Gayle not in 30-man squad
Antigua: Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle has been left out of their preliminary 30-man squad for the limited overs series against Australia in the Caribbean as the Jamaicans row with the regional cricket board rumbles on. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) plans to meet Jamaicas Prime Minister to discuss the damaging dispute which has resulted in strong criticism from fans,media and politicians in the Caribbean island over the treatment of Gayle. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Thursday named a squad to attend fitness testing ahead of the series which begins on March 16 in St. Vincent with the first of five ODIs.
T20 league in USA
LONDON: A professional Twenty20 cricket league is scheduled to start in the United States next year,the chief executive of Cricket Holdings America LLC Keith Wyness said on Friday. Wyness,a former chief executive of EPL side Everton and Scottish Premier League Aberdeen,is responsible for a business plan including the sale of Twenty20 franchises for a professional league. It is a joint venture between New Zealand Cricket and the United States of America Cricket Association for the development of cricket within the United States. We are looking at a target date of starting games in the summer of 2013. We will certainly have leadup events through 2012, Wyness said.
OBrien recalls fastest ton
ABU DHABI: One year on from scoring the fastest hundred ever in the World Cup,Irelands Kevin O’Brien has yet to watch the innings in its entirety. On March 2 last year,O’Brien hit England’s bowlers for 113 from 63 deliveries in Bangalore,reaching three figures in 50 balls to eclipse the previous record set by Australia’s Matthew Hayden against South Africa four years earlier in St Kitts. I still haven’t seen the innings as a whole,although I’ve seen highlights here and there, he said. I’m not really one for sitting down and watching a full match again. It’s great to have in the DVD but I won’t be pulling it out every couple of months to watch it.