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Hooper favourite to replace Adams

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Bridgetown (Barbados): Carl Hooper remained favourite to replace Jimmy Adams as West Indies captain even though an expected announcement was delayed.The governing West Indies Cricket Board on Wednesday said it was awaiting responses from members before naming the skipper for the forthcoming home series against South Africa.Chief executive Gregory Shillingford said that a recommendation for the captaincy had come from the selection panel but he had not received responses from all 14 Board members."I have called people and we have been trying to get in contact with Board members by phone and e-mail but all have not been available," Shillingford said.He said that it was unlikely an announcement would be made until Thursday."The majority of the Board members must agree to the recommendation either in writing or verbally but this process will not conclude today," Shillingford said on Wednesday.The Barbados Advocate newspaper reported on Wednesday that all-rounder Hooper had been recommended by the selectors after gaining a majority vote at a lengthy meeting in Guyana on Monday.Guyana-born Hooper has been in sparkling form since he returned to first-class cricket earlier this year after announcing his retirement from international cricket in 1999.The classy right-handed batsman has amassed regional record 889 runs with four centuries and captured 24 wickets in helping Guyana to second place in the competition. He has played 80 Tests.Adams took over from Brian Lara last March and led West Indies to home series wins against Zimbabwe and Pakistan. But his team lost 3-1 in England in June-September beforetheir 5-0 drubbing in a dreadful tour of Australia.Adams averaged 24.22 against England and 18.87 against Steve Waugh's side. Adams was missing from a 16-player training camp in Trinidad this weekend, announced by the Board. The Board also named a squad of 13 from which a Busta XI will play South Africa in a three-day game in Guyana, starting on Sunday.Squads:
Training camp: Chris Gayle, Leon Garrick, Wavell Hinds, Brian Lara, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Carl Hooper, Ridley Jacobs, Dinanath Ramnarine, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Courtney Walsh, Nixon McLean, Reon King,Cameron Cuffy and Colin Stuart.Busta XI: Sherwin Campbell (recommended captain), Daren Ganga, Sylvester Joseph, Tonito Willett, Kurt Wilkinson, Ryan Hinds, Courtney Browne, Sulieman Benn, Mervyn Dillon, Kerry Jeremy, Jermaine Lawson, Ricky Christopher, Dave Mohammed.(c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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