It was not a historic moment, but one to cherish nonetheless. For the one-time giants of world cricket now starved of success, a one-day series win against a high-flying side could be momentous. Appropriately, the Queen’s Park Oval was decked up for the occasion, with the flags of Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, St Vincent, Guyana and that of the West Indies Cricket Board causing a riot of colours in the stands.
May 28th, 2006
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Two interesting conclusions were drawn by the Indians following their defeat in the ODI series against the West Indies. Greg Chappell said the team “didn’t bat, bowl and field well” while Rahul Dravid felt the wickets were to too slow for the comfort for his batsmen, and thus the home team spinners became too hot to handle.
Sri Lanka star insisted he hadn’t tired of taking wickets after adding six more to his vast collection against England here at Edgbaston.
The off-spinner’s haul of six for 82 was the only thing that stood between England and a mammoth first innings lead on the second day of the second Test.
As it was, thanks to Kevin Pietersen’s astonishing 142, England achieved a first innings lead of 154 and, by stumps, were looking at going 1-0 up in the three-match series after reducing Sri Lanka to 86 for four in their second innings - still 68 behind.
The West Indies cricket team’s captain Brian Lara called for the Caribbean public to ensure survival of the West Indies cricket by involving themselves in a membership programme that would fund the regional game without the “stranglehold” of sponsors.
Lara, who called the current West Indies team “his family”, made a rousing appeal as feature speaker at the third annual West Indies Players Association (WIPA) Awards for 2005, in Port-of-Spain.