Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite is one of two players released by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the IPL 12 auction.

The 28 -year-old all-rounder endured a difficult season with the Sunrisers last season, after being left on the bench for the first half of the campaign.  In total, Brathwaite tallied 75 runs and grabbed 5 wickets in four matches.

Prior to that, the West Indian featured sparsely for the Delhi Daredevils for whom he played only 10 matches across two IPL seasons (eight in 2016 and two in 2017).  In addition to Brathwaite, the team also Wriddhiman Saha.

Yuvraj Singh was on Thursday released by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the Indian Premier League auction next month while Rajasthan Royals let go left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat after paying a whopping Rs 11.5 crore for his services earlier this year.

Delhi Daredevils expectedly released Gautam Gambhir, who stepped down as the team's in the middle of the 2018 season after a poor run of form.

Yuvraj, who last played for India in June 2017, was bought by KXIP at a base price of Rs 2 crore at the mega-auction held in January.

Chris Gayle, who too was lapped up by KXIP at his base price of Rs 2 crore, has been expectedly retained after a productive run in the 2018 edition. The deadline to retain players ended on Thursday.

Windies Women’s team skipper Stafanie Taylor has called upon the team to improve its performances at the crease, despite a 31-run win over South Africa in group A of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 on Wednesday.

In the end, a comfortable victory catapulted the Windies to the top of group A, with a second consecutive conquest.  Taylor’s career-best figures of four for 12 and a brilliant all-round fielding effort put the punctuation on a spirited Windies effort but for the second match in a row the team’s runs scoring effort seemed to have left the bowler with their work cut out.

The top order did not stick around long as top stars Hayley Matthews, Deadra Dottin and Taylor were all back in the pavilion with just 20 runs on the board and the team struggling at 4 for 29.

“We definitely need to improve in that area.  I find that the bowlers have been doing really well for us; so we just have to help out the bowling and put some runs on the board,” Taylor said.

“Tonight I think was one of those nights where the application wasn’t good, the shot selection wasn’t there.  I think if we could have been a bit more laid back and watched what the pitch is doing we would have been better off,” she added.

West Indies fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose has expressed an interest in taking over as coach of the regional team when Australian Stuart Law departs later this year.

West Indies will be without captain Jason Holder for their upcoming tour of Bangladesh due to a shoulder injury.

Holder featured in the five-match one-day series in India but has suffered "a partial thickness tear of the subscapularis tendon in his shoulder," according to a West Indies Cricket Board statement.

While the skipper undergoes physiotherapy and rehabilitation in Barbados, Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the side for two Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh.

"I am definitely disappointed not being able to make the tour to Bangladesh," Holder told the Barbados Cricket Association website.

"But based on the advice from the medical team, we felt this was the best course of action to deal with the ongoing issues I have been having with my shoulder and prevent further damage.

"I've been having issues with my shoulder since the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March. Since then I have been trying to manage it and the pain levels, but it has got to a point now where I've got to take time to correct it so that going forward I have no further issues.

"Obviously I am disappointed to miss the tour but I know the boys are capable of beating Bangladesh."

All-rounder Raymon Reifer takes Holder's place in the touring party in the only change from the group that travelled to India.

Chittagong and Mirpur host the two Test matches, with the latter venue sharing the limited-overs fixtures with Sylhet.
 

West Indies squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Shermon Lewis, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican.

Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite has admitted that the team was slow to adjust tactics in a narrow loss to India in the final T20I on Sunday.

Young Windies batsman Nicholas Pooran insisted he was just grateful to take the opportunity to showcase his talent, after smashing an impressive half-century against India in the T20 series finale between the teams on Sunday.

The 23-year-old clobbered four 4s and four 6s in a 53-run unbeaten stand, from 25 deliveries, which pushed the regional team to a respectable 181 for 3.  In the end, the total was not enough, however, as the host secured a thrilling last-ball win and an overall 3-0 series win. 

Underpinned by 92 from opening batsman Shikar Dhawan, the Indians made 182 for 4.  Despite a tough loss and difficult series, however, Pooran was satisfied with his maiden T20I half-century.

“That’s cricket I am just trying to grab the opportunities I get.  We haven’t had the best of series, our team is mixed with a set of youngsters and every game is an opportunity for one of us to take it,” Pooran said.

“Today I’m happy I was able to take my opportunity.  We had nothing left to lose,” he added.

Rohit Sharma says India must use the confidence gained from a comprehensive 3-0 Twenty20 triumph over West Indies for their upcoming trip to Australia.

Sunday's six-wicket win in Chennai completed the whitewash for Rohit's side, Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) leading India to victory off the last ball.

India have dominated the Windies tour, winning the Test, ODI and T20 series against Carlos Brathwaite's side.

And their performances in the shortest format are something captain Rohit hopes can help them when they face a three-match T20 series with Australia later this month.

"Overall, I am very happy with how we approached this T20 series," he told a media conference.

"There is a lot to take away, we ticked a lot of boxes and particularly I was very happy with the way we fielded.

"Australia is always challenging in terms of going out there and performing, every time you go there you are tested as a player and as a team. 

"We've got to be at our best, but when you win series like this and play like that you are high in confidence, so it's all about taking that confidence to Australia and doing what we've done as a team. 

"Australia will be a different ball game, but the things we've been doing as a team, we've got to keep doing that."

For Brathwaite a 3-0 reverse was embarrassing, but he was still happy with some aspects of West Indies' performances. 

"Team morale is up, what we are doing is finding the best way to use the resources we have," he said. 

"Three-love looks bad, and it's embarrassing for me as captain, but the performances and fight, that we came to together to use our resources to the best of our abilities, was the hallmark of our series for me."

India scrambled a single off the last ball to seal a six-wicket victory and complete a whitewash of West Indies after Shikhar Dhawan made his highest Twenty20 international score in Chennai.

Deandra Dottin returned the best bowling figures in Women's World Twenty20 history as West Indies inflicted a huge defeat on Bangladesh.

Windies captain Stafanie Taylor insists making history will be a key motivational factor for the women’s team who will get the defence of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 title under way on Friday.

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is hoping to return to the team in time for the match-up against the West Indies later this month.

Windies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite admits the team has been undergoing a period of experimentation to determine its best batting line-up, following another crushing defeat to India.

Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite is hoping to take the positives from a disappointing 71 run loss to India in the second T20 international on Tuesday.

Rohit Sharma created Twenty20 history as his unbeaten 111 helped India comfortably seal the three-match series against West Indies with a game to spare.

The Windies will tackle India in the upcoming T20 series.  How do you think they will fare.

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