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Oval sold out for Celkon Tri-series
Cricket in T&T is alive and well, as fans have snapped up all the tickets for the remaining matches in the 2013 Celkon Tri-nation series to be played at the Queen’s Park Oval from Friday. West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) ticket officials said yesterday that there are no tickets left and ticket offices were closed at 11am, turning back a number of last minute ticket-seeking cricket fans. There are still come tickets available at $650 for the Trini Posse Stand however and they are available at All Out Sports Bar at the Queen’s Park Oval.
When the inform West Indies take on India in their third match of the series on Friday, they will do so in front of a full house with 20,000 fans expected to show for the match. The same is the story for their fourth and final preliminary game against Sri Lanka on Sunday. Tickets for next Thursday’s final have also gone and this is great for the sport in the region.West Indies currently lead the standings with nine points from two wins, while Sri Lanka got their first points yesterday with an emphatic win against world champions India.
Meanwhile, the news is not so good for the West Indies going into the clash, as fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, who sprained his ankle during the opening game of the tri-series, has been left out of the squad for the second half of the tournament. He has been replaced by Barbadian fast bowler Jason Holder. Rampaul had a scan following West Indies’ win against Sri Lanka that revealed the extent of his injury, and subsequently did not play their second match, against India. Captain Dwayne Bravo had also missed that game, due to a groin strain, but his injury was not severe and he is likely to be fit for the remainder of the series.
Holder, who debuted for West Indies on their limited-overs tour of Australia earlier this year, was also part of their Champions Trophy squad but did not get a game in the tournament. He had impressed for Chennai Super Kings in the limited opportunities he was given in IPL 2013. Today the Indian and Sri Lankan teams will fly into T&T for the games, while the West Indies will train at the Queen’s Park Oval. Yesterday, the WICB (WICB) advised of the match officials for the remaining three preliminary matches. Nigel Llong will replace England compatriot Ian Gould for the matches at the Queen’s Park Oval and the hometown duo of Joel Wilson and Peter Nero along with Nigel Duguid of Guyana will work alongside Llong.
No umpires have been confirmed for the Grand Final on Thursday, July 11, at the same venue, but former Australia batsman David Boon will replace former New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe in the post of Match Referee for this match. West Indies team: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Devon Smith, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.