Zone Blitz: Marley, JFF must work out differences

By George Dave, Mariah Ramharack&Lance Whittaker July 12, 2019

Jamaica Reggae Girlz patron Cedella Marley recently expressed strong disapproval of how the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) handles funding.

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    Wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni will not travel to the Caribbean for three Twenty20 clashes and as many ODIs, as he will reportedly serve time with his army regiment.

    Dhoni is to take a break from cricket after featuring in the World Cup on the back of the Indian Premier League. 

    Paceman Bumrah also misses the white-ball encounters with the Windies, but was among the 16 names in the Test squad.

    Quick Saini, 26, will be hoping to make his international debut after being named in the ODI and T20 squads.

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    Left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed comes back into an ODI squad that does not include Dinesh Karthik or the injured Vijay Shankar.

     

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    Inspired by debutant Herschel Jantjies in Johannesburg on Saturday, South Africa cruised to a 35-17 win at Ellis Park.

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