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Navjot Sidhu has been recalled by India for their forthcoming tour of West Indies, his first overseas assignment since his walk-out in England last year. India's selectors named Sidhu in a squad of 16 where their itinerary, including five Tests and four one-day internationals, starts next week. Sidhu quit India's team midway through the England tour after being dropped for a one-day international, and subsequently served a 50-day disciplinary ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

INDIA SQUAD (for tour of West Indies): S R Tendulkar (capt), A Kumble, (vice-captain), N S Sidhu, A D Jadeja, V V Laxman, S Ganguly, M Azharuddin, R S Dravid, R R Singh, S Joshi, J Srinath, V Prasad, A Kuruvilla, D Ganesh, N R Mongia, S S Karim.

Alan Caffyn, the Sussex chairman, yesterday blamed their former captain Alan Wells for the number of high-profile departures from the county. Caffyn claimed that almost all the Sussex players are relieved that Wells, who was with Sussex for 15 years and captain for the last five, has now left for Kent. The 35-year-old former England batsman was sacked as skipper last October, but the coach, Desmond Haynes, expressed doubt over his leadership qualities much earlier. Caffyn revealed that Haynes told him at the end of May he did not feel Wells was the right man to lead the side. "I thought it was too early to do anything," the Sussex chief said. "They had not had a chance to get a working relationship together and I think it was the right decision to take action at the end of the season.''

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