The touring side, West Indies is not only facing the injuries problems but also some of their players are waiting for England visa to join their team. Currently the team comprises with only 11 fit players while 3 players Assad Fudadin, Narsingh Deonarine and Marlon Samuels have been delayed by visa issues. Fidel Edwards has a "back niggle" due to which he will not play in three-day match against Sussex.
Samuels is currently playing for Pune Warriors in IPL and is expected in the country imminently, while Fudadin and Deonarine are in Jamaica trying to resolve their visa issues. West Indies spokesman said, "The rules have become more stringent due to the Olympics."
About Fidel Edwards absence in three-day match, West Indies captain Darren Sammy said; "It's not bad, We came here knowing Fidel would be rested for this game; he was rested for the last match. Come the first Test, everybody will be ready.
"Fidel is somebody I know what to expect from. I know what he's going to give and whenever he plays will be ready. Last time he played a game at Lord's he was very unlucky - a few catches went down - and I know he's going to give us 100%, just like all my team-mates. Whether he plays the Lions game or not, I know when that bell rings on the 17th, he will be ready. He'll be the first one to say 'give me the ball'. It will be up to Fidel himself to say how he feels, and what the physio recommends."
Although a drop of rain fell at Hove after 9am on Saturday, but the play was abandoned for day at 1:40pm.
"Everybody wants to get on the park," Sammy added. "But that's the weather; we don't have control over that. We're not in the Caribbean, where it's nice and warm. This is England, where it's going to be cold. So we've programmed our minds to get over it. I'm quite used to these conditions, but it's been a while since we've played cricket here. Most of the guys have experience here. It's England; you know it's going to be cold, the ball's going to sting your hands; all that stuff.