West Indies ‘A’ Team Face Sri Lanka Again Today

Hardbeatnews, COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Weds. June 29, 2005: Windies ‘A’ captain Daren Ganga is looking for another win today at the Colts Cricket Club Ground in Sri Lanka, as the side faces off against the Sri Lanka-A side in their second match-up.

The Windies ‘A’ squad lead the three “test” series, 1-0, having won the first unofficial test match on Saturday at Dambulla by 57 runs.

The Windies “A’ squad for today’s game will come from Ganga (captain), Narsingh Deonarine (vice captain), Carlton Baugh, Ryan Ramdass, Xavier Marshall, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Runako Morton, Dave Bernard Jnr., Dave Mohammed, Nikita Miller, Dwight Washington, Tino Best, Jermaine Lawson and Kerry Jeremy.

The Sri Lanka ‘A’ side will be picked from Russel Arnold (captain), Prasanna Jaywardena (vice captain), Avishka Gunawardena, Ian Daniel, Michael Vandort, Gayan Wijekoon, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Suraj Mohamed, Dilhara Fernando, Danushka Lokuhettige, Sajeeva Weerakoon, Malintha Gajanayake, Shantha Kalavitigoda and Nuwan Zoysa.

Meanwhile, efforts to resolved the new dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association, continue with the last Tuesday submitting a minor amendment to its revised Clause 5 of the player’s contract, which now reads:
“The WICB acknowledges that individual Players have the sole and exclusive right and are free to enter into their own individual commercial contracts granting similar image rights as in Clause 5(a) other than as a West Indian Player and subject to Clause 5.1 and Clause 5.2.”

The West Indies main squad is scheduled to play two test matches against the hosts, Sri Lanka, and along with India participate in a triangular one-day tournament following the test series. The test series begins on July 13 and the One-Day tournament on July 30. The Windies senior team is expected to leave Barbados on July 1 for the series.

The Board of selectors also say they will name an alternate squad for the match since the 10 of the 13 invited to play have not signed off on their contract and the deadline is passed.

Barbados’ CBC News also claims that thirteen of the 15 “A” team players have rejected an offer to play for the senior team in Sri Lanka, standing in solidarity with the senior players.

But Leonard Robertson, the WICB’s Corporate Communications Manager, shot down the claim saying as far as he’s aware, the selectors have not met. – Hardbeatnews.com