West Indies takes on Board President’s XI

Denied adequate preparation time in India, the West Indies would look to utilise all its resources when it takes on Board President’s XI in its only warm-up match, a two-day affair, starting in Vadodara on Saturday, ahead of the two-match Test series.
West Indies takes on Board President’s XI
Karun Nair

Vadodara

The West Indies team was initially scheduled to reach India on September 10 but landed in India only last Wednesday ahead of its tour that includes two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is. The Caribbean cricketers were forced to train at the ICC Global Academy in Dubai prior to the series against India, after the BCCI expressed its inability to provide them with required facilities due to the ongoing domestic season.
Its preparation not ideal, the visitor would be eyeing to get into the business straight away and use the two-day game to full use to get acclimatised with the Indian conditions. West Indies will begin its India tour with the first Test scheduled at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on October 4, followed by the second and final Test starting October 12 in Hyderabad.
The two Tests will be followed by five ODIs, with the first match scheduled at Guwahati on October 21. The next three matches will be played in Indore, Pune, and Mumbai, before the fifth and final ODI in Thiruvananthapuram on November 1.
The series will be capped off with three T20Is to be played in Kolkata, Lucknow, and Chennai from November 4 to 11. The tourist will miss the services of Kemar Roach in the warm-up match as the pacer had left for Barbados following the death of his grandmother and will re-join the squad after her funeral.  The 13-men Board President’s XI will be led by middle-order batsman Karun Nair, who was benched throughout India’s Test tour of England. Besides, the BP XI will also have Hanuma Vihari, who made a fifty and a duck on debut in the fifth Test against England and Prithvi Shaw, who was also called up for the final two Tests in England but did not get a game.
Prolific runner scorer in domestic cricket, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer and Ankit Bawne will form a strong batting line-up for the home team. The bowling attack will be led by Basil Thampi, and will have left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar, pacer K Vignesh, Madhya Pradesh’s Avesh Khan, Bengal’s Ishan Porel besides all-rounder Jalaj Saxena.

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