AFP World News – The West Indies started their World Cup campaign in style, blowing Pakistan away to revive memories of their glory days of swashbuckling batting and fearsome fast bowling.

Summary

  • Carlos Brathwaite on Saturday exemplified West Indies’ fighting spirit and impressive reserves of talent, smashing a breathtaking century to take his side agonisingly close to victory against New Zealand at Old Trafford.
  • It is a familiar scenario for West Indies sides and former paceman Ian Bishop believes the lack of time the team’s core group spends together is one reason for their below-par showing in England and Wales.
  • West Indies cricket went through huge upheavals after the team cut short their tour of India in 2014 due to a payment dispute between the players and the board.
  • “It’s not just these guys, — West Indies cricket has struggled for a fair while now in different formats at different times.
  • West Indies, world champions in 1975 and 1979, started the World Cup with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Pakistan only to lose steam, with defeats to Australia, England and Bangladesh.

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