WI squad depart for HK Sixes event tomorrow

Published: Monday, October 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Antigua:The West Indies team will depart on Tuesday for Hong Kong Sixes two-day tournament which bowls off on October 22 at the Kowloon Cricket Club.

This years competition will see eight competing sides coming together for the first time since 1997.

Chief Cricket Operations Officer West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Zorol Bartley, who will manage team to the tournament, said he was optimistic the team would do well. "I think our chances of winning the tournament are good.

All players selected, with exception of Richard Kelly, have played international cricket," he stated.

The West Indies will be lead by Leeward Islands captain Sylvester Joseph and includes Deighton Butler, Narsingh Deonarine, Richard Kelly, Runako Morton, Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons.

The eight competing teams have been drawn into two pools for first round robin stage of the tournament. The West Indies are placed in Pool 2 alongside India, Pakistan and South Africa. Australia, England, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka are in the other pool.

The short form of the game has been a popular attraction for all major cricket playing countries since its debut in 1992. Prizes this year range from US$100,000 for winning team to US$10,000 each for the seventh and eighth-placed teams.

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