Pacers bounce out Pakistan for massive win

West Indies launched their World Cup 2019 campaign with a thumping seven-wicket victory over Pakistan, orchestrated by the pacers and garnished with a typical Chris Gayle fifty, at Trent Bridge on Friday. After bouncing out Pakistan for a lowly 105 inside 22 overs – their second-lowest in World Cups – the Caribbean side completed the…

James Faulkner says he is not gay after misunderstanding

Australian all-rounder James Faulkner says the support he has received from the LGBT community is “fantastic” – but it came after a misunderstanding. Faulkner shared a picture on Instagram alongside his mother and a man he described as his “boyfriend”. Followers, including former cricketers Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Tait, responded by praising his “great courage”.…

Alex Hales withdrawn from England World Cup squad

Alex Hales has been withdrawn from England’s preliminary World Cup squad to ensure the team is “free from any distractions”, the England & Wales Cricket Board has said. Last week, a spokesman for the batsman said he had been suspended following an “off-field incident”. Hales, 30, was part of a provisional 15-man squad named for the…

Sarwan to mentor West Indies ahead of World Cup

Former West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan will mentor the West Indies side ahead of their next month’s tri-nation ODI series against Bangladesh and hosts Ireland, and the World Cup following it. Sarwan, who retired in 2016 after a 13-year long international career, has already joined the ongoing week-long training camp in Barbados ahead of next month’s trip to Ireland.…

Rishabh Pant left out of India squad

India have chosen wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik instead of Rishabh Pant in their squad for the World Cup. Pant, 21, is one of India’s emerging talents but the selectors have opted for 33-year-old Karthik’s experience. Virak Kohli will captain the side, and the 15-man squad also includes ex-skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and…