Canada lose

CANADA withdrew from their one-day international against Kenya in Mombasa on Saturday, claiming at least five players were suffering from an upset stomach. The match was awarded to Kenya, already thumping 190-run winners over Scotland in this three-nation tournament. Scotland beat Canada earlier this week by two wickets, thanks to a century by Ryan Watson. …

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David Graveney apology

ENGLAND’S chairman of selectors David Graveney has apologised to Darren Gough for the dismissive way in which the seam-bowler’s one-day career was ended last week. He was told of his omission from the 30-man World Cup squad by phone text, and the public announcement merely mentioned that Gough, Tim Bresnan and spinner Ian Blackwell were …

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ECB solution — set up panel

Angus Fraser, cricket correspondent of the Independent, is one of the seven-strong panel tasked by the ECB to review England performances during the period 2003-7. The ECB are expecting the group, under the chairmanship of former PGA Tour director Ken Schofield, to make recommendations by March for improvements for England to “regain the Ashes in …

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Damn! Bangladesh in turmoil

The England A tour to Bangladesh looks to be in danger of cancellation while the country is gripped by the state of emergency declared by the interim government, reinforced by the deployment of reportedly 60,000 troops to curb street violence. England are due to arrive on Feb 14 for their month’s visit to Dhaka and …

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It’s Loye, and about time

ENGLAND have at last shown some common sense by calling up Mal Loye for the rest of the one-day series with New Zealand and Australia, England’s next opponents at Brisbane on Friday. The injuries to Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan have left the England batting short of firepower. The Lancashire batsman, at 34, is possibly …

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Chris Dehring: Party of a lifetime

CHRIS Dehring, the World Cup chief executive, has been attempting to sooth fears that some Caribbean venues will be unable to cope with the influx of spectators. Chris Dehring said on Tuesday that recent news of record-breaking tourist arrivals in Jamaica was a good example of what could be achieved ahead of the tournament. Reacting …

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World Cup — Scalping all round

THE World Cup organisers in Jamaica have announced that more than 200 tickets, including some for top matches, have been made null and void in a crackdown on the black market, especially sellers allocated tickets during the application phase who tried to use auction websites.   The MCC decided to target websites, most notably E-Bay, with …

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Gibbs in silly stew

SORRY, but the Gibbs two-match ban is nonsense and exposes the ICC anti-racism campaign to ridicule. On Sunday just before lunch on the fourth day Herschelle Gibbs made a comment to his team-mates about a small group of rowdy Pakistan supporters targeting South Africa ’s left-arm spinner Paul Harris for abuse during the Test match …

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Scotland wait for Irish

NEIL McCallum, an Edinburgh PE teacher, hit a well crafted century for Scotland in their ICC Intercontinental Cup match against United Arab Emirates at Sharjah, though the draw opened the door for Ireland, the inaugural 2005 champions, to qualify for the play-off final. This four-day format world championship among lesser nations has been one of …

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Good news for conch people

CONCH shells and collapsible coolers will be permitted at the World Cup in the West Indies, but banned are items not usually allowed on aircraft such as firearms, explosives, weapons and alcohol. John Collymore, the World Cup security director, said that flag poles were on the banned list, though the flags themselves would be permitted …

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