Pakistan, for the first time in their three-match Test with The West Indies beaten on first innings, have appeared comfortable in wiping off the deficit and at tea, today, third day of the scheduled series-ending match, they were 32 for no loss, still 24 in arrears.
West Indies, defeated in the first two Tests, were all out for 337 in reply to the Pakistanis 281 for a 56-run lead – a far cry from their first Test 222-run and second Test 228 first innings deficits.
West Indies Barbados opener Kraigg Braithwaite stroked 142 not out, becoming only the fifth West Indian to bat through a Test innings, joining an illustrious hand of Frank Worrell, Conrad Hunte, Desmond Haynes (3 times) and Chris Gayle.
Off the field of play now, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has reached out to Caribbean media groups through the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) to develop stronger partnerships for a wider range of cricket programming and programmes.
The relationship, according to WICB, will also include, training and technical development of production personnel to ensure broadcast is of the highest quality for all categories of cricket.
This impassioned plea was made at the 47th Annual General Assembly of the CBU on Wednesday (October 26) in Havana, Cuba.
Manager of Marketing and Communications, WICB, Carole Beckford, who made the presentation, shared information regarding the ratio of content in other jurisdictions, but made the case for more cricket stories and features to be produced outside of live cricket.
The WICB boasts a rich archive of cricket material and Commercial Manager, Nelecia Yeates, told the delegates at the conference “the WICB is ready to share the information with our regional media partners, for creative programme ideas to advance the cricket story.”
Yeates also noted “there is so much more than live cricket and if we are to encourage the next generation to tune in to the sport, we must have programmes which are able to grab their attention.”
One of the recommendations from the floor included a “working group which will seek to look where the gaps are to identify the areas of greatest need.” The CBU has offered to support.
The WICB is now preparing for the start of the Regional 4 Day Tournament which bowls of Friday, November 11.
The tournament will feature day-night matches and the use of the pink ball.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force face off against the Windward Islands Volcanoes from 3 pm at the Queen’s Park Oval in the first and only day-night fixture of the first round which schedules Guyana Jaguars versus Jamaica Scorpions and Leeward Islands hurricanes against Barbados Pride.
Five rounds of matches are carded before the break for Christmas, the fifth round starting on December 16.