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Richards patrols a new beat

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Convincing players to tour Pakistan will be challenging says Cameron

first_imgLAHORE, Pakistan, (CMC) — Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron said West Indies players will get to decide whether they tour Pakistan for a series of three Twenty20 Internationals in November.Cameron was speaking at the conclusion of the Independence Series between the Pakistanis and a World XI over the last week in Lahore.The series has raised expectations in the country that Pakistan can resume the staging of international matches following an international suspension, due to an armed attack by militants on the Sri Lankan team bus eight years in this city.The Pakistanis hosted Zimbabwe for a historic limited-overs series two years ago, but other internationals have been reluctant to play bilateral series in the country, forcing Pakistan to play their home games in the United Arab Emirates in the past few years.“We want to ensure that when the players come over, everyone actually wants to come and enjoy the experience, and we don’t want to be seen to be forcing anyone,” said Cameron.“We’ve had Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree here, and they’ve loved it. Sammy’s on his second trip and I think that will also convince the players that it is safe to come.”Cameron however, made it clear that the tour will depend on the security reports after the conclusion of Independence Cup, mentioning that CWI has no intention of forcing any player who doesn’t wish to undertake the tour.“We’ve had the security team here for the final of the Pakistan Super League and they’ve seen these matches as well,” he said“Here, Pakistan’s board makes decisions [regarding where to tour]. My board’s a little bit different, with the West Indies Players’ Association also having a big say — and we have to respect their decision.”Cameron said he had enjoyed his two-day stay in Pakistan and was convinced that things have improved with the International Cricket Council, the sport’s World governing body, overseeing security arrangements and willing to bear the cost of security advisors for every series the PCB hosts from now.“We’ve been talking about this for some time and have our own challenges back in the West Indies, but from what I have seen, I am very convinced,” said Cameron.“Hospitality has been great and security has been first-class. My challenge is to convince the players that it’s safe enough. It’s our duty to help as well. I felt that if I came over here to show that it’s safe enough that would go some way in convincing the players. Inshallah [God-willing] in November, we’ll be here.”last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Phillies deal for Jay Bruce ‘is complete’

first_imgThe Phillies are in need of a bench bat, and the Mariners appear to be willing to help them out.Philadelphia has been negotiating with the Mariners for outfielder Jay Bruce and the deal “is complete,” according to NBCS Philly. The Mariners will reportedly receive cash and a minor league player in return. The Phillies will take the bulk of Bruce’s remaining $21.5 million in his contract with the Mariners, USA Today reports, adding there wasn’t another team willing to assume as much money as Philadelphia during talks involving Bruce.Hearing the Jay Bruce deal is complete. Not out of question he is in Dodger Stadium for series finale today. Phillies need win to avoid sweep.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) June 2, 2019Bruce has a no-trade clause, which could complicate things, but according to The Athletic, the former first-round pick of the Reds would be willing to waive it for Philadelphia. Craig Kimbrel rumors: Braves, Phillies among teams ready to pursue closer on June 3 Dallas Keuchel rumors: At least 6 teams interested in signing Cy Young winning pitchercenter_img #Phillies in talks to acquire Jay Bruce from #Mariners, sources confirm to me and @MattGelb. Bruce will waive no-trade clause for PHI. First with discussions: @JeffPassan.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 1, 2019Seattle was a pleasant surprise to start the season, finishing April with an 18-14 record, but a rough May has the team on the brink of full breakdown mode as the Mariners now sit at 10 games under .500 at 25-35.According to MLB.com, a rival said the Mariners are trying to sell everyone, including Ryon Healy, Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Leake, Dee Gordon and Tim Beckham.Mariners are deep in sell mode. “Trying to trade everyone,” as one rival put it. Beyond Bruce, also talking about Encarnacion, Healy, Gordon, Beckham, Leake, etc. Talks said to be “ongoing” with Phillies on Bruce.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 1, 2019This is also a good indication of how the year will go without trades being permitted after the July 31 deadline. Many front office executives expect deals to get done much earlier before the deadline this year as there is an expectation that many teams won’t wait until the final moments to get a deal done. Related Newslast_img read more