West Indies gear up for opening Test

KINGSTOWN: A replacement West Indies squad was on the ground and training ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh starting today at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

This follows the selected players deciding to boycott the match due to a contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Though the WICB has not officially released the names as yet, sources in St Vincent have indicated to CMC that Ryan Austin, Tino Best, Kevin McClean, Travis Dowlin, Nelon Pascal, Omar Phillips, Floyd Reifer, Dale Richards, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy and Chadwick Walton are in the island and trained at the venue on Wednesday.

Four others, including Under-19 players, Kraigg Brathwaite and Andre Creary, were expected to join them later today.

The West Indies selectors, last night, named the following 15-man squad for the first Digicel Test match against Bangladesh at the Arnos Vale Ground in St Vincent, July 9-13:

Floyd Reifer (captain), Darren Sammy (vice-captain), Ryan Austin, Tino Best, David Bernard, Kraigg Brathwaite, Andre Creary, Travis Dowlin, Nikita Miller, Kevin McClean, Nelon Pascal, Omar Phillips, Dale Richards, Kemar Roach, Chadwick Walton.