MYSORE, India (CMC): West Indies 'A' team batsman Assad Fudadin says an attentive approach to conditions in India spurred him to his first-half century in his debut innings on the subcontinent.
Fudadin batted patiently to score an unbeaten 86 as West Indies 'A' complied 429 against India A on the second day of their unofficial Test at Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground on Thursday.
The Guyanese batsman struggled to find the middle of the bat initially but said he decided to keep it simple on a pitch, which offered assistance to the bowlers.
"This was my first knock in India. On the first day, I was still getting used to the conditions and I not feeling myself," he told WICB Media.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):
Discarded West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo returned with a vengeance to grab a six-wicket haul in a national 50 overs tournament here after attending a bowling camp with Pakistan legend.
Bishoo, who is seeking to regain his spot on the senior regional side, picked up six wickets for 13 runs to lead Berbice to a commanding 10-wicket win over Essequibo on Thursday.
The diminutive Bishoo spun his way through the Essequibo batting line-up as six wickets fell for just 14 runs at one stage.
He was one of several senior and emerging spinners from the Caribbean who benefited from a spin bowling clinic conducted by legendary Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq earlier this month.
West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson had said that Bishoo, in particular, was uppermost in his thought when he extended the invitation to Saqlain.
England spinner Monty Panesar has been given a suspended ban until the end of the 2014 cricket season for potentially threatening and intimidating behaviour.
Panesar was disciplined by the England and Wales Cricket Board for two incidents while playing for Essex against Worcestershire in the County Championship this month.
Panesar breached ECB directive 3.2, stating "he did not conduct himself fairly and properly on the field."
The action comes less than two months after Panesar received a fixed-penalty notice from police for urinating on bouncers outside a nightclub in Brighton.
Panesar has been included in England's Ashes squad to tour Australia in November.
Petra Kvitova rallied to defeat Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) and advance to the Pan Pacific Open final yesterday.
Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the other semi-final.
The seventh-seeded Kvitova won when Williams' return was long to close the match at Ariake Colosseum in two hours, 24 minutes.
Kvitova dominated the tiebreak, jumping out to 6-0. Williams pulled two points back before Kvitova capitalised on her third match point.
Williams was bidding for her first title since last October, when she won in Luxembourg.