Jonny Bairstow struck a maiden one-day international hundred as England condemned West Indies to a seven-wicket defeat at Old Trafford on Tuesday that means the twice former champions can no longer gain direct entry to the 2019 World Cup.
West Indies, the 1975 and 1979 World Cup winners, had to take this five-match series 5-0 or 4-0 with a tie or no result if they were to avoid the indignity of a qualifying competition for the next edition in England in two years' time.
Selectors have included four newcomers in the West Indies 15-man squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup starting next month in England.
Teenaged T&T Reniece Boyce and Felicia Walters, along with Quiana Joseph and Akeira Peters, will join an otherwise experienced unit for the June 24 to July 25 campaign.
Also, four players from T&T are in the squad - Merissa Aguilleira, who led T&T the just concluded regional Super50 women championships, Felicia Walter, ace spinner Aisa Mohammed and Boyce. Stafanie Taylor will lead the squad again.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has announced he will end his international career after the upcoming Test series in the West Indies.
The 42-year-old, who revealed his decision at a press conference in Lahore on Thursday morning, has played 72 Tests since making his debut in 2001 and needs 49 more runs to become the seventh Pakistan batsman to reach the 5,000-run milestone.
Pakistan beat world champions the West Indies by three runs in the second Twenty20 international at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad today to take a 2-0 lead in the four-game series.
Pakistan, who won the first match by six wickets in Barbados, were dismissed for 132 as spinners Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree combined effectively to give the West Indies an excellent chance of levelling the series.
But Pakistan defended their second-lowest T20 total with Shadab Khan taking four for 14 as West Indies made 129 for eight.
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Mystery spinner Sunil Narine who has been playing domestic cricket for Queen’s Park will represent the West Indies against Pakistan in the upcoming four-match T20 series in the West Indies, starting later this month.
Pakistan will be four T20s, three ODIs and three Test matches in the Caribbean and the first of the T20s take place on March 26 at Kensington Oval in Barbados. The next three matches will be played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
Head coach Stuart Law believes there is enough ability within the West Indies set-up, to be able to transform the struggling regional side into a winning unit.
The one-day side suffered a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of England on Thursday after going down by 186 runs at Kensington Oval but Law said even though disappointed, there were enough signs there to suggest a turnaround could be achieved.
“First glimpse of what I’ve got to work with, there are some very encouraging signs,” said the Australian, who was presiding over his first series.
Discarded West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes Afghanistan’s One-Day series against West Indies in the Caribbean later this year, will serve as a great opportunity for the fledgling side to begin to make strides in international cricket.
An associate member of the International Cricket Council, Afghanistan will be playing their first-ever bilateral ODI series against a major international full member when they take on West Indies in May/June.