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By Sports Desk April 07, 2020

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  • Cardinals-Pirates series postponed due to coronavirus Cardinals-Pirates series postponed due to coronavirus

    The St Louis Cardinals' series against the Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed due to coronavirus, the MLB announced on Sunday.

    St Louis were scheduled to face Pittsburgh from Monday to Wednesday at Busch Stadium, but positive COVID-19 tests scuppered those plans.

    The Cardinals have been at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak affecting 16 members of the organisation – nine players and seven staff.

    It comes after the Cardinals' three-game weekend series against the Chicago Cubs was also postponed due to COVID-19 cases within the clubhouse.

    The Cardinals have not played since July 29 – matchups against the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cubs and now the Pirates postponed, while this will be the first disruption to Pittsburgh's schedule because of coronavirus.

    St Louis hold a 2-3 record in the National League Central, behind the Cubs (10-3) and Brewers (6-7), while division rivals the Pirates are 3-13.

  • Early Windies administration underestimated value of T20 cricket claims Bisho Early Windies administration underestimated value of T20 cricket claims Bisho

    Former West Indies fast bowler turned pundit Ian Bishop has lamented somewhat of a tumultuous introduction to global T20 cricket in the Caribbean, which he believes has set the region back.  

    The shortest format of the game, which began to gain prominence in the mid-2000s, initially had a bumpy introduction to the region as leagues clashed with the schedule of international cricket. 

    The scheduling clash, combined with the rules of the then administration, saw several of the team’s top players unable to take part in the longer formats of ODI and Test cricket.  The discrepancy saw an experienced West Indies team claim two T20 World Championships but continue to struggle in the other formats.

    Bishop believes the availability of the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, and Kieron Pollard, during the period, could have added much-needed experience and firepower to the Windies line-up.

     “In the West Indies initially, there was a bad effect on the game since the administrators did not know the value of T20 cricket and the ability of a player as a sole contractor where they had to choose when they wanted to play. We did not handle that well. We lost a few significant players from West Indies cricket for a period of time I wish did not happen,” Bishop told the Hindustan Times.

    “And it’s only now when we see England allowing their players to go and play in the IPL. The West Indies have taken a different view now under their leadership that they need to allow their players to earn their living but when they were available, we will have a compromise. But we have missed so many important players. I think it’s set back West Indies cricket a little bit.”

  • Cornwall looking for another big CPL season Cornwall looking for another big CPL season

    With the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) set to begin in a matter of weeks, players like Rahkeem Cornwall have been looking at how to give themselves an advantage.

    Cornwall is no different, with the big off-spinner hoping for a season like the one he had in 2019.

    Known more as a bowling allrounder, last season Cornwall was immense with the bat for the St Lucia Zouks, scoring 254 runs in 10 matches, with a highest of 75.

    “Obviously, it’s going to be different from the previous CPL where you have the crowd and so on, but at the end of the day cricket still remains the same. I would like to continue where I left off last year because I think I had a pretty good year in the CPL last year where I scored the most runs for the St. Lucia Zouks, and there is no doubt that I want to repeat that this year,” said Cornwall in an interview with the Antigua Observer.

    According to Cornwall, players doing well is usually the result of hard work and he has no issue with putting in the effort that it takes to repeat that performance.

    “I just have to put in the work and I think we have a couple of days or just over a week to get ready before the tournament, so I am sure I will be fine by then, and I will just keep putting the numbers on the board,” he said.

    “As a professional, you have to know what you need to do to get yourself ready for a match. I think you just have to keep practising, and once all of the protocols [quarantine and testing] are over and you are out of isolation, then your mind would automatically switch back to cricket and you just have to know what you need to do in terms of your role for the team, and by then, hitting the 18th [August], you should be ready,” he said.'

    Cornwall will again turn out for the St Lucia Zouks who will play their opening game against the Jamaica Tallawahs on August 19 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

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