Kingston, Jamaica: A three-nation One-Day International tournament starting only five days after a big ICC tournament like the Champions Trophy would generally elicit almost no interest from the fans, either on TV or at the stadium. But the Celkon Mobile Cup, to be staged at Kingston and Port of Spain between June 28 and July 11, promises to be different because one of the three participating teams is India.
West Indies, the home side, and Sri Lanka are the other two teams in the fray, but India's presence alone makes it almost inevitable that there will be active interest in the proceedings. Also helping the cause are the proximity to mainland United States, which will attract Indian expats who are only a short flight away, and the 4th of July holiday weekend, although that will be offset somewhat by the fact that the first three matches, in Kingston, will begin at 8.00 pm IST and the last four, including the final, in Port of Spain will start an hour earlier.
Even as the Champions Trophy was being put to bed, Mahendra Singh Dhoni said at the post-match presentation that he would like his team to do well in the West Indies as well. As if to substantiate that claim, India announced an unchanged squad to indicate that they aren't taking this tri-series - which kicks off with West Indies taking on Sri Lanka on Friday (June 28) - lightly. Since then, Irfan Pathan has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury picked up during training and has been replaced by Mohammed Shami, the paceman from Bengal.