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Ricky Skerritt confirmed as CWI president for second term

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Both he and his deputy Kishore Shallow were elected unopposed

Ricky Skerritt has been officially elected for a second term as president of Cricket West Indies. Skerritt and his deputy Kishore Shallow were elected unopposed at CWI’s annual general meeting, held virtually, on April 11. The fresh two-year term will last until March 2023.

Skerritt was virtually confirmed for a second term after his rival Anand Sanasie and his running mate Calvin Hope announced on April 1 that they were withdrawing from the contest. While Hope had sent a formal withdrawal at the time, it is understood Sanasie officially notified the CWI only last weekend that he was quitting the race.

Skerritt, who also sits on the ICC’s board and lost the race for the deputy chairman of cricket’s governing body by a single vote, said he was “humbled” to get a second term at CWI.

“We have much unfinished work to do, and we renew our pledge to work untiringly to help achieve sustainable improvement, both on and off the field, for West Indies cricket,” Skerritt said in a CWI media release on Sunday.

Shallow, the CWI vice-president, said being re-elected was a “victory for West Indies cricket as we continue on the path of growing the game across the region, and achieving good outcomes on all fronts and at all levels.”

Skerritt, a former West Indies manager, was a favourite to get re-elected after he had ticked most of his 10-point agenda during his first term which had started in 2019 when he had unseated Dave Cameron, who had been the CWI president for six years.

Skerritt had defeated Cameron by an 8-4 margin at the CWI elections in 2019. This time, too, Skerritt was a favourite to regain his position by a similar margin but the CWI elections had to be postponed on March 28 due to a lack of a quorum. Representatives from the Guyana Cricket Board (where Sanasie was the former secretary) and Barbados Cricket Association (where Hope is a vice-president) were absent. For quorum, at least nine out of 12 voters had to be present, but with the GCB and BCA representatives not showing up, the CWI had to call off the election.

Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Covid-19 in Pakistan – PCB approaches Emirates Cricket Board to host remainder of PSL 2021 in the UAE

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The franchises had requested the PCB to shift the games out of Karachi because of the pandemic

The PCB has formally approached the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to host the remaining games of the rescheduled 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the UAE. The earlier plan was to play the matches in Karachi, but the PCB has decided against it following a request from the six franchises as well as advice from the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), which asked the board to avoid playing in Karachi because of the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country.

As reported by ESPNcricinfo, the franchises had written a letter to the board last week, asking for the tournament to be played in the Emirates, and the PCB, which had been reviewing the existing plans, has now accepted the proposal. It is understood that the PCB has also cancelled its booking with the hotel in Karachi where it had reserved 407 rooms.

The 2021 edition of the PSL was suspended after 14 games – played between February 20 and March 3, all in Karachi – following an outbreak of cases among players and support staff. After a date for resumption was finalised – June 2 to June 20 – the franchises took part in a replacement draft to plug holes in their line-ups because a number of overseas players would not be able to take part in the games on the new dates.

The changed situation with the pandemic, however, made franchises nervous about the situation, which led to them approaching the PCB.

Pakistan, meanwhile, has announced a decision to curtail inbound flights to the country from May 5 to May 20. And a national lockdown has also been put in place in Pakistan from today till May 15.

A move to the UAE would not be without its own logistical and operational issues, though. Flights to the country from Pakistan are currently operating at a severely reduced frequency. And June is not a month in which top-level cricket is often played in the UAE, because of the oppressive heat at that time of the year.

More to follow…

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent



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Recent Match Report – Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 2nd Test 2021

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Allrounder Luke Jongwe makes his debut for Zimbabwe in the second Test

Toss Pakistan opt to bowl vs Zimbabwe

Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare. The visitors will look to make amends for the last time they played a series in Zimbabwe, when victory in the first Test was followed by an upset in the second. To that end, Pakistan have made one change, with 36-year-old fast bowler Tabish Khan getting a debut. Faheem Ashraf is the man to sit out.

Zimbabwe have handed a debut of their own to allrounder Luke Jongwe, who impressed in the T20I series between the two sides. With injury ruling Prince Masvaure out of the contest, a reshuffle of the batting order, with Regis Chakabva going up the order, is likely.

The surface looks fairly similar to the one Pakistan wrapped up the first Test inside three days on, with the onus on Zimbabwe to turn in a better performance if they are to have a chance of staving off a series defeat.

Zimbabwe XI: 1 Kevin Kasuza, 2 Tarisai Musakanda, 3 Regis Chakabva (wk), 4 Brendan Taylor (capt.), 5 Milton Shumba, 6 Roy Kaia, 7 Tendai Chisoro, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Donald Tiripano, 10 Blessing Muzarabani, 11 Richard Ngarava.

Pakistan XI: 1 Imran Butt, 2 Abid Ali, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Babar Azam (capt.), 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7 Hasan Ali, 8 Nauman Ali, 9 Sajid Khan, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Tabish Khan.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000



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Three men’s T20 World Cup 2022 qualifying events called off because of Covid-19

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Italy, Germany and Denmark move up as a result because of their positions in the ICC rankings

Three men’s T20 World Cup sub-regional Europe qualifying tournaments, all pathway events to the 2022 World Cup in Australia slotted for June-July, have been called off because of “restrictions and the short timelines” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Two of the competitions – sub-regional Europe A and B qualifiers – were scheduled to be played in Finland, and the third, the sub-regional Europe C qualifier, in Belgium.

Following the cancellations, Italy, Germany and Denmark will qualify from A, B and C respectively because of their positions on the ICC T20I rankings table (as on April 30, 2020). The three teams will now join Jersey in the qualifier to be played in Spain – October 15 to 21 – where two spots are up for grabs in the A or B global qualifiers.

The other teams in the fray in these three qualifiers were Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Israel, Malta, Norway and Spain in ‘A’, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Luxembourg and Sweden in ‘B’ and Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Isle of Man, Portugal, Romania and Serbia in ‘C’.

“As part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning process we have been working continuously with the Hosts, participating Members and all stakeholders to maximise the opportunity for qualification to be determined on the field of play,” Chris Tetley, ICC’s head of events, said in a statement. “However, due to COVID-19 restrictions and the short timelines that the European season provides to allow us to progress with the next step in the pathway, there has been no other option than to cancel.”

Two other tournaments, also part of the 2022 World Cup pathway, have been postponed. These are the Americas qualifier, scheduled for Canada in July, pitting Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Panama and the USA, apart from the hosts, and the Asia B qualifier, due to be hosted in Malaysia, also in July. That competition involves Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Hong Kong and Thailand. Fresh dates for these will be announced in due course.



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