Former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry has successfully appealed a 20-day suspension and $10,000 fine imposed by the raceday stewards for his failure to ride MEET JUSTIN on its merits in the fourth race on Saturday, July 26.The Patrick Lynch-trained MEET JUSTIN finished fourth to the 30-1outsider DON TUDOR over the straight in a three-year-old maiden race on the day in question, but the stewards were not satisfied with the ride and summoned the jockey to an enquiry on September 29.His suspension was to have taken effect on October 10, but he appealed to the full commission and was granted a stay until the case was reviewed on Tuesday.COMPELLINGARGUMENTSAfter hearing submissions from the stewards, trainer Patrick Lynch and compelling arguments from Ed Barnes representing Henry, the full commission overturned the decision of the stewards, allowing Henry to walk.Since his return from a stint in the United States in July, Henry has been riding very well, notching 32 wins (including a recent four-timer) to hold down ninth position in the jockeys’ standings.- O.C.
KOLKATA, India (AP):Captain Shahid Afridi produced a superb all-round effort as Pakistan opened their World Twenty20 campaign by dispatching Bangladesh by 55 runsyesterday.Afridi’s 19-ball 49 boosted Pakistan to a record 201-5 total after electing to bat. He then grabbed 2-27 with his leg spin as Bangladesh were restricted to 146-6.Afridi built on a 95-run,second-wicket stand between Mohammad Hafeez (64) and opener Ahmed Shehzad (52) on a good batting surface at Eden Gardens, smashing four fours and four sixes. Hafeez hit seven fours and two sixes off 42 balls while Shehzad struck eight fours off 39.Shehzad played solidly and was quick to punish loose balls before he was caught at midwicket off leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman in the 14th over.Hafeez got to his first 50 in the World Twenty20 with asingle off Mashrafe Mortaza in the next over, which went for 18 runs as Afridi bludgeoned some huge shots on the leg side.Hafeez was out to a brilliant catch by Soumya Sarkar at the deep midwicket fence. Sarkar plucked the ball from high on his left and, realising he would cross the boundary, flicked it up and jumped back inside the boundary line to complete the catch.Afridi, too, was caught in the deep, but promoting himself up the order paid off as Pakistan registered their highest score at a World Twenty20 and the seventh highest in tournament history.KEYROLE”My performances play a key role,” Afridi said. “It’s a big event and as captain, as a senior player, I had to lead by example. The first six overs were important and Hafeez and Shehzad did very well.”In reply, Bangladesh could not put up a spirited fight and failed to build enough partnerships.Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 50 not out off 40 balls with five fours and one six, but the pressure of a huge target told on their batsmen.Afridi removed well-set batsmen Sabbir Rahman (25) and Tamim Iqbal (24) to undermine Bangladesh’s chase.”Chasing 200 is always difficult with the Pakistan bowling attack,” Bangladesh captain Mortaza said. “And after six overs, it was almost impossible. Shakib batted very well and we got 150, so it’s not that bad. We didn’t bowl well today.”
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has hinted at a strained relationship with both West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron, and director of cricket Richard Pybus ever since he was suspended for controversial comments about team selection last September.In a wide-ranging interview with noted cricket website, ESPN Cricinfo, Simmons revealed that while there was communication with both officials, it was not extensive, and pointed out that there had been no personal congratulatory messages on the recent Twenty20 World Cup success.”Relationship is a difficult word. He communicates via emails, but he has not spoken to me since the suspension,” Simmons said in reference to Pybus.”It’s sad because this is not about him or me, this is about West Indies cricket. There has not even been any personal or team congratulatory message on the World Cup win.”Trinidadian Simmons, who has been in the job for exactly a year now, said he had a similar relationship with Cameron.”It is the same thing. It was good when I first came in. I would get the occasional text message and I earned a big hug when we won the Test match in Barbados [against England],” he explained.”But since my suspension, there has been no communication, not verbal nor written, and again, no congratulatory message.”Simmons took up the Windies role following the Cricket World Cup last March and presided over a 1-1 draw in a three-Test series against England and 2-0 loss to Australia.Ahead of the Test tour of Sri Lanka, he was slapped with a suspension by the WICB after complaining to journalists about “interference from outside” in the selection of the one-day squad to tour Sri Lanka.Simmons was referring to the continued exclusion of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.After missing the tour of Sri Lanka, Simmons was reinstated for the Australia series after tendering a public apology for his comments. However, despite the difficulties of the last year, he said he remained highly motivated for the task ahead.