Sport Heavy security as West Indies give Pakistan cricket boost
Sri Lanka four wickets away from big win over West Indies
Sri Lanka need just four wickets to win the first Test against West Indies in Galle after setting the all-but-impossible target of 348 on Wednesday's penultimate day of play. West Indies had made just 52 before bad light forced an early end after the hosts' spin trio made quick work of the top order. The sensational collapse saw the tourists lose four wickets in 15 balls for just four runs. Ramesh Mendis was the pick of the bowlers finishing with four for 17. The off-spinner had the makings of a hat-trick as he trapped Kyle Mayers leg before. Jason Holder was expecting the ball to turn into him on the next delivery but a straight path smashed his off-stump.
The West Indies cricket team arrived in Pakistan on Thursday for a visit which local officials hope will scotch bitter memories of a New Zealand tour abandoned on security grounds.
The Windies will play three Twenty20 and three one-day internationals -- all in the port city of Karachi -- starting Monday, their first visit since 2018.
A Pakistan official said a 26-member party had flown to Karachi early Thursday before being escorted by heavy security to the team hotel.
The series comes three months after New Zealand quit their first tour to the country in 18 years shortly before the opening match was due to start following a security alert.
English cricket launches anti-racism plan after Rafiq 'earthquake'
English cricket's top administrator said the sport had been hit by an "earthquake" as he announced an anti-racism action plan on Friday in response to the Azeem Rafiq scandal. The 12 measures unveiled by the England and Wales Cricket Board include a review of dressing-room culture, action to help non-white and less privileged players pursue careers in the game and a commitment to increased diversity on county boards. "The last few weeks haveThe 12 measures unveiled by the England and Wales Cricket Board include a review of dressing-room culture, action to help non-white and less privileged players pursue careers in the game and a commitment to increased diversity on county boards.
That was followed by England's decision to withdraw visits by their men's and women's teams scheduled for October.
Pakistan officials were furious with the cancellations, arguing security measures were lock-tight.
The cricket-mad nation endured a long spell without a visit from an international team following a terror attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.
Pakistan were forced to play their home international matches abroad -- mostly in the United Arab Emirates -- until 2015, when normal service tentatively resumed.
This West Indian squad is somewhat understrength, with regulars Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell and Lendl Simmons all opting out for personal reasons.
Former skipper Jason Holder is being rested, while Fabian Allen and Obed McCoy are out because of injuries.
Panesar slams broadcast 'blacklisting' of Vaughan amid racism row
Monty Panesar has said the "blacklisting" of Michael Vaughan is a "distortion of natural justice" after the former England captain was dropped from the BBC radio commentary team for the upcoming Ashes series amid an ongoing racism row. English cricket has been rocked by revelations of racism from Pakistan-born former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq. These have included an allegation that Vaughan told the now 30-year-old Rafiq and other Yorkshire players of Asian origin that there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" during a county match in 2009.
Last week captain Kieron Pollard also withdrew through a hamstring injury, leaving the Twenty20 leadership to Nicholas Pooran and ODIs to Shai Hope.
Four players -- Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes and Odean Smith -- will join the team later Thursday.
The three T20Is are on December 13, 14 and 16, while the ODIs will be on December 18, 20 and 22.
T20I squad: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Rovman Powell
ODI squad: Shai Hope (captain), Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Devon Thomas
West Indies: autonomy should not be a taboo .
in the relationship between the state and local elected officials of Guadeloupe and morning, ambiguity, double speeches and pretense remain legion. The question asked by the Minister of Overseas, Sébastien Lecornu, is not meaningless. Editorial of the "World". Once again, once again, and certainly not the last, the West Indies embrace. As before them Guyana, the meeting or Mayotte.