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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 2, 2014
MUMBAI---Team manager Richie
Richardson said in India yesterday that
West Indies were well prepared for their
upcoming One-Day International series
against India, and would use the tour to
enhance their planning for next year s
West Indies face India in the first of
five ODIs next Wednesday at the Nehru
Stadium in Kochi and Richardson
said that unlike the previous tour
of India, the Caribbean side would
enter the series with excellent
preparation behind them.
"We have arrived in good time
and have a few days to practice
and get acclimatised. All of our
players have been engaged,"
Richardson told reporters here.
"We ve just come off a suc-
cessful series against Bangladesh
and all of our players have been
involved in cricket. Some are
still playing as we speak so we
feel that we are in much better
shape, much better prepared
to take on the Indians.
"We are looking forward to
a serious challenge, a good
challenge and a successful chal-
On the hastily arranged tour
of India last November, West
Indies were beaten 2-1 in the
one-dayers and subsequently
lost both Tests inside three days by innings
The defeat left West Indies without a
one-day series win in a decade.
However, Richardson believes the side
is equipped with enough quality to pose a
serious threat to the reigning World cham-
"I believe we have the calibre players to
go out there and perform and play well
enough and beat anybody," said the former
West Indies captain.
"We accept that we are not at the top
of the rankings but with the ability that
we have, if we (field) well, and the guys go
out and play confident and positive cricket,
and be thoughtful, I believe we can do very
well against India."
More significantly, Richardson pointed
out, West Indies are eyeing the World Cup
in Australia in New Zealand which bowls
off from February 14 to March 29 next year.
West Indies do battle in Group B against
the likes of South Africa, India and Pakistan,
and Richardson said building early momen-
tum would be important.
"Confidence is one of things we can gain
(from this one-day series). Obviously we
are looking at the one-day series as prepa-
ration for the World Cup so I m sure the
coaches and selectors would be looking at
a number of players," he explained.
"The coaches will have their strategies,
along with the captain, as to how they want
to prepare with their plans and things like
"So this is like a starting point for us,
to put things in place and start our prepa-
ration for the World Cup." (CMC)
Rohit Sharma, who missed the Champions League
Twenty20 due to multiple injuries, will be unavailable
for the limited-overs leg of India s home series
against the West Indies. Rohit is likely to be available
for the three-Test series, starting October 30, that
follows the five ODIs and one-off T20.
Rohit was initially ruled out for four weeks, which
meant he could have recovered in time for the last
two ODIs and the T20 game. But though his fractured
finger has healed, it is understood he will take three
more weeks to recover from his shoulder injury. Sharma
is being monitored by BCCI physios at the National
Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
It is also understood that neither the player nor the
selectors are willing to rush him back to international
cricket considering the major assignments that follow
the West Indies series. The selectors and the team
management believe Rohit will be a vital cog during
India s winter tour to Australia and the World Cup to
be staged in Australia and New Zealand in February-
March. As a result, he will not be considered for selec-
tion for the first leg of the series against West Indies.
The ODI and T20 squads will be named October 4.
Ajinkya Rahane, who scored his maiden ODI century
while filling in for Rohit in England, should continue
to partner Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order,
while the selectors are likely to persist with Murali
Vijay as the back-up opener.
Rohit could be asked to prove his match fitness
before he is selected for the Test series. If he recovers
as per schedule, Rohit could feature in the Duleep
Trophy semi-final if West Zone beat East Zone in
their quarterfinal. If West Zone do not qualify for the
Duleep semis, Rohit might be selected in the Board
President s XI, which will face the West Indians in a
three-day tour game in Kanpur from October 25.
Rohit played only one of India s five Tests in England
and had to cut short his tour after fracturing his finger
in the field during the second ODI. (ESPNcricinfo)
T&T Cricket Board (T&TCB) executive
member Lalman Kowlessar is counting
on national and West Indies spinner Sunil
Narine to bounce back after being reported
for an illegal bowling action but wants
the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to
take a proactive approach so the problem
does not recur.
Narine was reported by the umpires after
playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders against
the Sunfoil Dolphins on Monday in the
Champions League T20 tournament in
India. The umpires stated that Narine s
quicker ball is illegal.
Narine is still allowed to bowl in the
tournament, but if he is reported again he
will not be allowed to bowl in the final if
his team advances. All eyes will be on the
off spinner today when Kolkata plays the
Hobart Hurricanes in the semifinals.
Kowlessar wants the WICB to get
engaged in the matter. Kowlessar said:
"What needs to be done is the WICB needs
to get involved." Kowlessar explained that
as soon as a player shows tendencies of an
illegal action the WICB should work with
the player to correct their bowling action.
The T&TCB member is confident that
Narine will bounce back from this ordeal.
"If its only the faster one (ball), I see no
problem, if its in general it will be a problem.
If it gets worse the WICB would have no
alternative but to send him for corrective
In 2011, Narine, along with fellow national
bowler Kevon Cooper, went to Australia to
have their actions assessed as the pair was
reported for suspicious actions.
The Presentation College Chaguanas
coach believes the situation may affect him
for the rest of the year but is hoping the
mystery spinner will fight back. "I think it
may have an affect on him. Hopefully for
West Indies cricket he will be able to pull
through. West Indies could live without
him bowling the faster one." Narine is part
of the West Indies team which will begin
its tour of India on Wednesday.
Kowlessar added that many bowlers
recently have been under the radar of the
International Cricket Council and says Nar-
ine is not being victimised. "I don t think
they are picking on him, the umpires are
objective. I don t think they are targeting
MUMBAI---Seasoned West Indies seamer Ravi
Rampaul believes his Champions League Twenty20
campaign will serve him well in the One-Day Inter-
national series against India starting Wednesday.
The right-armer spearheaded the Barbados Tridents
attack during the CLT20, taking five wickets as the
Caribbean side won just one of their four preliminary
games to miss out on the semifinal round.
Rampaul will now turn his attention to West Indies
duty as the regional side take on India in five ODIs.
"This exposure will help me prepare for the upcom-
ing five-match ODI series. This will definitely help
me in getting used to the conditions here in India
and I will try and do well in the one-day series,"
"I understand it is a longer format of the game
and you require a lot more patience. I will be looking
to assess the conditions and the pitches properly and
then use the right variations at the right time."
Rampaul will form part of a formidable pace attack
for the series, which includes Kemar Roach, Jerome
Taylor and Jason Holder.
The attack will also include captain Dwayne Bravo
who bowls medium pace and former captain Darren
Sammy, who also bowls medium.
Rampaul said he expected a lot from the team s
Rampaul will taste action tomorrow when West
Indies face India A in the first tour match of the
series Brabourne Stadium. The Windies will also play
India A again on Sunday at Wankhede Stadium.
The 29-year-old Rampaul has taken 112 wickets
from 88 ODIs. (CMC)
Kowlessar wants WICB to be proactive with bowlers
WI well prepared for India
Allrounder Darren Sammy, left, and fast bowler Kemar Roach do stretches during their
training session at the CCI in Mumbai yesterday. The regional team is preparing for the
upcoming One-Day International series against India, which starts on Wednesday.
for India series
Rohit set to miss
West Indies ODIs
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