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Windies embrace fans in fun day
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
West Indies players brought smiles to the faces of thousands of fans as they participated in the annual Family Day at the G event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday.
The day of fun was geared toward young fans and over 4,000 turned up at the iconic venue to be part of the festivities. The Australian team also participated as players signed autographs and took photographs.
"It was a fantastic event for the players and the fans," West Indies team spokesman Philip Spooner said.
"The players were all delighted to see so many cricket lovers, young and old, from all walks of life and from several parts of the world, who came out to see the training session, and then participate in the day's activities.
"It was a great day with excellent weather at the MCG, as we build up to the Test match this weekend."
Father blocks player's transfer to Liverpool
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP):
Marko Grujic may not be signing a seven million euros ($7.6 million) contract with Liverpool after all. The reason: His father keeps his passport.
Red Star Belgrade, the 19-year-old Serbian midfielder's club, has reportedly agreed on a five-year deal and he was to travel to Liverpool for medical check-ups.
Grujic's father, however, says he should remain at Red Star until the end of the season when his price will be bigger.
"His passport is with me and he is not going anywhere," Goran Grujic told Belgrade media.
He accused Red Star management of forcing his son to leave because of the club's deep financial problems.
Red Star says in a statement yesterday that if it doesn't get the funds from Grujic's transfer, the club will collapse financially.
Smith lifts Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):
Australia Test captain, Steve Smith, has captured the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being honoured as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015.
Smith, 26, was the leading run-scorer in Tests during the period under consideration, compiling 1,734 runs from 13 Tests at an average of 82.57, with seven centuries and six half-centuries.
He also gathered 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60, with four centuries and eight half-centuries from 26 one-day internationals.
"Given that there are so many great players around the world, I'm incredibly honoured to receive these awards," Smith said.
"While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I'm thrilled and very proud to receive them."
Meanwhile, South African AB de Villiers was voted ICC ODI Player of the Year, while fellow countryman Faf du Plessis won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year for his 119 off 56 balls against West Indies in the second Twenty20 in Johannesburg last January.