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West Indies-Australia 2nd ODI Suspended After Covid-19 Case

Australia won the toss and decided to bat against West Indies in the 2nd ODI but the match was suspended. The second ODI in Barbados was suspended moments before the first ball was due to be bowled after reports of a positive Covid test emerged.
A short while later a CWI spokesman confirmed the match had been “postponed”. The toss had already taken place with teams named when the situation began to unfold. Australia captain Alex Carey had been able to take the same route as the opening game as he won the toss and opted to bat first.
Alex Carey will be Australia's 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
Alex Carey will be Australia’s 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images

Australia’s Stand-In Skipper Alex Carey Wins Toss And Opted To Bat First But The Match Was Postponed After A Positive Covid-19 Case Was Confirmed

Alex Carey was again leading the side in the absence of injured Aaron Finch. Australia handed an ODI debut to fast bowler Riley Meredith in place of Wes Agar. West Indies has been boosted by the return of wicketkeeper-batter Shai Hope after an ankle injury kept him out of the opening match. He will open the batting in place of Shimron Hetmyer and take the gloves off Nicholas Pooran.
Shai Hope's return is a bonus for West Indies AFP via Getty Images
Shai Hope’s return is a bonus for West Indies AFP via Getty Images

The second ODI between West Indies and Australia was postponed after a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed minutes before the opening delivery was to be bowled. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made once all the test results are confirmed, said the Cricket West Indies.

Australia Included ODI Debutant Riley Meredith In The XI

Australia had opted to bat after winning the toss but the teams were made aware of the development after the toss. Riley Meredith, who was set to make his ODI debut and was included in place of Wes Agar, will now have to wait for his opportunity. The teams will now be placed in managed isolation.

“The second ODI between West Indies and Australia has been postponed due to a positive Covid-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies team,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement.

Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith

“This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the result was known due to the Covid-19 protocols. All members of both teams and match officials will be retested today. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made at a later date once the test results are known. They will remain in isolation in their hotel rooms until their PCR-Test results are returned.”

Given the positive case, it remains to be seen how Australia’s next upcoming few fixtures will get affected. After the final ODI which is now scheduled on July 24, the visitors are scheduled to fly to Bangladesh for five T20Is starting from August 3.

In the 1st ODI, which was marred by rain, Australia’s stand-in captain Alex Carey scored a half-century and pace bowler Mitchell Starc took five wickets as they beat West Indies by 133 runs in Barbados. Chasing a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) adjusted 257 runs for victory after Australia scored 252-for 9 in 49 overs after three rain delays, the hosts suffered a collapse to fold for 123 with only returning skipper Kieron Pollard (56) offering resistance.

Teams For The 2nd ODI:

West Indies (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein

Australia (Playing XI): Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w/c), Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Riley Meredith, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Chris Gayle (left) and Ricky Skerritt
Chris Gayle (left) and Ricky Skerritt
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Chris Gayle’s Success And Experience Valuable To Rebuilding Of West Indies Cricket: Ricky Skerritt

Chris Gayle who became the first batsman to reach the 14,000-run landmark in the T20s during West Indies’s victory over Australia in the third match on July 13 (IST) was described as the best T20 cricketer of all time by Cricket West Indies chief. Chris Gayle smashed seven sixes and four fours as he top-scored with 67 off 38 balls as West Indies clinched the series 3-0 with two matches still to be played.

In a message sent to Chris Gayle, CWI chief Ricky Skerritt described him as the best T20 cricketer of all time and expressed pleasure that he is still entertaining fans all over the world.

Chris Gayle hits out during his innings of 67 as the West Indies posted a third straight win over Australia in St Lucia. Photograph: Randy Brooks/AFP/Getty Images
Chris Gayle hits out during his innings of 67 as the West Indies posted a third straight win over Australia in St Lucia. Photograph: Randy Brooks/AFP/Getty Images.

Chris Gayle Is The Best T20 Cricketer Of All Time: Ricky Skerritt

Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief, Ricky Skerritt, has said that Chris Gayle’s success and experience are extremely valuable to the rebuilding of West Indies cricket, especially while preparing for the ICC T20 World Cup, to be played in the UAE later this year.

“Chris Gayle is the best T20 cricketer of all time… his success and experience are extremely valuable to the rebuilding of West Indies cricket and especially in the preparation for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup,” said Ricky Skerritt.

Chris Gayle PTI
Chris Gayle PTI

The two teams will return to the same venue on July 14 (July 15 IST) for the fourth T20I. West Indies are the defending ICC T20 world champions and are using this series as part of their preparations for the upcoming event to be played from October 17 to November 14.

Chris Gayle Returns To Form In T20Is As He Becomes The First Batsman To Score 14000 T20 Runs

The left-handed southpaw who became the first player to score 14,000 T20 runs, smashed 67 off 38 balls. It was the 41-year-old’s highest score in 20 T20 internationals since 2016. The batsman, who had totalled just 41 in his five previous T20 internationals, went scoreless in his first three deliveries from Mitchell Starc. But the left-hander blasted 18 runs off four consecutive Josh Hazlewood deliveries, following a six-over-long-on with three fours.

WI vs AUS: Chris Gayle celebrated after reaching 14,000 T20 runs.© Instagram/WindiesCricket
WI vs AUS: Chris Gayle celebrated after reaching 14,000 T20 runs.© Instagram/WindiesCricket

He took 22 off an over from legspinner Adam Zampa, reaching his half-century with a third successive six before falling to recalled paceman Riley Meredith (3-48 of 3.5). While the left-hander smashed seven sixes, Australia cleared the boundary just twice in another modest batting effort, scoring 141-6 after being dismissed for 140 and 127 in the first two games.

Recalled Australian pacer Riley Meredith dismissed the swashbuckling batsman and was at one stage on a hat-trick. It is the first time West Indies have won a bilateral series (or more than one match) against Australia in any format since 1995.

3rd T20I: West Indies 142 for 4 (Gayle 67, Pooran 32*, Meredith 3-48) beat Australia 141 for 6 (Henriques 33, Walsh 2-18) by six wickets

Akeal Hosein (Photo credit - CWI Media)
Akeal Hosein (Photo credit - CWI Media)
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Cricket West Indies Names Akeal Hosein In 13-Member Squad

Cricket West Indies selection panel named the 13-member squad for the 4th T20I against South Africa. Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein has been named in place of Kevin Sinclair in the squad against South Africa while Jason Holder has been rested.

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel has named the 13-member squad for the fourth T20I against South Africa. The match will be played at the Grenada National Stadium on Thursday, July 1. Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein has been named in the squad announced by Cricket West Indies for the first time in the series with the West Indies trailing 2-1 in the five-match T20I series.

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Cricket West Indies Rested Jason Holder And Names Akeal Hosein In 13 Man Squad

Two-time World Champions, West Indies won the series opener by eight wickets on Saturday. South Africa won the second match by 16 runs on Sunday and secured a narrow one-run win in a thriller on Tuesday. After taking an early 1-0 lead in the five matches slated, the home side’s original plan to chase has been countered well by South Africa, who have held on to 16-run and 1-run victories to go 2-1 up.

Roger Harper, Lead Selector of Cricket West Indies in an official release said: “Jason Holder is out of the squad on planned rest with a view to managing his workload, while Shimron Hetmyer, who was a late replacement for Chris Gayle in the last game, remains in the squad. Kevin Sinclair makes way for Akeal Hosein in keeping with the Selection Panel’s quest to determine our best squad and best XI. The objective remains to win this game and the series.”

Jason Holder and Chris Gayle of the West Indies look on during the anthems
Jason Holder and Chris Gayle of the West Indies look on during the anthems Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Jason Holder and Kevin Sinclair have been rested and they make way for Chris Gayle and Akeal Hosein, as the left-arm spinner gets his first call up of the series.

Chris Gayle has now been shifted to the number 3 position in West Indies’ team also. He scored 32* off 24 balls in the victorious first T20I. The dashing left-hander was then rested from the third T20I, where Shimton Hetmyer, batting at number 4 as Jason Holder was promoted to number 3, impressed the selectors with 17 off 10 and has retained his place.

Left-arm spin has been the catalyst of South Africa’s success in the series, with George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi combining for seven wickets across the first three matches. Tabraiz Shamsi in particular has been effective and is the only bowler with an economy under five in the series.

In response, left-arm orthodox spinner Akeal Hosein has been added to the 13-man West Indies squad named by Cricket West Indies with the 28-year-old replacing off-spinner Kevin Sinclair. Yet to taste international T20 action, Akeal Hosein has represented the West Indies in six One Day Internationals and claimed 3/26 against Bangladesh on debut back in January. With an economy of just 4.16 in his young ODI career, he has conceded less than seven runs per over in domestic T20 cricket, claiming his wickets at an average under thirty.

West Indies Will Play 15 T20s In 3 Months Against South Africa, Australia, And Pakistan In A Bumper T20 Season

This ongoing series forms part of the Cricket West Indies’ World Cup preparation with a total of 15 T20Is to be played across three months in the build-up to the ICC T20 World Cup to be played from October 17 to November 14 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The two-time T20 World Cup champions have a bumper T20 home season: they host South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan for a total of 15 T20Is (5 each) – punctuated by ODIs and Tests – in preparation for their title defence in the 2021 T20 World Cup later in the year in the UAE.

Windies squad for the fourth T20I: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Fabien Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher. Shimron Hetmyer, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons.

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Cricket West Indies Selectors Name Provisional 17 Man Squad For 2 Tests Versus South Africa

Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel on Friday (June 4) named a provisional 17-man squad for the upcoming Test Series against South Africa. The squad is expected to be further cut down to an official 13-members on Monday (June 7).

It will be South Africa’s first bilateral tour to the Caribbean since 2010, followed by a tri-series in 2016 that also featured Australia. The tour, which had to be rescheduled from 2020, will include two Test matches and five T20s, from June 10 to July 3 this year in St Lucia at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground and Grenada at the National Cricket Stadium, respectively.

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Cricket West Indies Selectors Name Provisional 17 Man Test Squad For South Africa Test Series As Jayden Seales, Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, And Roston Chase Named

Young Trinidad and Tobago pacer Jayden Seales has been named in the Cricket West Indies’ 17-member provisional squad for the two-match Test series against South Africa, starting on Thursday. The Cricket West Indies Selection Panel also announced that pacer Chemar Holder was unavailable for selection due to injury.

Making a comeback to the 17-member squad were openers Shai Hope and Kieran Powell and all-rounder Roston Chase, all of whom were not part of the home Test series against Sri Lanka.

Roston Chase Getty Images
Roston Chase Getty Images

“The selectors have also revealed that four (4) other young fast bowlers Keon Harding, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, and Nial Smith will remain in St Lucia to assist the Test squad with their preparations,” the Cricket West Indies said in a statement. 

In their last bilateral encounter in the Windies in 2010, South Africa won the three-match Test series 2-0 (the second match was a draw) and produced a white-ball sweep, winning the T20 and ODI series 2-0 and 5-0 respectively.

Shai Hope, Roston Chase, And Kieran Powell Returns In Provisional 17 Man Test Squad For Tests Vs South Africa

Jamaican speedster Marquino Mindley, who had recovered from COVID-19 last week, will remain in St Lucia along with fellow pacers Keon Harding, Preston McSween, and Nial Smith to “assist the Test squad with their preparations”. The 19-year-old Jayden Seales’ only first-class match so far was for West Indies A in New Zealand last December, and in all, he has played only ten professional games at senior level.

Shai Hope‘s last first-class game was the Manchester Test in July 2020, but in the intra-squad fixture, he scored 106, the highest score of the match. Roston Chase, who missed out on a West Indies central contract last month, sparkled both with ball and bat.

Shai Hope
West Indies Shai Hope. Image Credit: ANI

After taking four wickets in the first innings for Team Hamilton, he closed out a three-wicket win with an unbeaten 45 off 50 balls in the second. Kieran Powell, who top-scored with 95 in that innings, too, earned a recall, after having played the last of his 40 Tests in Bangladesh in 2018.

West Indies squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jomel Warrican.

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West Indies Test team Image Credits: Twitter
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Jason Holder And Kieron Pollard Among 12 Cricketers Who Declined To Tour Bangladesh

Jason Holder, Test skipper and Kieron Pollard, the ODI and T20I captain, are among 12 cricketers who have declined to tour Asian country Bangladesh due to COVID-19 fears.

The Caribbean team are scheduled to play three ODIs and two Tests in Dhaka and Chattogram. The three ODIs will be on 2oth, 22nd and 25th while the two Tests starts from 3rd February and concludes on 15th February.

Jason Holder
Jason Holder. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard And Some Others Unavailable Due To Covid-19 Related Concerns: Cricket West Indies

The Test and ODI series will also mark Bangladesh’s return to international cricket after nearly 11 months amidst the coronavirus pandemic as their last match was a T20I encounter on 11th March against Zimbabwe which Bangladesh won. The tour to Pakistan in January- February was cut short earlier as the 2nd Test and only ODI were cancelled.

In the meantime, Cricket West Indies (CWI) named the Test and ODI squads without their star players like Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis and Shai Hope. Meanwhile, Kavem Hodge has earned his maiden international call-up after being inducted in the Test squad.

“The following players declined the opportunity to tour due to Covid-19 related concerns or personal fears: Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran. Fabian Allen and Shane Dowrich are unavailable due to personal reasons,” a CWI statement was quoted as saying on Tuesday, December 29.

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran (Image Credit: Google)

“The CWI Covid-19 policy allows any player to opt out of selection for an overseas tour, only when based on the player’s own safety fears or concerns. Such decisions will not impact their consideration for future selection,” it stated.

Interestingly, Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran are currently busy taking part in the Big Bash League 2020-21 in Australia. Even as West Indies Test skipper Jason Holder is playing for the Sydney Sixers, Nicholas Pooran is plying his trade for Glenn Maxwell’s Melbourne Stars. For the Bangladesh tour, the West Indies players are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on January 10 as the tour concludes on February 15.

Jason Holder Led West Indies In 37 Tests

Jason Holder had led West Indies in 37 Tests and they won only 11 of them whereas Kieron Pollard is comparatively new leading West Indies in 12 ODIs and 14 T20Is.

Right-handed batsman Kavem Hodge earned his maiden international call-up whereas the duo of Shayne Moseley and Kyle Mayers who toured England and New Zealand earlier has now earned Test call-ups. Roger Harper, the CWI’s lead selector, lauded the trio for their impressive performances in recent times.

Barbados Tridents
Barbados Tridents-Image Credit: CPL T20 Ltd.2020

Kyle Mayers was also impressive in Caribbean Premier League 2020 where he represented the Barbados Tridents, captained by Jason Holder. Kyle Mayers scored 222 runs with the highest score of 85 besides picking 2 wickets in CPL 2020. Two players have earned their first ODI call-ups- all-round left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, and Kjorn Ottley, a left-handed top-order batsman.

West Indies Test squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican

West Indies ODI squad: Jason Mohammed (captain), Sunil Ambris (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh junior

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Australia Vs West Indies T20I Series Postponed

The West Indies tour of Australia 2020/21 for the three-match T20I series has been officially postponed. While it was planned as the warm-up matches before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, the T20I series has now been postponed due to the postponement of the Men’s T20 World Cup.

The three-match T20I series was scheduled on 4th, 6th and 9th October 2020 at Riverway Stadium (Townsville), Cazaly’s Stadium (Cairns) and Carrara Stadium (Gold Coast) respectively.

Those matches were scheduled based on the warm-up games of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, which Australia would host between 18th October and 15th November 2020.

But last July, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. While we will now experience the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and 2022, India and Australia will host either of these tournaments.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy (Photo by Jan Kruger-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia

So, the Cricket Australia (CA) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have decided to postpone the T20I series. This series can be rescheduled after the International Cricket Council (ICC) reschedules the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia (either 2021 or 2022 edition).

The CA media release claimed, “In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia (which will take place in either 2021 or 2022), it has been agreed to postpone the matches.”

The Australian team is now getting ready for the limited-overs international series in England. They will play the three-match ODI and three-match T20I series in the England tour in September 2020. It will be their first international cricket assignment after March 2020.

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Australian T20I side (Image Credit: Twitter)

On the other hand, West Indies recently completed the Test series against the hosts England where the Caribbean team lost the three-match away Test series by the 2-1 margin. Now, the Caribbean players are preparing for the CPL 2020 which will run from 18th August to 10th September 2020.

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West Indies cricket team (Image Credit: Twitter)

As Australia vs West Indies T20I series has been postponed, both the top Aussie and Caribbean players can participate in the IPL 2020 from the early October. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the IPL 2020 from 19th September to 10th November 2020.

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West Indies Hopeful To Host South Africa In September; Waiting For IPL 2020 Schedule

International cricket is now slowly coming back in track as more teams are trying to return on the field safely as soon as possible. Most recently, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has clarified that they are talking with the Cricket South Africa (CSA) for a bilateral series in West Indies in September. It will be either T20I-only tour or Test-only tour for South Africa, depending upon the IPL 2020 schedule.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of the international cricket events were postponed from last March. International cricket finally returned this month with the ongoing Test series between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies.

After this ongoing series, England will play the three-match home ODI series against Ireland as well as the three-match home Test series and three-match home T20I series against Pakistan. England’s another home limited-overs series against Australia is also in the final stage for the confirmation.

The format will be dependent on the IPL: Cricket West Indies CEO about the proposed South Africa tour of West Indies

Now, the CWI is hopeful to host the South African team in September. According to the CWI CEO Johnny Grave, it can be either a T20I series or Test series. Both these boards are currently waiting for the IPL 2020 schedule.

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West Indies Test team is currently busy in England (Image Credits: Twitter)

Grave told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guests cricket show, “We very much hope that South Africa will be able to come here in September for either a T20-only tour or a Test-only tour at the very least. It will be dependent on the IPL. South Africa have a number of their Test players who have IPL contracts, whereas in this current Test team we don’t have any IPL players.”

Recently, the IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel has claimed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can host the 13th edition of the IPL between 19th September and 8th November 2020.

IPL 2020
IPL Trophy (Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI)

Grave has also confirmed that the South African team will not be able for the Test series during the IPL 2020 as some of their Test players will be involved in the cash-rich league.

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South Africa (Image Credit: Sportzpics for BCCI)

 

The CWI CEO added, “We won’t be able to play Test cricket against South Africa during the IPL – Cricket South Africa have made that very clear to us. They’ve got a commitment to their players to allow them to go and play in the IPL.” 

On the other hand, after completing the England tour, the West Indies cricketers will be busy in the CPL 2020 along with some foreigners. The CPL 2020 has been scheduled to run between 18th August and 10th September 2020.

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Five Cricketers Who Were Knighted

British king or queen honour a man for his achievements or service to his country with the title of knighthood. Being awarded this prestigious title is every person’s dream but few get the chance every year to get an appreciation for their outstanding work. After being knighted, the person can put ‘Sir’ in front of his name instead of ‘Mr.’

There is a large list of British and non-British cricketers who have been recognised for their incredible services to the game and were adjudged simultaneously with knighthood title.

Here, we have named five famous cricketers who have been knighted for their outstanding contribution.

Sir Vivian Richards:

Five Cricketers Who Were Knighted
Sir Vivian Richards. Mandatory Credit: Adrian Murrell/Allsport UK

There is no doubt about the legendary batsman’s distinguished contribution to the game of cricket. Sir Vivian Richards took the West Indies cricket to new heights with his bat. He sometimes served as the one-man army, taking the team out from losing the situation and getting them across the line. 

Overall, Richards scored 8,540 runs in 121 Test matches at an average of 50.23, including 24 centuries. As a captain, he won 27 of 50 Test matches and lost only 8. He also scored nearly 7,000 runs in One Day Internationals and more than 36,000 in first-class cricket. Knighted for his contributions to cricket, today Richards is an occasional cricket commentator and team mentor.

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Shimron Hetmyer. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Cricket West Indies Reveals Why Keemo Paul, Darren Bravo And Shimron Hetmyer Refuse To Travel To England For Playing Test Series

The three mainstays of West Indies team Keemo Paul, Shimron Hetmyer, and Darren Bravo have refused to travel England to play the three-match Test series in July. Cricket West Indies Chief executive Johnny Grave revealed why the trio would not be joining the team for the tour.

In the recent conversation, Grave said that the board understands their reason for not travelling and would not force them to reconsider their decisions. Talking about Keemo Paul, Grave opined that Paul is the sole earner for his family so he is concerned if some mishap happens, his family would have to suffer.

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Keemo Paul. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Keemo Paul is the sole breadwinner in his entire household and wider family. He was really concerned if something happened to him how his family would cope,” Grave told ESPNCricinfo.

“He wrote passionately about how hard a decision it was for him and how much he loves playing for West Indies, but with consultation with his family he doesn’t feel he can leave them and doesn’t want to go on the tour,” he said.

The youngster Shimron Hetmyer, who played a blistering knock against India last year, has become a pivotal player for Windies since his debut in 2017. Grave said that Hetmyer was worried about his safety and felt uncomfortable for leaving his family amid the crises. Bravo also gave the same reason. He said that he was not okay to travel to the UK and leave his young family.

No action would be taken against the trio: Cricket West Indies

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Grave informed that no disciplinary action would be taken against the trio. The board wants the players to play freely rather than worrying and doubting about their safety. So, CWI will support the decision of the players who don’t want to travel.

“It is in everyone’s interest if you are not comfortable to say so and not tour and be certain that it is not going to be held against you. Rather than go, be worried, and ultimately don’t perform or want to come home. So it is a good decision all round. We are still taking a strong Test side to England,” he said.

The 25-players travelling from the Caribbean to England through chartered planes will have to follow 14-day quarantine there. They will be provided with a bio-secure environment and will not be allowed to leave hotels. Notably, the players would arrive in England on Tuesday next week.

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West Indies Test team Image Credits: Twitter
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Breaking: Cricket West Indies Announces Squad For England Test Tour

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced its 14-man squad for the upcoming Test series against England from July 8. If everything goes ahead as planned, the upcoming series will mark the return of international cricket since the coronavirus pandemic broke out.

England will host the Caribbean outfit at The Ageas Bowl from July 8 before the series switches to Old Trafford for the final two games of the series, from July 16 and July 24 respectively, with the stadiums selected as bio-secure venues in large part due to their on-site hotels.

England vs West Indies
England vs West Indies Image Credits: Twitter

The West Indian cricket board, on Wednesday, announced a 14-man squad and an 11-man reserve squad that will also travel to the UK.

Cricket West Indies Announce The Squad For England Test Tour

Jason Holder will be leading the Windies squad for the England tour. Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul declined the invitation to travel. The squad is due to arrive in the UK on June 9. As expected, the three-match Test series will be played behind closed doors. The games will take place at The Ageas Bowl, and Old Trafford subject to UK Government clearance stated the ECB.

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West Indies Squad For England Test: Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Sharmarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich (wk), Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymond Reifer, and Kemar Roach.

Reserves: Sunil Ambris, Joshua da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shane Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.

In order to keep venues bio-secure, grounds will be split into an inner zone for players and officials and an outer area for broadcasters, media and operational staff with no-one permitted to move between the two.

Breaking: Cricket West Indies Announces Squad For England Test Tour 1
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England vs West Indies schedule

First Test –  July 8, Ageas Bowl

Second Test – July 16, Old Trafford

Third Test – July 24, Old Trafford

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