SPORTING DIGEST: CRICKET

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SPORTING DIGEST: CRICKET

Robin Smith, the former England batsman, has been re-appointed as Hampshire's captain for next year as reward for guiding them to their most successful season since 1990.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have agreed a deal with the American company Kelly Broadcasting Systems to provide live radio and television coverage of next year's World Cup to North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Guyana.

Bangladesh easily won its opening match against Malaysia in the 10-nation Asian Cricket Council tournament in the Nepalese capital yesterday. Batting first, Bangladesh scored 239 for nine with their opener Omar Javed hitting 79. The bowlers then struck, dismissing Malaysia for just 98 runs. In another match, the United Arab Emirates posted a big score of 364 for four wickets against Thailand. Their captain, Saeed Al Saffar, hit a double century and remained 209 not out. Saffar and Nasir Siddiqi put up 206 runs for the opening wicket. Thailand were then bowled out for 72 runs in 31 overs. In the fourth match of the day, Singapore defeated Papua New Guinea by five wickets, scoring the required 158 runs in 43.1 overs. Papua New Guinea scored 157 runs but Singapore's batsmen had no difficulty in reaching the target with Zubin Shroff scoring 51 runs.

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