Thursday, February 3, 2011

Canada To Resolve Visa Problems

Canada has received a timely boost before the news of the World Cup, that a visa has been granted to three players born in Pakistan, who were still waiting for Indian authorities clear their applications.

The team returned to Dubai for a training camp on January 28 with vice-captain Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan and Hamza Tariq unclear whether they would be allowed to go to India. With all clear now Canada takes a full team for the tournament and they have two warm-up matches - against Bangladesh and England - before their opening match against Sri Lanka on February 20.
Cricket Canada's president, Ranjit Saini, had earlier said Canada's preparation had been damaged when the three players were prevented from attending a training tour to India last year. "We couldn't take these players to India and as a result our training plans have suffered," Saini told the Pakistan's Daily Mail earlier this month. "[It was] a source of distraction."
Canada's first match in India is against Zimbabwe on February 28.

Phoenix Open Affected By Cold Conditions

Frozen peat swept the Pro-Am round of the Phoenix Open and the temperature would have very long delay before playing on Thursday and Friday.

The temperature rose to 20 F (-2 C) early in the morning when the players began arriving at the TPC Scottsdale and only 35 F (1.5 C) about 11 hours when the pro-am was canceled.

“The greens are still frozen,” said Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president of rules. “The approaches are frozen. And it just would do a tremendous amount of damage if we walked on it, just tracking everything up with the greens being frozen.”

With nighttime temperatures in the 20's, the gel could cause long delays before play can begin on Thursday and Friday.

“Anything could happen with the weather, but it doesn’t look good tomorrow morning,” White said. “It’s supposed to be colder. And it might be even colder on Friday. So, we’ll just see.”