Windies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite insists that he was encouraged by aspects of the team performance, despite a 22-runs loss to India at Lauderhill on Sunday.

The result saw the visitors claim a second straight win over the regional team and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.  India won the first contest of the series on Saturday by four wickets with 16 balls remaining after the Windies were restricted to 95-9.

On Sunday, fueled by the furious Rohit Sharma, India made 167 for 5 during their time at the crease.  Sharma made 67 from 51 balls, in the process passing Windies talisman Chris Gayle for the most T20 sixes.  The Caribbean team made made 98-4 in their reply in the second encounter, but a storm brought a premature end to the contest, with the team still some way short of the adjusted target of 121.

Rovman Powell offered the most resistance for the Windies scoring six boundaries and three sixes, reaching 54 before he was lbw to Krunal Pandya (2-23).

“I didn't think it went wrong to be fair. I think we had a solid enough base, so we still backed ourselves to get 70 odd, but very well played to Rovman to get us into that situation,” Brathwaite said following the encounter.

“I give the batting a bit more credit than yesterday. With the total we figured our lineup is flexible enough, with guys like Pollard at the end to set Rovman up. Batting-wise we were a lot closer to where we want to be. In Guyana we hope to get consistency.”

West Indies coach Floyd Reifer believes the return of experienced players to the regional squad has provided a major boost ahead of the start of the T20 series against India.

The Windies will face India in three T20 matches, the first beginning at the Central Broward Regional Park on Saturday.  Ahead of the tournament, the Windies announced the return of top T20 players Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard. 

Despite being one of the world’s best bowler Narine has not played for the regional team since 2017, with Pollard last appearing for the regional team in the shortest format last year.  

“We have players like (Kieron) Pollard and (Sunil) Narine making a return to the team as well as the captain Carlos Brathwaite and they have a lot of experience at this level and in this format,” Reifer said.

“The team is young, and we like to mix the experienced players with the youth. We have a very good blend. We are looking forward to the matches here in Florida. It should be a very exciting weekend, with lots of entertainment for the fans,” he added.

The team will also include the likes of spinner Khary Pierre who made his debut with the team in India last year.  Wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble is also in the squad for the three-match series.

 

 

  

 

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Windies bowling legend Curtly Ambrose admits he has an issue with a lack of aggression from current captain Jason Holder but believes the Barbadian remains the best man for the job.

The 27-year-old all-rounder has been in the post since 2015 but has come under heavy pressure in recent weeks, following a dismal performance for the team at ICC World Cup.  Managing just a single win, which came against Pakistan, the regional team finished ninth out of 10 teams.

While the outspoken Ambrose insisted that Holder needed to be more assertive in the post, the pace bowler pointed out that there was a lack of suitable replacements available.

“When you look at the resources it is a very short list so what are your options? You have Jason Holder, you got Craig Brathwaite who is his deputy and who are the others who lead or have led before? Hetmyer led the under-19s so maybe he is one to look at in the future once he can cement himself and get going but there is nobody really. The list is very short so we can’t just give a guy captaincy … because we need to be very careful. I think Jason should just continue for now and then we see what happens,” Ambrose told Antiguan radio show Good Morning Jojo.

“I think he has improved from when he started, so let’s be real, but my thing with Jason Holder is that I think is he may not be aggressive enough as a leader. I think he is a little too laid back because when you’re captain you’re a leader and people should recognize right away that he’s the leader. When you look at the West Indies team you’re not sure who the leader is, so Jason needs to, maybe, be more authoritative or just have some kind of presence so you know that he is the man in charge,” he said.

 

 

Windies legend turned commentator Ian Bishop has warned that the India unit is a much-improved team on the road and will be formidable foes despite playing in the Caribbean.

Despite being the world’s top-ranked Test team India has been known to struggle away from home on occasion.  The Asian team has won eight of its last 10 Test matches, with both losses coming away to England and South Africa.  India did, however, defeat the West Indies 2-0 in the last Test series in the Caribbean in 2016.

"India know their home conditions so well. India have become the powerhouse that has played better overseas in recent years. They were very competitive in England last summer, defeated Australia in Australia last year for the first time. No doubt Australia were without their two key players, but that just says India were traveling better," Ian Bishop was quoted as saying by IANS.

The former fast bowler believes that the only way for the regional team to have a chance is for the team’s top batsmen to come to the party.

"West Indies will hope that Roston Chase, who is integral as a batsman to their course, and Shai Hope and all these guys put their foot down and say ok, the pitches at home have been challenging to bat on for everyone, but we have played two seasons now on this. So, we need to start and set down marks on scoring hundreds," Bishop said.

By all accounts, the Windies selection panel got things right in their T20 squad selection ahead of the India tour.

West Indies fast bowling legend Andy Roberts has blasted the captaincy of Jason Holder following a disappointing showing at the recently concluded ICC World Cup in England.

The regional team was tipped by a few pundits and fans to be capable of causing issues for the more fancied teams at the tournament but failed to live up to expectations. 

The same could be said for the 27-year-old Holder who headed into the tournament in a rich vein of form but failed to deliver a telling performance.  In his opinion, Roberts believes one of the biggest issues the team faced during the tournament was a lack of organisation and leadership.

“I don’t think too much of Jason Holder’s captaincy. He speaks well, but in terms of tactics on the field, I think he is found wanting and I don’t think he has the backroom staff. They weren’t experienced enough to help him so you have to look at a number of reasons why we did not go further in the tournament,” Roberts said in a radio interview.

“They had no plans because you had to have plan A, B, and then plan C; but their only plan was to bowl short and it showed throughout the entire tournament that they felt they could win based on the amount of – I can’t say fast bowlers – the amount of people they had with long run-ups and no head,” he added.

 

An Australia court has thrown out an appeal by media group Fairfax, which would have annulled damages owed to Windies star Chris Gayle who won a defamation suit against the entity last year.

Gayle took the publishers to court after allegations that he exposed himself to a female masseuse during the 2015 World Cup came out in several of its publications.  More specifically, it was alleged that the batsman exposed his penis and indecently propositioned the woman in a dressing room during the tournament.

The jury sided with the player, who strongly denied the allegations, in finding that the publishers acted with malice and accorded the cricketer damages amounting to US$211,000.  In its appeal, however, Fairfax argued that the jury should have been discharged after Gayle’s attorney attacked the credibility of the masseuse.  In response, the player’s legal team had appealed to increase the size of the payout to the West Indian star. Both appeals were dismissed.

 Fairfax newspapers are now owned by commercial broadcaster Nine Entertainment, which purchased the media company last year.

West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams does not believe the Windies talent matched-up to their 9th-place finish at the ICC World Cup but was quick to admit that ‘potential’ has never been enough to win tournaments.

After being picked by some pundits and fans as potential darkhorses, with the talent to shock the bigger teams at the tournament, the Windies had a dismal campaign. 

Things began brightly enough with a big win over Pakistan but went quickly downhill after losses to Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India, before a win over Afghanistan.

“I don’t think ninth was a reflection of our potential, but potential does not win tournaments,” Adams said in an exclusive interview with SportsMax Zone.

The Windies had, however, missed out on automatic qualification to the tournament by not being seeded in the top eight teams in 2017.  The team was only able to secure its spot at the tournament via qualification in the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup qualifiers.

With the regional team experiencing yet another disappointing campaign, however, Adams believes the governing body must find a way to enable talented players to become consistent.

“I think consistency is learned behavior, not just in sports but in life.  We need to turn the spotlight on how we develop our players.  Is there a chink in how we develop players that affects them in the future?" Adams asked.

“This is not the first cycle that we are having this issue, which is consistency, it has dogged our cricket for quite some time,” he added.

“I think the answer lies partly in how we develop our players…and until we crack that particular issue the cricket will continue to frustrate us.”

 

 

 

 

 

West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams does not believe the Windies talent matched-up to their 9th-place finish at the ICC World Cup but was quick to admit that ‘potential’ has never been enough to win tournaments.

After being picked by some pundits and fans as potential darkhorses, with the talent to shock the bigger teams at the tournament, the Windies had a dismal campaign. 

Things began brightly enough with a big win over Pakistan but went quickly downhill after losses to Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India, before a win over Afghanistan.

“I don’t think ninth was a reflection of our potential, but potential does not win tournaments,” Adams said in an exclusive interview with SportsMax Zone.

The Windies had, however, missed out on automatic qualification to the tournament by not being seeded in the top eight teams in 2017.  The team was only able to secure its spot at the tournament via qualification in the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup qualifiers.

With the regional team experiencing yet another disappointing campaign, however,

“I think consistency is learned behaviour, not just in sports but in life.  We need to turn the spotlight on how we develop our players.  Is there a chink in how we develop players that affects them in the future?

“This is not the first cycle that we are having this issue, which is consistency, it has dogged our cricket for quite some time,” he added.

“I think the answer lies partly in how we develop our players…and until we crack that particular issue the cricket will continue to frustrate us.”

 

 

 

 

 

West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams claims team's performance still under review.

Legendary Windies captain Clive Lloyd has strongly cautioned against any effort to replace Jason Holder as leader of the current regional team.

The 27-year-old Barbadian native has been among those coming in for heavy criticism after a dismal showing from the Windies at the ICC World Cup. 

Holder, who was appointed to the post four years ago, has largely presided over a disappointing period for the team results-wise.  During that time the all-rounder, as captain, has won some 24 out of 83 matches and as the Windies slipped out of the world’s top 8 teams.  The scenario forced the team to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.  Despite the results, however, Lloyd who was a part of a team that appointed Holder does not believe he is entirely to blame.

“It’s not just Jason. The team has let him down. These young players must have more pride in whom they represent, not just blaming a captain who we were raving about two months ago when he led West Indies to a series victory against England,” Lloyd told the Barbados Nation News.

 

The Windies are scheduled to face off against Afghanistan in a full series set for India in November.

With the country granted Test status in 2017, one of the matches will include a Test, which is expected to begin on November 27.  The series will also include three One Day Internationals and three T20s.  The venue for the matches is, however, yet to be decided.

Afghanistan and the West Indies have played only 10 internationals between them, eight of those were held in the Caribbean. The West Indies lead Afghanistan 5-4 in the head-to-head, their most recent victory coming in the ICC World Cup 2019.

"As per the Future Tours Program (FTP), Afghanistan national team is scheduled to host West Indies for a tour from 5th November till 1st December in India. The series will include three T20Is, three ODIs and a one-off Test match," the Afghanistan Cricket Board said in a statement.

"Ahead of the series against West Indies, the national team is also scheduled to play a one-off test against Bangladesh in September followed by a triangular T20I series that will feature Bangladesh and Zimbabwe," it added.

Windies interim coach Floyd Reifer has hopes of retaining the post full time, despite somewhat of a disappointing ICC World Cup for the regional team.

The 46-year-old former batsman landed the position just ahead of the tournament, after a newly appointed Cricket West Indies (CWI) board removed another interim coach, Richard Pybus, from the position.

Although they were listed as darkhorses of sorts by some fans and a few pundits, they failed to deliver, leaving the tournament with just two wins and sitting second to last on the points table.

 The team started positively with a big win over Pakistan but went on to lose to Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka, before securing a win against Afghanistan.  Despite the results, however, Reifer believes there were plenty of positives to take from the event.

 “I've learned a lot as a coach working with the guys. This is my first World Cup as well. I've interacted with some of the coaches from the other teams, and I've written down a lot of stuff,” Reifer said.

“I have to do a lot of reflection as well, and [I have to] keep planning and keep building on the positives. I just want to thank the coaching staff for giving me the full support, the players for giving me the full support as well,” he added.

“It's disappointing for us not getting into the final four and pushing towards the World Cup final. The positive is that we played decent cricket and got ourselves in position to win a lot of games and found a way to lose. We got to improve on the small areas, and on the small things that we need to get over the line.”

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