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The West Indies Test and One-Day skipper Jason Holder has said they remain a powerful force despite the absence of some top players heading into the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The West Indies are missing some of their big stars in the T20s and One-Dayers, including explosive opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell.

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Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose has questioned the dismissal of Phil Simmons as head coach on the eve of the teams series against Pakistan in all formats.

Ambrose, who was fired as bowling consultant under the advice of Simmons in May this year, has criticised the timing as poor.

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has launched a scathing attack on the West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels in the newest twist of a lingering feud between the two cricketers.

In an extract from his book "Firestarter", the 25-year-old added fuel to the flames of an already strained relationship by labeling Samuels as disrespectful and "lacking manners."

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has recruited the services of former Middlesex and Sussex batsman Toby Radford as batting coach for the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

WICB CEO Michael Muirhead has said Radford has been hired just for the series against Pakistan, which involves three T20Is, three One-Dayers, and three Test matches from September 23.

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The West Indies Cricket Board’s Selection Panel today announced that Kesrick Williams will replace Andre Russell in the West Indies team for the upcoming Twenty20 International Series.

The World T20 champions will face Pakistan in three matches in the United Arab Emirates from September 23 to 27.

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is contemplating legal action in the face of what it considered to be allegations of "wrongdoing and misappropriation of WICB funds by present members" by former board officials.

Pointing to calls for a forensic audit of the WICB's finances in a media report, the board said these were "without any basis in fact" and "completely false, and seriously damaging" to the board's members and auditors, reports CMC.

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West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite has urged his players to adapt quickly to the hot and dry conditions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ahead of their three-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan. The West Indies team arrived in Dubai on Thursday full of confidence.

The Caribbean side open the tour with a warm-up game against an Emirates Cricket Board XI on Tuesday before facing Pakistan in the opening T20 International three days later at the Dubai International Stadium.

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