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Guyana Government and GCB reaches deal which signals return of international cricket to Guyana – 8th Mar 2013

urlA deal has been reached between the Guyana Government and the Guyana Cricket Board which has signaled the return of international cricket to the Guyana National Stadium at Providence.

According to Secretary of the GCB and WICB Director, Anand Sanasie, after much exchanges between the two entities, an agreement has been reached in principle.

On Thursday, Sports Minister Dr. Frank Anthony said the Guyana National Stadium is ready to host the first Test match, which is scheduled for July 16-20, between Pakistan and the West Indies.

Guyana will also host the two 4-day matches and two ODI against CCC and Jamaica respectively.

For Sanasie, this development will augur well for local Cricket.

Over to athletics, work has begun for the paving of the National Synthetic Athletics Track at Lenora in Region Three.

On Thursday, a team from the Ministry visited the site, for a first hand update.

Engineer of the company that is contacted to design the track, Burt Hammes told reporters that because of the texture of the soil some amount of adjustment had to be made.

Staying with athletics, the running Brave Athletics Club along with the Athletics Association of Guyana will be hosting a development meet on Sunday at the GDF Ground.

According to the Club, the event will be used to give prospective CARIFTA athletes a second chance at qualifying for the regional games.

Batting over the Cricket, Guyanese middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been omitted from the West Indies Squad for the first test match against Zimbabwe starting next Tuesday.

Middle order batsman Marlon Samuels has also been included on the squad, after recovering from an eye injury that forced him out of the Australian Big Bash last December.

However, there was no place for Ramnaresh Sarwan who had a disastrous tour of Australia during the recent ODI series with a number of low scores including several ducks.

Dominican Shane Shillingford and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel have all been recalled to the West Indies team.

The first test is against Zimbabwe starting on Tuesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

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