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Trinidad & Tobago - cricket 2004

Brian Lara compliments of the Nation News

Caribbean Cricket Brian Lara, the West Indian captain seen here, is a Tridadian cricketer who has built massive scores over the decade. His style is dynamic his stance thrilling - slashing balls to the boundary. Within just two months in 1994, Lara's 375 and 501 not out broke world records for the highest Test and first-class scores. However Lara's career has been shadowed by a largely fruitless spell as captain of a fading team. Cricket has never been about one player but Lara single-handedly defying the 1998-99 Australian tourists with a sequence of 213, 8, 153 not out and 100. After Sir Garry Sober s suggested a tweak to his flourishing backlift, Lara returned to his best in Sri Lanka in 2001-02 and reclaimed the captaincy the following year. Lara still stands alongside Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar as the most charismatic cricketers of the modern era.

Brian Lara spoke at the Barbados Cricket Association's Awards ceremony for the 2002 domestic season, which was attended by the Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago cricket teams.

"I see the West Indies' first Test series victory in 1950 against England as the renaissance in the history of West Indies cricket, the rebirth of West Indies cricket.
During that period in the 50s and 60s, at the same time, we were seeking independence as small Caribbean islands from Britain. Cricket represented freedom. It exemplified freedom. It gave us dignity and it gave us pride. It also was the unifying force back in the 50s and 60s for all West Indian people,"
Brian Lara.

England players Mark Butcher (left) and Graham Thorpe are two happy men leaving the pitch. England players Mark Butcher (left) and Graham Thorpe are two happy men leaving the pitch.

PORT-OF-SPAIN – Less than a week after describing the West Indies team as the most disciplined it had been in the past four years, team manager Ricky Skerritt is calling it quits.

In an unexpected announcement yesterday in the aftermath of a second successive Test defeat against England that assured the visitors’ retention of the Wisden Trophy, Skerritt resigned his post with effect from the end of June. < Read more >

Seen here the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine The administrators met in November. And now it’s the turn of the players to put their heads together.
In a move of strength and unity, embattled West Indies players will meet in Trinidad and Tobago in an emergency meeting with West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine.

A cricketing source close to senior West Indies players informed the DAILY NATION that the players, including senior members, were scheduled to meet with Ramnarine.

The WIPA and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are currently in a see-saw battle concerning match and tour contracts for players, as well as salary payments after recent successful tours.

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Corey Collymore is floored after taking evasive action. Corey Collymore is floored after taking evasive action.

AT QUEEN’S PARK OVAL, Port-of-Spain – Like any of the top 2004 Carnival calypsos, a fielding cricket team often depends on its rhythm to make an impact.

And while the rhythms, along with the accompanying lyrics and melodies of road march king Sherwin Winchester, Destra and Machel Montano blared from the speakers during a significant rain break on the second day of the second Cable & Wireless Test here yesterday, the lengthy delay also appeared to have affected the West Indies’ rhythm.

West Indies were moving to the beat, not literally, in the first 5.3 overs of England’s response to 208 when mainly light, continuous showers prevented play between 10:48 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

On resumption, the tempo was gone. < Read more >


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