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West Indians to play invitational games in NY


The organisers here say they are ready to host two grand, limited overs invitational matches next month, featuring West Indies cricket stars.

The two matches, 50-over affairs scheduled for Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, on July 8 and 9, are expected to showcase talents of the West Indies captain Brian Lara, along with his compatriots Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle.

Fast bowler Fidel Edwards, Corey Collymore, Daren Ganga, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Wavell Hinds, Dinesh Ramdin, and Rawl Lewis are also expected to be involved.

“The success of the two games will set the standard for future visits here of international teams and provide a splendid opportunity for cricket to fast-track its development,” said Orin Davidson, Guyanese-born editor of Brooklyn-based Cricket International newspaper.

“Apart from igniting an exposition of interest among the fans, the two games should provide a litmus test in our ability to host top-class international teams.” He said two “strong, competitive” United States teams would oppose the West Indies stars in both the matches.

For the first match, Guyanese Steve Massiah will lead a US side comprising ex-Jamaica national player, Richard Staple, along with Guyanese national players, Lennox Crush and Kevin Darlington and former Windward Islands batsman, Kester Sylvester.

The second will see a US side being led by Staple and including the West Indies opening batsman, Devon Smith; former West Indies “B” cricketer, Sudesh Dhaniram, and Guyanese duo of Vishal Nagamootoo & Darlington.

Source:The News

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