Monday 17 March 2008 

Pedro Collins Withdraws From West Indies Test Squad

Left-arm fast bowler Pedro Collins has withdrawn from West Indies' squad for upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka citing "prior contractual agreements."

He signed a two-year deal to play with Surrey on a Kolpak deal in October and if he were to play for the West Indies, he would no longer be able to represent Surrey as a non-overseas player.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) received a letter from Collins explaining his withdrawal but have not yet named a replacement.

Collins' letter stated:

"As you are aware, I have been selected in the 15 man squad to represent the West Indies cricket team for the 1st test match against the visiting Sri Lankan team in Guyana. I would like to thank you for considering me once again to represent the West Indies cricket team, something which I have always done with pride, honour and dignity.

"Unfortunately, due to prior contractual commitments I have no alternative but to decline your kind invitation at this time.

"I would like to take the opportunity to wish my colleagues best of luck for the upcoming series as I have every confidence they would make us all proud.

"Thank you in advance for your understanding."

The first Test begins in Guyana on March 22nd.

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