Kieron Pollard to lead Windies ODI, T20I outfits against Afghanistan in India

Sport360 staff 16:56 16/10/2019
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Pollard will feature in an ODI after more than three years.

There was no place for Chris Gayle as West Indies named their ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming tour of India where they face off against Afghanistan in Dehradun.

Having named Phil Simmons as the head coach for a second stint, the new selection panel for the men’s team rang in the changes for the ODI and T20I outfits which will both be led by Kieron Pollard.

The performances in the just concluded 2019 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) ranked high on the selectors’ minds with leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. and batsman Brandon King handed maiden Windies call-ups.

The two youngsters topped the wicket-taking and run-scoring charts in the tournament respectively and they have been picked in both the squads for the Afghanistan clashes.

“My mind flashed back to when we (my brother and I) played in the yard with my father, and we were imagining what roles we would play in the West Indies team. Today, my dream is reality,” Walsh Jr. said on his selection.

“These moments are what you work towards as a player. Was always a dream to represent the West Indies. I’m really excited to get started on the upcoming tour,” King stated on his part.

Pollard, who last played an ODI for West Indies in 2016, is back in the squad as captain while Gayle’s future remains unclear after the veteran opener failed to feature in either of the squads.

Gayle was due to step away from international cricket following the completion of the 2019 World Cup in England but the Jamaican went back on that decision midway through the tournament.

The explosive left-hander featured recently in the ODI series against India in the Caribbean but his latest omission has thrown doubts over his international future.

Meanwhile, Khary Pierre has earned a recall to the Windies squad for his recent performances in the CPL.

West Indies are due to take on Afghanistan in three ODIs and as many T20Is with all clashes taking place in Dehradun. The visitors will also play a one-off Test against the Afghans with the squad being led by talismanic all-rounder Jason Holder.

There was no place for Darren Bravo in the Test outfit with the left-hander being dropped for his poor displays in the home series defeat to India. Pacer Shannon Gabriel has been ruled out of the Test with an injury with Alzarri Joseph making his comeback in his stead after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Following their clashes against Afghanistan, West Indies will take on hosts India in three ODIs and as many T20Is. The squads for those limited-overs clashes will be announced later.

West Indies Test squad

Jason Holder (c), Shai Hope, John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Shamrah Brooks, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Sunil Ambris, Jomel Warrican, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph.

West Indies ODI squad

Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr., Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Romario Shepherd.

West Indies T20 squad

Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King, Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr., Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kesrick Williams, Alzarri Joseph.

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David Warner, Steve Smith get highest price tags for The Hundred's inaugural draft

Press Association Sport 16:00 16/10/2019
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Steve Smith and David Warner.

A total of 570 players have put their names forward to be drafted for next year’s inaugural season of The Hundred, with Australian pair Steve Smith and David Warner among those with the heftiest price tags.

The eight franchises have already filled three positions in their squad – one centrally contracted England Test player and two local ‘icons’ apiece – and will choose another 12 during Sunday’s televised draft.

Of those, a maximum of three can be overseas players – meaning just 24 are due to be picked up out of 239 foreign stars who have thrown their names into the hat.

Only six carry the top tier £125,000 reserve, with Ashes adversaries Smith and Warner joined by compatriot Mitchell Starc, big-hitting West Indian batsman Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga and South African quick Kagiso Rabada.

Another 17 have entered at a minimum of £100,000 with further brackets between £40,000 and £75,000 and a large field carrying no reserve at all. No Indian players will be involved in the draft.

There are 331 domestic players hoping to land a deal, only 19 of whom have opted to set a base price.

World Cup winning seamers Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett are available at £60,000 and £50,000 respectively, with Liam Livingstone, Samit Patel and Joe Denly joining Wood in the higher bracket.

Ian Bell, Olly Stone, Sam Billings and Morne Morkel are among the other notable names to name their fee, but the overwhelming majority of entrants are willing to take their chance on the night.

Head coaches will have 100 seconds to make each selection, recruiting two names per round until the rosters are complete. The order of the day’s first picks has already been set, with Nottingham-based Trent Rockets getting first choice and Birmingham Phoenix up last.

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England World Cup winner Jenny Gunn Retires from international cricket

Sport360 staff 20:28 15/10/2019
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Gunn won 3 World Cup titles in her 15-year career Image - ICC/Twitter

England’s veteran allrounder, Jenny Gunn has called time on her 15-year international career. She was part of the ODI World Cup winning England team  in 2009 and 2017 and the team that emerged victorious in the Women’s World T20 in 2009.

Making her debut as a teenager in 2004, Gunn went on to make 259 appearances across formats, winning three World Cups and five Ashes series.

She made her international debut in the world’s first T20 international – against New Zealand at Hove. Her final outing came against West Indies at Chelmsford in June 2019.

Gunn, a disciplined new ball bowler, is England’s second-highest wicket-taker (136) in ODIs behind Katherine Brunt (148). She is third among English bowlers in T20Is, picking up 75 wickets in the shortest format.

In her 11-match Test career, she picked up 29 wickets and scored 391 runs. In her final Test appearance, she picked up her best figures of 5 for 19 against India at Wormsley in 2014.  The 34-year-old has made many a useful contribution as a lower-order batter, scoring 2702 runs in all three formats for England, with seven half-centuries and a best of 73 against New Zealand in an ODI.

“I have made one of the hardest decisions and decided the time has come to retire from international cricket,” said Gunn. “I started as a young kid playing the game I loved for fun and I could only dream of becoming a professional cricketer.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play in some great teams and to be part of some amazing battles over the years but as a small girl I always said I wanted to put a World Cup medal next to my dad’s European Cup winner’s medal, and there are now three of them next to his medal on the mantelpiece!

“I’m so grateful for the support throughout my career and I couldn’t have done it without my friends. But most of all, I couldn’t have done it without my family, all of whom have been there for me every step of the way.”

Gunn’s father Bryn played football for the Nottingham Forest side that won the European Cup under Brian Clough in 1980.

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