Windies T20 squad naming delayed
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Player fitness has created issues for the West Indies selectors and have forced a delay in the announcement of the Twenty20 (T20) squad for the tour of New Zealand.
While remaining coy on the matter, convenor of selectors, Roger Harper, confirmed the development, saying that authorities were in the process of attempting to resolve the issues before naming the squad.
West Indies are expected to depart for the tour of New Zealand at the end of the month. The tour comprises three T20 internationals and two Tests and runs from November 27 to December 15.
"As far as the Test squad is concerned, the players are fit," Harper said in an interview on StarCom Radio's Mason and Guest cricket show on Tuesday.
"There are some issues that we're looking at in relation to fitness and a couple other things. There are some issues that we're trying to sort out so that's why the squad hasn't been announced yet."
The upcoming tour of New Zealand will see the Test squad accompanied by members of the T20 unit plus reserves departing first, with any players currently competing in the Indian Premier League expected to follow after fulfilling their franchise commitments.