West Indies Look to Show ‘Never Say Die Attitude’

West Indies squad, remembering Carlos Braithwaites last over match winning innings famously known as the ‘Remember the Name’ innings. Pollard, the West Indian captain, believes that will high will not affect the performance of the team in their opening match against England. 

“In terms of personnel and bearing, to say it can have a big impact, I don’t think so. But it’s definitely going to be in the back of our minds. I thought what Carlos did in those four deliveries in that last over, it was unbelievable and it’s something that we actually as a team saw last night and it brought goosebumps back to us. For us to be back in that situation, to get over the line, it shows that sort of never-say-die attitude and we, as a team, look forward to replicating this entire tournament. Those sort of moments stick with us and hopefully we can just go out and play good cricket and get in a position and situation where we are actually in the final, so we can have some memories as well going forward. But having said that, I don’t think it will have much bearing on tomorrow’s game because it’s like another game of cricket as the situation was totally different – it being a final – but be that as it may, looking forward to coming out and show and give a good account of ourselves.”

After missing the finals few matches for Kolkata Knight Riders, Russell returned to play for the West Indies in the warm up match against Afghanistan as he took a wicket for 13 runs.

“As of right now, we have our last practice session this afternoon and will have a last look and see,” Pollard said. “If we’re confident for him Russell  to take the field… he played in that warm-up game a couple of days ago and it was just like a trial for him because he hasn’t played a cricket match in about three-four weeks, so there’s still some rust there for him, still needed to be a bit confident in his mind. But I’m sure even yesterday and a couple of days before that, he’s been working tirelessly behind the scenes to be fit.”

CEO of West Indies Cricket provides assurance to PCB about upcoming visit

Following the cancellation of the New Zealand and England trips to Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been on the lookout for new allies in recent days. However, it has not only sparked worries about the fact that cricket has finally returned to Pakistan after a decade-long absence, but it has also placed the country’s near future in jeopardy.

If nothing is done to address the present situation, the financial losses that the PCB has incurred would only grow over time. The comments of Cricket West Indies (CWI) should be a source of encouragement for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its newly appointed chairman, Ramiz Raja, even if Australia’s trip to Pakistan is now in jeopardy.

For the time being, our goal is to complete our tour commitments. The CWI’s Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, was cited by Trinidad Newsday on Thursday as stating, “We have a fairly clear procedure that we go through with independent security experts as we did in 2018.” Several nations have visited Pakistan and played matches there since international cricket was reinstated there. The West Indies has been one of those countries to do so since it was reinstated.

West Indies has also made a trip to Pakistan earlier in 2018

In 2018, the West Indies squad travelled to Karachi, Pakistan, to compete in a Twenty20 International series under the leadership of Jason Mohammed. Despite the fact that a few members of the West Indies cricket team refused to board the aircraft to Pakistan, the trip continued with whoever was available.

As part of that procedure, the board of directors, WIPA (West Indies Players’ Association), and the players themselves will evaluate our preparations and reports, including our independent security advice,” he said. In the past several years, the vast majority of our women’s and men’s players have represented their countries in Pakistan,” Grave said.

This time around, the West Indies will play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in Pakistan. Both the men’s and women’s teams will go to Pakistan to compete in their respective tournaments. Grave also stated that he spoke with PCB CEO Wasim Khan to discuss the current events resulting from the cancellation of tours, as well as to notify him of a meeting that will take place later this week. It seems that CWI will make a decision shortly, but much will rely on the results of their independent security assessment.

CA is not Expecting an Ashes Boycott or a Huge Exodus of English Players, According to Reports

Despite rumours of English players withdrawing from the Ashes owing to Australia’s rigorous COVID-19 rules, CA expects England to field a full-strength team for this summer’s Ashes. It should be emphasised that next week will be crucial for English players, since they will receive a thorough briefing from CA on Australia’s strict quarantine laws.

In a similar vein, CA Chief Nick Hockley indicated that he has not received any information from ECB Chief Tom Harrison regarding a weakened side touring their country for the forthcoming Ashes. CA is still hoping to tour this summer with a full-fledged lineup that was finalised four months ago. Their cricket body, on the other hand, recognises the possibility that some players would withdraw from the series owing to personal reasons.

For similar reasons, several Australian cricketers did not travel to Bangladesh or the West Indies. It was also claimed that certain English players have a strained relationship with the ECB and are hesitant to skip the trip. England’s players are not in the mood to subject their families to a lengthy quarantine.

In both countries, there have been distinct COVID-19 experiences, while in the UK, life has returned to normal following the big vaccination deployment. In Australia, however, strict procedures and quarantine protocols remain in place, which English players and their families are attempting to evade.

The CA will collaborate with the government to ensure a successful cricket summer

“Cricket Australia continues to work closely with the ECB and Australian government officials in preparation for the forthcoming Ashes series, which will be the highlight of one of cricket’s most historic summers. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, CA is “currently preparing the operational requirements of this trip and working with the ECB on the projected make-up of the England touring party.”

“As was the case last season, CA will work constructively and in cooperation with government to offer a summer of cricket while safeguarding the community’s health, wellness, and safety,” the statement said.

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