LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):Pakistan’s cricket authorities want West Indies to play a day-night Test during their tour in October as they prepare for their historic pink-ball Test against Australia in December.West Indies are set to play two Tests, five one-day internationals, and two Twenty20 Internationals during the series set for the United Arab Emirates, and media reports here say the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a proposal to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to play one of the Tests under lights.Former Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, an adviser to the PCB’s cricket committee, said it was important that the national team had practised with the pink ball before taking on Australia.”If you don’t have match practice, it will become difficult to play at Test level. It was one of the things discussed in the cricket committee’s previous meeting,” said Misbah.”The bowlers are at (an) advantage in the evening session, and it becomes very difficult for batsmen under lights. That is one reason the cricketers from other countries are also reluctant to play Tests under lights.”He added: “One more reason is the lack of match practice with the pink ball. The players have hardly played any cricket under these conditions at the domestic levels. They need more match practice before playing it at international level.”Even if the proposal is rejected by the WICB, the PCB plans to stage matches under lights during the first-class competition in order to prepare players.International games have not been played in Pakistan in over seven years because of the volatile security situation here.Earlier this month, the WICB rejected a proposal from the PCB to play limited-overs matches during the upcoming series on Pakistan soil.
Plans for a developer to construct four office buildings inside the fence line at Naval Air Station Patuxent River under DOD’s enhanced use leasing (EUL) program continue to move forward despite resistance from the business community in southern Maryland.Hines is poised to reach a deal with the Navy to build four, 150,000-square-foot office buildings, an initiative Maryland officials and local advocates for the base favor as a way to enhance the mission at Pax River as a possible round of base closure looms, reported BayNet.com.The Navy needs the project, which has the potential to encompass seven sites and 2 million square feet of space, to accommodate 3,000 Naval Air Systems Command workers now housed in trailers on base. Local developers, however, fear the project would compete with vacant office space in the surrounding communities.To address the community’s concerns, Robin Finnacom, acting head of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, last month said in a memo: “The Navy is expected to lease all of the space to alleviate a chronic lack of office facilities. The EUL project is seen as critical to strengthening the Navy’s capacity to handle current and future projected levels of work and is considered necessary to improving Pax’s standing in any future rounds of BRAC.”The EUL project should help protect Pax River against that possibility that some of its activities are shifted elsewhere following the next BRAC round. “I don’t believe Pax River is under threat of closure,” said Michael Hayes, program director of the state office of military affairs.The first phase of its project would cover one of the office buildings, according to Hines. An agreement previously reached with the Navy would bar the project from including retail uses such as restaurants. County and Navy officials also plan to hammer out an agreement to compensate St. Mary’s for lost tax revenue.A Hines representative said he hopes to have a final EUL signed by all parties by the end of the summer, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR