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Pakistan replace pacer Cheema

Lahore, Pakistan – Pakistan fast bowler Aizaz Cheema has been ruled out of this month’s West Indies tour due to fitness problems.

Cheema, who is yet to play at the international level, was declared unfit for cricket activities by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s medical staff was replaced in the 16-man squad by Sadaf Hussain.

Left-arm pacer Sadaf, 21, was the top wicket-taker in the recently concluded domestic season with 64 wickets and has taken 90 wickets in just 18 first class games.

Fire In Babylon is of significant historical importance – WICB VP, Cameron

Kingston, Jamaica– Below is the full text of the speech presented by WICB Vice President Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron at the premier of the Fire In Babylon movie and Digicel Series 2011 launch in Kingston Jamaica on Saturday evening last.

Cricket ignites the passion of our people. These islands are separated by water but joined in spirit. That unity is expressed through West Indies cricket.

Superb Jamaicans take WICB Four-day trophy, make it fourth title in a row

Cave Hill, Barbados, CMC – Jamaica crushed Combined Campuses & Colleges by eight wickets inside two days on Saturday to clinch their fourth straight WICB First-Class Championship.

Set a mere 10 to win, Jamaica reached 15-2 to complete an uncomplicated victory with two full days to spare in the final at the 3Ws Oval and confirm themselves as the undisputed kings of four-day cricket. The only other team in history to win four consecutive titles in regional first-class cricket was Barbados when they won the Shell Shield from 1977 to 1980.

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TEA: Jamaica have CCC 80-5

Cave Hill, Barbados – Three-time defending champions Jamaica are in full control over Caribbean Colleges & Campuses at tea on the second day of the WICB First-class final on Saturday.

Jamaica’s spinners Odean Brown (3-23) and Nikita Miller (2-24) have cruelly exposed CCC’s weaknesses against quality slow bowling. At the break the home side were tottering on 80-5 off 34 overs – still some distance away from overhauling the first innings deficit of 113.

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LUNCH: CCC spinners hit back

Cave Hill, Barbados – Left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh and off-spinner Ryan Austin shared eight wickets as Combined Campuses & Colleges bowled their way back into the WICB First-class final at lunch on the second day, Saturday.

Austin bowled unchanged from the northern end of the 3Ws Oval to end with 4-81 from 29.3 overs while Kantasingh took 4-89 from 32 overs. The other wicket to fall went to leg-spinner Nkrumah Bonner. Jamaica started the day on 106-3 but were restricted to 225, a first innings lead of 113.

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