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Windies rage as Gayle chooses IPL over country

NEW DELHI – West Indies opener Chris Gayle has chosen the lucrative Indian Premier League over his country, officials said on Wednesday, prompting a damning reaction from his cricket board back home. The attacking batsman will turn out for Royal Challengers Bangalore, owned by Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya, as a replacement for the injured Dirk Nannes.
Gayle, 31, had been under a treatment programme run by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after a strain suffered during the

Pakistan, Windies gear up for T20

GROS-ISLET – Old foes West Indies and Pakistan face each other in a Twenty20 International for the first time on Thursday. The Beausejour Cricket Ground in this coastal town on the northern circumference of this volcanic island of St Lucia forms a picturesque backdrop for the occasion. It is hard to believe that though Twenty20 matches have become popular in the modern game that the two sides have not been fortunate enough to cross each other’s paths in this version before now.

Haynes to work with Windies as batting consultant

ST JOHN’S – West Indies have been able to persuade Desmond Haynes, one of their legends, to become a batting consultant for the current side. The West Indies Cricket Board announced on Monday that Haynes will work with Darren Sammy’s side for the duration of the home series against Pakistan and India before it undertakes a search for a long-term batting coach. Haynes’ arrival comes on the heels of a disappointing World Cup, following which coach Ottis Gibson placed heavy blame on the

Haynes appointed Windies batting consultant

ST JOHN’S – West Indies have been able to persuade Desmond Haynes, one of their legends, to become a batting consultant for the current side.
The West Indies Cricket Board announced on Monday that Haynes will work with Darren Sammy’s side for the duration of the home series against Pakistan and India before it undertakes a search for a long-term batting coach.
Haynes’ arrival comes on the heels of a disappointing World Cup, following which coach Ottis Gibson placed heavy

Windies pay tribute to Gerry Alexander

ST JOHN’S – The West Indies Cricket Board on Sunday paid tribute to former captain and wicket-keeper Franz Copeland Murray ‘Gerry’ Alexander, who died on Saturday at the age of 82. WICB president Dr Julian Hunte praised Alexander in recalling the contribution he made during the famous 1961 tied Test series in Australia under skipper Sir Frank Worrell. “On behalf of the WICB and all the cricket-loving people who support West Indies cricket I want to extend heartfelt condolences to the

Dhoni, Sehwag may skip Windies tour

NEW Delhi – Some of India’s senior cricketers, including captain MS Dhoni, are likely to skip the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies starting early June. Already exhausted by a cramped international schedule, the senior players want to take some rest. A top BCCI source said that it is possible that at least five-six senior players may be rested since India have a hectic international schedule ahead.
While some senior players may skip only the ODI series, others who have

Pakistan to develop youngsters in Windies: Waqar

LAHORE – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said Wednesday he hoped to use the upcoming tour of the West Indies to bring on new cricketing talent for the years ahead.
The side fly out to the Caribbean on Thursday for a tour that will include one Twenty20 international, five one-dayers and two Tests.
With express paceman Shoaib Akhtar retired and fellow fast bowler Umar Gul rested, Pakistan have selected left-armers Junaid Khan and Sadaf Hussain — both 21 — and 20-year-old

PCB asks players to sign contracts before Windies tour

LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board has asked all the members of the cricket team to sign their central contracts by April 12. The PCB announced the central contacts for 19 players earlier this month and has now asked the players to sign the deal with the board before they set off to the West Indies.
The PCB has divided the players into three categories for six months. Category A players will get Rs 250,000 per month, category B players will get Rs 175,000 per month while

Sadaf replaces unfit Cheema for Windies tour

KARACHI – Uncapped Pakistan fast bowler Aizaz Cheema has been ruled out of this month’s West Indies tour due to fitness problems.
“He has been declared unfit for cricket activities by the board doctors and has been replaced by Sadaf Hussain,” a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman said on Thursday, one day after Cheema had been named in a 16-man squad for the one-day series.
Left-arm paceman Sadaf, 21, was the top wicket-taker in the recently concluded domestic season with 64

PCB to rest seniors for Windies tour

LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board plans to rest some of the senior players for the upcoming series against the West Indies, while wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal seems to have lost favour with the board officials. It has also been learnt that the board is under political pressure to drop Kamran, while former cricketers have also launched a campaign against the Lahore-base wicket-keeper.
Sources have disclosed that opener Imran Farhat is being considered for the series, while the

Afridi pulls out of Windies tour

KARACHI – Pakistan World Cup captain Shahid Afridi has withdrawn from next month’s tour to West Indies, a source at the national cricket board told Reuters on Thursday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) source, who declined to be identified, said the 31-year-old all-rounder had made himself unavailable for the tour which starts on April 18.
“He will not be going to West Indies as apparently he wants to take a break from the game,” said the source before adding the player

Pakistan crush Windies to enter semi-finals

DHAKA – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi led from the front again to inspire his team to a 10-wicket victory over West Indies in the first World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday. Afridi took four for 30 as West Indies collapsed to 112 all out from 43.3 overs to take his total to 21 for the tournament and overhaul Imran Khan’s Pakistan record at a single World Cup. Man-of-the-match Mohammad Hafeez, who had taken two cheap wickets with his off-spin, then scored his maiden World Cup

Clinical Pakistan trounce Windies to storm into semis

DHAKA – Skipper Shahid Afridi led from the front as formidable Pakistan crushed the West Indies by 10 wickets to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1999 on Wednesday.
Afridi spearheaded a spin assault on the flat-footed West Indies batsmen who crashed for 112 in 43.3 overs, a target Pakistan surpassed easily in the 21st over at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
The leg-spinner, already the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, took his tally to 21 as he finished

Pakistan spin out Windies for 112

DHAKA – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi led a spin assault on the West Indies to bowl out their flat-footed rivals for 112 in the World Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Afridi, already the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, took his tally to 21 as he finished with four for 30, including two wickets off successive balls.
Off-spinners Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal chipped in with two wickets each as the West Indies collapsed in a heap after electing to take first strike at

Our focus is on West Indies clash: Afridi

DHAKA – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is not concerned about a possible World Cup semi-final showdown against India, saying his immediate focus was on beating the West Indies.
Pakistan start firm favourites in Wednesday’s quarter-final against Darren Sammy’s men at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium after topping Group A with five wins in six matches. One of those wins broke Australia’s unbeaten streak of 34 World Cup matches over a 12-year period after the three-time defending champions

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