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Thatscricket - News - Windies keen to start India campaign on positive note

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2002, 22:30 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: The Carl Hooper-led West Indies team kicks off its India tour on Friday with a three-day game against the Board President's XI, keen to start off on a positive note, ahead of the first Test next week.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Many of the team members are touring India for the first time and coach Roger Harper and Hooper said the squad would take the opportunity to get used to the conditions to prepare themselves for the Mumbai face-off, starting on October 9.The West Indians had a two-day net practice at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium after landing in Bangalore on October 1 from Colombo, where they made an early exit in the ICC Champions Trophy and then had a 10-day camp there."Players are excited about the fact that they will play a competitive team before the first Test," Harper said. Colombo was very hot. The drop in temperature in India was liked by the Caribbeans, he added.The Board President's XI is led by India's new batting sensation Mohammad Kaif, who said it would be a good opportunity for youngsters to give a good account of themselves and gain experience against fast bowling.The tourists' pace attack is set to be spearheaded by Mervyn Dillon, who captured 23 wickets at home and helped West Indies defeat India 2-1 in the Test Series last May.Dillon said he was happy about his form and confident of performing well. Among others, West Indies has lot of hopes on Daren Powell and Jermaine Lawson who are expected to play a key role for the tourists.Meanwhile, there was some good news for Hemang Badani, who was among the 14-member squad. His wife gave birth to a baby boy and Badani has flown to share moments of joy but would be back for the event, according to the Board President's XI's manager-cum-coach R Sudhakar Rao.The teams (from): Board President's XI: Mohammed Kaif (captain), Gautam Ghambhir, Sanjay Bangar, Dinesh Mongia, Hemang Badani, Parthiv Patel, Sharandeep Singh, Murali Karthik, Amit Mishra, Laxmipathy Balaji, Tinu Yohannan, Irfan Pathan, Akash Chopra and Ajay Ratra. Manager/Coach: R Sudhakar Rao.West Indies: Carl Hooper (captain), Chris Gayle, Wavel Hinds, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Ganga, Shivnaraine Chanderpaul, Marion Samuels, Ryan Hinds, Gareth Breese, Ridley Jacobs, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Mervyn Dillon, Pedro Collins, Cameroon Cuffy, Daren Powell and Jermaine Lawson. Manager: Ricky Skerritt.Coach: Roger Harper.Umpires: A V Jayaprakash and Devender Sharma.PTI

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