Australia expects Windies to send the best

Published: Thursday, November 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne:Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the West Indies had an obligation to send its best team for a triangular One-day series here in January.

Press reports said Brian Lara and other leading West Indian players were unlikely to travel to Australia because of a controversy surrounding rival sponsors.

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors were to meet on Wednesday to nominate new players to the squad after only nine of 25 requested players agreed to join the squad by Tuesday night's deadline.

The One-day series also featuring Pakistan was scheduled to start here on January 14 with a day-night match between Australia and the West Indies.

"The West Indies tour, in cricket terms, is still a long way off," Sutherland said in a statement.

"We would hope that the West Indies and their players can resolve their issues.

"The West Indies have an obligation to tour Australia and our expectation is that we will host them in January.

"Our view also is that international cricket should be about the best playing the best.

"All we can do for now is monitor the progress of those parties. The issue is a matter for the West Indies board and its players to resolve, but we look forward to hosting the West Indies in January."

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