In a significant development, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced it had signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA)
West Indies were 109 for the loss of two wickets after 25 overs against Afghanistan in their last match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Thursday.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and chose to bat first at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds on Thursday.
The Windies started their innings with Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle — who might be playing his last World Cup match. Gayle, who has not had a good World Cup so far, failed to impress in his last innings of the 2019 World Cup as he fell to Dawlat Zadran on an individual score of 7.
After Gayle’s departure, Lewis was accompanied by Shai Hope and the duo stitched an 88-run partnership for the second wicket. Lewis fell to Rashid Khan after a well-made 58 as he tried to boost the run rate.
Whichever team wins this clash, it will hardly make a difference to the World Cup points table except for personal triumph. Yet, it is an important fight for both the teams to end their campaigns with a consolatory smile on their faces.
For the Windies, Evin Lewis and Kemar Roach came in for Sunil Ambris and Shannon Gabriel, whereas for Afghanistan, Dawlat Zadran and Sayed Shirzad came in for Hamid Hassan and Hashmatullah Shahidi.
Brief scorecard: West Indies 109/2 after 25 overs (Evin Lewis 58, Shai Hope 52, Dawlat Zadran 1/21, Rashid Khan 1/22) against Afghanistan.