India to warm-up against Antigua and Barbuda

Published: Monday, May 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St John's:India will prepare for next month's first Test against West Indies with a two-day fixture against Antigua and Barbuda.

The Antigua&Barbuda Cricket Association announced on Saturday that Rahul Dravid's team will face the national side in an unscheduled tour match on May 30 and 31 at the Police Recreation Ground just outside the Antigua&Barbuda capital.

Sylvester Joseph, who has appeared in four Tests and 13 ODIs for West Indies, is expected to lead the Antigua and Barbuda side into battle.

The first Test between West Indies and India will be played from June 2 to 6 at the Antigua Recreation Ground, which is likely to host its last Test.

The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, a new international venue under construction to host matches for the 2007 ICC World Cup in the West Indies, is expected to replace the ARG for international matches.

The future of the ARG, where Sir Vivian scored one of the fastest hundreds in Tests, and current West Indies captain Brian Lara twice broke the World record for the highest Test score, is yet to be decided.

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