32. . .3
WestIndies. . .3. .1. .1. .1. .0.-0.07. . .3
Pakistan. . . . . .3. .0. .0. .3. .0.-1.03. .0
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