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Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy is feeling the effects of a stiff back but is determined to play, when West Indies come up against Pakistan in their second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Pakistan on Saturday (Friday evening Caribbean time).

Sammy stroked a wonderful 89 in the opening loss to Ireland and is now struggling to be fully fit ahead of the must-win second match. News coming from the West Indies camp is that the St Lucian will play “no matter what”, given the perilous position that the West Indies finds itself in.

Yesterday, the team did not train as is customary 48 hours before a match. They did some gym work, as well as swimming and then had a two-hour planning session at their hotel in Christchurch.

Today, the regional players will arm themselves with bat and ball and go down to Hagley Park for a session, which will also include fielding drills.

Left arm spinner, Sulieman Benn is also suffering from a stiff back and is fighting against the clock to be fit for the game.

Apart from the two men with injured backs, the other players are all fit and raring to go, looking to bring their team back into the tournament.

West Indies will face a Pakistan team that is again embroiled in controversy. Grant Luden tendered his resignation after being reportedly dejected over the attitude of some players. It is alleged that he was unhappy with the behaviour of Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal and accused them of abusive behaviour.
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