May 15th, 2006

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Time for India to win in Caribbean, says Dravid

DravidRahul Dravid has acknowledged that his side still have plenty of respect for the West Indies, but believes that it’s time for India to dominate in the Caribbean.

The Indian captain was speaking following his team’s arrival in Jamaica at the start of their two-month tour of the Caribbean.

“We respect them a lot, and I think they have a very strong batting line-up,” he told reporters on arrival. “Any team that has players of the quality of Brian Lara, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, it’s going to be a serious batting line-up”.

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Tight security for Indian team

The security of the players as well as the Jarrett Park venue will be a priority for the one-day warm-up game between India and WIPA Masters on Tuesday.The Indian team will open their tour of the West Indies against a strong local squad and they will be accorded top-class security while in the Jamaican city.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Rudolph Taylor outlined plans for the game and said they have devised a structured security detail for both the Indian players and the venue.

“The Indian team will be afforded security the minute they land at the match venues and at the team hotel,” Taylor said.

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West Indies, India sign co-operation deal

West Indies and India will contest between three to five One-day Internationals in the United States and Canada later this year, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced.

The matches form part of a bilateral agreement reached at the recent ICC board meeting in Dubai on ways in which West Indies and India would co-operate in the future.

“The major breakthrough from this agreement will be the development and expansion of cricket in North America through the hosting of matches and, in particular, joint ventures to be pursued such as the opening of the multi-complex stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,” a news release from the WICB disclosed.

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Former coach Simmons breaks silence on Zimbabwe

Former coach Phil Simmons has painted a gloomy picture of cricket in Zimbabwe, and believes it would be nothing short of international scandal if they were allowed to regain Test status next year.

Simmons, the former West Indies all-rounder, asserts the massive player exodus has seriously affected the Zimbabweans, and Terrence Duffin’s side would face disastrous results if they were returned to the fold of Test playing nations next year.

“There is no fast track into international cricket,” Simmons told reporters in a wide-ranging interview during a brief return to his native Trinidad & Tobago.

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Ganguly in talks with Northants

SouravFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly is in talks with English county Northamptonshire about playing for them for five weeks from June.

“There is a possibility of me playing for Northamptonshire this season, but nothing has been finalised,” Ganguly was quoted as saying. “Something may materialise soon,” he added.

Northants official Mark Tack confirmed the county was seeking the left-handed batsman as a replacement for Chris Rogers who has been called up for duty with the Australian ‘A’ team.

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Hoggard proud to join 200 wickets group

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The often under-rated Yorkshire swing specialist reached the landmark when he caught and bowled Farveez Maharoof on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s here on Saturday and went on to finish with innings figures of four for 27 from 14 overs as the tourists were made to follow-on.

“There was a little bit of movement and it was nice to get into that elite group,” the 29-year-old Hoggard, playing his 52nd Test, told reporters after stumps. However, he admitted: “I felt like a bag of spanners in the first innings. It (the ball) didn’t come out right,” he added.

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Bangladesh coach laments lack of Tests in new FTP

Bangladesh team’s coach Dav Whatmore said he was frustrated at the lack of Test cricket for his side over the next 12 months in the new six-year programme adopted by the sport’s governing body.

“It is a bit of a pity really because we are making strides in the longer game,” Whatmore wrote in his column on the TigerCricket.com website.

In the new Future Tours Programme (FTP) of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Bangladesh do not have any Test cricket until they play host to the Indian side in May 2007 after the World Cup in the Caribbean.

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Selectors panel may have paid, honorary members

A suggestion to have a national selection committee made up of paid and honorary selectors was discussed at the last meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ad-hoc committee held earlier this month in Lahore.

‘The News’ has learnt from one of the members that the issue of the selectors cropped up again at the meeting when former Test captain and member, Imtiaz Ahmed, inquired from Chairman Shaharyar Khan whether he had given any remarks in the press stating the present committee headed by Wasim Bari would continue till the 2007 World Cup.

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Is the gag on Sehwag right?

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Virender Sehwag is a free-spirited soul on a cricket field. Off it he is mild-mannered and almost shy. But his recent utterances seem to have angered the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Sehwag told the media this weekend that the Indian team sometimes missed former skipper Sourav Ganguly. On the issue of player burnout, Sehwag agreed that the team was playing too much cricket and that captain Rahul Dravid had taken up the issue with BCCI President Sharad Pawar.

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