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Wi will play 2015 WC, says cup official

Cricket World Cup chief executive John Harnden said on Tuesday he was confident the West Indies would play in next year’s tournament, despite their shock withdrawal from a tour of India. The West Indies cut short their India tour this month over an internal pay dispute, despite a fifth and final one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still to be played.

The situation has raised doubts as to whether the Caribbean side will be able to fulfill its upcoming international engagements, including a tour of South Africa followed by the World Cup. Harnden said he was confident the issues would be resolved and the West Indies would play in the World Cup being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from mid-February. ‘We see everyone’s very focused on resolving the situation as quickly as possible.

We’ve got 108 days until the World Cup and from our point of view I’ve no doubt the West Indies will be here and entertaining the crowd as only they know how,’ Harnden said. The World Cup will begin on February 14, with New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka in Christchurch and England facing Australia at Melbourne. Former Australian paceman Glenn McGrath said the home side could win its fifth WC trophy given the current form of bowler Mitchell Johnson and co.
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