Champions Trophy: Windies arrive for Cardiff camp

Cardiff (Wales), May 27 (IANS/CMC) The West Indies will fine-tune their preparations for the Champions Trophy when they open a training camp here Monday, their second in as many weeks.

The regional side arrived in the United Kingdom Sunday and took a three-hour drive to the Welsh capital where they were welcomed by lovely sunny weather.

Showers have been forecast for the next few days, however.

The squad will have their first training session Monday at 2 p.m. local time at the SWALEC Stadium.

Captain Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, both of whom played the final of the Indian Premier League on Sunday, are expected to join the camp shortly along with off-spinner Sunil Narine, who played in the final of the national Twenty20 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago Saturday night.

The West Indies flew out of the Caribbean Saturday evening following a five-day camp at the 3W’s Oval at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

They will play two official warm-up matches, against Australia here next Saturday and Sri Lanka three days later in Birmingham, before opening their campaign in Group B of the competition against Pakistan on June 6 at the Oval in London.

The West Indies will also face reigning World champions India and South Africa, in the preliminary round.

The squad: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Denesh Ramdin (vice-captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith.

–IANS/CMC

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