There is no international cricket in the Windies in Feb-March

BASSETTERE: West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara says future Test series should start earlier in the Caribbean to avoid the rain which has plagued the India tour.

Rain affected two days during the first Test in Antigua, washed out the entire fourth day in St. Lucia, and robbed two sessions of the third Test, which finished on Monday here.

``We lost an entire day in St. Lucia so it's a bad time of the year to be playing cricket,'' Lara said.

``It is June and I don't know why we are playing cricket this time of the year, and it (rain interruptions) has been happening for the last four or five years and I think it is unfortunate.

``There is no international cricket in the West Indies in the months of February and March when the sun is out ... but we just have to accept it because that is the situation.''

Echoing Haynes's remarks

Lara's concerns followed similar sentiments by former West Indies star Desmond Haynes, who in March said the International Cricket Council should rethink its schedule for matches in the Caribbean.

``The timing is bad and it is costing the West Indies Cricket Board great losses since not much people are coming to the matches, the arrangements for television are different, and the sponsorship is not able to cover any major shortfall,'' Haynes said.

He believed the ICC was aware of the weather problems because next year's World Cup, the first to be held in the Caribbean, was set for the driest part of the year, in March and April.

``It is their World Cup so they have made every effort to put it where there is the least chance of it being troubled by the rainy weather,'' Haynes said. AP

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