WICB planning training for Windies in Australia

Published: Monday, September 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Barbados :Plans are being put in place for a six-day camp in Barbados for the West Indies cricket team that will visit Australia later this year.

The Nation newspaper reported that the side will assemble and then break up as the six regional sides play in the West Indies Cricket Board's President's Trophy limited-overs series.

Three days after the President's Trophy is complete, West Indies depart for Down Under, where they will be encamped for a few more days before playing in a three-Test series against the hosts.

The WICB is also planning a day-long seminar for all the players from the six teams in the President's Trophy, just before the competition. Fitness and mental readiness is expected to be the central components at the training camp and seminar.

But there is still no word on the state of negotiations between the WICB and the West Indies Players' Association. The West Indies were without several key players on the recent trip to Sri Lanka when they lost 2-0 in the Test series.

After payment disputes with WIPA, the WICB was forced to field a second-string team, that performed creditably, but the Australian authorities and players have long indicated they would be disappointed if the high-profile players were not available. West Indies will play three Tests on tour at Brisbane (November 3 to 7), Tasmania (November 17 to 21), and Adelaide (November 25 to 29).

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