Dec 292017
New Zealand beat West Indies by 47 runs in first T20

Colin Munro flashes one through the off side, New Zealand v West Indies, 1st T20I, Nelson, December 29, 2017/Getty Images NELSON: Debutant Seth Rance sparked a West Indies batting meltdown as New Zealand cruised to a 47-run victory in the opening Twenty20 match at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Friday. Rance took two wickets in successive balls in his second over, including the prized scalp of Chris Gayle, to set the tourists on a downward spiral that ended in the 19th over.New Zealand, sent in to bat first, posted 187 for seven with their total bolstered by 25 off the final over by Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee. But the West Indies, the reigning world Twenty20 champions, never looked like reaching their 188-run target after star batsman Gayle fell cheaply for 12.Because the batsmen crossed when Gayle skied the ball to Glenn Phillips, Chadwick Walton on seven faced he next Rance delivery and he smacked it straight to Anaru Kitchen at cover-point.It left the West Indies at two for 19 and they never recovered from the initial setback.After 16 overs they were 103 for eight before a late slog by Jerome Taylor (20) and Ashley Nurse (not out 20) produced 28 off 12 before Rance came back for his final over to end the West Indies innings with six balls to spare.Rance returned the impressive figures of three for 30, while Tim Southee took three for 36. It continued a miserable tour for the West Indies, who were comprehensively outplayed in [Read More…]

Dec 232017
New Zealand beat West Indies by 204 runs, take series

New Zealand´s Colin Munro celebrates with teammates after dismissing West Indies captain Jason Holder. Photo: AFP WELLINGTON: New Zealand beat the West Indies by 204 runs in the second one-day international in Christchurch on Saturday to take the three-match series with a game to spare.In reply to New Zealand´s 325 for six, the West Indies were all out for 121 in 28 overs.Trent Boult took career-best figures of seven for 34.New Zealand won the first match by five wickets with the third and final game in the series in Christchurch next Tuesday. Click for detailed story

Nov 112017
West Indies to tour Pakistan in March: Najam Sethi

[embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has signed an agreement with Cricket West Indies for a series of T20Is, each year, for the next five years, in Pakistan and in USA.Najam Sethi, chairman PCB, told media in Karachi that the scheduled tour by West Indies to Pakistan has also been rescheduled to March next year, which will be first of the series agreed between the two boards.“West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Board have signed an agreement to play a series of T20 matches, each year for the next five years. In Pakistan and in the USA. Subject to availability of dates and venues,” Sethi said.“West Indies has confirmed that its full team will tour Pakistan next year to play three T20Is to on March 29th, 31st, April 1st,” he added.Najam confirmed that the reason to postpone the tour was the poor weather condition of Lahore cause by the smog.“It was initially to be played in November but due to weather it couldn’t be possible,” he said.“Next March, Pakistan will host first of the series, then Pakistan will play in America. And this will continue for five years,” he said.The chairman PCB also confirmed that the USA leg for the series will be a trilateral series with one more team.“We are in talks and will soon finalise the third team for the USA leg,” he said while adding that this bilateral arrangements between PCB and West Indies is outside of FTP. Click for detailed story

Oct 092017
Racism turned me away from backing Australia teams: Usman Khawaja

MELBOURNE: Test batsman Usman Khawaja has said being racially vilified when he was growing up in Sydney led him to support other countries rather than back Australian sports teams.The Pakistan-born 30-year-old said in a blog post that racial abuse was widespread on the playing field during his junior days and blamed it for curtailing the sporting ambitions of a number of his overseas-born friends.“Getting sledged by opposition players and their parents was the norm,” Khawaja wrote on the PlayersVoice website.“Some of them said it just quietly enough for only me to hear. It still hurt, but I would never show it. Most of the time it was when I scored runs. Some parents take things too seriously.“It is for this reason why so many of my friends, most of whom were born outside Australia, didn´t support Australia in sporting contests. I didn´t either.“Especially in cricket. It was either West Indies, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka. Anyone else.”The first Muslim to play test cricket for Australia, left-hander Khawaja has scored 1,728 runs in his 24 tests at an average of 45.47, and is likely to be selected at number three for the upcoming Ashes series against England.He said the hard-edged Australia teams of his childhood held little appeal.“In hindsight, the fact we didn´t support Australia is disappointing,” he added.“Everything that was going on in our childhood and around us built up this resentment of the Australian cricket team.“I mean, none of them looked like us. “I was brought up to be respectful, [Read More…]

Sep 292017
The rare talent of trouble-prone Stokes

Stokes’ ability with both bat and ball makes him a genuine all-rounderLONDON: Ben Stokes has long been thought of as key to England´s chances of success during the upcoming Ashes tour of Australia, and that view has only hardened since his place was put in jeopardy by his arrest.Speculation over Stokes´s future intensified Thursday when England suspended him from international matches until further notice after the publication of a video apparently showing him fighting outside a Bristol nightclub.The Test vice-captain was included in England´s Ashes squad announced this week, despite his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in the early hours of Monday, after an incident which left him with an injured hand.The unseemly turn of events has left England in a quandary over Stokes, whose ability with both bat and ball makes him that most highly prized of cricketers — a genuine all-rounder.That was true in more ways than one when this year saw Stokes became the Indian Premier League´s most expensive foreign player when he was signed by the Rising Pune Supergiant for £1.7 million ($2.2 million).He made good on the price-tag by scoring 316 runs at a strike rate of 142.98 and taking 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.18 in the Twenty20 event.Six, six, six, sixStokes´s on-field failures can be as great as his successes — the prime example being when Carlos Brathwaite hit him for four successive sixes to snatch a stunning win for West Indies in the last over of the [Read More…]

Sep 262017
England drop Stokes after assault arrest

[embed_video1 url= style=center] LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in Bristol and dropped for Wednesday’s fourth one-day international against West Indies.The 26-year-old Durham star was arrested early on Monday in the Clifton district of the city and released under investigation – without charge – the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Tuesday.Both Stokes and England opening batsman Alex Hales, 28, who was with him on Sunday night, will miss the game at The Oval.A statement issued by Avon and Somerset police said: “We were called to a disorder in Queens Road, Clifton, at around 2:35am on Monday.“A 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.“A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and has since been released under investigation.”The police statement also asked anyone who was in the Clifton Triangle area in the early hours of Monday “who saw any part of this incident” to contact them.The incident happened following England´s 124-run win in the third ODI – where Stokes made 73 – in southwest city Bristol on Sunday that put them 2-0 up in a five-match series against West Indies.Wednesday’s fixture at The Oval takes place just hours after England are due to unveil their squad for the Ashes tour of Australia at the south London ground.ECB England cricket director Andrew Strauss, confirmed that both Durham star Stokes – a Test regular – and Nottinghamshire [Read More…]

Sep 142017
Cricket greats come together at glitzy awards ceremony tonight

Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq pose with the trophy during West Indies tour in May 2017, which served as their last before they quit international cricket LAHORE: A glittering awards ceremony will bring together former Pakistan cricketing legends, current players and World XI stars under one roof in a memorable gathering in Lahore tonight.Players from the star-studded World XI lineup, former and current cricketers as well as representatives from the International Cricket Council will be attending the awards galore.Among the former players invited are Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi, with the event intended to serve as a farewell ceremony for these stars at the same time. The Pakistan Cricket Board will be presenting awards to the players in eight different categories, including Lifetime Achievement Awards.The event will be presented by Geo News, and will be aired on the channel at a later date.  Click for detailed story

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