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Old December 4, 2008, 10:03 AM
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Default ECB confirm West Indies visit,so Bd WI tour will be shifted

ECB confirm West Indies visit
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December 3, 2008

Tour fixtures
May 6-10 - 1st Test, Lord's
May 14-18 - 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street
May 21 - 1st ODI, Headingley
May 24 - 2nd ODI, Bristol
May 26 - 3rd ODI, Edgbaston

The ECB has confirmed West Indies will tour England for two Tests and three one-day internationals in April and May next year. This means Sri Lanka's proposed visit is off, the first instance of the IPL taking precedence over a Test series.

Sri Lanka had been lined up for a tour, and dates had been agreed, following the British government's decision to cut bilateral ties with Zimbabwe, who were scheduled to play three ODIs. However, 13 leading Sri Lanka players with IPL contracts made it clear they wouldn't be available as the trip clashed with the league's second season in India and the ECB was not keen on hosting a second-string side.

"Sri Lanka's tour of England next year is off," Duleep Mendis, the SLC chief executive said. "We informed the ECB that that we are not on a position to go there next year."

West Indies were the favourites to take their place after offering their services to the ECB even though some of their players, including Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, also have IPL deals.

They will play two Tests, the first at Lord's starting on May 6 following by one at Chester-le-Street from May 14. Those will be followed by three one-day internationals ahead of the World Twenty20 in June.

"The ECB is delighted that West Indies will replace Zimbabwe for the 2009 tour," ECB chief executive David Collier said. "West Indies are always popular visitors and this completes a wonderful summer of cricket which also includes the Ashes series and the World Twenty20.

"The ECB is most grateful for the excellent support and co-operation provided by the West Indies board, with whom we have developed an excellent and warm relationship."

The two teams will certainly get familiar with each other during the first half of 2009. England travel to the Caribbean in February for four Tests, a Twenty20 international and five ODIs.

West Indies were due to tour England in 2010 under the FTP, but the ECB have said they will now consider their options to replace that series.

The announcement of the series means that the 2009 English domestic fixture list can now be completed after a delay of more than a month. The county programme is normally released in early November, but the lack of confirmed dates for the early international matches was causing difficulties.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh's tour of West Indies which was originally scheduled for May will now take place after the World Twenty20 in June.

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Old December 4, 2008, 10:29 AM
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That will come handy for us. Our player need a bit of rest. Besides apart from 5 Odi and Tri-series in dubai they will have no international commitment hence making them available for domestic competition if there is nay.
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Old December 4, 2008, 11:36 AM
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remenber that we play quiet well in windies pitch
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Old December 4, 2008, 12:31 PM
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Only if our boys could put up some decent performance on the field.
Only if.

These kind of fill-the-gap tours would be the perfect opportunity for a upcoming young team looking for more experience and chance to play competitively in the big arena.

Instead, our boys' luckluster performance does not generate any interest the amongs those looking for a replacement.

Btw, in Jun? I doubt how many balls would be bowled.
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Old December 4, 2008, 01:06 PM
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Btw, in Jun? I doubt how many balls would be bowled.
Its away to West Indies.
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Old December 4, 2008, 02:07 PM
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im sure bd will do good against west indise
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Old December 4, 2008, 04:35 PM
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Damn, I was planning to go to WI to see few games. Hope and pray WI dont postpone this series
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Old December 4, 2008, 04:52 PM
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its all gud....as long as it doesn't get thrown out the window
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CI says that WI are sposed to tour BD...are they wrong?
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Old December 4, 2008, 08:03 PM
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Not bad bottlers need some 'time' to have a 'break'.
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I heard there pretty bummed out about this, they really like Caribbean Rum.
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well.. its good.. these ppl will get sum rest..
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