The greatest all-round cricketer that ever was and may ever be. As a tribute on his 80th birthday we invited his team-mates, opponents and observers to share their memories of Garry Sobers. Bottom line: he was a genius like no other (and loads of fun too).
Everton Weekes, former West Indies batsman I have seen Garry Sobers since he was a 12-year-old boy growing up in Barbados. I had only started playing for West Indies then. Soon after that he joined us in the West Indies dressing room as a 17-year-old youngster. I remember him saying he was more nervous sitting in the dressing room than running around the field because of seeing himself sit next to the name players. We never had to teach him anything. He taught himself. He started making runs, taking wickets and holding catches to overcome that nervousness. The only thing I once told him is when we were batting together in England. Frank Tyson, who was supposed to be the fastest bowler in the world at the time, was bowling to Garry, who had a very high backlift. I told him to be careful otherwise Tyson could get him with a yorker. Oh yes, he survived.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Selection Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board announced today, a 14-member squad for the second Seagram’s Royal Stag Cup Test – powered by Karbonn Smart Phones – against India at Sabina Park.
Jason Holder (Captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (Vice Captain), Devendra Bishoo
Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo
Coming soon to Florida: India vs West Indies in three T20I games
Wed, Jul 27, '16
INDIAN CRICKET is likely to make its first official foray into American soil, with MS Dhoni & Co set to play a short T20 series against the West Indies in Florida in late August. The Indian Test team is presently involved in a four-Test series in the Caribbean, which concludes on August 22 at Port-of-Spain in Trinidad. It’s learnt the Indian board was keen on playing a few T20s against the world champions at the Central Broward Regional Park at Lauderhill in Florida, which is presently hosting six Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches. Sources, however, indicated it’s not clear whether it will end up being a bilateral series, with a T20 tri-series involving Bangladesh being the other alternative. Indian Express tried to contact BCCI president Anurag Thakur but he was unavailable for comment. But other sources have confirmed that talks are very much on to make this series happen and a meeting will take place in Lauderhill late on Tuesday night to decide the final schedule.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago rebounded from a middle order batting collapse before clinching an exciting two wicket win over Jamaica to secure top honours in the Twenty20 phase of the Regional Women’s Championship at Providence Stadium on Monday.
T&T slumped to 38 for the loss of four wickets after their bowlers restricted Jamaica to 100 for seven in their 20 overs, but skipper Merissa Aguilleira with a top score of 26 revived the innings enough for her side to scrape through to win with four balls to spare.
Aguilleira collected a four and a six in compiling her 28- ball innings while Anisa Mohammed chipped in with 21 before she was run out.
Vanessa Watts (2-17) and Shanel Daley (2-13) grabbed two wickets each for the Jamaicans.
Jamaica plunged to 37 for the loss of five wickets after they won the toss and elected to bat however their innings were rescued by middle order batters Tameka Sanford and Chinelle Henry who scored 33 and 35 respectively.
Mohammed, who was named player of the match, picked up two wickets for 15 runs and Shenelle Lord two for 23, to help to turn the tables on Jamaica, who finished in second position.
Barbados secured third position in the tournament after a convincing nine wicket win over Windward Islands.
West Indies and Afghanistan Cricket Boards have agreed to play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is in June, 2017 in West Indies. This will be the first time that two dynamic and entertaining sides of the Cricketing World face each other in a full series.
While CEO of the ACB, Shafiq Stanikazi, says “this is a major series with very attractive teams featuring some of the world’s best players. We look forward to some very entertaining cricket in T20 and ODI. On behalf of Afghanistan Cricket Board, I am very thankful to West Indies Cricket Board for agreeing to be hosts for the series.”
WICB’s CEO, Michael Muirhead noted that “this series will add to the variety of cricket our teams will be playing for the next year and we are happy to be able to have teams visit the region to add exposure for all our players.” The series is due to start mid-June and the specific dates and venues will be announced in due course.