November 10, 2008


Vanuatu receive funding boost

Will Luke

The Vanuatu captain Mr. Andrew Mansale recently received VT123,000 (US$1,094) from the National Bank Vanuatu, along with an array of NBV polo shirts and caps from NBV's Managing Director Andy Cottam. The contribution was generously donated to assist with the running of the Vanuatu Cricket Association children's beach cricket carnival.


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Posted by Amar Jude P. Mendes. on (November 11, 2008, 7:25 GMT)

Just as the West Indies cricket team compromises of different independent and dependent islands. We must have some thing similar in the pacific. All the islands nations in the pacific are small and will find in difficult to keep producing great players consistently. They can play against each other and put up a strong team by picking up 2 or 3 players for each side. Most of these countries belong to the common wealth and play cricket. Countries such as Fiji should lead the way as it is a good side. But even they cannot make a world cup after having so much history and culture of the game. This is because of the reasons mentioned above. But if they get together with neighbors like Cook Islands, Easter islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands. Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. If we can start a first class competition it will be great. We can develop 1 ground in each country to host games. Some thing that ICC can think about.If this happens, after Australia and New Zealand we will have a third test team

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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