West Indies in England 2012

West Indies still waiting on Deonarine

Nagraj Gollapudi at Northampton

May 9, 2012

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Narsingh Deonarine smothers the spin, West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, April 17, 2012
West Indies are still waiting for Narsingh Deonarine to join the touring squad © AFP
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Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, has said he has 14 fit men available for selection for the four-day tour match against the England Lions, starting on Thursday. Marlon Samuels flew in from India, where he was playing in the IPL, on Tuesday and Assad Fudadin, who was delayed due to visa issues, joined the squad on Wednesday morning. According to a West Indies spokesperson, Narsingh Deonarine, the only missing member from the 15-man Test squad, was due to arrive on Thursday, but would not be available for selection in the Lions match.

Sammy welcomed the new arrivals and said it would bolster the confidence of the team ahead of the Lord's Test, starting on May 17. Sammy was happy to have virtually a full squad to pick from. "I'm quite pleased to see Marlon and Fudadin this morning. It is very good for us," he said. "We welcome them and it's good for them they are here to practise with us today. The whole family is united and now we are preparing ourselves for the first Test match."

It is understood the visa delay in the case of the Guyanese pair of Deonarine and Fudadin was inevitable. The West Indies selectors had waited for the home series against Australia to finish before announcing the Test squad for the England tour at the end of April. Once named, Deonarine and Fudadin then had to apply to the UK embassy for visas because nationals from Guyana and Jamaica do not get a free entry, unlike the other Caribbean countries. A further delay may have been caused by the UK Border Agency tightening its visa screening process.

But Sammy did not want to gripe about something not in his control, saying the team would move forward. "We were aware once we were leaving the Caribbean that Narsingh and Fudadin were trying to sort it out," he said, "and Marlon was with Pune Warriors in the IPL. You just move on with things and handle distractions."

Sammy said all his players, including Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Fidel Edwards, who had been reported as fitness doubts, were available for selection. "We will come up with the best eleven in these conditions to prepare ourselves for the Test match," Sammy said, adding with a smile that team manager, Richie Richardson, would not be needed to handle 12th man duties.

The visitors have not had much too much else to smile about in the last week, due to the cold and rainy weather prevalent across England. In their first tour match, against Sussex at Hove, only 34 overs were possible across three days. The forecast for the Lions match is not encouraging either.

Sammy said it was frustrating, having been forced to stay indoors last week and now resorting to indoor nets in Northampton. But Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, has been keeping the players busy by asking them to go through video footages and involving them in various team and one-on-one meetings. Such exercises, Sammy said, allowed the players to bond together. "It is disappointing because our main goal here is to play cricket, get out in the middle. But we have no control over the weather," he said. "We are just moving along."

Edited by Alan Gardner

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Posted by   on (May 10, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Don't want to put a wet blanket on Gayle's home coming celebrations. But a reality check revealed that Gayle had a disastrous outing the last time he played in ENG(May 2009). In 6inns,test(4inns) ODI( 2inns), he made 143runs, highest 54(test);17.4 ovs. Other than that his longest stay at the crease was ODI(9.2ovs). Seamers got him 5 times. Certainly not encouraging stats. We can't use Gayle's present IPL stats to assess him. ENG is a different kettle of fish. However he is making runs in the IPL, & that can be translated into confidence. So he may just surprise us all. Hope he does.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (May 10, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@keshav021 on (May 10 2012, 04:45 AM GMT), keep in mind that England had no real trouble with Ajmal the last time Pakistan toured England, so there's no specific reason to believe that Narine would overly trouble England in England. Playing spin in English conditions is different to doing so in UAE or the subcontinent, or WI these days apparently, which is why Graeme Swann's career stats can be given a bit more weight than those of someone who plays regularly on more spin-friendly wickets. I think England psyched themselves out in UAE and that was one of the reasons for their troubles against spin. They won't make the same mistake on home soil so, while Narine may have been the best spin option for the WI team, he would be unlikely to have a major impact. Particularly on these early-season pitches, the seam bowlers are likely to have the greatest impact.

Posted by keshav021 on (May 10, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

Why is Sunil Narine not in the squad???/He has been a mystery bowler in IPL so far... I'm sure England batsman will not pick him as they don't play spin very well. Is he considered as T20 and ODI bowler?

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 10, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

@Mankappan Hu, I fully agree with you! If Pakistan stunned everyone at the 3rd test in Oval in 2010 with a win after being 2-0 down, nothing can stop the Windies from doing the same too. Sri Lanka too did well in the tests last year except for the last session in Cardiff. Should be an exiting series indeed.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

best windies world T20 side Gayle,Charles,Dwayne Bravo,Shiv Chanderpaul, Pollard,Dwayne Smith,A Russell,D Sammy,S Narine,R Rampaul,K Roach/F Edwards. what do u think west indies cricket lovers

Posted by   on (May 10, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

park packer gayle have a contract to play i/p/l he didnt get his issues with the board resolve until after he had sign with the i.p.l teamas for sarwan his case is that of not producing runs lets be fair he was given lots of chance against india and he didnt produce any runs r we going to continue to play players on pass performance no we cannot theses players have to change their mentality of giging us 1 r 2 good innings then giving us 8r 9 poor 1 look at shivnarine chanderpaul he is consistent in his game at all times not in between he is still 1 of the most feared batsman in the world so it is time we move on brother the only thing wrong with this team is thjat we need a good wicketkeeper bats and a good captain for this team some one who can perform on a consistent basiseven to zimbabauwe have a better keepr than the w,iu cannot win matches with 6 batters u have to have people who ic capable of making runs when u loose early wicket and w,i dont have that at the moment

Posted by   on (May 9, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

@TheLight,i remembered the comments,but the person that posted the commet earlier sounded as if he was suggesting that Deonarine's arrival was for reasosn other than visa issues and strict adherence to regulations of the UK border and homeland department.

Posted by PakPacer on (May 9, 2012, 23:11 GMT)

Excuse my ignorance but why are Sarwan and Gayle not considerations for the test matches?

Posted by creekeetman on (May 9, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

pity richardson could'nt replace samuels in the starting 11, i'm sure he would do a better job.

Posted by Khali_Singh on (May 9, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Come on lads don't get carried away, Deonarine is only a replacement for the GREAT MARLON SAMUEL so it make no difference if he is there or not because the GREAT MARLON SAMUEL is there

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