June 15th, 2006

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Bukhatir plans to build cricket village

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Just when it seemed that cricket grounds were vanishing from the UAE, the man who once turned the desert into a cricket paradise have stepped in to save the game.

Abdul Rehman Bukhatir, best known in this part of the world for his role in making Sharjah, a major international venue in the eighties, has promised to build a ‘cricket village’ in the UAE.

According to Bukhatir’s plans, eight new grounds would be built near Sharjah later this year to compensate for the recent disappearance of cricket facilities in his country. Bukhatir has secured land near Al Dhaid where he wants to set up his dream project.

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West Indies cricket faces more contract trouble

The West Indian cricket faces another potentially damaging dispute after it was revealed on Wednesday that its Test players have not been given contracts for the current series against India.

It is just two months since Brian Lara and his teammates settled a row with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over their retainer contracts.

But now the issue threatens to erupt again after Dinanath Ramnarine, president of the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), sent a letter to WICB President Ken Gordon to convey deep disappointment and concern that players currently contesting the four-Test series against India have yet to be issued with the relevant contracts.

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Lara leads rearguard action

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Captain Brian Lara led from the front on Wednesday as the West Indies fought to save the second Test against India here.

At lunch on the final day the West Indies were 138 for three in their second innings, still needing 235 to make India bat again, with Lara unbeaten on 66. The entire fourth day had been washed out.

Anil Kumble picked up the first wicket in the fifth over of the day when he sent a googly fizzing out of the rough outside the off stump to Daren Ganga. Ganga, who misjudged the delivery and opted to play no shot, was bowled for 26.

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Jayawardene issues Twenty20 warning to England

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Sri Lanka cricket team’s captain Mahela Jayawardene showed he was ready for his country’s Twenty20 debut against England by striking two sixes and 12 fours off the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Masters side here on Tuesday.

Jayawardene’s 35-ball 79 took the tourists to 180 for three from 16 overs before persistent rain forced the warm-up fixture to be abandoned.

But by then the Sri Lanka skipper and fellow senior batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara had all shown an aptitude for the shortest form of the game.

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Harmison eager for Sri Lanka Twenty20 clash

Harmison Stephen Harmison cannot wait for his chance to have a first crack at Sri Lanka this season when England take on the tourists in a Twenty20 clash at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl ground on Thursday.

The Durham fast bowler has been sidelined from top-flight international action with a shin injury for several months and could only watch from the sidelines as Sri Lanka held England to a 1-1 draw in their recent Test series.

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