A proposed West Indies tour to Pakistan for two Twenty20 Internationals in mid-March is off the table according to ESPNcricinfo.The report said the West Indies Cricket (WICB) rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) proposal for the tour after receiving advice on security from the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).The two boards, however, continue to discuss the possibility of two T20 internationals in Florida on March 19 and 20, ESPNcricinfo said.It is understood, ESPNcricino said, that earlier this week, the West Indies Players Association wrote to FICA seeking advice on the current security situation in Pakistan. FICA reportedly gave WIPA the latest security advisory from its security consultants, Eastern Star International, who provide security for various international boards, including the Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket and the International Cricket Council.In the report, FICA warned that the risk level in Pakistan remains “at an extremely elevated state” and that “an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed”.
Upsets by CREEDENCE at 23-1 in the closing race, WINTER IS COMING at 22-1, and CHIEF PROSPECT at 12-1 ensured that the Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. It offers in excess of $1 million tomorrow, while both Super-6s will start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.The Pick 9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a 5-y-o and up maiden claiming race over 1100 metres to be contested by eight starters. They include the likely favourite DEPUTY HEADGIRL, BRAVE HEART, CONNOR, and RAWALPINDI EXPRESS, who ran an improved race, for third behind CONCLUSION last Saturday and seems to be coming on now.DEPUTY HEADGIRL from the in-form stables of Steven Todd has the best form to recommend, having finished second to BLOEFOUNTAIN over the straight on January 14. Prior to that, on December 3, she was 1 3/4 lengths second to THEGREATALLIANCE over this trip, and with the competition this weak, gets a glorious opportunity to finally open her account. Jemar Jackson, who won aboard THE SALESMAN on Wednesday, has the ride.HAT-TRICK SEEKERSNext on the programme is a $450,00-$400,000 claiming race over 1100 metres, which brings together hat-trick seekers ZACKONTHEATTACK and FRANKENSTORM in a field of seven.These two, along with the proven campaigner HOLOGRAM SHADOW, now dropped in class, should ensue a close contest. If HOLOGRAM SHADOW is anywhere near his best, he can definitely take the honours with in-form Richard “Bya” Mitchell securing the ride. But I have my concerns re his current form, and preference is for the Gary Subratie-trained ZACKONTHEATTACK, who is coming off back-to-back wins against some good horses over middle distances last December and he is still at home over the shorter distance.LOST BY A NOSEThe third race over 1400 metres for native-bred maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for RADICAL, who lost out by a nose to DONTAE over a mile on January 25. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta will present RADICAL even sharper for this race, and with champion jockey Omar Walker prevailing with the ride, the son of Fearless Vision gets the nod over PROUD OF NUCLEAR and SUBBIE in a field of nine.The fourth race over 1400 metres for five-year-olds and up should see old rivals INDY ARAZI and PARTY CITY, second and third respectively, to CRUCIAL VALOR over 1500 metres on January 21, fighting out the finish.INDY ARAZI failed by a length to catch the winner that day, but PARTY CITY has been so consistent of late that he could well turn the tables. GIRSHOM, though inconsistent, along with LITTLE PRINCE, will not be far away in the 10-horse field.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by DONTAE (Nelson up) and the well-forward 3-y-o debutante LIGHTNING LILY (working very well) for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny. Their respective dangers are NIGHT LIGHT and LOOSE CANNON.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) DEPUTY HEADGIRL/BRAVE HEART(2) ZACKONTHEATTACK/HOLOGRAM SHADOW(3) RADICAL(4) PARTY CITY/INDY ARAZI(5) DONTAE/NIGHT LIGHT(6) LIGHTNING LILY/LOOSE CANNON