10 Jul 2009

Cloudy start to Kingstown Test

8:26 am on 10 July 2009

Play's ended early on the first day of the controversial first cricket Test in Kingstown between a second-string West Indies team and Bangladesh.

Bangladesh are 42 without loss after just 18 overs and five balls, following the tourists' new captain Mashrafe Mortaza electing to bat and two rain delays.

But the real interest in the Caribbean is still with those who aren't there for West Indies with 13 first-choice players including the hosts' captain Chris Gayle pulling out in a contract row.

The new squad includes a veteran skipper and a 16-year-old.

36-year-old Floyd Reifer's last Test appearances was over 10 years ago while teenage Barbados batsman Kraigg Brathwaite will become the youngest West Indian Test player if he takes the field.