August 4, 2012

West Indies cricket

Gold medal stops play?

Nikita Bastian

So you've heard of dogs stopping play and interruptions caused by streakers and missing bails. But how often does the reason for a stoppage lie 4000-odd miles away? That could well be the case at the Kingston Test on Sunday, with a 'drinks break' being scheduled to coincide with the final of the Olympics men's 100m race in faraway London, at 3.20pm Jamaican time.

And who could blame the Jamaicans for wanting to put everything else on hold for what is the showcase event of the Games? Defending Olympic champion Usain Bolt, along with Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell, is in contention for medals following Saturday's heats; it would take any one of them under 10 seconds to secure glory, that too in a week when Jamaica is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their independence from colonial rule. The action from the track will be telecast on the big screen in Sabina Park.

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