19th official Test-playing tour by West Indies to England
2009’s early season tour to England was supposed
to be made by Zimbabwe, who had no Test status. They could have played a one-day series
but the British government ruled it out by cutting ties with Zimbabwe.Sri Lanka,
the country which was lined up to tour as a replacement, pulled out after
their key players demanded the opportunity to play in the IPL in South Africa
according to their contracts.
Indies Cricket Board agreed in December 2008 to take their place. However,
they had not consulted the players’ associations.Players who had already signed for the IPL
were compensated but Gayle and Edwards were given permission to play in the
IPL until the first Test.
West Indies lost the two Test
matches heavily.The tourists’
performances suggested they hardly wanted to be taking part in the tour at
all. At Chester-le-Street the temperature at
times fell as low as 7°C. It did not help the malaise that skipper Chris
Gayle, who was allowed to join the tour even later than first agreed, flying
in only 48 hours before the first Test, then said that he would shortly be giving
up the captaincy because of the pressures that the job entailed.
remained in England
at the end of the tour and participated in the ICC World T20 international
series, reaching the semi-final stage.
Clyde Butts (chairman of
selectors),Raphick Jumadeen, Robert Haynes, Chris Gayle (captain) and John Dyson (coach).
Unavailable: Dwayne Bravo was not considered because
medical staff said he had not recovered sufficiently from ankle surgery.
However, he was regarded as fit enough to play in the IPL in South Africa.
Tour Party Announced :7 April 2009.
Not selected : Adrian Barath, Daren Powell, Ryan Hinds.
One-day squad announced
Denesh Ramdin, Lionel Baker, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine
Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Keiron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Dale Richards,
Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor
Time between selection and departure from West
(7 April to 15 April)
The team departed on Wed 15
April and landed in London next day, without Chris
Gayle and Fidel Edwards who were allowed to participate in the early stages
of the IPL before heading to England; and two other players, Shivnarine
Chanderpaul and Jerome Taylor (side strain and injured in a car accident), who
were given extra time at home to recover from injuries. They flew in on 23
and 27 April respectively
After a 12-hour overnight flight from Johannesburg, Gayle landed
in London at 6.45am on Monday morning 4 May and he trained with the squad
during the afternoon. Edwards arrived the day before. Gayle was originally
cleared to play in the IPL only until 1 May.
The one-day players (Bravo,
Morton, Pollard, Rampaul) arrived in England on Monday 18 May.
Time spent in England
(16 April - 21 June)
On-tour selection panel
Runako Morton replaced Dale Richards in
the one-day squad when Richards returned home early with a shoulder injury.
Pollard, having faced only one ball in a T20 practice match against Scotland, played for PCA Master’s XI against Ireland
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Edwards took 6 for 92 in the first Test match
Ramdin added 143 for the sixth wicket at Lord’s
scored 100 at Chester-le-Street
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
⊕ Twenty 20 internationals
Return to West Indies
Richards returned home early with a shoulder injury.
the official tour the team remained in England to play the World Twenty
20 tournament between 5 and 19 June.
Gayle arrived home with four other members of the team, Sarwan,
Marshall, Bernard and Taylor at the Norman Manley
on 22 June. The rest of the team and officials arrived next day to begin a
one-day series against India
at Sabina Park at the end of the week.
Time away from West Indies68
(15 April to 22 June)
The West Indies Cricket Board offered the players $US1.5 million
between them, much improved on the usual figure of $250,000 normally paid on
such a tour. This included compensation for players contracted to the Indian
of the tour
coach Steve Folkes left at the end of the tour to return to Rugby League and
contrasted the attitudes towards hard training there with those among the
West Indians: “They're playing on natural ability. In professional sport
these days, natural ability alone is never enough.”
Dyson was sacked as West Indies coach on 14
August 2009 and David Williams temporarily took over.