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India picks strong squad for WI
MUMBAI, India---India have named a strong
15-man squad for the five-match One-Day
International series against West Indies
bowling off in T&T next week.
The powerhouses, which clobbered Bangla-
desh to reach the final of the ICC Champions
Trophy in England on Thursday, will be led by
batting star Virat Kohli and includes the core of
the unit currently at the showpiece in London.
However, selectors have opted to rest opener
Rohit Sharma and seamer Jasprit Bumrah both
of whom played in Thursday's semi-final.
The right-handed Rohit struck a superb
unbeaten 123 to propel India to a convincing
Kohli said it was important Rohit was rested
especially since recently undergoing hip sur-
gery and then playing the full Indian Premier
League with eventual champions Mumbai
"There is no doubt about Rohit's ability and
what he brings to the team," Kohli said.
"We need to protect him going further be-
cause [in the] latter half of the year we have
massive tours coming up, and his batting con-
tribution will be a huge factor for us. So we
want him to be careful because after a massive
surgery you do need to be careful.
"If you push yourself a little too hard then
it snaps again, you're out for seven, eight
Selectors have brought in teenaged wicket-
keeper/batsman Rishabh Pant and 22-year-old
left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, both of whom
are uncapped in ODIs.
India will face Pakistan in Sunday's Cham-
pions Trophy final before flying out to the
Caribbean where they face West Indies in the
opening ODI at Queen's Park Oval on June 23.
The game is the first of a doubleheader at
the venue with the second ODI set for two days
says Windies are
LEICESTER--Senior player Anisa Mohammed
has praised the 17-day preparation camp in
Southampton and says it has left West In-
dies Women equipped and focussed enough
to win the upcoming ICC Women's World Cup
The Windies Women wrapped up the camp on
Tuesday at the Ageas Bowl where they focussed
on all aspects of the game and more importantly,
used the time to acclimatise to the notoriously
difficult English weather.
"We've had a chance to get acclimatised to the
conditions and also the pitches so over the last
two weeks we have learnt some of the lengths
and lines we have to bowl and the pace we need
to bowl at and the fields we have to set," the sea-
soned off-spinner said.
"It's not going to be like back home in the Car-
ibbean or the Asian conditions so it was good to
be here for two weeks in advance and trying to get
all boxes ticked for the World Cup."
Mohammad was part or the West Indies side
which were good enough to reach the final of the
last 50-overs World Cup in India four years ago,
before going down to champions Australia.
The Trinidadian has been an integral part of the
side's success in recent years and also featured
prominently last year when the Caribbean side
lifted the Twenty20 World title in India.
Mohammed said she believed West Indies Wom-
en could now go one step further and also pull off
the the 50-overs title.
"We've made it to the finals of the last 50-overs
World Cup and I think after winning a T20 World
Cup last year that is also motivating us to want
to win the 50-over world Cup as well. The spirit
in the camp is excellent and we're looking like we
will win this."
She added: "It is totally different version of the
game. It's 50-over now. The T20 win is behind us
now and we're just going to use that as motivation
to try and win this 50-over World Cup."
West Indies, who lost warm-up games against
a strong England XI anda Southern Vipers side
last week, will continue their preparation with
another practice game against India Women on
Friday at Leicester Grammar School.
They will then play official ICC warm-up games
against Pakistan and South Africa next week before
opening their campaign against reigning cham-
pions Australia on June 26.
This year, the World Cup will be contested un-
der a round-robin format and Mohammad warned
that all the teams would pose a serious threat to
West Indies. "We can't underestimate any of the
teams because all these teams have played in these
conditions before and we were very fortunate to
be here for two weeks to acclimatise to these con-
ditions," she explained.
"All the games will be tough but we just need
to play one game at a time."
The World Cup runs from June 24 to July 23.
Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed
Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli
Gov't signs off on
CPL US$1m final
The Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba will
host the playoff and final match of the Caribbean
Premier League (CPL) come September. The news
was announced today by the Minister of Sport &
Youth Affairs Darryl Smith, who first mentioned
the government interest last month to host the
grand finale at the newly opened venue.
At the opening of the now premier venue, Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley indicated that the facility
was part of the country's renewed drive at sport tour-
ism. Describing the Academy as a showpiece for crick-
et, the Prime Minister fully endorsed the promotion
of the business of sport through tourism that would
bring events and visitors to our shores and with them
valuable foreign exchange.
Meanwhile, Minister Smith expressed his satisfaction
that the Academy has been selected for the fifth season
finale of the exciting regional tournament saying, "What
better tribute could we ask for the Academy's namesake
and the cricket loving citizens of T&T? The CPL has
become a true spectacle for the game and is enjoyed by
cricket lovers across the Caribbean and the world. When
the CPL officials visited last month and discussions
began, I was quietly confident. We will ensure that it
will be one of the best finals in the tournament's history."
The last time T&T hosted the showpiece final was
in 2015 at the Queen's Park Oval in St Clair at a cost of
US$3.5m eqvilant to TT$24.5M to taxpayers.
Minister Smith worked very closely with Sports Am-
bassador Brian Lara to negotiate the US$1M bid and
thanked him for his assistance. Apart from saving our
country US$2.5M (TT$17.5M) from the last time it was
hosted in T&T two years ago, what is even better is
that the US$1M will actually be paid in TT dollars, the
equivalent being TT$6.7M which saves on our limited
The icing on the cake is that 50 percent (TT$3.35M)
will be paid in kind including a waiver on the cost of
the rental of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, ground
transport from PTSC, Police, Fire, hotel accommoda-
tion, etc. The other half will be paid in cash.
The Playoff and Eliminator matches will be played
from September 5-7, while the title match will takes
place on September 9.
Minister of Sport & Youth Affairs Darryl Smith greets Natalie Black-O'Connor,
Branding & Hospitality Manager at CPL.
Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh
Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni,
Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravi
Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh
Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and
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