West Indies in England 2012 May 5, 2012

West Indies depleted by visa problems

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It has emerged that the touring West Indies squad, due to face England in a three-Test series starting in less than two weeks' time, currently comprises only 11 fit men, with three players still to arrive in the UK. Assad Fudadin, Narsingh Deonarine and Marlon Samuels have been delayed by visa issues while Fidel Edwards has a "back niggle" and will not play in their three-day match against Sussex, which was due to begin on Saturday but fell victim to the weather.

Samuels, who has been playing in the IPL with Pune Warriors, is expected in the country imminently, but Fudadin and Deonarine are in Jamaica trying to resolve their visa issues. "The rules have become more stringent due to the Olympics," a West Indies spokesman said, "and we're still working on getting that sorted." The pair do not have a confirmed arrival date.

Under normal circumstances, you might expect a team with just seven days of cricket ahead of a Test series in which they are the overwhelming underdogs to be champing at the bit to gain every chance to acclimatise to their new conditions. But West Indies reacted with an understandably phlegmatic attitude to the abandonment of the first day at Hove, where it was bitterly cold and a far cry from the conditions in they played barely a week ago against Australia in the Caribbean.

While it would be premature to dismiss the prospects of a talented but raw West Indies squad, this does not represent the smoothest start to a tour. The original party was only 15 strong and may require strengthening. The team management insist they have yet to think about reinforcements, but it speaks volumes for their current predicament that 50-year-old Richie Richardson, West Indies' tour manager, admitted he may be obliged to act as 12th man in the current match.

The fast bowler Corey Collymore, 34 and currently plying his trade with Middlesex as a Kolpak registration, might represent another local option, though he would surely be reluctant to turn his back on county cricket for a short-term flirtation with the touring squad.

The niggle to Edwards may prove the most significant issue. The 30-year-old fast bowler, easily the most experienced member of the tourists' attack, missed the final Test against Australia due to the same problem and has long been hampered by back problems. He played no cricket in 2010 after undergoing back surgery.

"It's not bad," Darren Sammy, West Indies' captain, said. "We came here knowing Fidel would be rested for this game; he was rested for the last match. Come the first Test, everybody will be ready.

"Fidel is somebody I know what to expect from. I know what he's going to give and whenever he plays will be ready. Last time he played a game at Lord's he was very unlucky - a few catches went down - and I know he's going to give us 100%, just like all my team-mates. Whether he plays the Lions game or not, I know when that bell rings on the 17th, he will be ready. He'll be the first one to say 'give me the ball'. It will be up to Fidel himself to say how he feels, and what the physio recommends."

Barely a drop of rain fell at Hove after 9am on Saturday, but play was abandoned for the day at 1.40pm. It seemed an oddly ambivalent decision.

"Everybody wants to get on the park," Sammy said. "But that's the weather; we don't have control over that. We're not in the Caribbean, where it's nice and warm. This is England, where it's going to be cold. So we've programmed our minds to get over it. I'm quite used to these conditions, but it's been a while since we've played cricket here. Most of the guys have experience here. It's England; you know it's going to be cold, the ball's going to sting your hands; all that stuff."

Sammy will hope that this tour does not go the way of their disastrous visit in 2009, when West Indies arrived as late replacements for Zimbabwe, lost the first Test inside three days and ended up defeated 2-0 in both the Test and one-day series.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 8, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Did anyone realise that Mitchell Starc has been delayed with visa issues as well,thanks to percieved short comings by Criket Australia?

  • Maroon11 on May 8, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    @ TheLight, Kindly tell me what happens in the event of injuries and replacements need to be urgently flown to England. Would the position be "oh you applied too late, sorry I cant help you." I in no way advocate preferential treatment to anyone but my point is simply that in exceptional circumstances or in the interest of a greater good, such issues can be expedited without actually becoming a problem.

  • TheLight on May 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    WICB incompetence and mismanagement.

    Visas are issued in a stipulated time frame. It is obvious that they applied too late.

  • Maroon11 on May 7, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    After a scathing welcome in the English Press, the Englishmen seem to be running scared. So here comes the English Embassy to their Cricket Team's rescue. What can possibly justify 3 international sportsmen having visa problems? Btw, Sammy MUST be overjoyed....

  • on May 6, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Why do so much people believe that the WICB has the power to issue visas for entry into the UK? Let's put the blame where it's due. The WICB is not to blame for this UK's mess. O! If every country were like the Caribbean Islands! We accommmodate more than 22,000,000 tourists each year, without all this visa kaffuffle. England should look and learn how this thing is done. In the mean time, they should start building dome stadiums to overcome all the rain and cold of their Spring. Our team is all warmed up, so LET'S PLAY BALL!

  • on May 6, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    There is no chance Samuels, plans to defect and represent England. Therefore his visa application should be granted ASAP. Most of the WI public hate the guy just as they do gayle but surely these boys would have done better joining up with Phil Siimmons and applying for Irish passports 3 years ago.

  • delboy on May 6, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    I'm not surprised the WI most erratic bowler has back problems this might help him to focus on BOWLING rather than efforts to be the FASTEST in the world. As Holding observed a test side should not really be overworking its quickest bowlers by asking them to bowl to many overs or too long a spell. But then again the more a bowler focuses on the stumps and either bowls the opponent or induce him into an error and gets him out the less work he has to do. Bowling 30 overs at speed only to be edges into the boundary or watch your skipper drop simple catches does not help. On the visa issue; why has it been left for so long to submit these applications? Surely the squad was selected before they were due to board the plane; so why is it that one half can be here while other's documentations are yet to be processed? It would do no harm applying for a visa even if that player was then not selected the real costs might just be less.

  • on May 6, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Ok,so the West Indies will be slaughtered 3-0 by the rampaging English who is using these test matches for the warm up for the South African series,so what else is new?.And no,rain will not save them,and yes,we can blame the board,and the coach,and the captain,anything else new to predict and add?I guess the next thing alot of peoples here would be calling for the team to come back home,correct?But ,like alot of you alluded to is true,they are a beaten and battered team even before a ball is bowled,after all cricket is NOT played on the field,it is played by what happens behind the scenes,on paper and did i forget by predictions.

  • on May 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I think Sammy is just about to learn what it REALLY means to be a touring West Indian captain these days. England will be where his eternal optimism dies. But who knows, maybe that will make a better leader of him.

  • on May 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    As indicated by the article ' W.I, DEPLETED BY VISA PROBLEM', this only epitomizes the many shortsightness that plagued W.I cricket over the past 20 years and reflect the abilities of the administrators who are in charge. With this present group, there wont be any significant changes in the near future. After each tour, there is always going to be the same mantra, 'the team appears to be turning the corner'. Does any knowledgeable cricketer, really believe that this team can provide any level of gritty competition for the English team? The test matches against W.I, are being used as warm- up matches for the real test matches in later summer - South Africa.

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Did anyone realise that Mitchell Starc has been delayed with visa issues as well,thanks to percieved short comings by Criket Australia?

  • Maroon11 on May 8, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    @ TheLight, Kindly tell me what happens in the event of injuries and replacements need to be urgently flown to England. Would the position be "oh you applied too late, sorry I cant help you." I in no way advocate preferential treatment to anyone but my point is simply that in exceptional circumstances or in the interest of a greater good, such issues can be expedited without actually becoming a problem.

  • TheLight on May 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    WICB incompetence and mismanagement.

    Visas are issued in a stipulated time frame. It is obvious that they applied too late.

  • Maroon11 on May 7, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    After a scathing welcome in the English Press, the Englishmen seem to be running scared. So here comes the English Embassy to their Cricket Team's rescue. What can possibly justify 3 international sportsmen having visa problems? Btw, Sammy MUST be overjoyed....

  • on May 6, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Why do so much people believe that the WICB has the power to issue visas for entry into the UK? Let's put the blame where it's due. The WICB is not to blame for this UK's mess. O! If every country were like the Caribbean Islands! We accommmodate more than 22,000,000 tourists each year, without all this visa kaffuffle. England should look and learn how this thing is done. In the mean time, they should start building dome stadiums to overcome all the rain and cold of their Spring. Our team is all warmed up, so LET'S PLAY BALL!

  • on May 6, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    There is no chance Samuels, plans to defect and represent England. Therefore his visa application should be granted ASAP. Most of the WI public hate the guy just as they do gayle but surely these boys would have done better joining up with Phil Siimmons and applying for Irish passports 3 years ago.

  • delboy on May 6, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    I'm not surprised the WI most erratic bowler has back problems this might help him to focus on BOWLING rather than efforts to be the FASTEST in the world. As Holding observed a test side should not really be overworking its quickest bowlers by asking them to bowl to many overs or too long a spell. But then again the more a bowler focuses on the stumps and either bowls the opponent or induce him into an error and gets him out the less work he has to do. Bowling 30 overs at speed only to be edges into the boundary or watch your skipper drop simple catches does not help. On the visa issue; why has it been left for so long to submit these applications? Surely the squad was selected before they were due to board the plane; so why is it that one half can be here while other's documentations are yet to be processed? It would do no harm applying for a visa even if that player was then not selected the real costs might just be less.

  • on May 6, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Ok,so the West Indies will be slaughtered 3-0 by the rampaging English who is using these test matches for the warm up for the South African series,so what else is new?.And no,rain will not save them,and yes,we can blame the board,and the coach,and the captain,anything else new to predict and add?I guess the next thing alot of peoples here would be calling for the team to come back home,correct?But ,like alot of you alluded to is true,they are a beaten and battered team even before a ball is bowled,after all cricket is NOT played on the field,it is played by what happens behind the scenes,on paper and did i forget by predictions.

  • on May 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I think Sammy is just about to learn what it REALLY means to be a touring West Indian captain these days. England will be where his eternal optimism dies. But who knows, maybe that will make a better leader of him.

  • on May 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    As indicated by the article ' W.I, DEPLETED BY VISA PROBLEM', this only epitomizes the many shortsightness that plagued W.I cricket over the past 20 years and reflect the abilities of the administrators who are in charge. With this present group, there wont be any significant changes in the near future. After each tour, there is always going to be the same mantra, 'the team appears to be turning the corner'. Does any knowledgeable cricketer, really believe that this team can provide any level of gritty competition for the English team? The test matches against W.I, are being used as warm- up matches for the real test matches in later summer - South Africa.

  • tmd1 on May 6, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    I thought that if you could play cricket you automatically got into England along with a emigration application and an English cap.Its going to be boring watching 15 or 16 South Africans running around in the test matches.

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Would be interesting to know the reason for the delay. I guess we'll never know. Hope they get it soon, we'll need all our resources for England.

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    @kantipur,so perfectly correct,i asked already and will ask again,how serious is theis back injury really?,besides Edwards,you could have clearly seeRampaul was not only short of work in the last test,but was clearly not fully match fit one can argue,yet,was picked,so one can conclude that with this tour going he will getting more match fit as he plays more warm up games,i suspect he will play in both warm up games before the first test.Seeing we all dont have all of the facts,it just seems intresting that the other players had their paperwork processed and got their visa easier than these 3 players.To me i would be asking,what was the problem with these 3?,what aspects of paperwork were missing, what requirements were not satisfactort to the Home office in the UK,etc?.I find this very intresting, after all,i am sure within the next 2-3 days,this will all be sorted out and the world will smiling again,dont mind that the team travelled to the UK 7 days agowe here are worrying too much.

  • jmcilhinney on May 6, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @nzcricket174, quite the opposite in fact. The England team and all fans will be hoping for fine weather all through the summer so that they have a chance to put all the talk about SA being the better team to rest.

  • UdayP on May 6, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I would love to see Richie Richardson back in the team!!

  • kantipur on May 6, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Last year when India toured England, there were comments from indian players that Zaheer Khan will be fit by the match. And the result was he got injured, india suffered. Sammy is making exactly same mistake with Fidel Edwards. Edwards should not be played until he is match fit. There is a difference being fit and match fit.

  • nzcricket174 on May 6, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Only rain will save England this summer. With South Africa on the way they will be praying for floods.

  • creekeetman on May 6, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    hopefully samuels' visa does'nt get sorted out.

  • jmcilhinney on May 6, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    The fact that someone is a sportsman does not mean they should be granted a visa "no questions asked". It is still the responsibility of everyone entering a country to meet the entry requirements of that country or show cause why the requirements should be waived. The WI have toured England, and everywhere else, enough times to know the drill by now. They may have been caught out by the new rules when they were assuming that it would be the same as last time. That said, even without the Olympics, the rules could have changed since the last tour so they should have checked well ahead of time. You have to wonder why the rest of the squad had no issues and these guys did. If you don't know what the difference is then you can't say that they should get a visa. Hopefully it's just a delay in getting some documentation, which is the individuals fault, and all will be well soon.

  • sweetspot on May 6, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    WICB? What role does the WICB have beyond providing documentation to its players to apply for their UK visas? Surely, they did not provide these to some and denied the others! This is a botch up by British consulates operating in the West Indies. This must be a typically "stringent" delay on these chaps. Stringent because of the Olympics? You've got to be kidding me! The UK economy should welcome as many people as possible, using the Olympics as an opportunity. Instead, they're delaying visas?

  • jonesy2 on May 6, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    what the? how does this even happen. the windies fans do not deserve this

  • maddy20 on May 6, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    People people. Before you bash the WICB try to actually read the article first. It says "Visa rules have gotten more stringent due to olympics" so I do not think for once this is not WICB's fault. For all I know this might be a strategy to ensure that England retains no.1. What kind of country does not grant Visas to visiting foreign teams irrespective of how stringent the rules are?

  • kobler on May 6, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Why should the UK be stopping them, once they are coming to play cricket a visa should not be a problem and take only 2 secs to get

  • Percy_Fender on May 6, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    If Sarwan and Nash are in England they should be taken to play in the Test match because the late arrivals may not be ready really. England can be bitterly cold at this time.But I am banking on Roach and Rampaul to come good soon.

  • bajanrod on May 6, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    The WICB has no control over what the Home Office can request re information on visa applications.....so act like if y'all can sensibly process information and save the blame for another day.

  • Sinhaya on May 6, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, what rubbish are you talking!! Sri Lanka played very well in the 2nd and 3rd test last summer! No way did rain come to rescue Sri Lanka. England are a beatable side as proven by their 3-0 loss to Pakistan in UAE. Dilshan's 193 at Lords meant no way was Sri Lanka ever going to lose.

  • noplay on May 6, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    WICB have bigger problems than visas for the players. They need to get Sammy to think before he talks. Look at that quote again. It really beats me what all the reps from those regional boards saw in him.

  • Technical-1 on May 6, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    WICB , Personified the Words, INEPT, INCOMPETENT, SQUALID, FETID, PUTRID!

  • on May 6, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    I think for the first time in typing comments online, I can finally use LOL with commitment.

  • on May 6, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    i was really surprised to read about this visa issue. Are the WICB really professionals? Any other company sending their employees to do a foreign assignment would have resolved their visa issues

  • TropicPleasure on May 6, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    @John Duchaussee, without information on the visa problem, the WICB, including the management team, are to blame. When three members of the 15 man team are anywhere but where they ought to be when a match is scheduled to be played, because of visa issues, there's no one else to blame. The buck stops with the WICB. It's their responsibility to ensure that all their players are prepared to travel.

  • on May 6, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Why not play Clyde Butts , Joel Garner and even Gibson himself !

  • on May 6, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    What about Nash and Sarwan i am sure they love a call up , there are al ready in england playing county cricket?

  • Phat-Boy on May 6, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Hilarious. Of course it is the WICB's fault that immigration that customs etc are struggling to process visas. What the WICB should have done is pick the squad a year ago and forget about form etc in order to get these players processed.

    Honestly, is world hunger going to be blamed on the WICB in the next few weeks? I suppose it would be facetious of me to mention that for all the laughter at the thought of Richardson being 12th man, you have all forgotten that as coach of the Australia A side a mid-40s Allan Border fielded for Australia A when they were playing IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY?

    The only thing that surprises me about this though is that Darren Sammy hasn't been blamed somewhere along the line.

  • on May 6, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    @Gregory F Bean. I have written on this site on several occasions explaining that the WICB comprises of two representatives of each cricket playing country in the West Indies. Two people were nominated by each local cricket board. So I suggest that if you want the board fired maybe you can begin with the two from your country, if you still reside here. I await your response.

  • Silloh on May 6, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    Wow ! Only our West Indian team would have such issues. I have never heard of other nations encountering such. Don't blame Gayle for this. Isn't this the manager's job ? The WICB should investigate and ensure such does not happen AGAIN. Not only embarassing, but these guys would miss the key warm up sessions.

  • on May 5, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Why isnt this board sacked does anyone in authority have any backbone, year in year out all your hearing about is mis management issues,(SACK THEM) then perhaps you will see a winning team...

  • on May 5, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Without any information as to the reason for the visa delays the general consensus from most comments here is that it's the fault of the WICB. How boring and blinkered we have become in the Caribbean.

  • on May 5, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    I have a question, who is there that can fire the board?

  • on May 5, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    This is sad and yet rediculous,besides the staging of the olimpics,the residents of some caribbean islands now need visaa for entry into the UK,so you would have think that as soon as you notify the players who were selected,the paper work would have been started and hopefully fast tracked.So Sammy and management,what is the true nature of Fidel's back injusr?,this is a man with a history of stress fractures and had back surgery in 2010,if you are not sure,why did you pick him,how do you all know he will recover in time?.I said it here several times,why was a second keeper not picked?,what if any player besides the ONLY keeper gets injured the night before or morning of a match?This is highlightened more now with this visa issue,besides Richarson,is Gibson going to as an emergency fielder.Can you really draft players in that easily these days that have FULL county contracts or are kolpac players,what is anyone else gets sick or injured before the first class games then what next?

  • mar2000 on May 5, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    This VISA problem is utter nonsencs for sportsmen without criminal records and playing International games . The WICB must make sure that all is well with ALL players before a full squad is listed . This is where the ICC must put its full weight and muscle in ensuring that such does not accue ever again with no world class cricket team .

  • Ncnotorious on May 5, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    SARWAN!!! btw this is typical WICB...when I talked abt sacking and revamping the entire WICB during the Gayle Issue, no1 believed that it should happen. Now that is over, they still can't even get the simple things done in time for a tour planned months before.

  • TropicPleasure on May 5, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    It's Chris Gayle's fault.

  • on May 5, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Sarwan and Nash are in England and both can turn their hands over with the ball...maybe its a blessing in disguise...

  • on May 5, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Is this a comedy tour? Richie Richardson 12th man!! We are not surprised at the WICB because this is not new. Time overdue to revamp the Board. The good thing is that we can call on Sarwan and Nash who are already performing well in the UK.

  • on May 5, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Visa issues again, when would the great WICB get it right. They continue to embarass the WI public and WI cricket. One can only wonder what's next from the WICB.

  • on May 5, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    50 year old Richie Richardson as a possible 12th man? , WICB you cant be serious this is a very poor start to what could be an exciting tour.

  • on May 5, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Dont be surprise if WICB said Gayle have a VISA problem or not fit or something.So long to prepare; this suggested that there is no one in the WICB dealing with documents for any of the players, no wonder the cant select the best 11.,,,,,,,if there are smart there best 11 should look like this: C. Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, D Bravo, C Chanderpaul, Powell Or K Edwards, Ramdin, Sammy, Roach, Rampaul, Narine

  • aclarity on May 5, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    There are no sanctions for the CEO who writes undiplomatic letters to a Prime Minister and embarrasses the WI public with this visa issue. Give us another hopeless excuse but do not say Nepotism. And why was Fidel Edwards picked with a sore back and a very dismal record in his last five tests? Why, it's the WICB model.

  • coconutvendor on May 5, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    No problem...call Otis Gibson and tell him I know another Guyanese batsmen already in the UK that was the number 1 ranked ODI batsman in the world for a long time. He actually just scored a hundred for Leics. Then there's a white half-Jamaican Australian playing for Kent who is plundering runs at an average of > 80.. Both have a far better chance of scoring any runs for West Indies than Fudadin and Deonarine. This is a sign from God - draft Sarwan and Nash into the team ASAP!

  • Outswinging on May 5, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    This is yet another example of the need for professionalism within the WICB. One would expect that the office responsible for the team's travel arrangements would have ensured that all the required documents would have been secured well before the tour's commencement. The leadership of any organisation has full culpability for the performance of those selected key positions. The leadership must be held accountable for yet another unfortunate shortcoming. It will be interesting to see who steps forward to offer the mea culpa. How long must the region continue to be embarrassed by this group's continued incompetence.

  • on May 5, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    We have grown accustomed to being let down by our WICB so often that nothing comes as a surprise anymore.I am sure the Board members would have had their own visas ready and waiting. The players are the last in line in order of importance.

  • ramps_wi on May 5, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Hey thats great news for Sarwan and Nash, they already in England and they already accustom to the conditions there for this season.

  • cracker2012 on May 5, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    West Indies cricket board WICB seems to be tied up on their vacations or busy trying to get Gayle and Chanderpaul out of the team.

  • sparth on May 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Maybe the West Indian team are actually just stuck in a queue at Heathrow

  • Rising_Edge1234 on May 5, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Sarwan and Nash are there already. Pick them.

  • on May 5, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Visa problems?? Why am I not surprised!! The WICB is living DOWN to its reputation. These guys really have to go, if Windies cricket is to get to here it should be. This however, might be a blessing in disguise, allowing Sarwan and Nash to be drafted into the team. Can't see Samuels and Deonarine making runs against this English attack!! Still cannot forgive the WICB for agreeing to the 2009 tour on such short notice and putting the players in such a bad situation where they were bound to fail. The team they picked for this tour, would suffer a similar fate unless we get some experienced batsmen in the side...WICB do the right thing, draft Nash and Sarwan into this team!!!

  • Rally_Windies on May 5, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Normal WICB competence ....

    well at least these 3 players are lucky they even had plane tickets...... and hotel accommodations ..

  • on May 5, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Yep more proof, if same is needed of the board's incompetence, inefficiency and inability to get basic things right. As long as they are able to show who's boss nothing else matters.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on May 5, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    I was not aware that Theresa May was a cricket fan. The chaos in her department seems to be doing the England cricket team a few favours. Perhaps it isn't exactly intentional, however ...

  • hhillbumper on May 5, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    to be fair the amount of time it takes to get through heathrow these days a delay on the visa could be dealt with while they wait to clear security?

  • Sinhaya on May 5, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Not a good start but hope Windies make good use of the remaining 2 days against Sussex and also against the England Lions. I dont think Windies are bad enough to lose 3-0 as many commenting here talk up that prospect.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on May 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    We'll all be lucky to get any cricket the next month in England if the weather stays as is it. Remember when we played Sri Lanka two years ago, and England had every match in the bag until the it rained endlessly? England's matches could look a lot like that in the coming months.

  • PACERONE on May 5, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Well,let's see who WICB blames for the VISA problems.This is the same board who sent players to SA as replacements with no information.Lucky for these players Tony Cozier saw them in the airport and did the WICB work for them. Why was SA not sent to England before WI? They have been idle for a few months.

  • Muhtasim13 on May 5, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Why am I not surprised? Well, it would have been a shock if WI came to this tour without any issues hanging over their head. Way to go WICB!!

  • rza89 on May 5, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    epic fail on the cards for west indies,

  • on May 5, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Well, there really isnt anything to look forward to in the test series. west indies will most probably get defeated in all tests within first 3 to 4 days. however return of gayle is something to look forward to in one days. lets see if he could put up any similar performances that he has been putting as a freelance cricketer.

  • tanstell87 on May 5, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    why is Ramnaresh Sarwan not in 15 selected for the series ?? he should be drafted in asap.....anyways i feel England will wallop them 3-0 by the third test ends Windies mite still would be coming terms with the wickets in England.

  • Al11 on May 5, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    WICB....what a inept and ridiculous board...why was the visa issues not resolve before now....wow

  • Reagos on May 5, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    I was looking out for the surprise...there had to be something to stagnate the progress of the West Indies Team in this tour. No Gayle issue, no WIPA issue, we have Ramdin back..So its the VISA, good one WI cricket board. I guess this is the first time you guys are sending players to England. In that case i forgive you.

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  • Reagos on May 5, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    I was looking out for the surprise...there had to be something to stagnate the progress of the West Indies Team in this tour. No Gayle issue, no WIPA issue, we have Ramdin back..So its the VISA, good one WI cricket board. I guess this is the first time you guys are sending players to England. In that case i forgive you.

  • Al11 on May 5, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    WICB....what a inept and ridiculous board...why was the visa issues not resolve before now....wow

  • tanstell87 on May 5, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    why is Ramnaresh Sarwan not in 15 selected for the series ?? he should be drafted in asap.....anyways i feel England will wallop them 3-0 by the third test ends Windies mite still would be coming terms with the wickets in England.

  • on May 5, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Well, there really isnt anything to look forward to in the test series. west indies will most probably get defeated in all tests within first 3 to 4 days. however return of gayle is something to look forward to in one days. lets see if he could put up any similar performances that he has been putting as a freelance cricketer.

  • rza89 on May 5, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    epic fail on the cards for west indies,

  • Muhtasim13 on May 5, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Why am I not surprised? Well, it would have been a shock if WI came to this tour without any issues hanging over their head. Way to go WICB!!

  • PACERONE on May 5, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Well,let's see who WICB blames for the VISA problems.This is the same board who sent players to SA as replacements with no information.Lucky for these players Tony Cozier saw them in the airport and did the WICB work for them. Why was SA not sent to England before WI? They have been idle for a few months.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on May 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    We'll all be lucky to get any cricket the next month in England if the weather stays as is it. Remember when we played Sri Lanka two years ago, and England had every match in the bag until the it rained endlessly? England's matches could look a lot like that in the coming months.

  • Sinhaya on May 5, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Not a good start but hope Windies make good use of the remaining 2 days against Sussex and also against the England Lions. I dont think Windies are bad enough to lose 3-0 as many commenting here talk up that prospect.

  • hhillbumper on May 5, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    to be fair the amount of time it takes to get through heathrow these days a delay on the visa could be dealt with while they wait to clear security?