Windies vs Pakistan in Abu
from Nov. 14 ODI match)
Indies will be playing Pakistan in 3 one day internationals (ODIs) at
the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
in Abu Dhabi on November 12th, 14th and 16th.
- If you live in Dubai,
you can purchase tickets at Al
Mansoor Audio & Video in
Call Al Mansoor Audio & Video at 04
3970800 for more information.
- In Abu Dhabi, tickets
are on sale at the Stadium and Al Mansoor Audio & Video.
Ads on radio 1 (104.1
FM in Dubai and 100.5 in Abu Dhabi.) In addition, Etisalat has sent out
text messages promoting ticket give-aways.
Meet the Prime Minister
Citizens of Trinidad
and Tobago and their spouses are invited to meet the Prime Minister and
Finance Minister of Trinidad & Tobago
Monday, November 3, 2008
Al Waha Room, 6th floor at
The Grand Millennium Hotel,
Dubai - Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha South - TECOM
p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (please note
change in start time.)
Suggested Dress Code:
Evening Casual; Red, White and Black
Source: Trinidad and
(Oct. 28, 2008)
Prime Minister and
Finance Minister to Visit the U.A.E.
PRIME Minister Patrick Manning and Finance Minister Karen
Nunez-Tesheira will fly to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tomorrow
(October 29) to further negotiations on the TT International Financial
Manning and Nunez-Tesheira will meet with government and industry
officials to discuss plans and goals for the IFC. In 2009, the IFC will
incur an estimated $18 million in consultancy fees alone, according to
the Draft Estimates of Expenditure for 2009.
Government has engaged top experts to advise and guide development of
the IFC, including PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Oliver Wyman, Patton
Boggs LLP, IBM and others.
In June, a delegation of the Ministry of Finance including
Nunez-Tesheira, Central Bank Governor Ewart Williams, chairman of First
Citizen Bank Samuel Martin, president of the Tourism Development
Company Earnest Little and IFC official Hazel Marcelle, travelled to
Dubai and Qatar.
The delegation secured approval from financial leaders in Dubai to work
closely on the opening of the IFC. The IFC will promote commercial
banking and investment opportunities in: downstream energy projects;
commodities finance and trading based on the country’s energy
sector products; large-scale real estate development, resorts and
tourism; and transportation projects such as ports, airports, shipping
and support facilities.
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West Indies Calls off Abu
(Oct. 28, 2008)
The proposed Test series between West Indies and Pakistan, planned
originally for Abu Dhabi in November, will not be going ahead, after
West Indies cited problems in their schedule. The decision leaves
Pakistan with no Test cricket this year, despite repeated efforts by
the board in the recent months to slot them in.
"The West Indies board have informed us that they cannot go ahead with
the series," Salim Altaf, the Pakistan Cricket Board's
director-general, told Cricinfo.
Had it gone ahead, the two-Test series would have taken place after the
three ODIs between the two countries at the same venue in mid-November.
The short amount of time left between now and then, however, turned out
to be a hurdle.
"Their board said there wasn't enough time for them to negotiate
touring terms for players with the WIPA (West Indies Player
Association)," Altaf said. "They also have to go to New Zealand soon
after, so the schedule would have been a bit hectic for them."
Dr Donald Peters, the WICB CEO, while making the announcement said the
possibility of playing two Test matches against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi
was explored by both boards but such an arrangement could not be put in
"There was a proposal to play two Tests matches against Pakistan, also
in Abu Dhabi, but logistically this proved too difficult for us, so we
had to decline that request," he said. "The team will have a camp in
New Zealand as part of the build-up for what will be a very important
tour. This will allow them to get fully acclimatized to the conditions."
Even if West Indies had agreed to the Tests, the financial benefits for
a cash-strapped Pakistan board would have been questionable. The
postponement of the Australia home series and the Champions Trophy due
to security concerns has hurt Pakistan badly. Organising the series
with West Indies, a board official revealed to Cricinfo, would have
cost roughly US$2 million.
Whether that would have been recovered, let alone a profit made, is
doubtful. Few TV broadcasters were interested in a series on neutral
territory with little spectator interest. One local sports channel,
said the official, offered "the grand sum of US$40,000 to broadcast the
series." Though playing Tests might have helped the team, "commercially
it just wasn't very viable for us," the official said. Local reports
also suggested that the amount the West Indies board had asked for as
payment for what would be, in effect, a home series for Pakistan,
wasn't something the PCB could afford.
However, Altaf revealed that the boards had agreed to talk again in
Dubai in December to try and fit the tour in to the Future Tours
Programme. "That is a positive thing. We will meet again and hopefully
we can organise this series at a more suitable date."
While West Indies will play two Tests, two Twenty20 Internationals and
five ODIs from December 5 to January 13, Pakistan's next scheduled Test
assignment is the home series against India starting in January.
Cricket Fans! West
Indies propose Abu
Tests with Pakistan
Dates to watch!
November 12, 14 and 16
(Oct. 23, 2008)
Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has
proposed a two-Test offshore series with Pakistan in November this
year, an offer the fixture-starved Pakistan Cricket Board is
If agreed, the Tests
would take place in Abu Dhabi, after the three-ODI series between the
two sides on November 12, 14 and 16. "We have received a proposal from
the WICB about two Tests this November," a PCB official told Cricinfo.
"Many things have to be considered, such as the TV rights, gate money
and so on. We will seriously consider the proposal."
Ijaz Butt, the newly
appointed chairman of the PCB, said monetary issues needed to be sorted
out before confirming the Test series.
"We hope the proposal
materialises and we find some sponsor for the Test matches," Butt told
Associated Press. "We have to pay the West Indies Cricket Board (for
the Tests) according to ICC regulations. Time is short, but I am
hopeful something positive will come out."
Pakistan are likely to
push for the series to happen as they haven't played a single Test this
year. But apart from the financial and logistical factors, they will
have to weigh up the impact of playing a Test series once again in a
It is territory they have
covered before. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 in 2001, a number of
teams refused to tour Pakistan for security reasons. The situation
compelled Pakistan to play a two-Test series against West Indies in
2002 in Sharjah and then against Australia later in the year.
instability and militant violence over the last 18 months has meant
that Pakistan finds itself in a similar situation. Australia pulled out
of a full tour in March and the Champions Trophy, also scheduled to be
played in Pakistan, was postponed to September-October 2009 after a
number of teams refused to visit due to security concerns. If the
series goes ahead in Abu Dhabi, it may well set a precedent for the
The previous PCB
administration had invited West Indies for a two-Test series in
Pakistan to fill gaps in their Future Tours Programme this November but
turned down the offer as they still weren't convinced about the
Join fellow Caribbean nationals living in the UAE for Iftaar on Friday,
September 26th 2008
Plaza Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road (Get
directions to the Crowne Plaza)
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Adults - 155 AED
Children (6yrs to 12 yrs) - 80 AED
Children under 6yrs - No charge
*Please note that
the deadline for booking (Monday, September 22) has passed.
pictures from the 2008 Independence
you to everyone who attended this year's Independence Day celebration
on August 29th at
The Grand Millenium Hotel.
A good deal of time and effort went in to the the preparations for this
event and your support helped to make the celebration a true success.