Gayle prepares to say goodbye

Fri, Mar 23, '18


Chris Gayle

HARARE, ZIMBABWE—Talismanic West Indies opener Chris Gayle says he is thrilled to be playing in next year’s World Cup in England, and says he will be focussing on his fitness in the interim as he prepares for what will be his final global 50-overs tournament.

The left-hander was part of the Caribbean side which defeated Scotland on Wednesday in their final Super Six match of the ongoing ICC World Cup qualifiers, to clinch one of the two available World Cup spots.

Defending a paltry 198, West Indies had reduced the Scots to 125 for five in the 36th over when a thunderstorm forced the abandonment of the contest.

Scotland were five runs short of the Duckworth-Lewis- Stern par score.

“I am so happy to have qualified for another World Cup. I just have to stay fit now and we have a young team, but it will be my last World Cup that is for sure, so I am looking forward to it,” an elated Gayle said afterwards.

He added: “I need a couple [of ] months to get properly fit and especially I love playing in England and Wales. Lots of the Windies fans over the world are sad that we are in this position, where we have to play the qualifiers.

But, cricket is like life, you have ups and downs, and nothing is guaranteed in life.”

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Eoin Morgan to captain ICC World XI against Windies

Thu, Mar 22, '18



The game will raise funds for two stadia in the Caribbean that were damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan will lead an ICC World XI in a T20I against the Windies at Lord’s on 31 May 2018. The game will raise funds for two stadia in the Caribbean that were damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

Defending ICC World T20 Champions, the Windies will face what is expected to be a very strong World XI side with Morgan at the helm and the England captain is relishing the prospect: "I am delighted to captain the ICC World XI at Lord’s in May against the West Indies,” said Morgan.

"The cricket family always comes together to support worthwhile causes and this one-off T20I, featuring some of the best players in the world will be a great spectacle at the home of cricket.

"I am sure the sporting public will come out in force and help raise money and awareness towards restoring parts of the Caribbean hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September last year, which ripped through many communities in this beautiful part of the world."

Tickets for the match, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, are available from just £20 for adults and £10 for children at

Giles Clarke, the ECB President and ICC Director is leading the coordination of the match, supported by the ICC, ECB and MCC in partnership with Cricket West Indies. He said: “Two category 5 hurricanes in two weeks last year devastated parts of the Caribbean and the world of cricket was keen to show support with a fundraising initiative. What better way to do that than staging a world-class game at the Home of Cricket!

“Eoin Morgan as captain is a wonderful first name on the ICC World XI team sheet and in due course we’ll have more players from around the world lending their support to what I’m sure will be a highly entertaining and competitive day of cricket at Lord’s in May.”

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Rain takes Windies to next year’s World Cup

Wed, Mar 21, '18



Rain came to the rescue of the Windies, who qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after defeating defending champions Scotland by five runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method in a Super Six fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

Scotland, chasing 199 for a place in the World Cup, to be staged from 30 May to 14 July, were 125 for five in 35.2 overs when a heavy downpour prevented further play in the match. When play was called off, Scotland needed 74 runs in just over 14 overs.

While the result ended Scotland’s hopes of featuring in their second successive World Cup and fourth overall since 1999, Afghanistan and Ireland are now back in contention if rain affects Thursday’s match between the United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe. If there is no result, then net run-rate will determine the second qualifier behind the Windies.

In the Super Six winner-takes-all match, the Windies, put in to bat, lost Chris Gayle on the very first ball of the match, his seventh career golden duck, and then saw Shai Hope return to the pavilion 12 balls later to slip to two for two.

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Windies Women lose thriller to New Zealand

Tue, Mar 20, '18



NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand- The WINDIES Women played the most clinical and thrilling match of their 7-week tour of New Zealand but still lost by 1 run in a final over thriller at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth.

Winning the toss for the fifth time out of six, Captain Stafanie Taylor once again elected to bowl first on one of the smallest but most picturesque grounds the team has visited.

New Zealand’s opening pair of Captain Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine went after the WINDIES Women’s seamers. Shamilia Connell and medium-pacer Deandra Dottin were initially the most expensive, while Tremayne Smartt kept her line and length.

Skipper Taylor then unleashed Hayley Matthews into the bowling attack and she delivered almost immediately, bowling Sophie Devine for 41, which included 3 fours and 3 sixes.

The in-form Katey Martin joined her captain and they tried to build a partnership, but Matthews once again had the breakthrough. Matthews rattled the stumps of Martin for 7.

The WINDIES Women’s fielding during this match was the most concise and animated in the 6 games played during the tour.

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Regaining our past cricket glory

Tue, Mar 20, '18



The West Indian diaspora demands answers from CWI or WICB, or “whatever you’ll call yourselves,” to borrow former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan’s recent quote, as to why and how we are still struggling amongst cricket’s minions to find a place on cricket’s biggest stage-the World Cup. This is a debacle in itself, because not only is it unprecedented, but it would have been risible to even think that before.

This prestigious tournament is held every 4 years, and is cricket’s Olympics. We have won the first 2 editions of the tournament, thanks to the leadership of Clive Lloyd and his team. Hence, our struggle to make the qualifiers is very depressing, indeed.

While other teams like Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka have already secured a place in the tournament, West Indies is still fighting hard to qualify in Zimbabwe, where the home team almost knocked us out of the tournament, after Afghanistan humiliated us. Even Bangladesh, an emerging cricketing nation, has made the World Cup qualifiers before us.

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