Windies waiting just on Deonarine
West Indies are only one short of their full complement of fit players, following the arrivals of Assad Fudadin and Marlon Samuels in time to face England Lions from tomorrow if required.
Fudadin’s fellow Guyanese Narsingh Deonarine will therefore be the last of the 2012 West Indies players to join up for the three Tests against England.
All-rounder Deonarine was expected to accompany Fudadin, having experienced the same visa hold-ups as his compatriot and is still waiting in Jamaica for clearance to fly.
But whereas Fudadin’s documentation allowed him to travel last night, it is now hoped Deonarine - far the likelier of the two to be in the Windies’ Test match plans - will arrive tomorrow.
Even that would rule him out of the reckoning to face the Lions in Northampton - the Windies’ second and final warm-up match before they head for Lord’s next week - unless forecast rain arrives in bucketloads to delay proceedings tomorrow.
Asked the reason for Deonarine’s ongoing delay, a team spokesman said: “It’s the same issues, processing. Once the process is finished, he’ll be on the flight.”
West Indies, beset by bad weather in preparation for and during their opening tour match at the PROBIZ County Ground, were again restricted to indoor practice this afternoon as rain - absent while the Lions netted this morning - fell at Wantage Road.
But the tourists were able to report both batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who needed treatment to a bruised hand against Sussex two days ago, and paceman Fidel Edwards - having rested a back “niggle” on the south coast - are both fit.
The spokesman added: “The issues with Shivnarine Chanderpaul were a little exaggerated, and we’ll continue to monitor Fidel (Edwards). So everyone [here] is available for selection.”