Windies enter camp to face Aussies

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Red hot off-spinner Sunil Narine is among 30 players due to arrive here Thursday to begin a two-week training camp in preparation for the upcoming Digicel Series against Australia.

The Trinidadian, who made his One-Day International debut against India in Ahmedabad last November, will be one of 13 non-contracted players participating in the camp. The Windies are preparing for upcoming Digicel Series against Australia which runs from March 16 to April 27.

Narine has been brilliant in his first full season of first class cricket, taking 31 wickets in just three matches for Trinidad and Tobago.

Meanwhile fast bowler Tino Best, who played the last of his 14 Tests almost three years ago, has also been called up. He has bowled with pace and hostility to take 14 wickets for Barbados during the current four-day season. He is one of the non-contracted players.

Players will undergo fitness testing starting Friday at 8 am before the camp starts in earnest under the management of West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson.

The 17 contracted players are: Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Nelon Pascal, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford and Devon Thomas.

The 13 additional players under consideration for selection: Samuel Badree, Tino Best, Nkrumah Bonner, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Shane Dowrich, Danza Hyatt, Garey Mathurin, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Krishmar Santokie, Dwayne Smith.

Digicel Series Match Schedule
Digicel One-Day International Series
Friday, 16 March – 1st Digicel ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St Vincent
Sunday, 18 March – 2nd Digicel ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St Vincent
Tuesday, 20 March – 3rd Digicel ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St Vincent
Friday, 23 March – 4th Digicel ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia
Sunday, 25 March – 5th Digicel ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia
Digicel T20 International Series
Tuesday, 27 March – 1st Digicel T20 at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia
Friday, 30 March – 2nd Digicel T20 at Kensington Oval, Barbados

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 12:49