Associates Tri-Series, Canada, 2008 August 11, 2008

West Indies confirm participation in tri-series

Cricinfo staff

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has confirmed the tri-series involving Canada, Bermuda and West Indies in Toronto will go ahead as scheduled after organisers at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, the venue, addressed the WICB's concerns.

Tony Howard, the WICB's chief operations officer, and Dinanath Ramnarine, the West Indies Players' Association president and a WICB director, had expressed dissatisfaction with the uneven pitch and the height of the sight screens when they visited the ground in King City last month. But Ranjit Saini, the president of the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, said the problems have now been sorted. "We have also removed the artificial surface close to the main turf strip and inserted new soil," Saini told Caribbean Media Corporation.

Cricket Canada president Ben Sennik said he was happy West Indies will take part in the series. "This is good news for us ... because any series against a Full member is going to go a long way in helping us improve," Sennik said.

West Indies will arrive in Toronto on August 16 and play Bermuda on August 20 and Canada on August 22, with the final scheduled for August 25.