West Indies in England 2011 August 23, 2011

West Indies name young squad for England T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies have been forced to name a new-look squad for the two Twenty20 games in England next month due to a schedule clash with the Champions League Twenty20. At least seven players that would have made a full-strength West Indies squad have been left out, and four newcomers have been included.

The absentees include the best of West Indian batting talent: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath. While the first three haven't been included in West Indies' Twenty20 teams earlier in the year as well since they skipped the domestic Twenty20 tournament, the other three are representing Trinidad & Tobago in the Champions League, as is fast bowler Ravi Rampaul.

Darren Sammy continues to lead the side and has been named captain in all formats for the upcoming tours of Bangladesh and India as well. Barbados allrounder Dwayne Smith who has not played for West Indies since the home series against Zimbabwe in early 2010 has been recalled. Smith and Marlon Samuels, who made a comeback a few months ago after a two-year ban for his links with an Indian bookmaker, are the only experienced batsmen in the 14-man squad.

The new faces are batsmen Miles Bascombe and Johnson Charles along with allrounder Nkruma Bonner and wicketkeeper Derwin Christian.

Bascombe, 25, is an opener from St Vincent, who has represented the West Indies A Team. Charles is a 22-year-old St Lucian top-order batsman, and plays for the Windward Islands and has been part of West Indies A as well.

West Indies' chairman of selectors Clyde Butts was happy with the promise shown by the youngsters. "Bascombe is a Twenty20 player who has shown signs that he can take apart bowling attacks at the top of the order," Butts said. "Charles has been consistent in the past two years and has shown that he is capable of understanding the requirements of batting in the opening position in the shortest format."

Bonner is a 22-year-old legspinning allrounder from Jamaica who has been training at the Sagicor High Performance Centre in Barbados. Christian, 28, is the most experienced of the newcomers. While the other three have only played about a dozen matches in each format, Christian has represented Guyana since 2005, and played 40 first-class matches.

"We have identified Bonner as someone who, because he is exciting with the bat, ball and in the field, is a developing player we are looking to give him some exposure at the highest level," Butts said. "Nkruma has also had excellent reports from the Sagicor HPC Batting Coach Carl Hooper.

"Christian impressed the selectors during the last Caribbean Twenty20 when he batted with a cool head and won games for Guyana, he is a pugnacious batsman who we believe can be a match winner down the order."

The two Twenty20s are scheduled for September 23 and 25 at The Oval.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Christopher Barnwell, Miles Bascombe, Devendra Bishoo, Nkruma Bonner, Johnson Charles, Derwin Christian (wk), Fidel Edwards, Danza Hyatt, Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Dwayne Smith

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  • Ganesh on August 26, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    The current trend of WI Selectors transcends the remotely permissible boundries of "APPALING". I anticipate the day in the near future when these sections will be devoid of comment on the WI Team and the Selectors. Indifference is the worst form of frustration and contempt, maybe this is what the WI Selectors aspire to. It is not about giving a selected team a chance, for that assumes that you have relinquished any faith in the Selection Process and just hope that the team produces a victory. Nothing but wishful thinking, in any even, T20 cricket is not about ability {Gayle excepted] but rather LUCK, nonetheless serious cricketers should be allowed the opportunity as a testing ground.

  • Martin on August 26, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    You need to try to have a settled team with some sort of consistency over all three formats. Picking players like Bascome is not sensible at all - two first class fifties to his name, and a one-day average of eleven? Come on! He is never going to be a future pick for all three formats, or even for the ODI team. If you want to pick a young side, go for something like:

    Kraigg Braithwaite - Adrian Barath - Darren Bravo - Kirk Edwards - Chesney Hughes - Kieron Pollard - Andre Fletcher - Darren Sammy - Jerome Taylor - Devandra Bishoo - Kemar Roach

    A young, somewhat inexperienced side, but stronger looking than the team they've picked.

  • Sachit on August 26, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Credentials of Miles Bascombe, Nkruma Bonner and Johnson Charles did not really look enough for their international selection. Instead selectors could have taken a step back and looked again on recent Sagicor cup high performers Ryan Hinds, Ryan Austin and Dale Richards. Dale Richards had a fairly decent ODI series against South Africa last year with couple of half centuries but after that got disappeared from the selection RADAR. Not sure why. He is a promising hard hitting opener who could play well on all sorts of tracks. Only factor I find against him is his age but still I believe he has good 3-4 years of Cricket left in him and he should really be discussed in carribean plans for next T20 world cup and champions trophy atleast.

  • charlie on August 25, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    To those whom It May Concern ! Dwayne Smith was one of the few good performers for West Indies ,in his last outing for the tour of Australia ; and to say he doesn't deserve a play ,when we have given some others several chances to make 5-ducks in succession ,is not fair by any measure . We have abused and misused one of ,if not , the most talented young players of recent time ,thanks in part to captaincy and selection . He was sent in at every position except where he performed best ,batting as far as no;9 where he was then expected to win the match ,then to be branded as not performing under pressure ; as a result of which he was banished from the team . Name me a better fielder,player of hostile bowling , a medium pacer,wicket-keeping,than the said Smith . Mr Smith I wish you the best ! You can be the best ,only we don't know it in the West Indies .

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR LEAVING OUT CHRIS GAYLE! He is the best T20 player out there, and this would have been an opportunity to mend fences.

  • Robin on August 25, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Got to laugh at some of the so called 'loyal' west indies fans. It looks like any excuse to add insult to misery because players from their own country/island are not selected. Some Trinis are complaining about their players being ignored when these dates clash with the Champions league. I wonder if people actually read the article instead of just looking at the players that were picked. I'm no fan of the Board, but i don't see the problem in giving youngsters some much needed experience to play in conditions they're not used to. England should sweep the series, but it could be a good learning curve in the long term. Some are claiming that our cricket has gone into decline, well the rankings show that we're higher now than we were when we had our more established players in the team. So what does that tell you?

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Get ready for another disappointing series.... :/

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Come on people. It would be only selfish if the board would have given opportunities to players who already had so many opportunities. This is a 20/20 for crynig out loud. It is the only way we can switch our players around to see what they are capable of. This is a very aggressive batting lien up here. Right now lets give the youngsters a couple 20/20 games. The bun gusn will blend in during the one days and test matches....

  • Eustace on August 24, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    After reading some of these posts , I really have to laugh . Matters not who the selectors choose to represent WI they can't be worse than teams of the recent pass . In fact this season the WI may not have set the cricket world on fire , but they haven't lost any tests in 2 or 3 days as per usual , and in the shorter format they have held their own . This team will not be an embarrasment to themselves or anyone , non WI supporters need not lose any sleep .

  • Derek on August 24, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    By the time these games are played it might just be known whether the owner of Sky has really learnt all the Allan Stanford tricks. @Reggaecricket having change citizenship how much longer do you have to wait to play in the Swiss team or is it Zimbabwe?

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