Deonarine, Fudadin cleared to travel; Samuels arrives

LONDON, England,  CMC – West Indies batsmen Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin are scheduled to arrive here early today, after managing to finally secure their United Kingdom travel visas in Jamaica.

Narsingh Deonarine
Assad Fudadin

The left-handed Guyanese pair had been stuck in Jamaica since last week as they awaited the documents in order to link up with the touring party which arrived here last Wednesday.

This means West Indies should have a full squad to choose from after Jamaican all-rounder Marlon Samuels arrived here yesterday from India where he has been campaigning in the Indian Premier League.

The trio’s absence meant West Indies had just 11 available players of the 15-man squad to face Sussex in the three-day tour opener last weekend in Hove.

Fast bowler Fidel Edwards was ruled out of the game with injury.

Luckily, only 34 overs were possible in the fixture as rain washed out the first day on Saturday and allowed limited play on the two remaining days.

Deonarine and Fudadin’s arrival will just be in time for the start of the four-day match against England Lions – the country’s A side – which bowls off tomorrow in Northampton.

The match is the final warm-up before the Windies face World number one side England in the first Test at Lord’s on May 17th.

While in Jamaica, both Deonarine and Fudadin made good use of their time, representing Kingston in the island’s Senior Cup tournament.

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