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Published:Friday | November 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Brian Lara

'Do not change the rules'

LONDON (CMC)

Cricket legend Brian Lara says he hopes the fatal head injury to Australia's Phillip Hughes' does not affect the future of fast bowling since such incidents are rare.

Lara's comments were made before news surfaced that Hughes had died as a result of the injuries he sustained when struck by a bouncer on Tuesday.

"It's very unfortunate, batsmen face all sorts of dangers, we can just pray for him," Lara said in an interview with the Sky Sports Network.

"I think it's a sport and you are always going to have that element of risk. This is an unfortunate and rare situation. I felt safe playing, but there was that element of risk. I used to say a little prayer in the morning and just hope for the best."

Lara's West Indies teammate, Phil Simmons, went through a similar experience to Hughes when playing against Gloucestershire in 1988.

Simmons was not even wearing a helmet when struck on the head by a David Lawrence bouncer.


Cariah to miss Red Force match

Trinidad (CMC)

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will be without promising batsman Yannic Cariah for their third-round match in the WICB Professional Cricket League, starting at Queen's Park Oval today.

Cariah could not recover from a fractured toe in time to take his place in the squad for the match against the Jamaica franchise, skipper Rayad Emrit has revealed.

He was struck during Red Force second round win against the Leewards at Warner Park, St Kitts, over the weekend.

Chairman of the national selection panel Alec Burns has hinted that the left hander could be replaced by Steven Katwaroo.

Red Force are now second in the standings on 20 points, 14 behind leaders Guyana Jaguars after coming from behind to secure a six-wicket victory over the Leewards.


Crandon heaps praise on Guyana

GEORGETOWN (CMC):

Head coach of the Guyana Jaguars, Esaun Crandon, has praised his team for their second victory over the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the WICB Professional Cricket League.

The Jaguars thrashed Volcanoes by 92 runs to stay at the top of the points table in the regional four-day first class tournament.

Highlights of their win included a century from Narsingh Deonarine and match figures of 11 wickets for 76 runs for left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul.

The Jaguars have now recorded their second victory following their innings humiliation of the Leeward Islands and are leading with 34 points, 14 ahead of their nearest rival, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.

"Definitely, I think we played excellent cricket over the four days and I think we did well upfront by putting up a good first innings total," said the former Guyana fast bowler.