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Cricket News - 2001-12-08

West Indies fast bowler Mervyn Dillon is being sent home from Sri Lanka after refusing to train because of security concerns. Dillon, a key member of the team's attack, will miss a triangular one-day series also featuring Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka which starts on Saturday.

Reuters reports the Trinidadian player confirmed he was being sent home after opting out of training on Wednesday, the day of Sri Lanka's general elections. Dillon had been apprehensive about touring Sri Lanka following the Afghanistan crisis, saying he feared the possibility of election violence.

West Indian Skipper Carl Hooper said Dillon left the manager no options. Team manager Ricky Skerritt said he would give more details later but confirmed that the player would be leaving Sri Lanka as soon as possible.

The West Indians are already struggling with their lack of bowling options and were blanked 3-0 in the test series. Dillon took nine wickets during the three tests. Only leg-spinner Dinanath Ramnarine took more, with 10.