Cricket West Indies (CWI) 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 (IPL).
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 Twenty20 tournament served as adequate preparation for the World Cup.
Meanwhile Australia defeated West Indies by seven wickets in an unofficial warm-up match at the Rose Bowl earlier today, Wednesday.
WEST INDIES made 229 off 46.2 overs -Carlos Brathwaite 60, Evin Lewis 50 andSunil Ambris 37 were the top scorers.
AUSTRALIA made 230 for three off 38.2 overs with Steve Smith 76, Shaun Marsh 55 not out and Aaron Finch 42 leading their attack