May 27, 2008

West Indies

West Indies legends win Florida tournament

Martin Williamson

West Indies All-Stars defeated the Canada All-Star Team by 38 runs in the MAQ T20 International Cricket Tournament Championship Match at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. West Indies made 128 for 4 in 18 overs and Canada managed only 90 in reply.

“I'm very proud of my team. They all contributed to the victory," said West Indies captain Richie Richardson after the match. Courtney Browne was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament, scoring the second most runs (67) as well as taking three catches and stumpings.

Thousands of fans who braved rain to watch former international players including Javed Miandad (Pakistan), Richardson and Browne (West Indies) and Mohammad Azharuddin (India).

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Posted by Ben on (June 6, 2008, 12:02 GMT)

Can't understand why ICC/WICB/USACA can't organise for a full international (i.e. T20/ODI) to be played at the venue. If teams are already over in the Carrabean you wouldn't have thought it'd be difficult or costly to make this happen.

Posted by Wayne Flemming on (June 6, 2008, 6:43 GMT)

ps. sos to mr alan stanford please help canadian cricket from a fellow passionate lover of cricket :)

Posted by Asif Ahmad on (June 3, 2008, 17:17 GMT)

I agree with Ivor. We all love to see good cricket, but outside players will come and go. We need to get young local players involved in the game, otherwise, I am afraid any such fabulous cricket shows will be just entertainment and nothing more. none the less this was a great effort by organizers and they should be proud of themselves.

Posted by Ivor W A Henry on (June 2, 2008, 18:10 GMT)

A weekend of cricket in South Florida where we play cricket twelve months out of the year is the norm. Having a bunch of old has been running around a cricket field in any place in America will not promote the game of cricket in the future. The ICC and the other playing nations were/are very critical of the age group cricketers that represent USACA. We need to concentrate on modern day cricketers. WICB should be encouraged to organize warm up tour matches at the new stadium. Sir Allen Stanford, an American, might be more than happy to bring his T20 games to this part of the world. I am quite certain that most cricket fans and followers would be more than happy to attend games of those magnitudes

Posted by Amin Malik on (June 2, 2008, 17:27 GMT)

It was agreat cricket show. The stadium is good the location is good all we need is fans lots of fans Mr Quershi did a wounderful job hats off for him.Boby was still trying to impress usaca for some odd reason i think he wants his old job back, can someone help him find his old job.

Amin Malik Northern California

Posted by Sheik Salim on (May 28, 2008, 19:01 GMT)

I went on Friday night and saw the Canada side easily trounced the World X1. It was too one-sided and not very exciting. This affected my mood for the tournament, so I stayed away from the other matches. However, the ground & Stadium are excellent venues for cricket & the organizers must be commended for their good work.

Posted by Asif Ahmad on (May 28, 2008, 16:46 GMT)

It was a great cricket show.The stadium is as good as I have seen and I have seen many of these. The whole event was organized superbly. This cricket stadium is ready for some big action and international games. I would suggest all parties come together and this is our chance to grab the bull by horn. Bring cricket to USA in a big way. I would however suggest to focus on promoting cricket by bringing our home grown youth cricket players. Without that no progress will be sustained. Also find sponsors, as money will be needed to keep things going. I congratulate Mr. Qureshi, Boby and rest of the organizers for putting up a great show for all of us.

Asif Ahmad Souther California

Posted by Adam Scholem on (May 28, 2008, 14:56 GMT)

I've heard mixed reports about this stadium facility. Faizool, it sounds like you were there. Can you comment on the grounds, the area around the stadium, it's location relative to the population centers, etc? Thank you.

Posted by Faizool Khan on (May 27, 2008, 20:10 GMT)

Congratulations to the organisers for a very good tournament, Despite the bad weather, I think that the tournament went very well.

Staff were all over the place to ensure the smooth running and assistance, there was plenty of food in all varieties including Halal which is normally not provided at such events, my hats off to who arranged this.

IOt would be a great honor to cricket if matches played at night, (normally at the Lauderhill complex) can be played at this facility. along with more international matches.

Once again, Congrats and best wishes.

Faizool Khan

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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