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West Indies confident as they start against Pakistan

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The West Indies players are eagerly looking forward to their all-important opening match in the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. The Windies will start against Pakistan at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday at 2.30 pm in the day/night contest (8.30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time/7.30 am Jamaica Time).

Speaking after Tuesday training session Captain Floyd Reifer said the team would be brave and confident in their approach and would “not be playing names”.

Dowlin looking to give it his all!

JOHANNESBURG -- West Indies batsman Travis Dowlin is ready and set for his first outing in a major international cricket tournament. The strongly-built right-hander is hoping to make some major contributions during the ICC Champions Trophy 09, which bowls off on Tuesday. The first match will be between host nation South Africa and Sri Lanka at Centurion, while the Windies will have their first test on Wednesday against Pakistan at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Scoreboard: West Indies versus Sri Lanka (Warm Up)

PRETORIA -- Scoreboard from the official ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match between West Indies and Sri Lanka at the L.C De Villiers Oval at the University of Pretoria. West Indies won the toss and elected to bat. 13 players per side – 11 batted. Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets

Short, sharp ICC Champions Trophy begins on Tuesday

JOHANNESBURG -- Blink and you’ll miss it. With 15 matches packed into two weeks of action, there’s no time to settle into the ICC Champions Trophy gently. The new-look event with just the best eight teams in the world at two venues in one destination begins on Tuesday with host South Africa taking on ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 finalist Sri Lanka at Centurion. A big crowd will be there to see if Graeme Smith and his men can take their first step towards repeating the achievement of the 1998 Proteas and lifting one of the biggest prizes in the game.

Roach to miss Sunday?s warm-up against Sri Lanka

POTCHESTROOM, South Africa -- The West Indies will be without fast bowler Kemar Roach when they face Sri Lanka in their second ICC Champions Trophy 2009 warm-up match at the L.C. De Villiers Oval in Pretoria on Sunday.

Roach fell awkwardly and sustained a minor injury to his right ankle while attempting to field a ball on the boundary in Friday night’s warm-up match against South Africa at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. He left the field immediately to receive treatment and took no further part in the match. He had earlier bowled four overs.

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