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Cricket West Indies does not anticipate any disruption in World Cup preparation
by Dwight Fraser
Cricket West Indies says it does not anticipate any disruption to the squad’s preparation for the ICC World Cup due to the scheduled late arrival of key players from the Indian Premier League.
Seven players, led by talismanic vice-captain Chris Gayle, only joined up with the West Indies squad last Saturday for the pre-tournament camp at the rose Bowl in Southampton, after completing their IPL stints.
This meant that Gayle, along with all-rounders Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite, batsmen Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, along with fast bowler Oshane Thomas, all missed the just-concluded tri-nations series in Ireland – West indies’ last one-day assignment before the world cup bowls off May 30.
But unlike several other cricket boards which opted to recall its players early from the IPL, CWI Chief Executive Johnny grave said the Caribbean body believed the high profile Twenty/20 tournament served as adequate preparation for the world cup.
The 15-man world cup squad gathered in Southampton last weekend to begin their final preparation for the one-day showpiece, which runs until July 14.
West Indies will climax the camp with a warm-up match against defending world cup champions, Australia, before heading to Bristol where they take on South Africa on May 26 and New Zealand two days later, in official warm-ups.
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