7 Oct 2009

Top Windies players set to make themselves available

7:06 am on 7 October 2009

The West Indies' top cricketers will make themselves available for the upcoming tour to Australia, despite their ongoing dispute with cricket administrators, according to all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.

Leading players, including Bravo and former skipper Chris Gayle, refused to play in a losing two-match Test series at home against Bangladesh in July due to a dispute over contracts and payments.

Although the players ended their boycott after the series, the West Indies Cricket Board has stuck to its guns, sticking with a weaker back-up squad for a one-day international series against Bangladesh and for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament.

The protracted dispute has threatened to derail Australia's cricket summer, traditionally a ratings bonanza for broadcasters and sponsors, with interest likely to plunge with the prospect of a one-sided white-wash.

The first Test starts in Brisbane on November 26th.