Karunaratne Will Be Captain Of Sri Lanka In The World Cup 2019

Dimuth Karunaratne has been named the captain of Sri Lanka’s World Cup team, meaning that Lasith Malinga has been ousted from his leadership position.

Karunaratne leadership in the surprise win of the Test series in South Africa made him a captain’s choice left for the Cricket World Cup. Fans are excited to get their Cricket World Cup Tickets to see live performances of their favorite team and players.

Karunaratne Will Be Captain Of Sri Lanka In The World Cup 2019 Tickets

Karunaratne Will Be Captain Of Sri Lanka In The World Cup 2019

Although fears about Karunaratne’s fight are centered on whether he could score points fast enough. He scored a strike rate of over 90, while he scored 165 points on average 55 during this tournament.

The news will be a blow to Malinga, who had committed to playing a national game in Kandy just 14 hours after completing an IPL match in Mumbai earlier this month. Although Malinga led Sri Lanka to a World T20 Trophy in 2014, his one-day captaining gave catastrophic results. The team lost each of the 9 ODIs they played under his leadership.

Malinga also apparently had poor relations with several key players. Earlier this year, Thisara Perera asked Sri Lanka Cricket to intervene after he and Malinga’s wife were involved in a dispute on Facebook.

The 3rd major option for the captain’s position may, in fact, have been the first choice of coaches Angelo Mathews. He has been captain of the ODI of Sri Lanka twice. But, his last job at the helm was cut short when he was ousted after the Sri Lankan Asian Cup came out in September. Mathews’ relationship with coach Chandika Hathurusingha had become incredibly tense as a result of the player’s exhaustion last year.

Sri Lanka has not yet named its team for the Cricket World Cup. But the last selectors meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday and is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours.

Although Karunaratne has not been part of an ODI team in Sri Lanka for years, he is now assured of a place.

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Floyd Reifer announced as West Indies interim coach

Cricket West Indies has appointed Floyd Reifer as interim head coach. He will replace Richard Pybus, who was named interim coach in January 2019. Cricket West Indies (CWI) under new president Ricky Skerritt has revealed several reforms for the sport in the Caribbean. Robert Haynes is named as interim head of selectors. Entire selection committee with chief selector Robert Haynes is replaced. These changes reflect the West Indies first initiative of the CWI’s new management. Cricket West Indies has hinted at calling back senior limited overs cricketers with player inclusive policy.

These changes in the cricket setup in West Indies are quite significant with only under two months remaining in the Cricket World Cup 2019. Floyd Reifer was West Indies captain for some time in 2009. He had short coaching stints with West Indies national team and A teams previously.

“Floyd Reifer had been identified as the outstanding emerging local coach. He has been identified as the outstanding emerging Caribbean coach. He displayed this recently by leading the West Indies A team to victories against England Lions, the West Indies Senior team to the T20 series win in Bangladesh and his key role in the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners win in the 2018 Super 50 tournament.”

CWI president Ricky Skerritt revealed reason behind selection panel changes: “We have found it necessary to immediately adjust our selection policy to become more open, inclusive, and player-centric. I am therefore pleased to confirm that we have terminated the old embedded selection policy which secretly, but actively, victimized some players and banished them from selection consideration.”

West Indies are set to tour Ireland in under three weeks for a tri-series ODI tournament including Bangladesh. Caribbean team will use this series for CWC preparation. West Indies will look to boost their side with experienced players to better target the Cricket World Cup title in England and Wales.

Pollard recovers his mojo ahead of CWC19

More than two years after playing his last one-day international, West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is hopeful that his IPL exploits can fetch him a place in the Windies squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Pollard slammed a belligerent 31-ball 83 on Wednesday, 10 April, to power Mumbai Indians’ successful chase of 198 against Kings XI Punjab. Captaining the side in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Pollard’s effort almost single-handedly took Mumbai to victory.

While the Windies have a bounty of death-overs power-hitters in the likes of Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite, Pollard’s experience is invaluable. He has 2289 ODI runs in 101 matches, at 25.71, with the highest score of 119 and strike-rate over 92.89.

Asked if he could take the flight to England with performances such as this, Pollard said: “The most I can do every time I step on the cricket field is try to put runs on the board. There are people there who have the job to select, and let’s see how that goes. I’m 31 years old, Chris Gayle is still playing, he’s 39, and he’s whacking it all around.”

Pollard recovers his mojo ahead of CWC19
Pollard recovers his mojo ahead of CWC19

Pollard has picked up after a dull start to the season, notching up scores of 17*, 46* and 83 in his last three innings. At 31, he remains a livewire on the field and offers solid overs with his medium pace.

On Wednesday, after an unbeaten 100 from KL Rahul, Punjab had the game in control as Mumbai struggled to garner momentum, stuttering to 65/3 after 10 overs, and 109/4 in 13. It resulted in the required rate escalating to 13.5 at one point in the chase.

Pollard, however, changed the course of the innings thereafter, smashing three fours and ten sixes in his powerful innings.

“Pollard is a legend! One fellow who could do this, it was Kieron Pollard,” admired Hardik Pandya. “Time and situation needed both of us to go for it, but I could not connect much today. Pollard was supporting himself, and for the first time in my life, while sitting outside, I thought 17 per over is a par score.”

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We have got what it takes to win the CWC’ – Jason Holder

Forty years since West Indies last lifted the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy, in 1979, current captain Jason Holder is confident that his team can repeat history.

“I’m very optimistic,” Holder told Sports mail. “I think we’ve got what it takes to win the World Cup. It’s just a matter of the kind of cricket we play. We’ve potentially got match-winners on any given day and we can beat any side in the world.

“We’re confident that once we formulate our plans and execute them, we’ll be up there lifting that trophy at the very end.”

We have got what it takes to win the CWC’ – Jason Holder
We have got what it takes to win the CWC’ – Jason Holder

Windies last played a multi-format series against England, whom they beat 2-1 in the Tests. It was Windies’ first series win against England in the long format in 10 years. Holder, who was adjudged Player of the Match for his career-best 202* in front of his home crowd in Barbados, had a big part to play in it himself.

The limited-overs leg was more of a mixed bag, with Windies drawing the five-match one-day international series 2-2, but conceding the Twenty20 Internationals that followed by a 3-0 margin. However, Holder felt that holding the No.1 side in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings to a stalemate would hold Windies in good stead.

“I don’t think it’s all sunk in yet,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling scoring a double century in front of my home crowd and competing against the No.1 one-day side in the world and pushing them right until the end says a lot about our potential.”

If Holder leads West Indies to the World Cup, he will have emulated Clive Lloyd, whom Holder is very close to and has been taking advice from. “Growing up, you track history,” Holder said. “Clive Lloyd lifted two World Cups in 1975 and 1979, and it’s up to us to try to achieve something similar.

“He and I are very close. He’s given me a lot of advice about how to go about my international experience. He always said to me that it took three years for him to understand how to play Test cricket. Having played Test cricket for a while, I realize what he meant.”

Holder further said that West Indies are still a work in progress but are on the path to success. “Our boys are probably not the finished product, but we’re definitely on the right path to becoming pretty good West Indian players. If we stick together for the next two or three years, the sky’s the limit,” he said.

“And, being in England, this was the last place we lifted the World Cup. Who knows, maybe there’s a script to be written there.”

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West Indies have been a good tournament team’ Brath waite said

Carlos Brathwaite, the West Indies all-rounder, trusts that if his team remain to perform as they did in the ODI series at home against England, they can challenge for the ICC Men’s CWC 2019 title. Fans have bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets and hoping for the West Indies to perform well in the tournament.

West Indies had to go through the qualifying competition, in which they lost in the final to Afghanistan, to cover their place in Cricket World Cup2019 in England and Wales. They lost ODI series to Bangladesh (home and away) and India, but fascinated against England in a drawn series where several records were broken.

Brathwaite, whose last-over recklessness won his side the World T20 2016 title, said their recent performance was a good sign as they chase their third World Cup trophy after wins way back in 1975 and 1979.

West Indies have been a good tournament team’ Brath waite said
West Indies have been a good tournament team’ Brath waite said

“I don’t want our selves to be called favorites or underdogs. But we have newly played some great brand of cricket and if we can repeat that [in England] we will go anywhere close to challenging for the title,” Brathwaite told Media Trust of India on Friday, 22 March.

We have been conventionally a good tournament team; so confidently, we can win the third CWC. From players’ point of view, we have the confidence that we can win and we will play our best cricket.”

One of the Windies’ worries is consistency. After the ODIs, for instance, they warped in the T20Is against England. Given the format of the CWC, where each team plays the other, their task will be to continue a high level throughout.

“We have to play our best game over nine or something initial games and then in the semi-finals and finals,” agreed Brathwaite. “We know what we can do but we need to perform our plans. We have full trust that we can lift the trophy.”

West Indies have been a good tournament team’ Brath waite said
West Indies have been a good tournament team’ Brath waite said

For his own part, he will be happy to play a small part even if it is not something as iconic as beating four sixes in a final over. “I would not be beating four sixes again maybe, but I am happy to be contributing,” he said.

“It’s not about counting a fifty or taking a hat-trick. I’ve mellowed over the years.”

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England Favorites, but Watch out West Indies at CWC 2019′-Allan Donald

South Africa pacer Allan Donald accept as true England carry the favorites’ tag for the CWC 2019, exclusively since they remind him of the strong South African side of 1999, which narrowly missed out after a heart-breaking semi-final.  Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy it’s stunning performances.

England Favorites, but Watch out West Indies at CWC 2019'-Allan Donald
England Favorites, but Watch out West Indies at CWC 2019′-Allan Donald

Donald was England’s impermanent bowling coach in 2007, he liked England’s latent this year to that of the mighty South African side of 1999, of which he was the part.

“My memory that will always stand out is the 1999 World Cup, not because I was run out in the semi-final, but the team that I played with, that team had the belief, I just knew that team had the ability to win the World Cup for sure,” Donald told ESPN. “The disappointing fact of what happened was just a real tragedy.”

The former South African pacer believes the hosts not only have the home advantage but also a batter side.

“On current form, you’ve got to say that England are playing a brand of cricket that’s saying to others, ‘If you’re going to beat us, you’re going to have to play out of your boots,'” he said “They’ve put down a marker for everyone else.”

The Former South African player, who played four CWC for Proteas, admits the Proteas will have to do “something quite special” to movement beyond the semi-final stage. “I hope this South African side pulls it through,” he said. “For the country, it needs that sort of thing, so I really hope that they can do something quite exceptional.”

Former Proteas player Donald picked Pakistan and West Indies as likely to reason an upset in the competition and trusts in their latent to turn things around. Pakistan last won a competition on English ground in 2017 when they defeated India in the final in the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval and Donald said their randomness can never be overlooked.

England Favorites, but Watch out West Indies at CWC 2019'-Allan Donald
England Favorites, but Watch out West Indies at CWC 2019′-Allan Donald

Talking about Caribbean, he felt their performance against England to level the recent one day series 2-2 was a pointer of how much the West Indies team has enhanced in the last few months.

“Watch out for the West Indies, I say, watch out for the West Indies! There’s just something there, there’s a new spark there that I think the rest of the world want to see – West Indies competing like they are right now. The men in maroon, for me, I would say, be wary of them, they’re going to really be a factor in this World Cup.”

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Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.

Ebony Rainford Brent said that mark Wood will be the bowler tidy up England’s bowling attack when this CWC2019 comes around. The Durham quick has inhaled new life into England’s unit in both Test and ODI cricket at times blowing the Windies away with his scary out -and- out pace across the winter. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy it’s stunning performances.

Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.
Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.

But there’s the feeling that Wood who had performed brilliantly 4/60 in the third ODI run fest still has new altitudes to grasp with the white ball.

This is the level that Rainford-Brent, ICC Women’s World Cup conqueror with England in 2009, feels could prove the change this summer as the host nation search for their very first men’s title.

Rainford Brent said that “Mark Wood has just put in a fantastic performance in the West Indies and I think that extra pace that he could bring could be vital,”

“Some bowlers usually bowelled in the low 80s (mph) and therefore Wood can be useful England in the CWC2019.

“There’s no doubt that he will be brought in at some fact because he is kind of Simon Jones like and could bring a bit of extra speed in his bowling.

England had completed unit, I think there will be the set up this summer, and England got the experienced side and know-how to playing together.

“Wood is very much in his form and he can provide something really precious to the England bowling side.

“I also think that Jofra Archer could be another one that has an outside chance – everyone is talking about him in the white-ball game but the fact that he has got height and pace could see him brought in at some point.”

Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.
Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.

England had three time runners up in the men’s CWC.  Their time in the attention has failed to materialize having yet to win the CWC trophy.

But England with exciting mixture of youth and experienced players maybe can finally be their year.

This is the feeling Rainford-Brent retains at least, believing home ground could be the turning point England side so long as they can click on the day.

“This is the best chance England has ever had to win the World Cup,”

England Skipper is just an outstanding leader, to see how he carries himself, he is very calm under pressure that is the thing which you want and he has clearly had a vision about going out and playing courageous cricket to try and alter this side.

Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.
Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.

“He is in some ways the father of the team and if he goes on and takes us to that next level he will have done what no other captain has been able to do in this format of the game. He could change English cricket history.”

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West Indies can go all the way in the World Cup 2019 – Bayliss

The Windies haven’t won a shared ODI series for close to five years and are currently ranked ninth in the 50-over format. However, both Richard Pybus and Trevor Bayliss, the respective coaches of the Windies and England, noted that with the anchor of the lineup returning to the setup, they can spring up surprises in the upcoming World Cup to be held in England and even erect the trophy.

West Indies can go all the way in the World Cup 2019 – Bayliss
West Indies can go all the way in the World Cup 2019 – Bayliss

“I know the right West Indies arrangement with a fully-focused side can beat anyone on their day,” Richard Pybus, the Windies’ provisional coach, noted. “I wasn’t at the World Cup qualifiers but, with the group of guys we have now, we feel convinced (we) could take down anyone on their day.”

“The Windies have been playing some well-mannered cricket over the last 18 months,” said Bayliss. “With the size of their thrash and the way some of them hit the ball, there can be a chance of winning that World Cup.”

Pybus commended Gayle for his remarkable show in the first two ODIs. The southpaw opener made a hundred and followed it up with a fifty during the Barbados leg of the ODI series. However, the left-handed batsman also was criticised for playing out dots during the early phase of his innings in the first game.

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Chris Gayle reconsiders Retirement after superb England ODI series

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is thinking about un-retiring after good performance in the ODI series against England. Gayle had decided to retire from ODI cricket after the 2019 edition of CWC. But recent attacking form has made him consider about not hanging boots, if his fitness permits. Such was his batting form that he is pondering to hold retirement plan. Windies hope that Chris Gayle can play important role in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Chris Gayle completes 10000 ODI runs and reconsiders Retirement after CWC 2019
Chris Gayle completes 10000 ODI runs and reconsiders Retirement after CWC 2019

Chris Gayle said about his retirement plans: “I just have to work on the body and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle. Things change quickly. Hopefully the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens. What’s the matter with the body? I’m nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We’ll see. We’ll take it slowly.”

Gayle has scored 347 runs from three innings in one day internationals versus England at 115.66 average and 120.06 strike rate. He has registered two centuries and one fifty in current series. He scored 135 runs from 129 balls, with 12 sixes and three fours. He anchored a fifty in the second match. He smashed 162 runs from 97 balls, with the help of 14 sixes and 11 fours. Chris Gayle became second batsman from West Indies to cross 10,000 ODI runs after Brian Lara. He is the only second batsman to hit 300 sixes in ODIs, after Shahid Afridi of Pakistan.

Chris Gayle further stated: “I’ve been playing a lot of T20 cricket, so it’s always going to be a difficult coming back into 50 over cricket. But eventually the body gets accustomed to the 50-over format. To get the 10,000-run milestone is a great feeling. I’ve done it in T20 as well. It’s a fantastic achievement from my point of view. Doing it for West Indies as well, that makes it even more superb.”

Buttler 150 overshadows Gayle 162 as England lead ODIs 2-1 against West Indies

England scored 418/6 in fourth ODI on 27th February 2019 at St George’s in Grenada. Jos Buttler smashed career best 150 runs. English captain Eoin Morgan hit 103, while openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow registered 82 and 52 runs respectively. West Indies came very close to chasing target with Chris Gayle’s 162 runs. Darren Bravo put on 61 runs, while Carlos Brathwaite’s 50 and Ashley Nurse’s 43 were other major contributions for the Caribbean team. England earned victory by 29 runs thanks to Adil Rashid’s five-for and Mark Wood’s four-for. ODI series between West Indies and England is offering adequate preparation for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with hard fought matches.

Buttler 150 trumps Gayle 162 as England lead ODI series 2-1 vs West Indies
Buttler 150 trumps Gayle 162 as England lead ODI series 2-1 vs West Indies

English openers Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales compiled 100 runs partnership to lay strong base. England skipper Eoin Morgan continued momentum with 88 balls century after the departure of Hales and Bairstow. 204 runs stand between Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan helped his team compile a mammoth total. England smoked 24 sixes to break record of most ODI sixes in an innings. 46 total sixes clobbered by England and West Indies easily surpassed record of most sixes in a match.

West Indies were motoring in the chase with 176 runs partnership between Gayle and Bravo. Continuing decent form, Chris Gayle smoked 14 sixes. England pacer Mark Wood took four wickets at important intervals to slow Windies’ progress. Gayle collected 162 runs of 97 balls, with 11 fours and 14 sixes. DM Bravo offered good support in middle order with nearly run a ball 61 runs. Windies captain Jason Holder tried to play sheet anchor role with 29 (35) before getting out. Ben Stokes removed Chris Gayle to dent West Indies’ chase. Carlos Brathwaite 50 (36) and Ashley Nurse 43 (41) brought Caribbean side close to target. But then England spinner Adil Rashid took four wickets in five balls in the 47th over to knock over Windies. Jos Buttler got man of the match award for his superb batting. England went 2-1 in 5-match ODI series versus West Indies with game left. Chris Gayle was praised for his hard-hitting and six laden innings.