Incessant rain robs Indian One-day team of practice

Published: Monday, May 27, 2002, 16:40 [IST]
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Kingston (Jamaica): Rain washed out the second One-day International between India and the West Indies at Sabina Park on Sunday, reducing a five-match series to three.

The opening game was also abandoned on Saturday due to rain without a ball being bowled. The third one-dayer will be held at Bridgetown in Barbados on Wednesday and the last two at Port-of-Spain in Trinidad on June 1 and 2. "We've called off the match as there's just too much rain," match referee Mike Proctor of South Africa said. The weather has put paid to India's hopes of finding a right combination for the One- day series as the tourists are yet to have a practice session since losing the fifth and final Test here on Wednesday.

"The weather has upset our preparations for the One-day series," said Indian manager Gautam Dasgupta. "The players who have recently joined the One-day squad didn't even have nets for a single day. That means they will go into the third match without practice." Middle-order batsmen Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif, all-rounder Ajit Agarkar and left-arm spinner Murali Karthik joined the team last week as India looked to win the One-day series. The West Indies also included two one-day specialists - fast bowler Corey Collymore and off spinner Gareth Breese - in its squad.

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