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KEY PLAYERS: The West Indies will hope that Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels come good in the series against India.
KEY PLAYERS: The West Indies will hope that Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels come good in the series against India.

Mumbai: The West Indies cricket team, scheduled to play four One-Day Internationals against India, arrived in batches here on Thursday.

A group of five players Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Daren Powell, Dwayne Bravo and Ian Bradshaw along with the manager of the team and former captain Clive Lloyd reached here in the wee hours.

The rest of the team including captain Brian Lara landed in the city later in the day.

The series provides the West Indies one last chance to look at a few players before finalising the combination for the World Cup to be played in March and April. The line-up, however, looks pretty settled for the West Indies, which in its last series against Pakistan, faced reversals in both the Tests and one-dayers.

The performance of Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Reyad Emrit would be viewed with great interest while the same applies to Devon Smith and Darren Sammy, who have been recalled.

The visitor will play the opening match of the series at Nagpur on Sunday, followed by matches at Cuttack (January 24), Chennai (January 27) and Vadodara (January 31). The West Indies team will leave here for Nagpur on Friday morning.

The squad:

Brian Lara (captain), Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Reyad Emrit, Chris Gayle, Runako Morton, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor. Coach: Bennett King. Manager: Clive Lloyd. PTI

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