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WICB dismiss fears of key players in IPL matches

Published:Wednesday | March 19, 2008 | 2:22 PM

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) this morning dismissed fears that key players aligned to the Indian Premier League (IPL) would miss matches in the 2008 Digicel Home Series against Australia.

Captain Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul appeared set to miss matches against Australia because of IPL commitments.

WICB president, Dr Julian Hunte said the players would not be in India at the expense of their West Indies duties.

Mr. Hunte said teams like the West Indies will have the right to bind its players to international duties when there is a clash of dates.

He said the IPL has given countries its commitment that all the players contracted will require clearance or No Objection Certificates from their Boards to play in the League.

Mr. Hunte said the IPL commitment allows the WICB to ensure that the services of their IPL players are available during the first Two Test of three matches against Australia.

The two matches will be held in Jamaica on May 22 to 26 and Antigua on May 30 to June 3.

The inaugural edition of the IPL tournament will run from April 18 to June 1.