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West Indies preparing for Champions Trophy

 

Brigetown.

The West Indies preparation for next month's ChampionsTrophy in England with a fivee day camp at the High Performance Centre at the 3Ws Oval in Barbados today.

The  sessions will be overseen by West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson with assistant coach Tony Radford and the HPC’s Andre Coley, also involved in the squad’s preparation.

Those currently pying their trade in the Indian Premier League will miss the camp, as will Ramnaresh Sarwan who is on contract with English County side Leistershire.

 

Stroke-maker Marlon Samuels, who returned home from the IPL with a groin strain last month, has recovered and will take his place at the camp.

The IPL-based players, along with Sarwan, are expected to be available for the second camp in Cardiff in Wales where the regional squad will fine tune their preparations for the June 6-23 tournament.

West Indies, who are scheduled to fly out of the Caribbean on Saturday, will play two official warm-up games following the Wales camp. They face Australia in a day/night affair in Cardiff on June 1 before taking on Sri Lanka at Edgbaston three days later.

The Windies will do battle in Group B of the tournament alongside Pakistan, South Africa and India, with Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and the hosts, comprising Group A.

West Indies open against Pakistan at the Oval on June 7 and follow up against India four days later at the same venue. They travel to Cardiff for their final preliminary round game against the Proteas on June 14.

The last time the Champions Trophy was played in England in 2004, West Indies beat England in a thrilling final at the Oval.