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Lloyd sorry for West Indies leaving tour

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NEW DELHI (AP) West Indies chief selector and former captain Clive Lloyd has apologized for the national team's abrupt withdrawal from its tour of India because of a pay dispute between its cricket board and the players' union.

"I want to talk about the West Indies," Lloyd said at a televised cricket discussion in New Delhi on Saturday night. "I apologize for the team leaving. Some guys decided to stop this tour and I think it is a mistake."

Lloyd hoped relations between the two cricket boards would not suffer.


South Africa opt to bowl in 1st ODI

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and chose to bowl Tuesday in the first one-day cricket international against New Zealand at the Bay Oval.

The match is the first of a three-match series and marks the start of both team's preparations for the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia next year. It is the first of 17 one-day internationals New Zealand will play before their opening World Cup match next February. (MORE)

New Zealand face South Africa in ODIs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Two of the strongest contenders to win next year's Cricket World Cup, New Zealand and South Africa, begin their preparations for the tournament Tuesday in the first match of a three-match one-day international series.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers said as World Cup co-hosts, New Zealand had to be regarded as one of the leading contenders to lift the trophy next March. New Zealand has also reached the semifinals of the world tournament on seven occasions: a record matched only by co-host Australia. (MORE)

Dunk included in Australia T20 squad

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Wicketkeeper Ben Dunk was named Monday in Australia's Twenty20 squad to face South Africa two days after hitting an unbeaten 229 to set a domestic one-day record for his Tasmanian state side.

Dunk, 27, was one of the top players in the Twenty20 Big Bash League last season. No. 1 wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will be among those still in the United Arab Emirates on test duty against Pakistan when the three-match T20 series against South Africa starts Nov. 5. (MORE)

Vettori named in New Zealand ODI squad

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Former captain Daniel Vettori has been included in New Zealand's 14-man squad to play the first of three one-day internationals against South Africa on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old left-arm spinner played the most recent of his 275 one-dayers for New Zealand against England in June last year. He has since been sidelined by an ankle injury. (MORE)

Pakistan recall Taufeeq and Hafeez

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan recalled opening batsmen Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Hafeez on Saturday and named three uncapped players for the 16-man squad for the first test against Australia.

The 33-year-old Umar has played 43 tests but the left-hander last competed for his country against Sri Lanka in 2012. (MORE)

Clarke flops again as Pakistan A win

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) Australia test captain Michael Clarke flopped for the second successive time as Pakistan A romped to a 153-run victory on the last day of its four-day warm-up match against Pakistan A on Saturday.

Clarke, who scored 10 in the first innings, could make only 5 runs in the second innings before he was dismissed by fast bowler Rahat Ali with Australia dismissed for 185. (MORE)

Dunk sets one-day Australian runs record

SYDNEY (AP) Tasmania state opener Ben Dunk scored the first double century in Australian domestic limited-overs cricket with 229 not out in a losing cause Saturday against Queensland.

Exactly 800 runs were scored in the match at North Sydney Oval, where the close boundaries often lead to high-scoring games. (MORE)

McCullum to testify in Cairns trial

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum said Saturday he will testify against former teammate Chris Cairns in a perjury trial in London next year because he feels a duty "to protect the game."

McCullum will be among as many as 12 leading cricketers who may be called to give evidence when the trial starts next October. (MORE)

West Indies pull out of tour of India

NEW DELHI (AP) West Indies is quitting its tour of India after the fourth one-day international on Friday because of a pay dispute at home with its national cricket board and players' union.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said it was shocked and extremely disappointed by the decision of its West Indies counterpart. (MORE)

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