Tour of Sri Lanka
2001-02 Captain: Carl Hooper
49th official Test tour
Second official Test-playing tour of Sri Lanka by West Indies
Indies agreed to go ahead with the tour as scheduled when Sri Lanka
promised to beef up security for the visitors. There were initial concerns about security against
international terrorism only a month after the 9/11 atrocity, as well as for
the week of the country's December parliamentary elections.
Test stars Gordon Greenidge and Andy Roberts supported team coach Roger
Harper at a training camp in Jamaica. Wavell Hinds was asked to train at the
preparation camp as cover for Brian Lara who had a hamstring strain but it
was Chanderpaul's withdrawal from the tour that gave Hinds his last-minute
place. However, almost immediately, he was injured and needed an operation
before he could join the tour late.
scored 688 runs in the three-match series including three centuries. Sarwan,
who repeatedly had to come in early after one of the openers failed, was the
only other player to bat consistently well for 335 runs. Darren Ganga and
Chris Gayle’s opening partnerships were 15, 3, 8, 3, 2, and 1.
Harper said “We didn't show the experience or the ability to adapt, Sri Lanka have a spin bowler Muralitharan who
will be effective on any pitch and a fast bowler in Chaminda Vaas who can
bowl on flat pitches by swinging the ball.”
West Indies tours
Members of the Test tour party (16 + 1)
Opening batsmen: Daren
Ganga, Chris Gayle, Leon Garrick.
Middle-order batsmen Carl Hooper, Ramnaresh
Sarwan, (captain), Brian Lara, Wavell Hinds, Marlon Samuels.
Spin bowlers Neil McGarrell,
Fast bowlers Marlon Black, Pedro
Collins, Colin Stuart, Mervyn Dillon,
Reon King (returned early), Jermaine Lawson (replacement).
M I Black
P T Collins
L V Garrick
C H Gayle
LHB opener OB
W W Hinds
C L Hooper
R D Jacobs
R N King
B C Lara
N C McGarrell
M N Samuels
R R Sarwan
C E L Stuart
For one-day squad only
C D Collymore
R O Hinds
J J C Lawson
R L Powell
(4 + 1)
L - Leeward
T - Trinidad & Tobago
W - Windward Islands
age of team at time of first Test
November 2001) : 26 yrs 9
Member of the one-day series squad for
LG Albans triangular tournament
Test Appearances made before the tour
Hooper 87, Lara 80, Jacobs 32,
Hinds 18, Dillon 16, King 14,
Sarwan 14, Gayle 11, Ganga 10,
Samuels 9, Ramnarine 8, Stuart 4,
Collins 4, Black 4, McGarrell 3, Garrick 1,
Chairman of selectors Mike Findlay,
Tour Party Announced : 14
Not selected : Courtney Browne and Wavell
The selection committee recommended that wicket-keeper Browne should
join the training camp in Jamaica
between 16 and 23 October as a precautionary measure to cover Ridley Jacobs
who had a broken finger. As Brian Lara was uncertain for the West Indies tour
of Sri Lanka
because of his continuing hamstring injury, Wavell Hinds was also included in
the pre-tour camp as cover.
Withdrawal : Shivnarine Chanderpaul (back strain). Wavell Hinds replaced
One-day squad named: 27 November 2001.
Hinds and Corey Collymore were selected in place of Garrick and Stuart.
was brought back into the one-day squad when Wavell Hinds went home early but
was then himself replaced by Ricardo Powell after his heart condition was
Time between selection and departure from West
(14 October to 30 October)
BridgetownQ London Q Colombo
The team assembled in Jamaica between 16 and 23 October
for a training camp in preparation for the tour after which the players
returned to their respective territories.
The team re-assembled for departure on October
30, flying from Grantley Adams International
for London on Tuesday 30 October 2001, Lara
could not take a full part in the
pre-tour training camp in Jamaica,
and left for England over
the preceding weekend and met the West Indies
contingent there for the London-Sri Lanka leg of the journey. They arrived in
their first full tour of the country on Thursday 1 November. The jet-lagged
West Indians arrived in the afternoon after a 34-hour journey which was
delayed by one hour.
Hinds was unable to fly out with the team because his nose was broken by
former Test paceman and current selector, Joel Garner, in a festival
game. He would miss the warm-up game
in order to have an operation, but was able to leave on 5 November to join
the team before the first Test.
Hinds and Corey Collymore were selected for the one-day triangular series and
left the West Indies on Friday 30 November, arriving in Colombo on 2 December.
Time spent in Sri
(1 November - 21 December)
On-tour selection panel
Jermaine Lawson was named on 20 November to
replace the injured Reon King who went home from Sri Lanka on 21 November, the same day that
Lawson flew from Jamaica.
Dinanath Ramnarine (after tearing a muscle in his left side) and Leon Garrick (after complaining of chest pains and
shortness of breath) returned home early; Wavell
Hinds because of a death of a close cousin; and Mervyn Dillon for disciplinary reasons (he was sent home for
refusing to train because of his concerns for safety while the elections were
taking place. Suicide bomb attacks had already killed 13 people ahead of the
December parliamentary elections).
batsman Ricardo Powell (22) and Trinidad all-rounder Darrel Brown (28) were drafted into the squad for the one-day
triangular. They left the Caribbean on Saturday 8 December and arrived in Sri Lanka on
on-field collision with Sri Lankan fielder Atapattu left Brian Lara with a dislocation and a hairline fracture of the left
elbow and he was rushed to hospital in Kandy and then flown back home.
LOST 10 w
LOST 131 r
LOST 10 w
§ Colombo (SSC)
Zimbabwe(LG Albans triangular)
§ Colombo (RPS)
Sri Lanka(LG Albans triangular)
Sri Lanka(LG Albans triangular)
Zimbabwe (LG Albans triangular)
Sri Lanka(LG Albans triangular final)
§ one-day international
Time spent in Sri Lanka
before First Test: 12 days
(1 November - 13 November)
Test appearances on tour
Dillon, Ganga, Gayle,
Hooper, Jacobs, Lara,
Ramnarine, Samuels, Sarwan
Garrick, Hinds, King,
• Brian Lara
scored 178 in the first Test and two more huge centuries in the third Test :
221 and 130.
• In each
match he took part in century partnerships with Sarwan and Hooper.
aggregate for the three match series (688 runs, average 114) was a
took ten wickets in the first two Tests and his average for the series was
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to West Indies
ColomboQ London Q
Reon King returned home early on 21
November to have surgery on a hernia.
Hinds returned from the tour because of a bereavement in his family and
arrived home on 2 December.
Ramnarine (torn muscle in left side) and Leon Garrick (after being diagnosed
with a heart condition) returned home early on 6 December. Colin Stuart
returned home as he was not part of the one-day squad.
Dillon was sent home on 6 December for disciplinary reasons after skipping a
practice session. Brian Lara was put on an early flight to London after fracturing his left elbow on
team departed from Colombo
on 21 December.
January 2002 the WICB Disciplinary Committee took no further disciplinary
action against Dillon which paved the
way for him to be considered for the tour to Sharjah.
Time away from West Indies x
(30 October to arrive home in WI)
The West Indies Cricket Board lost approximately 300,000 US
dollars on the Sri Lanka tour because of an ICC ruling that gate receipts and
television rights would now go solely to the host nation and the visitors
would receive $62,500 per Test match, and $25,000 per one-day international.
This evened out because of the Future Tours Programme to play every
Test-playing nation twice every 10 years, home and away but previously
tourists had been able to negotiate special incentives.
The lives of the twenty members of the West
Indies touring party were insured for a total of US$5 million by
the West Indies Cricket Board
accounts of the tour