INDIA TOUR OF WEST INDIES
India to undergo week-long training camp before Dominica Test
by Vijay Tagore • Last updated on Fri, Jun 23, 2023
Before the announcement of the squads, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had already made plans for the West Indies tour. One of these plans is to hold a brief camp prior to the Test series. The team will gather in Bridgetown, Barbados, and undergo a week-long camp at the Kensington Oval ground before the Test series commences in Dominica on July 12.
According to information obtained from those involved in the operational aspects of the series, the players will assemble in groups in Barbados around July 1-2 and remain there until approximately July 8-9. Securing tickets for the Caribbean islands has reportedly been challenging due to limited availability of large aircrafts flying there regularly. As a result, the Indian Test players and support staff will arrive in Georgetown, Guyana, in batches.
The camp in Barbados will also include a couple of games, which may not necessarily be first-class matches. This arrangement is a specific request from the team management, and the BCCI is coordinating with Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Cricket Barbados to organize these activities. Local players will also join the Indian team for one or two practice games.
Confirming the plans, a CWI official told Cricbuzz, “They are training at Kensington Oval until we private charter them to Dominica before the start of the Test Series.” The team management chose Barbados over Roseau, the capital of Dominica, because the facilities in Roseau are not highly rated.
The Indian team last played in Dominica in 2011, and apart from Virat Kohli, none of the current squad members have visited the island before. Interestingly, the 2011 Test match received heavy criticism as the Indian team opted not to pursue a target of 180 runs in 47 overs. The team, which included current coach Rahul Dravid alongside MS Dhoni, settled for a draw after reaching 94 for 3 in 32 overs.
Meanwhile, the West Indies team will hold their camp in Antigua. The CWI source confirmed that the West Indies Test players will undergo training at the island’s High-Performance Centre at Coolidge Cricket Ground before travelling to Dominica.
After the first Test, the teams fly to Trinidad for the second Test (July 20-24) before returning to Barbados to kick-start the white ball leg of the 43-day tour.
CAB congratulates Mukesh Kumar
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) congratulated Mukesh Kumar for his maiden national call-up. “On behalf of CAB let me congratulate Mukesh and wish him all the best. He has been very consistent over the last two seasons. I am sure he will do very well if given a chance in the playing eleven,” CAB president Snehasish Ganguly said. The Bengal pacer has also been named in the India ODI squad for the forthcoming tour of West Indies starting on July 12.
Mukesh, who bagged 22 wickets in the 2022-2023 Ranji season, helped Bengal reach the final. He has been rewarded for his consistent performances. The 29-year-old has 149 scalps in 38 first-class matches.
July 12-16: 1st Test; Windsor Park, Dominica
July 20-24: 2nd Test; Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
July 27: 1st ODI; Kensington Oval, Barbados
July 29: 2nd ODI; Kensington Oval, Barbados
Aug 1: 3rd ODI; Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad