October 18, 2001

West Indies tour of Sri Lanka set to go ahead


The West Indies will leave for their tour of Sri Lanka on October 30 as planned, despite the September 11th atrocities in the United States and subsequent military action in Afghanistan.

Parliamentary elections soon to be held in Sri Lanka have also raised concerns about player safety, but no changes to the team's plans are currently envisaged.

The President of the WICB, Wes Hall, will speak to the players about safety and other tour matters on Monday.

The West Indies have concerns about the fitness of several key players. One of them, Brian Lara missed training at Sabina Park yesterday with a strained hamstring. Shivnarine Chanderpaul has had an MRI scan on his back, although it is not thought to be a serious concern.