Shamarh Brooks

Carlos Brathwaite [Michael Steele/Getty Images]
Carlos Brathwaite [Michael Steele/Getty Images]
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Carlos Brathwaite Felt England Should Have Settled For A Draw Earlier

Carlos Brathwaite, the former West Indies T20I skipper found England a bit disrespectful at the conclusion of the first Test against West Indies in Antigua on Saturday. West Indies survived a collapse either side of the tea interval to play out a draw on the final day.

Set an unlikely victory target of 286, and having lost four wickets for nine runs to be stumbling at 4-67 at the start of the last session, Nkrumah Bonner and former captain Jason Holder defied the visitors for more than two hours in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 80 off 35 overs to see the home side to safety at 4-147.

Carlos Brathwaite
Carlos Brathwaite (Image Credit: Twitter)

Carlos Brathwaite Felt England Should Have Settled For A Draw Earlier But Joe Root-led England Played On Until 5 Balls Were Left

The end of the Test, however, has been marred by accusations of disrespect by former West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite. Carlos Brathwaite believes that England should have shaken hands early to accept the draw but Joe Root played on until five balls remaining, when it was no longer mathematically possible to take six wickets.

“If I were a senior player in the West Indies dressing room, I would have found it a bit disrespectful that in the last hour, with two set batsmen playing as they were and the pitch offering nothing, England still felt they could get six wickets, going all the way down to five balls left,” Carlos Brathwaite said.

“Would England have done that if it were an Ashes Test? Would they have done that against India, New Zealand, Pakistan? I think the answer is no, so why have they done it against us? If West Indies need any sort of steely determination added, I think that passage of play should have given them that. They should be thinking ‘we have two Tests now to prove we are better than England think we are,” Carlos Brathwaite said.

Meanwhile, Nkrumah Bonner’s unbeaten 38, following on from his 123 in the first innings, earned him the man of the match award. Jason Holder finished on 37 not out in yet another important contribution.

“Obviously we wanted to win but we’re happy to come away with the draw,” said Bonner.

“I always wanted to play Test cricket and over the years I set out to bat long. I’m versatile. I adapt to the situation.”

Nkrumah Bonner
Nkrumah Bonner. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Following Joe Root’s second innings declaration at 349 for six in the morning session, left-arm spinner Jack Leach claimed three wickets in quick succession after Ben Stokes made the breakthrough by removing West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite.

Without the services of their fastest bowler, Mark Wood, due to an elbow injury, the tourists were further frustrated for 25 overs by Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell. However, Ben Stokes was brought into the attack as the fifth bowler and responded by trapping Kraigg Brathwaite leg-before for 33.

Jack Leach drew John Campbell into another false shot and Craig Overton took the catch over his head at mid-on for the left-hander to depart on 22. On the stroke of tea, the spinner struck again as Shamarh Brooks once more failed to impress with Zak Crawley taking the catch low at slip and when Jermaine Blackwood played a poor shot to be plumb  to the specialist spinner shortly after the resumption, England sensed victory was within their reach.

Joe Root Proud Of His Team And Reckons They Have To Assess Mark Wood’s Fitness

Earlier, Joe Root duly completed his 24th hundred in Tests at the start of Saturday, but not before he lost Zak Crawley for 121, a well-targeted yorker from Jason Holder separating the pair after a 201-run second-wicket partnership. Zak Crawley’s innings of over five hours occupied 216 deliveries in which he struck 16 fours.

In contrast, Joe Root’s composed effort, which ended when he was bowled by Alzarri Joseph for 109, featured only six boundaries as the skipper faced 204 balls in spending just over five-and-a-half hours in the middle.

“I’m really proud of the team today. Throughout the game we got better and better,” was Joe Root’s assessment.

“We have to assess Mark (Wood) and see if he’s up for the next Test in Barbados. It’s not his fault. You can’t help getting injuries.”

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter

England made clear their intention to declare with a limited-over style attitude which resulted in 132 runs being added for the loss of five wickets at the rate of a run-a-ball.

Dan Lawrence belted 37 off 36 balls, dominating a 70-run third-wicket stand with his captain before he became the first of three wickets in quick succession for Alzarri Joseph, who also accounted for wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes. Kemar Roach, the lone West Indies wicket-taker the previous day when England reached 217 for one, added to his tally when he dismissed Ben Stokes as the rush for runs continued.

“It was hard-fought all five days and I am happy that we had some fight right to the end,” said a relieved Kraigg Brathwaite.

“In the middle (of our batting) though we need to find ways to be tighter. The pitch was good for batting but it might be a bit different in Barbados.”

The second Test between West Indies and England will be played at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, the match starts on March 16.

England, PTI
England, PTI
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Kraigg Brathwaite, Phil Simmons Open Up On Playing Against Revamped England Side In Tests Series

West Indies Kraigg Brathwaite captain, and Phil Simmons, the head coach, cautioned against setting too much significance by the non-selection of England pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
West Indies will be focused on ensuring that their batters grind out enough runs for the bowlers to put England’s revamped Test side under pressure in Antigua, rather than worrying about who is or isn’t in the XI for the tourists.
West Indies come into the series with just one win in their last eight Tests. During that time, they have passed 300 just once in 16 innings, and been bowled out for fewer than 200 on seven occasions.
Kraigg Brathwaite (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Kraigg Brathwaite (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Phil Simmons Wants West Indies Openers To Provide A Solid Start

Desmond Haynes’ selection panel brought back John Campbell and Shamarh Brooks – who last played in March 2021 and December 2020 respectively – and dropped Shai Hope and Roston Chase from the squad.
While opener John Campbell has just two half-centuries to his name in 15 Tests, he made four scores between 33 and 47 in his debut series against England three years ago, and returns to the side after scoring a century for Jamaica in the regional four-day championship.
“I think the last time England were here, and we beat them, the opening pair was Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell,” Simmons said. “So let’s hope that’s a good omen for us, because they are back together and they gave the team some good starts.”
Phil Simmons ICC via Getty Images.
Phil Simmons ICC via Getty Images.
“That’s been the aspect of the five-day camp that we had, addressing the fact that batsmen need to bat long, we need to make sure we give the bowlers something to work with.”

Kraigg Brathwaite’s predecessor Jason Holder was able to carry the proud tradition on, sealing a 2-1 win over England when they last visited in 2019. Jason Holder has been a thorn in England’s side previously – averaging 62.83 with the bat and 24.93 with the ball in five home games against them – and is being backed to rise to the occasion again.

Kraigg Brathwaite Confident And Looking Forward To The Challenge

After leading West Indies to a memorable 2-0 win in Bangladesh in February 2021, Kraigg Brathwaite has seen the team’s fortunes dip, with a drawn home series against Sri Lanka followed by three consecutive defeats. West Indies can draw on a strong home record against England, however, and Kraigg Brathwaite was confident that the hosts have enough firepower to maintain their edge.
“As a team, we’re really looking forward to it,” Kraigg Brathwaite said. “We’re feeling confident, and maybe not worrying about England’s team, but what we do as a team and we’re really looking forward to the challenge.”
“I think the series itself is always different to every other series we have. We’re generally very good at home, especially the bowlers do a fantastic job at home. And obviously it’s also our job as batters to get runs, but the series always has a lot of energy and at times that can inspire guys, ” Kraigg Brathwaite said.
The fragility of the batting on both sides is underlined by the fact that only one player other than Joe Root – West Indies’ No. 3 Nkrumah Bonner – currently averages more than 40 in Test cricket. Phil Simmons warned that West Indies could not afford to be complacent about the calibre of the attack fielded by England without experienced pacers Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
“You can call it an advantage but again, no Broad, no Anderson, we keep harping on that,” he said. “So we have not been looking at the fact that there’s no Broad and Anderson, we’ve been looking at who there is, and there’s still some quality bowlers in there, which we still have to bat against.”
James Anderson, Stuart Broad (Credits: Twitter)
James Anderson, Stuart Broad (Credits: Twitter)
Phil Simmons was impressed by the progress of Shannon Gabriel after he joined the squad in Antigua to continue his rehab from a hamstring injury.
“He’s a lot further on than I thought he was,” Simmons said. “He bowled with some pace today, so we’ll see what happens over the next four or five days. This squad was selected for the first Test, so we’ll see where he’s at while he’s training with us and then we can make a decision on the second Test.”
England’s in-form pace bowler Ollie Robinson was ruled out of the first Test against the West Indies. Pacers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes look certain to feature, while fellow seamers Craig Overton and uncapped Saqib Mahmood are likely to battle it out with spinner Jack Leach for the final two bowling spots.
Deepak Hooda with his India cap Image: BCCI
Deepak Hooda with his India cap Image: BCCI
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India vs West Indies 2022: Deepak Hooda’s Childhood Dream To Get India Cap From Virat Kohli Fulfilled

Deepak Hooda, India all-rounder has said that it was his dream to get his debut cap from either Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni and it was great to see that fulfilled in the first ODI against West Indies.

Rohit Sharma and his side registered a 44-run win in the second ODI to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Prasidh Krishna’s four-wicket haul helped India defend 237 and defeat West Indies by 44 runs in the second ODI at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Deepak Hooda scored 29 and picked a wicket in the 2nd ODI.

Deepak Hooda dismissed Shamarh Brooks on 44---Twitter
Deepak Hooda dismissed Shamarh Brooks on 44—Twitter

Deepak Hooda’s Childhood Dream Which Was To Get India Cap From Either MS Dhoni Or Virat Kohli Was Fulfilled After He Received It From Virat Kohli

All-rounder Deepak Hooda says his childhood dream was realised when he received the India cap from the great Virat Kohli during the team’s first ODI against the West Indies last week.

“I made my debut in the first ODI, it was an amazing feeling. You always work hard for that, before the match I spoke to you (Suryakumar Yadav). I feel blessed to be a part of the side.

“It was my childhood dream to get cap from either MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli. Getting the cap from Kohli was an amazing feeling. I worked on sidelining the distraction and work on my process,” Deepak Hooda told teammate Suryakumar Yadav in a video posted on BCCI.TV.

India's Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda after the first ODI cricket match between India and West Indies, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Sunday, Feb 6, 2022
India’s Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda after the first ODI cricket match between India and West Indies, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Sunday, Feb 6, 2022. (Photo | PTI)

Deepak Hooda took his first wicket in international cricket on the fifth ball of his very first over in the second ODI against West Indies. Deepak Hooda bowled a full-length delivery and a well-set Shamarh Brooks batting on 44 runs tried to loft the ball over the long-on only to find Suryakumar Yadav.

Deepak Hooda Blessed To Share Dressing room With Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma

Deepak Hooda had scored 26 off 32 balls and remained not out in his first ODI as India defeated West Indies by six wickets on February 6. in the 1st ODI, spinner Washington Sundar returned to the Indian team and picked three wickets to help the hosts defeat West Indies, while Yuzvendra Chahal picked 4 scalps.

“Good things take time but keep yourself ready. Obviously, it is a blessed feeling to share the dressing room with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid.

“You always learn so much from them. I am just trying to learn from them. My goal is to keep working on my process with the same intent and not worry too much about outcome,” he added.

Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today
Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today

Earlier, in the 2nd ODI, Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul might have played knocks of 64 and 49 but the hosts kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, and in the end, West Indies restricted India to 237/9 in the allotted fifty overs. For the West Indies, Alzarri Joseph and Odean Smith scalped two wickets each. The final ODI will be played on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Prasidh Krishna and Suryakumar Yadav starred as India defeated West Indies in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Chasing a target of 238, West Indies were bowled out for 193 as India won the game by 44 runs. Prasidh Krishna took 4 for 12 in his 9 overs and was adjudged, MOM.

Brief Score:1st ODI: West Indies: 176 in 43.5 overs (Jason Holder 57, Yuzvendra Chahal 4/49, Washington Sundar 3/30, Prasidh Krishna 2/29). India: 178 for 4 in 28 overs (Rohit Sharma 60; Alzarri Joseph 2/45).

Brief Score:2nd ODI: India 237/9 (Suryakumar Yadav 64, KL Rahul 49; Alzarri Joseph 2-36); West Indies 193 all out (Shamarh Brooks 44, Akeal Hosein 34; Prasidh Krishna 4-12).

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter
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West Indies Name 16-member T20I Squad To Face India

West Indies has named a 16 member squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against India that will start on February 16 after the completion of the three-match ODI series.

Kieron Pollard as expected will continue his leadership while Nicholas Pooran has taken the deputy role. Shamarh Brooks, Nkrumah Bonner, and Kemar Roach are notable names that are set to play only the ODIs and will not be part of the T20I series.

Kemar Roach last played an ODI in August 2019 AFP/Getty Images
Kemar Roach last played an ODI in August 2019 AFP/Getty Images

West Indies Retained Most Of The Names Who Played In T20I Series Against England

West Indies team is currently playing the five-match T20I series against England at home and the series is levelled 2-2 with 1 match to go. The Kieron Pollard-led side did not have the best of times in the recent T20I World Cup 2021 despite a lot of experts tagging them as the favourites and they crashed out in the Super 12 stages of the tournament.

The two-time World T20 champions West Indies will now have to take part in the qualifier stages for this year’s T20 World Cup 2022 to get into the Super 12 stages. Senior all-rounder Kieron Pollard will continue to lead the West Indies squad while Nicholas Pooran will remain his deputy.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)

The West Indian side has retained most of the names from the squad that took part in the T20I series against England. The squad boasts of a lot of all-rounders including the skipper himself while the likes of Rovman Powell and Jason Holder have all been in excellent form in the ongoing T20I series against England.

West Indies squad For T20Is: Kieron Pollard(C), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabien Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh.

Ravi Bishnoi Earned Maiden Call Up To Both T20I And ODI Squads While Deepak Hooda Has Been Recalled After 5 years In ODIs

India has already named their squad for the T20I series and Rohit Sharma will be back in action as the leader of the pack. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have been rested while a lot of young fast bowlers have gotten the nod for the first time.

Th leg-spin bowler Ravi Bishnoi, 21, is currently enjoying the best of January 2022 as the youngster was first picked by Lucknow Super Giants for IPL 2022 and now has also been called up to the Indian team for the West Indies series.

Ravi Bishnoi has earned his maiden call up to the Indian side while Deepak Hooda has been recalled after five years for the ODI side this time. All three T20I games will be taking place at Eden Gardens in Kolkata due to the travel risks involved during Covid-19 times.

Clockwise: Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Deepak Hooda
Clockwise: Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Deepak Hooda

The squad sees major changes in the team. Kuldeep Yadav makes a return to the team in ODIs, while Harshal Patel (T20I), Avesh Khan (both) and Deepak Hooda (ODI) has been called-up along with youngster Ravi Bishnoi (both).

The three T20Is will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on February 16, 18, and 20, following the three-match ODI series which will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on February 6, 9, and 11.

ODI squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan

T20I squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel.

Ireland vs West Indies. Image Source: Twitter
Ireland vs West Indies. Image Source: Twitter
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West Indies And Ireland ODIs Rescheduled And One-off T20I Stands Cancelled

West Indies and Ireland’s remaining 2 ODIs were rescheduled. Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Cricket Ireland (CI) confirmed changes to the match schedule for the ongoing CG Insurance One-Day International Series. The second CG Insurance ODI will now be played on Thursday 13 January with the third and final CG Insurance ODI on Sunday 16 January at Sabina Park. The first ball is at 9:30 am local time (10:30 am Eastern Caribbean/2:30 pm Ireland).

The rescheduling occurred following five COVID-19 positive cases, as well as injuries in the Ireland camp leaving the Ireland squad depleted ahead of the 2nd CG Insurance ODI which was originally was scheduled for Tuesday, 11 January.

As a consequence, the one-off CG Insurance T20 International has been cancelled to allow for this revised schedule and to avoid impact on the teams’ travel plans and subsequent fixtures.

Ireland vs West Indies
Ireland vs West Indies Photo Credit: (Twitter)

West Indies Won The 1st ODI Against Ireland And Next 2 ODIs Rescheduled On 13th And 16th January

These ODI matches form part of the ICC ODI Super League with both teams having the opportunity to win points to be one of the top seven teams, excluding hosts India, to gain automatic qualification for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The last time when Ireland went to West Indies in 2020, they suffered a 3-0 thrashing. They would be looking to improve on that record and hopefully come back home with a better result this time around.

Kieron Pollard’s inclusion strengthened the West Indies’ side. Although, some notable names won’t be playing in the series. Andre Russell continues to be unavailable, while Shimron Hetmyer misses out after failing the fitness Test. Besides, the likes of Fabian Allan, Evin Lewis, and Anderson Phillip have been ruled out for testing Covid-19 positive. Shai Hope will assume the vice-captaincy duties, while former skipper Jason Holder has also made it to the squad.

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter

West Indies lead the three-match series 1-0 following their 24-run victory in the first CG Insurance ODI on Saturday.  Live coverage is available on ESPN Caribbean in the West Indies and BT Sport in the UK and Ireland as well as with CWI’s broadcast partners around the world.

Shamarh Brooks, ODI Debutant Hits 93 As West Indies Won 1st ODI By 24 Runs

ODI Debutant Shamarh Brooks won the man of the match award for his 89-ball 93 that included nine fours and three maximums. Shamarh Brooks hit 93 off 89 on his ODI debut as West Indies recovered from a shaky start to beat Ireland by 24 runs in the first ODI of a three-match series.

Shamarh Brooks led West Indies' batting charge on his ODI debut AFP/Getty Images
Shamarh Brooks led West Indies’ batting charge on his ODI debut AFP/Getty Images

Choosing to field at Sabina Park in Kingston, Ireland’s bowlers had the home team in early trouble, with West Indies slipping to 62 for 4 in 19 overs. They had started steadily, being 59 for 1 at one point, though the run-rate dawdled at the three-and-a-half mark. But three wickets fell in the space of 2.2 overs, and captain Kieron Pollard strode out to join the debuting Shamarh Brooks, who had come in at No. 4.

Together, the two put on 155 runs in just 136 balls, having begun cautiously given the rush of wickets, but opening out as the partnership progressed. Shamarh Brooks reached his half-century in 61 balls at the end of the 36th over, while Kieron Pollard had begun his acceleration earlier, but eventually fell for a 66-ball 69, caught at long-on in an attempt to hit his fifth six.

West Indies 269 (Brooks 93, Pollard 69, Adair 3-38, Young 3-56, McBrine 2-52) beat Ireland 245 (Balbirnie 71, Tector 53, Dockrell 30, Shepherd 3-50, Joseph 3-55, Smith 2-26) by 24 runs

Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Mohammad Rizwan, The Highest 2021 T20I Run-getter, Credits Management And Skipper Babar Azam For Promoting Him As An Opener

Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter has heaped praise on skipper Babar Azam following hosts registering 3-0 triumph over West Indies in the three-match T20I series at home.

Mohammad Rizwan put up a 158-run opening stand with Babar Azam while chasing 208 runs in the third and final T20I. The 29-year-old, who believes the skipper’s presence at the crease gives him a great sense of stability, emphasized that communication was key to their partnership.

Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammad Rizwan Credits Captain And Management For Pushing Him As An Opener In 2021

 Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam powered Pakistan to their highest successful chase in T20I cricket as they beat West Indies by seven wickets in the third T20I in Karachi. Batting first on a well-rolled surface, visitors West Indies rode on Nicholas Pooran’s 37-ball 64 and breezy 40s from Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks to post a challenging 207 for 3.
But a 158-run stand between Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, in just 15.1 overs, all but ensured a 3-0 scoreline. Babar Azam contributed 79 off 53 balls, while Mohammad Rizwan was the aggressor, hitting 87 off just 45 with the help of ten fours and three sixes.

Mohammad Rizwan said: “When you have the World No.1 batter with you at the crease, you needn’t worry about anything. All you’ve got to do is to observe and learn from the best. The key to our successful partnership is our communication. We keep taking singles, keep setting targets, target some fielders, which in turn makes it easier for us to dominate.”

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam shared a century stand PCB
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam shared a century stand PCB

Mohammad Rizwan finished 2021 as the leading run-scorer in T20Is with 1,326 runs in 29 matches at an average of nearly 74. He also became the first cricketer to muster over 2,000 T20 runs (2,036 runs) in a calendar year. The right-hander credited Pakistan’s team management and Babar Azam for his successful year.

“I wouldn’t want to take the credit for this. I would give the credit to the management and the captain who pushed me up the batting order and helped me perform the whole year.”

Earlier in the day, the game was put in jeopardy after Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, and Justin Greaves tested positive for Covid-19 but both teams decided to go ahead with the match. That, however, meant West Indies had to field a severely depleted side, as they were already without Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, and Kyle Mayers – all three had tested positive at the start of the tour – and Devon Thomas, who has a finger injury.

Babar Azam Credited Pakistan Team For Their Successful Run In T20Is In 2021

Babar Azam also showered praise on his opening partner.

Calling him a wonderful human being and speaking about the way Mohammad Rizwan has improved his game, Babar said: “According to me, I’m privileged to have such a talented cricketer, a wonderful human being, someone who gels everyone together and someone who is looked up to by everyone.”

“The way Rizwan improved his game, confidence levels and belief in himself is evident for everyone to see in the last one year. I’m happy that he is the leading T20I run-scorer in 2021.”

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP via Getty Images)

Babar Azam led Pakistan to their 20th win in T20Is this year, the most wins in a calendar year for any captain.

He credited the entire team for the success and noted: “The credit goes to the team and the players for their efforts, and believing in themselves. Communication and backing the players has been quite helpful for us. Every player in our dressing room is a match-winner.”

Babar Azam has scored 939 runs in 29 T20I games at an average close to 38 this year. The century-run stand between the Pakistan skipper and keeper was also their sixth as a T20I pair, the most by a combination, as they went past the Indian pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who have five such scores to their name.

Asif Ali added the finishing touches with his incredible seven-ball 21 as Pakistan completed their highest successful T20I chase to script a 3-0 whitewash over the Windies.

3rd T20I:- Pakistan 208 for 3 (Rizwan 87, Babar 79, Smith 1-34) beat West Indies 207 for 3 (Pooran 64, Brooks 49, King 43, Wasim 2-44) by seven wickets

2nd T20I:- Pakistan 172 for 8 (Rizwan 38, Haider 31, Shadab 28*, Odean 2-24) beat West Indies 163 (King 67, Shepherd 35*, Afridi 3-26, Nawaz 2-36) by 9 runs

1st T20I:- Pakistan 200 for 6 (Rizwan 78, Haider 68, Nawaz 30*, Hosein 1-19) beat West Indies 137 (Hope 31, Odean 24, Wasim 4-40, Shadab 3-17) by 63 runs

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter
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West Indies Announce White-Ball Squad For Pakistan Tour Commencing On December 13

West Indies have announced their squad for their upcoming white-ball tour of Pakistan to be captained by Kieron Pollard. The series is set to feature three One Day Internationals and three T20Is. They will be played from December 13 to 22 at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The three-match ODI series will be part of the ICC Men’s ODI Super League. The ODI Series will be West Indies’ fourth series of 12 in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The top seven teams in the league can secure automatic qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)

West Indies Announced White Ball Squad For Pakistan Tour Commencing On December 13; Jason Holder Rested

West Indies currently lie in the eighth position out of 13 teams and have the opportunity to leapfrog Pakistan into the seventh position. There will be some new faces in the West Indies T20I squad for the upcoming tour. West Indies have opted to give Jason Holder a rest, viewing his workload management.

West Indies cricketer Shimron Hetmyer celebrate his century during the first One Day International cricket match against India.(PTI)
West Indies cricketer Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his century during the first One Day International cricket match against India. (PTI)

Meanwhile, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, and Lendl Simmons are unavailable due to personal reasons. Fabian Allen and Obed McCoy also miss out due to injury and rehabilitation. Pakistan’s series against West Indies starting on December 13 will be the first visit by a foreign country since England, and New Zealand pulled out of scheduled tours this year for security reasons.

West Indies, who failed to reach the 2021 T20I World Cup semi-finals, has picked several uncapped players in the two 15-man squads, including batsmen Justin Greaves and Shamarh Brooks, spinner Gudakesh Motie and all-rounder Odean Smith.

Kieron Pollard To Lead Side; Shai Hope His Deputy For ODIs And Nicholas Pooran His Deputy In T20Is

CWI has confirmed that Kieron Pollard will continue to lead the side in both formats. Shai Hope has been appointed his deputy for ODIs, while Nicholas Pooran will continue to be the vice-captain in the T20Is.

Odean Smith knocked the stuffing out of Tallawahs' chase © Getty Images
Odean Smith knocked the stuffing out of Tallawahs’ chase © Getty Images

Batters Justin Greaves and Shamarh Brooks, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie and allrounder Odean Smith have earned maiden ODI call-ups for the West Indies tour of Pakistan. Odean Smith and Gudakesh Motie have also been included in the T20I squad, along with left-arm pace-bowling allrounder Dominic Drakes.

ODI squad:

Kieron Pollard (Captain), Shai Hope (Vice-Captain), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr.

T20I squad:

Kieron Pollard (Captain), Nicholas Pooran (Vice-Captain), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.

Schedule:

13 Dec – 1st T20I, Karachi

14 Dec – 2nd T20I, Karachi

16 Dec – 3rd T20I, Karachi

18 Dec – 1st ODI, Karachi

20 Dec – 2nd ODI, Karachi

22 Dec – 3rd ODI, Karachi

Kieran Powell[photo: Twitter]
Kieran Powell[photo: Twitter]
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Kieran Powell Axed, Uncapped Jeremy Solozano New Face In 15-man West Indies Squad To Face Sri Lanka In 2 Tests

Kieran Powell has been axed from the West Indies Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, Cricket West Indies announced on Thursday (November 4). Uncapped batter Jeremy Solozano is the only new face in the 15-man squad that will play two Tests as part of the ongoing World Test Championship cycle. West Indies opening batsman Kieran Powell has been dropped from the Test squad for the Sri Lanka series after a string of poor scores in the previous series against Pakistan.

Kieran Powell, who featured in West Indies’ most recent Test assignment at home against Pakistan, registered scores of 0,4,5, and 23 in the two matches. With Kieran Powell sidelined, Jeremy Solozano is the frontrunner to partner skipper Kraigg Brathwaite at the top, following his exploits in the recent matches, which caught the attention of chief selector Roger Harper.

A dejected Kieran Powell walks back after another low score, West Indies vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 3rd day, August 22, 2021© Getty Images
A dejected Kieran Powell walks back after another low score, West Indies vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 3rd day, August 22, 2021© Getty Images.

Kieran Powell Axed, While Uncapped Jeremy Solozano Is In 15 Man West Indies Squad To Face Sri Lanka In 2 Tests

Jeremy Solozano, an opening batter, appears to be the prime candidate to open alongside skipper Kraigg Brathwaite after impressing in the recent Best v Best matches and training sessions in Antigua.

“The Best v Best matches provided the opportunity for the players to spend some time in the middle honing their skills for this tour,” Lead selector Roger Harper said.

Uncapped batter Jeremy Solozano is the only new face in the 15-man squad
Uncapped batter Jeremy Solozano is the only new face in the 15-man squad © Getty.

“The aim was to simulate as much as possible, the conditions that the team will likely face in Sri Lanka, so it was good to see the batsmen spending time at the crease while putting some scores together and the bowlers looking to build pressure and create wicket-taking opportunities.”

“Jeremy played for the West Indies ‘A’ Team in 2019 (against India ‘A’) with success and in the Best v Best matches he displayed a sense of application, patience, and composure while looking very comfortable against both pace and spin which encouraged the panel to invest in him at this point.”

Uncapped opener Jeremy Solozano has been named in West Indies’ 15-member squad for the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, beginning November 21. Right-arm quick Shannon Gabriel made a return from a hamstring injury, while opener Kieran Powell and pacemen Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder missed out.

West Indies Team For Sri Lanka Tour Includes Shannon Gabriel

West Indies have also been boosted in the pace department following the inclusion of Shannon Gabriel. The 33-year-old was left out of the squad for the Pakistan Tests as a result of a hamstring injury and has now come back in place of Chemar Holder. Shamarh Brooks, who was recalled for the Pakistan series, has been left out, with backup keeper Jahmar Hamilton also fetching the axe.

Veerasammy Permaul, who was recalled to the Test squad for the Bangladesh tour earlier this year, has been included to bolster their spin contingent. He replaced Alzarri Joseph, who had an ordinary outing against Pakistan in his most recent Test appearance. Veerasammy Permaul, who last played a Test in 2015, has made a comeback, to join Rahkeem Cornwall and Jomel Warrican to complete the spin-bowling attack.

Shannon Gabriel has returned to West Indies squad for Sri Lanka Tests| Twitter
Shannon Gabriel has returned to the West Indies squad for Sri Lanka Tests| Twitter

West Indies are scheduled to play a four-day warmup match beginning on November 14 in Colombo ahead of the two Tests. The first game will begin on November 21, whereas the second Test is scheduled to begin on November 29.

Squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood (VC), Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jeremy Solozano, Jomel Warrican.

England, West Indies
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England Vs West Indies 2020: Day 4 – Caribbean Late Batting Collapse Sets Up An Interesting Chapter For The Final Day

On the fourth day of the second game of the three-match Test series between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies at Old Trafford (Manchester), England pacers secured the big first innings lead after their domination with the second new ball during the West Indies’ first innings. However, still, at the end of the day, England are not a very comfortable position to bet for winning on the final day.

While day three was entirely washed out due to the rain, West Indies started the fourth day on 32/1. While once they were batting on 242/4, the visitors were suddenly bundled out for 287 runs. At the stumps of the day, England are leading by 219 runs after scoring 37/2.

Caribbean opener Kraigg Brathwaite and the nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph provided a solid start on the fourth day morning session. They set up the 54 runs partnership for that second wicket before Joseph lost his wicket on 32 runs.

However, the Test vice-captain Brathwaite continued his solid batting with Shai Hope. At the lunch, West Indies were batting on 118/2. Just before that lunch, English opener Dom Sibley, who scored a century in the first innings of this match, mistakenly used saliva on the ball and the on-field umpires quickly disinfected the ball.

In the early second session, Hope once again disappointed by losing his wicket after scoring 25 runs. However, he and Brathwaite set up the 53 runs partnership for the third wicket. Soon after that dismissal, Brathwaite completed his fifty.

Kraigg Brathwaite, West Indies
Kraigg Brathwaite (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Shamarh Brooks and Brathwaite built up another strong 50+ partnership as they set up the 76 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. After scoring 75 runs off 165 balls (8 fours), Brathwaite was caught and bowled by the pacer Ben Stokes.

Before the tea break, Brooks completed his fifty. The visitors were batting on 227/4 at the tea break.

England pacers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes dominated in the final session

After the four overs of the last session, England took the new ball when it became available. Since then, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes showed their incredible bowling performances as West Indies lost their last six wickets for just 45 runs.

England, Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad picked up three wickets (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

While Brooks was dismissed for 68 runs off 137 balls (11 fours), Roston Chase fought really hard and it massively helped his team to escape from the follow-on. Chase scored 51 runs off 85 balls (7 fours) before losing his wicket. The last five batsmen (including one not out) failed to reach the double-digit scores, including three ducks.

Broad (3/66) and Woakes (3/42) both bagged three wickets each while the left-arm pacer Sam Curran (2/70) also took two wickets. Also, Ben Stokes (1/29) and Dom Bess (1/67) got one wicket each.

Chris Woakes, England
Chris Woakes after dismissing Shannon Gabriel to end Caribbean innings (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Leading by 182 runs, the hosts sent Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler as the openers in their second innings. However, Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach bowled Buttler (0) on the fourth ball of that innings.

West Indies
Kemar Roach bagged two quick wickets at the late moment of the day (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

In the fifth over, Roach also bowled Zak Crawley (11). At the stumps of the day, opener Stokes was batting on 16 runs while captain Joe Root was also not out on eight runs.

Chris Gayle
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Ind vs WI: No Chris Gayle In West Indies’ Test Squad; Rahkeem Cornwall, Shamarh Brooks Included For India Tests

West Indies have not included Chris Gayle in their Test squad for the two matches of the series against India. The veteran opener, during World Cup 2019, had announced that he would retire from international cricket after playing ODI and Test series against India but there was no place for him in the squad.

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Gayle hasn’t played any first-class match since September 2014, that also turns out to be his last Test match now. Gayle played a total of 103 Tests in which he scored 7214 runs at 42.18. This also means that India’s third ODI against West Indies next week will be Gayle’s last appearance in international cricket.

West Indies’ squad does not have any surprises. Shamarh Brooks, who led West Indies A in the unofficial Test series that concluded few hours back, is one of the uncapped players in the squad along with Rahkeem Cornwall, who also played in the series.

Chief selector Robert Haynes informed that Alzarri Joseph is still not fit for Test cricket, and was not selected in the team. The right-arm pacer had suffered a shoulder injury while playing for Mumbai Indians this year. He stayed in Mumbai for the rehabilitation process.

Jason Holder | ICC Test Rankings |
(Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto)

Jason Holder will the home side. Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shannon Gabriel, who was dropped from the ODI squad, Shai Hope and Kemar Roach are other regulars in the squad.

The two-Test match series will kick off on August 22 with the first Test to be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua. The second Test will be played in Jamaica, the home ground of Gayle, from August 30.

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Prior to the Test series, India will play a three-day practice match against West Indies Board President’s XI squad from August 17 to 19. The India Test regulars will fly to the Caribbean islands earlier next week.

The visitors kicked off the tour of the positive note. Virat Kohli-led side whitewashed Carlos Brathwaite-led WI’s T20I side by a margin of 3-0. The first ODI was washed out due to persistent rain in Guyana. The second and third ODI of the series will be played in Trinidad on August 11 and 14 respectively.

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Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul & Kemar Roach.

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