Sunday 1 June 2014 

Guyana Loses New Zealand Test

Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
The Providence Stadium in Georgetown will not host New Zealand later this month
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The West Indies Cricket Board has taken the decision to move the third Test between the West Indies and New Zealand away from Guyana.

Providence Stadium in Georgetown was set to host the match, which begins on 26th June but an alternative venue will now have to be found.

"The West Indies Cricket Board today advised that following engagement with the Government of Guyana on matters pertaining to the Cricket Administration Bill in Guyana, the parties have not been able to find a mutually agreeable resolution," a statement read.
 
"The WICB has serious reservations that the Cricket Administration Bill which was passed in the Guyana National Assembly thrusts the administration of cricket in Guyana from an independent body to the Government of Guyana.

"This the WICB views as undesirable and inconsistent with International Cricket Council (ICC) tenets."

The ICC expects cricket boards to be independent of any government influence.
 
"The WICB sought an undertaking from His Excellency President Donald Ramotar that the bill not be signed into law until these matters are resolved," the WICB adds.
 
"The Board gave its commitment that once His Excellency President Ramotar provided such an undertaking all arrangements in Guyana will be kept in place.
 
"Regrettably the WICB has not received such an undertaking from His Excellency President Ramotar.

"As a consequence the WICB is left with no option but to relocate the Third Test between West Indies and New Zealand from Guyana."

The opening Test is in Jamaica (8th-12th June) and the second Test is in Trinidad (16th-20th June).

© Cricket World 2014

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Fixtures & Results

8th-12th June: 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica
New Zealand 508-7 dec. & 156-8 dec. beat
West Indies 262 & 216 by 186 runs
16th-20th June: 2nd Test, Port of Spain, Trinidad
West Indies 460 & 95-0 (Gayle 80no) beat
New Zealand 221 & 331 by 10 wickets
26th-30th June: 3rd Test, Barbados
New Zealand 293 & 331-7 dec. beat
West Indies 317 & 254 (Holder 52) by 53 runs
5th July: 1st T20I, Roseau, Dominica
New Zealand 117-4 (McCullum 40) beat
West Indies 132-7 (Fletcher 52) by 12 runs (D/L)
6th July: 2nd T20I, Roseau, Dominica
West Indies 165-6 (Fletcher 62) beat
New Zealand 126 (Cottrell 3-28) by 39 runs