Brathwaite leads as West Indies get VIP tour of Manchester United

MANCHESTER, England – Members of the West Indies team took a break from their hectic schedule to pay a visit to one of sport’s most iconic venues. Several players, member of the support staff along with family and friends were hosted to a VIP tour of Old Trafford football stadium – the home of Manchester United. West Indies are in Manchester for 11 days as the played ICC Cricket World Cup matches against New Zealand – last Saturday, and India – on Thursday.

C. Brathwaite at Old Trafford.jpgThey made the short journey over from the historic cricket venue to the Theatre of Dreams, and saw close up the majesty of the sporting arena. The tour included a trip into the players dressing room – which has hosted many legends of English and international football. They also heard about the history of the club, the legacy of the great manager Sir Alex Ferguson and received replica playing jerseys.

Allrounder Carlos Brathwaite who is a Man U supporter said:

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Andre Russell has knee surgery in Manchester

MANCHESTER, England – West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell successfully underwent surgery to address the injury to his left knee, which earlier this week ruled him out of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The 31-year-old had the procedure at a local facility and will return to Jamaica to continue his rehabilitation.

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Russell played four of West Indies’ six matches in the World Cup before being replaced by Sunil Ambris, who joined the team on Tuesday. Russell had a major impact in the West Indies win over Pakistan, where he took two wickets for four runs in a hostile three-over spell at Trent Bridge. Overall he ended with just five wickets from 19 overs. He scored 36 runs from three innings.

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Source: CMC /CWI Media

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Tickets for the India Tour of the West Indies 2019 – sponsored by MyTeam11 and co-powered by Skoda – will go on sale to the public from midnight tonight (East Caribbean Time), coinciding with 40 days to go until the start of the action between the two teams.

Fans can get their tickets to all eight matches for the Tour, including the two MyTeam11 Tests which jump start the two teams’ participation in the ICC World Test Championship and two MyTeam11 Twenty20 Internationals in the United States, via the “Buy Tickets” button on the West Indies website,

Local box office sales start approximately two weeks in advance of each leg of the Tour with the list of opening dates being:

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“West Indies fans across the region have a wonderful opportunity to come out and get behind this talented, exciting West Indies side. The fans can really make the difference in creating the carnival atmosphere that the players love and which fans all over the world love watching on TV. We’re giving fans affordable tickets and promotional discounted ticket bundles. And with the start of the World Test Championship, there’s added competition in every form of the game,” said CWI Commercial Director, Dominic Warne.

“When you pitch everyone’s favourite team, the West Indies, against the world’s most supported team in India and the two most passionate sets of cricket fans, it’s going to be a wonderful MyTeam11 Series across all 3 formats of international cricket, in an action packed month of cricket. Our fans can become the extra man and give our promising teams that extra boost when they step on to the field,” said Warne.

Tickets for children aged 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket for all matches. Senior citizens – aged 60-plus – on presentation of a form of national photo identification at local box offices are also eligible for free tickets while stocks last for all matches, except the two MyTeam11 Twenty20 Internationals in the United States.

To give fans extra encouragement to get behind the start of the West Indies World Test Championship journey, a special season ticket is available for either of the Test matches where the full 5 days of cricket have been discounted to the equivalent price of just three and a half days.

Source: CMC/CWI Media

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Sunil Ambris to replace Andre Russell in CWC19 West Indies squad

MANCHESTER, England – The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 has approved Sunil Ambris as a replacement player for Andre Russell in the West Indies squad for the remainder of the tournament.

All-rounder Russell has been ruled out of further participation in the event due to an injury to his left knee. Ambris the 26-year-old top-order batsman and wicket-keeper from St Vincent, has played six Tests and six ODIs for the West Indies.

Sunil Ambris.jpgHe was a member of the squad which recently played in the Tri Nation Series in Ireland where he made his maiden international century. During that tournament he had scores of 38, 148, 23 and 69 not out.

The West Indies are presently in Manchester where they are preparing for the next ICC Cricket World Cup match against India on Thursday at Old Trafford.

First ball is 10:30am (5:30am Eastern Caribbean Time/4:30am Jamaica Time). The other two matches remaining in the first round are against Sri Lanka in Durham on Monday, July 1 and against Afghanistan at Headingley, on Thursday, July 4.

World Cup Schedule.jpgThe replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.

The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives).

FULL SQUAD (with shirt numbers)

Jason Holder (Captain) – 8

Chris Gayle (Vice Captain) – 45

Fabian Allen – 97

Sunil Ambris – 99

Carlos Brathwaite – 26

Darren Bravo – 46

Sheldon Cottrell – 19

Shannon Gabriel – 85

Shimron Hetmyer – 2

Shai Hope – 4

Evin Lewis – 17

Ashley Nurse – 5

Nicholas Pooran – 29

Kemar Roach – 24

Oshane Thomas – 42


  • Friday, May 31: vs Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

West Indies won by 7 wickets; Details:

  • Thursday, June 6: vs Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Australia won by 15 runs; Details:

  • Monday, June 10: vs South Africa at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

No result due to rain; Details:

  • Friday, June 14: vs England at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

England won by 8 wickets; Details:

  • Monday, June 17: vs Bangladesh at the County Ground, Taunton

Bangladesh won by 7 wickets; Details:

  • Saturday, June 22: vs New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester

New Zealand won by 5 runs; Details:



Source: CMC/CWI Media

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Don’t let anyone convince you that history only remembers the winners. Holland in 1974. New Zealand in 2015. We remember those that made us feel things, those that defined moments and tournaments with performances that will never fall into line with others.

Carlos Brathwaite – WI will remember the name.

GettyImages-1157627679.jpgCarlos Brathwaite hit five sixes yesterday – brutal, totemic sixes. 30 iconic runs from all out assaults on the New Zealand attack. Five shots. Just short of six.

Brathwaite hit 25 runs off Matt Henry, in the 48th over of the game: 25% of his total runs in five minutes and 50 seconds of absolute, utter chaos. It brought West Indies’ prospects up from a 3% chance to a 45% chance, from a shot in the dark to within touching distance. Five minutes, fifty seconds. Just short of six.

Carlos Brathwaite hit Jimmy Neesham to long-on. A muscular parabola, the ball arced high into the Manchester sky, white on black in the night, arcing towards the fielder unfortunately unable to make a six.

chart - 2019-06-22T224037.827.pngWhen Brathwaite came to the crease, West Indies were 142-4. They were almost exactly halfway to their target, but it felt an awful lot further away than that. In the overs that followed, they lost Chris Gayle, Ashley Nurse and Evin Lewis.
When Lewis fell, their chances with WinViz dropped to 1%.

Unlike most team sports, cricket is binary. Ties go down in history, and you can count them on your hand. In white ball cricket, you win or you lose. You’re up, or you’re down. You’re dead, or you’re alive.

Brathwaite knows that if you’re still stood at the crease, you still have a chance. That’s why, when all others around him were falling, he stood, and let the action happen. He let the game come to him. As the wickets fell, and the game began to flat-line, Brathwaite just hung. He put no pressure on himself to hit out from the start, absolving himself of blame with easy talk of aggression or counter-attacks. He calmly, authoritatively, took the burden of the whole game, the whole campaign, on his broad Bajan shoulders, and waited.

Brathwaite attacked only 18 of the first 60 deliveries he faced in Manchester yesterday. He gave himself the option to sit, to assess the situation, to gather information about the pitch and the bowlers, knowing he had firepower to come. He knew that, for all the runs required and all the balls remaining, this was essentially in hand.

chart - 2019-06-23T004841.449.pngFrom the moment he arrived at the crease, another 137 runs came from the bats of the West Indian side; 101 came from Brathwaite’s.

He bided his time, waited; stealing from over to over, getting closer to the desired target in tiny increments, nothing more. He knew the end could be emphatic, he’s always had it in him.

chart - 2019-06-22T224303.429.pngAfter those first 60 deliveries, he attacked 18 of the next 22. He made a break for it, and it was sustained. The 36 attacking shots Brathwaite played was the most he’s ever played in an ODI innings. It was twice as many as he’s ever played before in a single match.

chart - 2019-06-23T005011.939.pngBut he picked his deliveries. This wasn’t indiscriminate slogging, in the slightest. Brathwaite knows his strengths and weaknesses all too well, and approached this task appropriately.

chart - 2019-06-22T232143.872.pngFew cricketers in the world are as intelligent in terms of using their skills as efficiently. His scoring yesterday was clinical, his attacking strokes destructive, but they came against full pitched bowling.

chart - 2019-06-22T225758.218.pngTerrifyingly, out of nowhere, Williamson suddenly clocked what was going on. He tuned into the destruction, and knew what he had to do to get his side over the line.

The last eight balls Brathwaite faced were all short. New Zealand had realised as a collective what was happening. Anything in the slot, or near it, was going the distance, but there was more causing Brathwaite issues. This was their in, their last chance to save face.

Ferguson, the short ball specialist – no Black Caps seamers has sent down more bouncers in this World Cup – had bowled out. So Williamson turned to Neesham, a man always willing to do a job, and from what we can tell from the sidelines, told him to bowl short every ball.

chart - 2019-06-22T230716.454.pngHe was dismissed by a short ball. The only type of bowling he never got hold of. Williamson had sussed him, just in time.

Brathwaite was left, on his own, on the floor in a moment that called to mind those other great valiant defeats. Lee in 2005, particularly, was at the forefront, the sense of a player so close to snatching unlikely victory, denied it at the last minute. This was a man who had walked all the way up to the mirror, the emphatic binary of win and lose, and fallen short with his nose touching glass.

No other innings this World Cup has had a higher impact on their side, in any given game. No other individual can walk back into the dressing room, look their teammates in the eye, and say that they did more.

chart - 2019-06-22T222808.204.pngIt’s frustrating, but we can’t talk about this innings, without talking about that innings. Kolkata, April 3rd, 2016. Brathwaite does what we all know he did, hitting four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes in the most remarkable end to a cricket match ever seen. We remember the way it all unfolded, the thrill, the shock, the name. The game was England’s, and then it was gone.

Briefly, on Friday night, Stokes saw his own shot at redemption, his own opportunity to wrestle a victory out of the jaws of defeat with his hands only. It slipped away. Mark Wood was unable to play his part with the bat, and Stokes’ latest redemptive shot was struck out. It could be his last. These moments come along ever so rarely.

That’s the beauty of days like yesterday. It’s not in the tumult of the back and forth, the fortunes of two sides thrown from side to side, sparing only one. It’s that performances like Brathwaite’s are so rare, and for one man to produce two in a lifetime – no, in three years – is nothing short of astonishing.

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MANCHESTER, England – Carlos Brathwaite gave 101 reasons to once again remember his name, but narrowly failed to usher West Indies over the finish line, as they suffered a heart-breaking, five-run loss to New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales.

GettyImages-1157627464.jpgChasing 292 for victory at Old Trafford in their sixth match of the tournament, the West Indies were on the ropes at 167 for seven in the 27th over before Brathwaite followed up scintillating batting from Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer with a sensational maiden One-day International hundred to make the Caribbean side believe again.

View the Match Highlights below:

West Indies v New Zealand Match Highlights| CWC19

Crucially, the tall, rugged all-rounder anchored the bottom half of the batting with an innings that included nine fours and five sixes from 82 balls and put on 47 for the eighth wicket with Kemar Roach, a further 34 for the ninth wicket with Sheldon Cottrell and 41 for the final wicket with Oshane Thomas.

The pivotal moment in the closing stages came, when Brathwaite slammed 25 from the 48th over from Matt Henry – including three sixes – which left West Indies with just eight to get from the last two overs.

Brathwaite scrambled just two runs off the fourth delivery of the penultimate over from Jimmy Neesham to reach his landmark.

GettyImages-1157627679.jpgWith the West Indies needing six with seven balls remaining, he connected with a short, rising ball from Jimmy Neesham and tried to clear the long-on boundary, only to watch in horror, as innings destroyer Trent Boult deftly navigated the boundary rope to haul in the match-winning catch. Two metres higher and it would have been victory.

The result meant it was the fourth straight loss for #MenInMaroon, keeping them on three points, dropping them down to seventh in the tournament standings, and virtually ruling them out of a place in the Final Four.

GettyImages-1157626865.jpgGayle and Hetmyer had provided the early entertainment in the chase and helped the West Indies recover from a shaky start that saw Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran dismissed cheaply to leave the side wobbling on 20 for two in the seventh over.

In typical fashion, Gayle, the self-acclaimed “Universe Boss”, slammed eight fours and six sixes in 87 from 84 balls and shared 122 for the third wicket with fellow left-hander Hetmyer, whose 54 from 45 balls, helped to get the West Indies chase back on track.

Five wickets for 22 in the space of 29 balls – Gayle, Hetmyer, as well as captain Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Evin Lewis for nought, one and nought respectively – appeared to have derailed the Caribbean side’s chances to even get close, as left-arm pacer Trent Boult with 4-30 and Lockie Fergusson with 3-59 from their allotted 10 overs apiece ripped the heart out of the batting.

But Brathwaite put the side on his broad shoulders and dragged them to within reach only to fall short with six balls remaining.

Earlier, Sheldon Cottrell grabbed 4-56 from 10 overs and Brathwaite took 2-58 from six overs, as New Zealand reached 291 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs, after they were put in to bat.

GettyImages-1157557192.jpgCottrell removed openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro in the first over of the match, but he and the rest of the bowling failed to make inroads into the New Zealanders’ batting, as their opponents’ two most decorated batsmen, captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor breathed life into their side’s innings.

Williamson hit 148, his second straight hundred of the tournament, and Taylor supported with 69 in a third-wicket stand of 160 that was the rock upon which the Black Caps built their total.

West Indies face India in their next match on Thursday at the same venue.


Source:  CMC / CWI Media

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Russell tells Windies fans “stay with us”

Andre Russell showed what he’s made of in the opening Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan – and that was with the ball. The inspirational allrounder was picked more for his sensational batting than his swift bowling, but he stunned the Pakistanis with some sizzling short stuff which led to their batting collapse.

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Queen Meets Captains as World Prepares for Cricket’s Finest

While the Men’s Cricket World Cup opening party got under way on the Mall in central London, just up the road the expectant captains got a royal audience in a very grand “pavilion”.

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NOTTINGHAM, England – A sensational start to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales for West Indies with a comprehensive, seven-wicket victory over Pakistan following great display of hostile fast bowling.


Chris Gayle, the World-acclaimed “Universe Boss”, blasted six fours and three six in an even 50 from 34 balls, as the WINDIES made light work of a victory target of 106 in their opening match of the tournament at Trent Bridge.

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Andre Russell put down 16 consecutive short balls in a fiery opening spell that captured two wickets in 3 overs conceding 4 runs. Further destructive spells from Oshane Thomas and captain Jason Holder followed this example , as the Pakistanis were bowled out for 105 in 21.4 overs, after they were sent in to bat.

Thomas snared 4-27 from 5.4 overs to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, including dismissing star man Pakistan star man. Babar Azam. Holder grabbed 3-42 from 5 overs as Pakistan failed to deal with aggressive bowling from the Caribbean and never recovered from a shaky start.

In case you missed it, take a look at the #MaroonMoment of the day as Shai Hope flies to snare Pakistan’s 4th wicket.

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MANY OF US have been fans of the West Indies team for quite some time — whether inherently as part of family tradition or recently through media coverage.

Die-hard or new, one thing is for sure — for all WINDIES fans, it’s our undying love and support for our Men In Maroon.

It’s a great feeling when we unite as one and lift our players up with good vibes and support. It’s an even greater and proud moment to see the team feed off our love and do their best to win and surpass expectations. This type of West Indian rallying forms part of the reason we support our Men In Maroon — win, lose or draw.

But just as a refresher, here are 5 reasons to rally with our Men In Maroon:

5. It’s WI Time

June 23, 2019, will mark exactly 40 years since West Indies last won the ICC Cricket World Cup 1979 at Lord’s, England.

The number 40 is loaded with significance and symbolism and if there’s any time to #RALLY with our #MenInMaroon, now will be a really good time.

Come onboard the WINDIES bandwagon, hold on tight because after all, this may very well be WI Time again!

4. The Universe Boss vs The Prince

West Indies history will be imminent at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales with Chris Gayle being just 252 runs shy of surpassing Brian Lara’s record for the most runs in WINDIES One-day International history!

With nine mandatory matches scheduled for the WINDIES (fingers crossed WINDIES make it to the semi-finals and final), the left-handed talisman, who made his ODI debut 20 years ago against India, is bound to give us a moment to remember and a reason to #RALLY.

3. Close to 900 ODI Matches played among WI squad

Even with the younger promising players on the squad, the wealth of experience of the West Indies World Cup squad is first-rate. Our #MenInMaroon have a combined experience of close to 900 ODI matches.

They’re well equipped for the battle and this World Cup promises to be the showdown of all showdowns.

2. Chris Gayle…Again!

It’s official.

At 39 years old, this will be the last World Cup for the World-acclaimed Universe Boss and West Indies are certain it will be nothing short of entertaining. A memorable moment for the WINDIES and fans around the world as WI all stand by to witness history in the making.

Gayle’s last World Cup stint will be a story WI tell our children, who will tell their children and so on. Or perhaps they may just Google it, who knows. Whatever the case, this ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales will be inked in the books or should WI say…saved in the online search engines for many years to come.


This ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales is not just for the West Indies players, but for every single WINDIES fan around the world. What will this adventure be without your screams of excitement, heart-thumping moments of anxiety, and not to mention your social media posts letting the world know that you are #RALLYING with the #MenInMaroon.

There’s no WI without You!



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