SL announces itinerary of Windies tour

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

The Sri Lankan cricket board today formally announced the itinerary of the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka next month.

SL announces itinerary of Windies tour

Colombo: The Sri Lankan cricket board today formally announced the itinerary of the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka next month, signifying it will happen despite a row over endorsement contracts in the West Indies. The board in a statement said the West Indies team will arrive on July 3 and will play two Tests July 13-17 in Colombo and then will travel to Kandy to play the second Test July 20 to 25. Reports from Barbados had said that only captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul, fast bowler Daren Powell, and rookie wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin signed have up for the West Indies tour. The trio were the only invited players of 13 to return a contract. Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, and former vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan were among those who did not sign in an ongoing dispute over endorsement contracts with the West Indies Cricket Board. One option is to use the three signed players plus a West Indies A team already in Sri Lanka to meet obligations for a tour. The dispute between the board and players has been simmering for months, since the board signed a multimillion dollar contract to be sponsored by the Digicel, while seven players had personal contracts with rival telecommunications provider Cable & Wireless, the previous sponsor of the Board. The disagreement jeopardised West Indies' tour of Australia in January, and caused a below-strength team to be fielded for the first Test against South Africa in March. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board statement made no mention of the West Indies team composition. (AP)

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