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Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM

CAL named

official airline of CPL

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Regional carrier Caribbean Airlines has partnered with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to become the official airline of the tournament, organisers have announced.

The Trinidad-based airline will be responsible for transporting all teams and officials who will be participating in games and events, both in the Caribbean and the United States.

For the first time this year, CPL has scheduled matches outside of the region in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a city serviced by Caribbean Airlines.

Drakes backs WI Women

to extend domination


West Indies Women's head coach Vasbert Drakes believes the regional side can continue to dominate World cricket for a long time, once the core of the current squad is kept together.

The Windies Women captured their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup when they beat three-time defending champions Australia Women in the final of the tournament in Kolkata last April.

"Our high-impact players like Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin really made inroads into the opposition and allowed us to control the games for longer periods," said Drakes, a former West Indies Test player.

"It's exciting for the West Indies because we have some younger players like Hayley Matthews and, in five to 10 years' time, if we can keep that group together, we should be able to dominate for a long period of time.

Kumble appointed Indian

cricket team head coach


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed former captain Anil Kumble as the national team's head coach.

Kumble, a former India spinner, will take up his position with the upcoming four-Test series against the West Indies.

The BCCI received 57 applications for the post of head coach, which was evaluated by a cricket committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.

In a statement, the BCCI says it is confident that "Kumble will take Indian cricket forward and contribute to its growth and success".

The cricket board also recognised the contribution of team director Ravi Shastri, under whom India qualified for the semi-finals of World Cup in Australia and World Twenty20 in India.