• News round-up

    Justin Ontong was ruled out of the Caribbean Premier League due to a knee operation on a damaged cartilage.

    Ontong would have represented the Barbados Tridents, but due to the operation, which will keep him out of action for six weeks, he will not join his Cobras colleague Robin Peterson for the Premier League.


    Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura will miss the rest of the one day series with Pakistan after being suspended for two matches for maintaining a slow over-rate.

    Chigumbura-led Zimbabwe were three overs short in the first one-day international against Pakistan in Lahore on Tuesday. – AFP


    Shivnarine Chanderpaul says he should not be forced to retire from the game.

    Chanderpaul has expressed disappointment with the manner in which his career as a West Indies cricketer has come to an end but insists that he has not yet retired from the game.

    Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s selection panel, Clive Lloyd, explained the need to give younger batsmen in the region an opportunity following the announcement at the weekend that the 40-year-old veteran of 164 Tests was not included in the 12-man training squad that will be based in Barbados ahead of the first of two Tests against Australia.

    Dominica hosts the first Test beginning June 3 with the second and final match getting underway in Jamaica June 11.

    ‘My request to finish up with the Australian series is not asking too much,’ Chanderpaul was quoted as saying in the local newspaper Kaiteur News.

    ‘It gives me a chance to acknowledge my supporters at home…I should not be pushed into retirement.’ – AFP


    Sri Lankan cricket’s governing body on Wednesday have announced the sacking of three officials after allegations that members of the women’s national team were asked to perform sexual favours to keep their places.

    Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said all three officials were shown the door at the end of their contracts last month after an internal inquiry found two of them guilty of sexual harassment and a third of improper conduct. – AFP