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    Default India's tour of the West Indies

    New Delhi: India's new cricket coach Duncan Fletcher will have the first taste of the national selection process when he sits down with the selectors in Chennai on Friday to pick the squad for the tour of West Indies.




    India will play three Test matches, five ODIs and a Twenty20 match in the Caribbean in June-July.






    The selectors will have plenty of options if the Indian board decides to rest some of the seniors, though officially the stand is that all players are available for selection.
    Quite a few names could come up for discussion but not for their performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) alone as some of the names bandied about have also done exceedingly well in the last domestic season.
    If Subramaniam Badrinath, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwari have all performed well with the bat in the Ranji trophy, Rahul Sharma and Iqbal Abdullah are seen as the new breed of spinners who have the potential to go far, more so in the shorter versions of the game. They all can legitimately look forward to finding a place in the squad.
    Badrinath and Rohit should rightfully get into the team as replacement for injured Virender Sehwag, who will not go on the tour as he is undergoing surgery on his troublesome shoulder, and Sachin Tendulkar, who might be rested for the one-dayers.
    Tamil Nadu batsman Badrinath was the top scorer in the Ranji Trophy with 922 runs followed by Rohit in second place with 732 runs. Badrinath, playing for defending champions Chennai Super Kings, continued his run-scoring spree in the IPL as well and has amassed 294 runs from 11 matches at an average of 71.
    If Sachin Tendulkar thinks highly of Hyderabadi Rayudu's batting potential, legendary Shane Warne was effusive in his praise of Rohit who he thinks can be one of India's best batsman ever.
    Warne was taken in by Rohit's batting touch and felt the Mumbai batsman has it in him to be a great batting potential provided he gets his attitude and mind right.
    Rayudu has been consistent with Mumbai Indians and Sachin Tendulkar thinks very highly of his batting. Rayudu is the sixth highest scorer, behind fifth-placed Tendulkar, in the IPL with 362 runs from 11 matches. Rayudu's wicketkeeping skills will give him the edge over other contenders.
    "I am a big fan of Rayudu. Both Rayudu and Rohit have been consistent. Rayudu did brilliantly last year and has continued with it this year. Rayudu knows the important phase is coming up now and he will be up for it," said Tendulkar.
    Rayudu, however, may face some tough competition from Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary, who has done well for Kolkata Knight Riders this season. Tiwari also had a good domestic season, scoring 525 runs from seven matches at an average of 75. In the IPL, Tiwary, who has 277 runs from 11 matches, struck some quick 30s and 40s that proved crucial for the Knight Riders's brilliant run this season.
    Tiwary doesn't want to think too much about the India call and wants to concentrate on the job at hand.
    "I know I had a good run this season. But I am not thinking about selection, which is not in my hand. For the time being, I want to concentrate on IPL... After all, we have a great chance to win the title for the first time," he said.
    All-round performance may see Kolkata Knight Riders' Iqbal Abdulla replacing Yusuf Pathan. Abdulla, who plays for Mumbai, is joint fourth in the IPL bowlers' list with 13 wickets from 11 matches. He has also performed well with the bat for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy scoring 382 runs from eight matches.
    Among the bowlers, there will be strong competition. With Ashish Nehra out with an injury and Zaheer Khan most likely to be rested, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma should return to the side.
    Ishant, who last played an ODI in August, registered the third best bowling figures in the IPL against Kochi Tuskers with his five for 12 and may get a chance to cement his place in the ODI squad.
    The tall Punjab leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, who plays for Pune Warriors, could replace Piyush Chawla. Though his team fared poorly in their debut season, Rahul was the outstanding bowler for Pune Warriors and he is the third highest wicket-taker with 14 wickets from 11 matches.
    Fixtures:
    T20: West Indies v India at Port of Spain - June 4
    1st ODI: West Indies v India at Port of Spain - June 6
    2nd ODI: West Indies v India at Port of Spain - June 8
    3rd ODI: West Indies v India at North Sound - June 11
    4th ODI: West Indies v India at North Sound - June 13
    5th ODI: West Indies v India at Kingston - June 16
    1st Test: West Indies v India at Kingston - June 20-24
    2nd Test: West Indies v India at Bridgetown - June 28-July 2
    3rd Test: West Indies v India at Roseau - July 6-10
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    Default Selectors meet with many variables







    India's first selection meeting after the World Cup triumph - to pick the side for the West Indies tour - promises to be an open affair, not least because at least three first-choice players are almost certain to miss the limited-overs leg. The new coach, Duncan Fletcher, too, flies down for the selection meeting, adding more interest to the proceedings.
    With Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan almost sure to opt out, Virender Sehwag off for his shoulder surgery and Ashish Nehra still recovering from the broken finger that kept him out of the World Cup final, there are quite a few places for the selectors to debate upon. There is also doubt over the extent, if any, of MS Dhoni's participation in the limited-overs leg of the tour.
    In any case, indications are that Gautam Gambhir is set to become the full-time vice-captain across formats, taking over from Virender Sehwag, who had previously expressed his reluctance to perform the role. Gambhir captained India to a 5-0 ODI series win over New Zealand last year when Dhoni flew to South Africa to acclimatise for a Test series that began six days after the last New Zealand ODI. If Dhoni shoulders arms this time, Gambhir will be the captain for the limited-overs games. If Gambhir too wants a rest, Harbhajan Singh, who has announced his availability for the whole tour, could make his captaincy debut.
    Praveen Kumar is a ready replacement for Zaheer, and Ishant Sharma should take Nehra's place. Piyush Chawla, who was part of the World Cup squad, is unlikely to retain his place. Pragyan Ojha is the logical replacement, but it is understood that Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja and Rahul Sharma are all in contention.
    The interesting point here is whether the selectors will factor in IPL performances in the case of, say, Rahul. The legspinner has been a standout performer for Pune Warriors this IPL season, but does not have a strong domestic record to back him. Picking players straight out of the IPL hasn't been a fruitful experience in the past. Manpreet Gony and Ashok Dinda are prime examples.
    M Vijay would have been the automatic replacement for Sehwag's opening spot in a Test squad, but things are not so straightforward in ODIs: he has a top score of 33 in 11 innings in the format. Picking Parthiv Patel, who has done enough to overtake Dinesh Karthik as the No.2 wicketkeeper, will provide India with a reserve opener in addition to a wicketkeeper. S Badrinath and Rohit Sharma, the two top run-getters in the Ranji Trophy, are strong contenders for the batting vacancies. The other left-field options are Manoj Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu, who can keep wicket as well.
    Likely XV: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Parthiv Patel (wk), M Vijay (openers), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma / S Badrinath (middle order), Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha / Ravindra Jadeja/ Amit Mishra / Rahul Sharma (spinners), Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma (pace bowlers)
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    Default WI ODIs: Gambhir to lead; Sachin, Dhoni rested

    Gautam Gambhir will lead India in the ODI and T20 series on the upcoming tour of the West Indies after regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked to be rested.Suresh Raina will be Gambhir's deputy.
    Seniors Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan have also been rested for the five-match ODI series, beginning June 4, but will play in the Tests that follow.
    In the absence of the abovementioned players, Parthiv Patel , S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma , Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma , R Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha, who were all not in the triumphant World Cup squad, return to the fold.




    The ODI and T20 squad:
    Gautam Gambhir (captain)
    Suresh Raina (vice-captain)
    Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper)
    Virat Kohli
    Yuvraj Singh
    S Badrinath
    Rohit Sharma
    Praveen Kumar
    Ishant Sharma
    R Vinay Kumar
    Amit Mishra
    Wriddhiman Saha
    Harbhajan Singh
    R Ashwin
    Munaf Patel
    Yusuf Pathan

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    Default Team for windies tour announced....!


    Gambhir to lead, seniors rested for WI....The national selectors on Friday recalled S Badrinath and Wriddhimaan Saha in India's 16-member ODI squad for the tour of the West Indies.

    The team will miss the services of MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan. But they will be available for the Test series in the Caribbean.
    Karnataka paceman Vinay Kumar found a berth while Amit Mishra, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma made a comeback to the team which will be captained by Gautam Gambhir. Suresh Raina was named his deputy.

    Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and paceman S Sreesanth, both of whom featured in India's ICC World Cup-winning squad, were dropped from the team announced by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan after a meeting of the selection committee in Chennai.

    The series starts with a Twenty20 match on June 4 followed by the five one-dayers, starting June 6. The three Tests are scheduled from June 20.
    "Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan have been rested. They will be available for the Test series," Srinivasan said in a statement.
    Opener Virender Sehwag was not considered for selection as he will undergo a shoulder surgery which will him rule him out for four to six weeks.
    Paceman Ashish Nehra was also not considered as he is recovering from finger injury sustained during the ICC World Cup.

    Ambati Rayudu, who has been a prolific scorer in the ongoing IPL, failed to get the nod, while Badrinath was rewarded with a berth in the squad for his excellent performance in the IPL and the domestic circuit.

    Badrinath has had a fantastic Ranji season scoring 922 runs at an average of 131 and he followed it up with 349 runs in the IPL so far.

    "This is the best possible side. I am sure there is a good balance in the team and I am confident that they will do well and maintain the winning momentum," said chairman of the selection committee, K Srikkanth.

    Pacer Praveen Kumar, who was unlucky to miss the ICC World Cup due to an elbow injury, returns to the side along with Ishant whose last ODI appearance for India was in August last year against Sri Lanka.

    Ishant had been struggling for form but seems to have rediscovered it in the on-going IPL where the 22-year-old is playing for the Deccan Chargers.
    Rohit last donned the national colours in the ODI series against South Africa in January earlier this year. The 24-year-old, who has been in decent form for his franchise Mumbai Indians in the IPL, has played 61 ODIs scoring 1248 runs at an average of 27.13.

    With Dhoni rested, the selectors have included two wicketkeepers for the series - Saha and Parthiv Patel. The 26-year-old Saha has played three ODIs for India, the last of which was against New Zealand in December 2010.
    Patel is comparatively more experienced with 18 ODIs under his belt in which he has scored 290 runs at an average of 24.16.

    The break to Dhoni also leaves the captaincy in the hands of Gambhir, who is not new to the job, having led the team to a 5-0 rout of New Zealand last year.


    The all-rounder's slot has expectedly gone to Yusuf Pathan.


    India team: Gautam Gambir (captain), Suresh Raina (Vice-Captain), Parthiv Patel (Wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha.

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    Default Windies ODIs: Raina to lead; Yuvraj and Gambhir out

    Suresh Raina will India in the ODI series against the West Indies next month after both Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh were ruled out on account of injury.

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India, after the selection committee meeting in Chennai on Friday, said Gambhir will also be unavailable for the Test series that follows immediately.
    "Yuvraj Singh will also be unavailable for the full tour. He is suffering from an upper respiratory infection, with a small patch of pneumonitis in the left lung," the BCCI added.


    Shikhar Dhawan and Manoj Tiwary have been named replacements for Gambhir and Yuvraj for the one-off Twenty20 match and five-match ODI series.
    Sachin Tendulkar will also miss the entire tour after he requested that he be allowed to spend time with his family. However, he will be available for the full tour of England , that follows.
    The Test team
    Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain)
    V V S Laxman (vice-captain)
    Murali Vijay
    Abhinav Mukund
    Rahul Dravid
    Virat Kohli
    S Badrinath
    Harbhajan Singh
    Ishant Sharma
    S Sreesanth
    Amit Mishra
    Pragyan Ojha
    Zaheer Khan
    Munaf Patel
    Suresh Raina
    Parthiv Patel


    The ODI and T20 squad
    Suresh Raina (captain)
    Harbhajan Singh (vice captain)
    Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper)
    Virat Kohli
    Yuvraj Singh
    S Badrinath
    Rohit Sharma
    Manoj Tiwary
    Praveen Kumar
    Ishant Sharma
    R Vinay Kumar
    Amit Mishra
    Wriddhiman Saha
    R Ashwin
    Munaf Patel
    Yusuf Pathan
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    Default Gayle out of T20, two ODIs squad against India

    ANTIGUA: Chris Gayle has been left out of the West Indies squad for the one-off Twenty20 and the first two ODIs against India.

    The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has asked the flamboyant opener to appear before the selection committee, the board management and the team management in view of his comments against the board ahead of home series against Pakistan in April.

    "Chris Gayle will not be considered for selection to the West Indies team before an intended meeting with himself, the selection committee, the WICB management and the West Indies team management. The selection committee views this meeting as necessary as a result of Gayle's comments in a widely publicised radio interview in Jamaica," the WICB said in a statement.

    Gayle has been at loggerheads with the WICB after the World Cup. He was not selected for the initial part of series against Pakistan due to an abdominal injury. The batsman, however, claimed that he was dropped.

    Gayle, meanwhile, asked permission from the board to play in Indian Premier League and that did not go down well with the board.

    "I was actually forced to make this decision (play in IPL) based on what was happening around me and based on what has happened to current players (Ramnaresh) Sarwan and (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul," Gayle said on KLAS Sports Radio in Jamaica.

    "I wanted to play and I wanted to represent West Indies. I didn't know what the future held. Two games can play, guys do well, Chris Gayle still will be sitting out."

    Gayle, who joined Royal Challengers Bangalore as a injury replacement, has been in great form in the IPL. He was the top scorer with 608 runs.

    The Twenty20 (June 4) and the ODIs (June 6, 8) against India are at Port of Spain.

    The WICB selection committee also left out allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard who have been playing in the IPL.

    "Bravo and Pollard are not eligible to represent the West Indies in T20 format as they did not take part in the last edition of the Caribbean Twenty20," the WICB said.

    Bravo and Pollard were, however, chosen for the two ODIs.

    The West Indies squad for the Digicel Pearls Twenty20: Darren Sammy (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Danza Hyatt, Ashley Nurse, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons.

    The West Indies squad for the 1st and 2nd Digicel Pearls ODIs:

    Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice captain), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.
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    Default Chance for youngsters to step up and perform: Raina

    Mumbai: Stand-in India captain Suresh Raina feels that the absence of senior cricketers during the ODI series in the Caribbean will be an ideal opportunity for those who did well in domestic cricket to show their performance at the international level.

    "It`s a great opportunity for the youngsters who have done well in domestic cricket. I hope they will do well," said the 25-year-old Raina at the pre-departure media conference of the team on Tuesday sitting alongside newly-appointed chief coach Duncan Fletcher.

    The Indian team will be playing in the ODIs without Gautam Gambhir, prolific opener Virender Sehwag, man-of-the-tournament in the World Cup Yuvraj Singh--- all of whom are out with injuries. Regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and senior pacer Zaheer Khan have been rested keeping in mind the gruelling two and a half month tour of England that starts in July.

    "I am really honoured to be leading the side. I am happy with the side as we have some very good batsmen in Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, S Badrinath, Shikhar Dhawan all of whom have done well in first-class cricket.

    "Badrinath especially has done well in first-class cricket and deserves to be in the team. I hope we will do well in the West Indies," said Raina who will hand over the reins to Dhoni when he returns for the three-Test series to be held after the conclusion of the five ODIs.

    The Indians start the tour with a lone T20 international at Port of Spain on June 4.

    Coach Fletcher said he had followed the rotation system when he was the England coach and received criticism from the authorities.

    The burly Zimbabwean wants to go slow about this supposed rotation policy.

    "While I was in England, I started the rotation policy resting senior guys. I was heavily criticised by the English authorities. It`s important to do that considering the heavy schedule. We need to look into the matter as we go into the future," said the Zimbabwe-born Fletcher for whom it will be his first assignment as the Indian team`s coach after taking over from his protege Gary Kirsten after the World Cup.

    "There is a lot of talent in India and my job is to prepare these youngsters. It`s a pleasure to blood them in ODIs," said Fletcher.

    Asked about the club-versus-country debate, Fletcher said it`s not specific to cricket.

    "That`s the way it is in modern day sports. We have to ensure that all the players are fit enough," he said.

    Raina said the Indian team had done very well over the last three years, having climbed to the top among Test nations and winning the World Cup after 28 years.



    "There`s always pressure and we have done well under pressure. We have done well over the last three years and have won the World Cup. It`s for us as players to execute the plans of the coach well. We have to play our natural game," he said.

    Fletcher did not see the trip as an easy outing though the West Indies are not the same force they were in 70`s and 80`s.

    "Any team playing at home is difficult to beat. We should not be complacent," said the new coach who said he intended not to look too far ahead in his job.

    Fletcher admitted that beating England and Australia in their den will be the biggest challenge but as of now the focus is on the Caribbean tour.

    "Yes, we would like to beat England in England and Australia in Australia. But the first job is the tour of West Indies. It`s very important not to look too far down the road. India have a plan to stay at the top. The young players have the potential and this tour will show the depth of talent we have," he said.

    Raina said the West Indies had some good all-rounders in Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.

    Asked about the likely return of Chris Gayle after the first two ODIs for which he had been left out, the southpaw said his team has Ravichandran Ashwin to counter the threat from the West Indian opener.

    "We have Ashwin. It`s a good challenge for us," said Raina about his Chennai Super Kings teammate`s success-rate in the just-concluded IPL against Gayle.


    He credited Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Dhoni for learning the ropes of captaincy.

    "I learnt a lot about captaincy from Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Dhoni. They have captained with a lot of honesty," he said.
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    Default Team India leaves for West Indies

    MUMBAI: A depleted Indian cricket team, sans senior players such as Sachin Tendulkar and regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Wednesday left for the West Indies to compete in a Twenty20 game and a five-match ODI series starting from June 4.

    Led by Suresh Raina, the Indian team boarded a connecting flight to Barbados via London at 0230 hours from the Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport.

    India will play a Twenty20 in Trinidad (June 4) and five ODIs on June 6 (Trinidad), June 8 (Trinidad), June 11 (Antigua), June 13 (Antigua) and June 16 (Jamaica).

    The ODI series would be followed by a three-match Test-rubber in Jamaica (June 20-June 24), Barbados (June 28-Jul 2) and Dominica (Jul 6-Jul 10).

    The Indian squad for the ODIs and the lone Twenty20 is without nine players who were part of the World Cup winning team under Dhoni.

    The players missing out include the rested trio of Dhoni, Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, the injured troika of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra and an unwell Yuvraj Singh.

    S Sreesanth and Piyush Chawla have been dropped.

    Dhoni and Zaheer will join the team for the Test matches along with VVS Laxman, Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, and Sreesanth.

    When India last toured the Caribbean Islands in 2006 under Rahul Dravid, the side scripted history by beating the home team (1-0 in a four match rubber) in a Test series for the first time in 35 years.

    However, the team will certainly look to change the 1-4 thrashing it got in the five-match ODI series then.

    ODI and T20 squad: Suresh Raina (capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh (vc), Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.

    Test squad: M S Dhoni (capt), VVS Laxman (vc), M Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel.
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    Default Chance for India to set WI stats straight

    New Delhi: Recent form would indicate that the world champions will be firm favourites on their Caribbean tour even though the statistics cut a sorry figure as far as India's one day international record in the West Indies is concerned.
    Under the leadership of Suresh Raina and the guidance of Duncan Fletcher the new look Team India actually have a lot to make up for thanks to the hammerings received at the hands of the Windies in the years gone by.

    The venue for the one-off T20 clash on Saturday and the first two one-dayers which follow is the Queen's Park Oval at Trinidad where India have have been on the wrong end of the result on nine out of 12 occasions.
    The ignominy of going down to Bangladesh in the 2007 ICC World Cup is right up there along with some of India's most forgettable losses at that ground.
    It all began in the three match ODI series of 1983 which West Indies went on to win 2-1.
    Legendary opener Desmond Haynes struck 97 off 104 balls as the hosts won by 52 runs in a contest that was reduced to 39 overs per side.
    Queen's Park Oval was where the Windies clinched the 1989 ODI series by cruising to back to back victories in the second and third matches.
    Worse was to follow as India went down in the final two fixtures which led to a 5-0 whitewash.
    After being caught on the wrong foot at that very venue in the first match of the 1997 series, the Indians crushed the home team by 10 wickets in the second ODI to finally get the hoodoo off their back.
    Off-spinner Noel David took 3/21 as the Windies were bowled out for a mere 121 in 43.5 overs. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly knocked off the required runs as India levelled the series.
    However, India lost the final two games and it was the West Indies who once again ended up with the spoils.
    The West Indies levelled the 2002 ODI series against India at Trinidad but it was India who won their maiden limited overs series in the Caribbean which was brought about by their 56 run win in the fifth and final ODI.
    Tendulkar scored 65 and skipper Ganguly made 56 as India's total of 260 turned out to be well beyond the reach of the hosts who were all out for 191.
    The Windies won both their fixtures at the Queen's Park Oval against India during the 2006 series which went in favour of the hosts 4-1.
    But it was during the 2007 World Cup that the venue really turned out to be the undoing of Team India.
    The Bangla Tigers' giant killing act went a long way in India's ouster from the competition.
    India did manage a consolation win against Bermuda at Trinidad but their defeat against Sri Lanka meant that it was the end of the road for Rahul Dravid's men.
    The Indian cricket team however has fared much better at Sabina Park, Kingston, the venue for the fifth ODI of the 2011 series.
    The two teams split their two encounters during the 2009 series. While India won the first match by 20 runs, West Indies came back strongly to win the second ODI comprehensively by eight wickets.
    India will take on the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium, Antigua for the first time in an ODI during the fourth and fifth matches of the upcoming series.
    The June 4 Twenty20 clash between the two sides will be their first in the Caribbean in the slam bang format of the game.
    The stage is well and truly set for India setting their record right in the West Indies.
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    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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    Default Darren Bravo is the new Lara in Trinidad

    PORT-OF-SPAIN: It has been more than four years now that the West Indies have been missing a cricketer with the admirable flourish to create a stroke out of nothing, come up with a backlift so remarkable that fast bowlers are stunned, and drive so beautifully that spin kings look like paupers. Brian Charles Lara hung up his boots in December 2006 and his memory has been haunting these islands ever since.

    In Lara's home town Trinidad, especially, his life-size posters still keep staring at you. "People say Tendulkar. But he was the best," locals say with absolute conviction.

    Interestingly though, there's been a development lately. Every conversation that begins with Lara - which happens at most times if you're looking to discuss cricket - invariably ends with Darren Bravo, the 22-year-old left-hand batsman and younger brother of allrounder Dwayne, also hailing from Trinidad. At most places in fact, Bravo Jr's posters are pasted alongside that of Lara. Darren is in fact, first cousin to Lara.

    Darren's arrival at the crease, even if he's out there practicing, is always celebrated. "Daaren, maan," they say, very calmly. "Watch him.'

    That is when it occurs what the ordinary fan is expecting from Bravo in the days to come. To become the next Lara. They feel he has the potential. And they're convinced he should be utilizing his talent to fulfill the expectation of the proud West Indian fan.
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    BRIDGETOWN ( BARBADOS): After Chris Gayle, veteran West Indies batsman Shivnaraine Chanderpaul is gearing up for another showdown with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) following his comments in an interview that the board tried to force him to retire.

    WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire has written to Chanderpaul requesting an explanation of his comments which he labelled as "ill-advised and detrimental to the interests of the game", according to a report.

    "As a centrally contracted player, we are in the first instance concerned with your participation in such an interview of which we had no prior knowledge and for which the WICB granted no approval," Hilaire said in a letter dated May 24.

    "We further consider that your comments were ill-advised and detrimental to the interests of the game," the letter said.

    Chanderpaul's actions were "inappropriate" for a player holding a retainer contract and the left-hander has been given 10 days to respond.

    In a 20-minute interview to the Line and Length Network last month ahead of the opening Test against Pakistan in Guyana, Chanderpaul charged that West Indies selectors had tried to force him to retire but he had refused, the report said.

    "He also hinted that his form had suffered as a result of being put under pressure by current coach Ottis Gibson who tried to dictate how he ought to bat. Chanderpaul was also upset over his non-inclusion in the Windies squad for the five-match One-Day International series against Pakistan," the report said.

    Hilaire wrote: "It is our opinion that several of the comments made by you in the course of the abovementioned interview have the effect of denigrating the WICB and in particular the head coach, the selectors, the CEO and the executive members of the Board.

    "While we consider it unfortunate that you choose to make public comments on issues about which you may feel dissatisfied, rather than seeking to have discussions with me, any member of team management or any other WICB official; we would like to give you the opportunity to explain your comments and the reasons for same."

    Last Sunday, the WICB said they would also meet with former captain Gayle to discuss controversial comments he made following his return from the World Cup in April.
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