ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):
The West Indies Cricket Board will host its second town-hall meeting here today, as the country prepares to host the opening Test between West Indies and Australia starting Wednesday.
The event, set for Fort Young Hotel, follows the opening meeting staged in Barbados two weeks ago and will see WICB president, Dave Cameron, and vice-president, Emmanuel Nanthan, fielding questions and concerns from stakeholders here.
"We believe the public town-hall meeting is a great way to hear what people across the Caribbean have to say about the important issues facing their game," Cameron said.
"It presents a great opportunity for our stakeholders to learn more about initiatives which the WICB is working on at this time," he added.
McCullum, Hesson honoured
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):
Captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson have both been awarded one of New Zealand's highest civil honours for their part in leading New Zealand to the final of this year's Cricket World Cup.
McCullum and Hesson were made Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the honours list released yesterday to mark the annual Queen's Birthday public holiday.
Hesson said McCullum had "captured a nation, not only with his style of play, but with the way he's encouraged his teammates to embrace the game in terms of passion and spirit". He said, "You don't coach to try and get honours. You just try and deal with the next day as best you can, but it is an honour."