Chris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squad

first_imgChris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squadWest Indies announced their 15-man squad led by Jason Holder for the 2019 World Cup on Thursday. Notable exclusions were off-spinner Sunil Narine and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. The duo have not been considered due to injuriesadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 23:36 IST Chris Gayle has been named in West Indies’ 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIn-form Chris Gayle has been named in the 15-man squad for the 2019 World CupOff-spinner Sunil Narine and pacer Alzarri Joseph are missing out due to injuriesBig-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell finds a place in the squad led by Jason HolderChris Gayle and Andre Russell were among 15 players in the West Indies squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup named on Wednesday. Jason Holder, the all-rounder, will lead West Indies as they seek to win a World Cup for the first time since 1979.Chris Gayle is 39 but he has been in spectacular form for Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 Indian Premier League. He has scored 444 runs including 4 fifties from 10 matches at a strike-rate of 162.04. Andre Russell has hit 392 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 IPL and has the highest strike-rate this season: 217.77.”Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose,” interim chairman of the Cricket West Indies selection panel Robert Haynes said.Haynes noted that off-spinner Sunil Narine and emerging fast bowler Alzarri Joseph were not considered, due to finger and shoulder injuries, respectively.”There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.”BREAKING: @windiescricket name their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/Ca61nyDmc8 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 24, 2019″In keeping with tournament regulations, we submitted our squad prior to the deadline date of yesterday. All players named for the Tri-Nations Series could, however, stake a claim to be in the final 15-member squad that will be submitted after the Tri-Series and before the final deadline next month.”advertisementGayle will be making a record fifth World Cup appearance for West Indies and needs just 253 runs to overtake fellow left-hander Brian Lara and become the leading batsman for the Caribbean side in One-day Internationals. The self-proclaimed, “Universe Boss” is the headline act of a batting line-up capable of changing the complexion of any game with enterprising stroke-play.”To have a player the calibre of Chris in the side to lead the batting with his vast experience and his ability to play match-winning or game-changing innings is a blessing for us and the motivation of becoming the leading scorer for West Indies in ODIs is something which I think he will relish,” said Haynes.”Looking at the condition of pitches in ODIs over the last few years in England and Wales, it appears that big totals will be the order of the day, so we believe we have a line-up that can put big totals on the board or chase them, as we have seen from recent matches.”With players like the captain, Jason Holder, as well as Andre Russell in the lower middle-order, we believe we have good depth to our batting which will allow us to play the brand of cricket that will give us the best of chance of winning the World Cup.”Also Read | Harbhajan plays down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s form ahead of World CupAlso Read | BCCI Ombudsman issues notices to Sachin Tendulkar, VVS LaxmanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow West Indies Cricket TeamFollow Chris GayleFollow Andre RussellFollow Kieron PollardFollow Sunil NarineFollow Nicholas Pooranlast_img read more

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Côte dIvoire UN steps up humanitarian aid to ease widespread suffering

The humanitarian crisis stemming from the fighting that ensued after Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to Alassane Ouattara, the winner of the UN-certified presidential run-off election last November, continues despite Mr. Gbagbo’s surrender earlier this week.Although the violence appears to have ended, ethnic tensions are still high and many people remain in hiding in the bush, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today, voicing alarm at the living conditions of some 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in western Côte d’Ivoire.“We believe that major reconciliation efforts will be needed for the IDPs and Ivorian refugees in neighbouring countries to be able to return home in safety and dignity,” UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told a news conference in Geneva. Insecurity prevented access to these populations during the over four months of post-election unrest and medical workers had deserted the area, he noted. UNHCR, which is working to increase its presence in western Côte d’Ivoire, has so far distributed relief items to 10,000 IDPs in the area and is registering and profiling the displaced in Duékoué to better understand their needs and return intentions.The agency and its partners are also providing support to Ivorian refugees in Liberia, which now hosts more than 150,000 of them. Another 13,000 Ivorians have fled to other countries in West Africa.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is airlifting over 60 tons of medical, nutrition, education and water and sanitation supplies to Côte d’Ivoire. Medical kits will allow health workers to treat more than 40,000 patients for the next three months.“It remains difficult for our teams to circulate in Abidjan but UNICEF is slowly but steadily reaching out to the people and deliver much-needed aid,” said Hervé Ludovic de Lys, UNICEF Designated Representative in Côte d’Ivoire. “We will resume mass vaccination campaigns as soon as security allows it.”A chartered cargo plane is set to reach Abidjan tomorrow with 32 tons of relief supplies, the agency said in a news release. In addition, two chartered planes will each bring 15 tons of supplies to the town of Man in the west of the country and Bouaké in the centre to assist people in need in these areas. Given the threat of the spread of deadly epidemics, UNICEF and its partners are rushing to distribute water treatment products to the affected areas. The agency has distributed essential drugs for an initial 8,000 patients in Abidjan and biscuits to treat children suffering from malnutrition. UNICEF is concerned about the state of children who were victims or who witnessed extreme violence and will spearhead efforts to provide them with psychosocial support while assessing their other needs. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had managed to get some trucks into Côte d’Ivoire from Burkina Faso, and food distributions were now starting in a number of communities to provide high-energy biscuits.WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella told reporters that there is a real need to focus on social cohesion and reconciliation, “which should pave the way for people to get back to normal life, working in the fields and sending their children to school.”Meanwhile, a team of health officials from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has arrived to assess the situation in Abidjan and other parts of the country, where many hospitals and health centres remain closed and there is a lack of medical staff and supplies. WHO has transported six tons of medicines from neighbouring Burkina Faso and four tons from Ghana to parts of Côte d’Ivoire, and organized the distribution of supplies that recently arrived in the country. Earlier this week UN agencies and their partners appealed for $160 million to scale up aid to affected populations inside Côte d’Ivoire. The amount represents a five-fold increase over the $32 million initially sought in January at the onset of the humanitarian crisis.Cote 15 April 2011United Nations agencies are stepping up their efforts to ease the suffering of civilians in Côte d’Ivoire who bore the brunt of the post-election crisis that was marked by ethnic tensions, human rights violations and the displacement of an estimated one million people. read more

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