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West Indies answer critics with 150-run Pakistan win

The West Indies answered their critics as they battered Pakistan on both sides of the ball to get their World Cup campaign up and running with a 150-run victory in Christchurch.

West Indies were dominant against Pakistan Credit: Reuters

Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons laid the foundations for the Windies, with knocks of 51 and 50 respectively, before Andre Russell sparkled with an unbeaten 42 off just 13 balls to guide them to 310 for six.

With four wickets gone and 10 overs remaining the Windies cut loose, piling on 115 runs from their final 60 balls, although they were helped by poor Pakistan fielding throughout at Hagley Oval.

West Indies spinner pulls out of World Cup

Sunil Narine is out of the World Cup. Credit: PA

Spinner Sunil Narine has pulled out of West Indies' World Cup squad as he continues to work on remodeling his action.

Narine voluntarily had a spell away from international cricket in order to adjust his bowling style after being reported by umpires during the Champions League Twenty20 in October last year, but has does not feel ready to compete in Australia.


India confirm demand for £26.2m following failed West Indies cricket tour

The secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket India has confirmed the organisation's demands for compensation from the West Indies.

Sanjay Patel says the BCCI have put in a claim totalling around £26.2million from their Caribbean counterparts after they abandoned their recent tour of India. But also confirmed the figure could increase.

West Indies ended their tour to India prematurely. Credit: Reuters

"We have sent a demand letter to the WICB claiming damages to the tune of 258 crore (£26.2 million)...and we are in the process of ascertaining other damages incurred by our hosting centres, after which we will present a final claim amount," Patel told Press Association.

"It is a matter of consideration for the WICB to decide as to how they will cover our damages.

"(Abandoning the tour) is a unilateral decision of the WICB and they are solely responsible for this entire episode.

"There has been a direct and disastrous impact (to India). Other than the financial losses, the collateral damage that has been caused to the BCCI and its stakeholders is irreparable."

Rain halts England's match against West Indies

The third One-Day International between England and West Indies at Headingley has been abandoned due to bad weather, without a ball being bowled.

Lone spectators in the stand at Headingley. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Persistent rain prevented any play, and following a pitch inspection, the match was halted at 1pm.

It means England win the three-match series 2-0.


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