ST JOHN’S, Antigua:The West Indies Cricket Board paid tribute yesterday to Steve Camacho, the former manager of the West Indies team and chief executive officer (CEO) of the WICB, who died on Friday night in Antigua.Camacho was 69 at the time of his passing.George Stephen Camacho was born on October 12, 1945 in British Guiana and played club cricket at the historic Georgetown Cricket Club. He went on to play 76 first-class matches as a right-handed top-order batsman, scoring 4,079 runs including seven centuries and 24 half centuries.In an 11-Test career between 1968 and 1971, Camacho scored 640 runs, and played in several outstanding West Indies teams alongside Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs, Roy Fredericks and Rohan Kanhai.He became the 126th capped West Indies Test cricket when he debuted against England at Queen’s Park Oval in 1969. He also captained the West Indies President’s XI against touring teams.It was as an outstanding cricket administrator that he distinguished himself. After retirement as a player, he was manager of the West Indies team during the halcyon period of the 1980s. He also served as secretary of the then West Indies Cricket Board of Control and the first CEO of the WICB.President Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron described Camacho as “a true stalwart, champion and leader of the game” in the West Indies.”I want to first extend my condolences to wife, Allison, family and friends of Steve Camacho. We, the members of the cricket family of the West Indies, have lost a great man, someone who would always stand up and give his best for West Indies cricket. He was a true stalwart and champion of the game in the Caribbean,” Cameron said.
Virat Kohli scored his first Test half-century in England as the captain led a spirited fightback for India after Sam Curran and Ben Stokes had carved out the top half of the visitors’ batting line-up. Kohli was dropped on 21 and looked a little uncomfortable to start off with but once he got his eyes in, there was no stopping the world’s number two Test batsman.Kohli also became the 5th Indian to score a half-century in his 1st Test innings as captain in England. The other four Indian captains to do so were Vijay Hazare (89 in 1952), Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (64 in 1967), Ajit Wadekar (85 in 1971) and Mohd Azharuddin (121 in 1990).Earlier in the day, India had bowled England out for 287. Soon after, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan put a 50-run partnership but Curran removed Vijay, KL Rahul and Dhawan off successive overs to put India in trouble on day 2 of the first Test at Edgbaston.After lunch, Stokes added to India’s woes when he removed the dependable Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik, again off consecutive overs. Hardik Pandya survived a close LBW appeal on review and that was perhaps just the feel-good factor India and their captain needed under the gloomy skies of Birmingham.ENGLAND VS INDIA 1ST TEST DAY 2: FOLLOW LIVE BLOGKohli had endured a horror tour of England in 2014, managing only 134 runs with a highest of 39. However, he had since scored 15 Test hundreds including six double hundreds (four in successive series) and there were huge expectations of him even before the first ball of the five-Test series had been bowled.advertisementAlso read – Joe Root sees humour in Virat Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ actOn Thursday, Kohli walked out to bat when India were 54/2 off 14 overs. He then saw Dhawan, Rahane and Karthik perishing from the other end. Virat Kohli desperately needed some support and he found it in Pandya, who settled down after a nervy start.Kohli was patient and left plenty of balls outside his off-stump, unlike the others, who wanted to chase everything that was remotely wide. Whenever he could, Kohli pierced the gaps to pick up a boundary but there were no undue risks involved not were there any sharp singles attempted.LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ENGLAND VS INDIA 1ST TEST DAY 2The last time India faced England in a Test series (back in 2016 in India) Kohli had scored 655 runs including a sublime double hundred.Also read – England vs India: Ben Stokes joins elite list, Sam Curran creates historyThis series has started off on a much better note for Kohli even though the other batsmen need to work on their technique and skill-sets against England’s seamers. Perhaps they can take a leaf out of their captain’s book.