West Indies in England 2012 June 5, 2012

Gayle formally recalled to West Indies squad

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Chris Gayle's 15-month international exile is over after he was formally recalled to the West Indies ODI squad for the forthcoming series against England, starting in Southampton on June 16.

In keeping with the fractious and drawn out nature of the dispute that kept Gayle out of the team, his recall was confirmed after a meeting of more political than selection nature in St Vincent. Gayle and the West Indies Players' Association chief executive*, Michael Hall, spoke with an array of political and cricket figures including the island's prime minister Ralph Gonsalves, Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Baldwin Spencer, WICB president Julian Hunte, WICB director Elson Crick and the WICB's legal officer Alanna Medford.

The meeting, devised to smooth over any "residual matters" between Gayle and the WICB, was followed by the announcement of the squad for the limited-overs segment of the England tour, with Gayle returning to the ranks for the first time since the 2011 World Cup.

"Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board recently met by teleconference and are pleased that consistent with his previous commitment Mr Chris Gayle has made himself available for selection to the West Indies team," a WICB statement had said of the meeting. "The board believes that Mr Gayle's stated commitment to West Indies cricket will be an asset to the team and looks forward to his contributions in that regard."

Gayle's recall was first mooted during West Indies' earlier home series against Australia, when he met with WICB officials to repair a relationship that had deteriorated around the emergence of Twenty20 and the rise of the Indian Premier League. It then dissolved entirely when the former captain criticised the coach Ottis Gibson and the WICB during a radio interview last year.

In England the mood for Gayle's return has gathered strength, pushed along by the words of Kevin Pietersen, who said it would be "brilliant for the game" if he was recalled, while the former West Indies fast bowler and widely respected commentator Michael Holding effectively challenged the WICB to stop delaying Gayle's rehabilitation as an international player.

Lendl Simmons is the other notable recall to the ODI team after he missed the home matches against Australia. Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell also return to the team for limited-overs matches after completing their IPL duties.

*15:44 GMT, June 5: The article had qualified Michael Hall as Chris Gayle's agent. This has been changed.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY enigma12345 on | June 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    @toxic1007 thank u

  • POSTED BY SoLucien on | June 7, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    James Joseph on (June 06 2012, 23:02 PM GMT) We are still at the bottom without Gayle as captain and without him being in the side for 15 months. We havent won many matches with Gayle, Sammy, Adams, Hooper, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Walsh, Lara etc as captain. Its obvious that whomever is made captain the results will be the same. The captain can have ability, heart and all those other qualities but at the end of the day this is still a team sport with individual mistakes affect team performance.

  • POSTED BY Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on | June 7, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Im happy to see Chris back in Windies colors.. Love to see him blasting SA, ENG and AUS fast bowlers. Still one position in Windies camp is been wasted. Wicket Keeper Ramdin... He will never prove.. India made Dravid as wk,SA made ABD to keep out great M. Boucher.. Why cant you make L. Simmons or D. Bravo as WK, so that we can have some useful contributors in Ramdin position. Darren Sammy has to maintain the consistency to be in the playing 11.. Squad is looking good, but should produce the following factors:

    Team spirit Consistency Seniors should guide younger players Dont depend on specific players to score or take wickets Feel proud to play for Nation I love to see the headline on Cricinfo as Gayle fires England Bowling attack, Narines packs england top order, Bravo, Pollard, A. Rusell & D. Smith allround perfomance blasts England. Squad is full of performers, first time im seeing a team with full of performers after 1996 world cup. Please deliver the best and make windies pride

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    so quick to forget that gayle was captain of the west indies team when they were stuck at the bottom of world cricket.where discipline is not present there will be confusion, and i commend the wicb for taking a stand for the betterment of the sport.lets see gayle run his mouth on the radio again.

  • POSTED BY SoLucien on | June 6, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    AKS286 on (June 06 2012, 16:54 PM GMT) Gayle wont be playing in the 3rd test.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | June 6, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @Warren are all your questions in order of priority? Even if the answers are YES to all, you've ignored the FACT that those who are already ahead are making efforts to stay ahead.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 6, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    the upcoming excuses by the fans after 3rd test defeat are-1. gayle played last test since2010 so lack of practice. 2. roach is not playing. 3. bring sarwan, russell, pollard, bravo, taylor, lara, sherwin capmbell, jimmy adams. 4. WICB behaviour and mismanagement. common sentence in every comment "WI fought bravely nut LOST". WI A looses to india A. naraine sinks KKr in the final & bravo sinks CSK in the final. fact is WI is not eligible for TEST.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | June 6, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    suggestion to WICB, ask Malya how to keep Gayle happy and get the most out of him...;)

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    the amazing team is r8 nw which was needed by the windies.the roach was available it would be the star team that would be capable to win any trophy.the best squad for the windies is 1.Gayle,2.johnson charles/Dwayne smith/lendi simmons,3.DM bravo,4.DJ bravo,5.russel,6.pollard.7.sammy,8.narine,9.bisho,10.edwards/rampaul,11.roach. ramdin should be dropped becuase he is off no use.either bravo or johnson may be kept as the wk keeper.nd if someone wants to pick samuels then he has to tell me in which position nd instead of whom of this mention players,he might be taken,if someone wants samuel then he should be taken instead of sammy nd also the batting sequence might be reformed.if anyone wants to argue then hv ur opinion.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    It is nice to see gayle again. well come back.

  • POSTED BY enigma12345 on | June 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    @toxic1007 thank u

  • POSTED BY SoLucien on | June 7, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    James Joseph on (June 06 2012, 23:02 PM GMT) We are still at the bottom without Gayle as captain and without him being in the side for 15 months. We havent won many matches with Gayle, Sammy, Adams, Hooper, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Walsh, Lara etc as captain. Its obvious that whomever is made captain the results will be the same. The captain can have ability, heart and all those other qualities but at the end of the day this is still a team sport with individual mistakes affect team performance.

  • POSTED BY Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on | June 7, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Im happy to see Chris back in Windies colors.. Love to see him blasting SA, ENG and AUS fast bowlers. Still one position in Windies camp is been wasted. Wicket Keeper Ramdin... He will never prove.. India made Dravid as wk,SA made ABD to keep out great M. Boucher.. Why cant you make L. Simmons or D. Bravo as WK, so that we can have some useful contributors in Ramdin position. Darren Sammy has to maintain the consistency to be in the playing 11.. Squad is looking good, but should produce the following factors:

    Team spirit Consistency Seniors should guide younger players Dont depend on specific players to score or take wickets Feel proud to play for Nation I love to see the headline on Cricinfo as Gayle fires England Bowling attack, Narines packs england top order, Bravo, Pollard, A. Rusell & D. Smith allround perfomance blasts England. Squad is full of performers, first time im seeing a team with full of performers after 1996 world cup. Please deliver the best and make windies pride

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    so quick to forget that gayle was captain of the west indies team when they were stuck at the bottom of world cricket.where discipline is not present there will be confusion, and i commend the wicb for taking a stand for the betterment of the sport.lets see gayle run his mouth on the radio again.

  • POSTED BY SoLucien on | June 6, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    AKS286 on (June 06 2012, 16:54 PM GMT) Gayle wont be playing in the 3rd test.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | June 6, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @Warren are all your questions in order of priority? Even if the answers are YES to all, you've ignored the FACT that those who are already ahead are making efforts to stay ahead.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 6, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    the upcoming excuses by the fans after 3rd test defeat are-1. gayle played last test since2010 so lack of practice. 2. roach is not playing. 3. bring sarwan, russell, pollard, bravo, taylor, lara, sherwin capmbell, jimmy adams. 4. WICB behaviour and mismanagement. common sentence in every comment "WI fought bravely nut LOST". WI A looses to india A. naraine sinks KKr in the final & bravo sinks CSK in the final. fact is WI is not eligible for TEST.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | June 6, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    suggestion to WICB, ask Malya how to keep Gayle happy and get the most out of him...;)

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    the amazing team is r8 nw which was needed by the windies.the roach was available it would be the star team that would be capable to win any trophy.the best squad for the windies is 1.Gayle,2.johnson charles/Dwayne smith/lendi simmons,3.DM bravo,4.DJ bravo,5.russel,6.pollard.7.sammy,8.narine,9.bisho,10.edwards/rampaul,11.roach. ramdin should be dropped becuase he is off no use.either bravo or johnson may be kept as the wk keeper.nd if someone wants to pick samuels then he has to tell me in which position nd instead of whom of this mention players,he might be taken,if someone wants samuel then he should be taken instead of sammy nd also the batting sequence might be reformed.if anyone wants to argue then hv ur opinion.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    It is nice to see gayle again. well come back.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Does this solve the problem of the ever imploding West Indies top order? Can Darren Sammy effectively command the respect of a team of IPL superstars? Can the batting order withstand the absence of Chanderpaul to rescue the day? Will Gibson toss everyone out again if they don't start winning instantly? Is there a West Indian wicketkeeper being groomed at the high performance center who can also bat? With the absence of Roach and Taylor, does the West Indies pace attack have enough teeth? These are all questions that keep me awake at night!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Good News .......................

  • POSTED BY Vineeth59 on | June 6, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Hey all I had a look at Nikita Miller carrer stats in cricinfo as suggested by @Rally_Windies....I was realy amazed to seee in first class ...he has played 47 test matches with average of 16.....How come shillingford and other spinners get selecte d over him ...I don know....but what ever I cud remeber is he has played well in ODI's eventhough he din take much wickets..good economical ...I thought like he was injured ...just check his last mathces in APriland march ...he took so many wickets ..really am perplexed abt indies selection policy

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | June 6, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Good luck Christopher Henry Gayle.. one good reason to watch a ODI series ;)

  • POSTED BY TheShawshankRedemption on | June 6, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    If we look at WI team (of very recent past ) + current they are simply awesome individual talents. 2 Bravos + Sunil Narine+ Pollard + D Smith + Brawthithe + Russell +Simmons +GAYLE now. WI always have had an excellent individual perfomers. I have never seen such talent in any part of the country in last 15years than WI but still something lags when it comes to team display. I guess the reason is they all are contracted with club cricket with hefty price tag hence stopping them from performing at highest enthusiasm for their country(???) I salute their individual brilliance but surely not their team spirit. This team could surpass any hurdle if used properly. I have always astonished by their individual talents of WI but wondered why haven't they reached even WC knockout stage since 1996. This WI team is capable of lifting even WC is a statement I used to make at every WC but they surely lack team spirit.

  • POSTED BY SoLucien on | June 6, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    @James Joseph on (June 05 2012, 22:42 PM GMT) Gayle is yet to apologize, not in public atleast. I cant agree with you that the WICB has been doing good work. Failure to manage the human resources at their disposal properly is not a sign of competence. Losing every scuffle with WIPA is not a sign that they have a clue about what they are doing. Fighting verbal battles in the media with players past and present is not exactly an indicator that the WICB should manage anything more than beach cricket.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | June 6, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    I think people are been a bit premature stating that WI are the best T-20 team in the world. England are the holders of the trophy and the world number 1 team.

    However the absence of KP will leave a gap that will be hard to fill. Still, I expect England to just edge the 50 over series and win the only T-20 as it is at Trent bridge which is England's favourite ground in recent years. The worry I have is over Morgan who seems to be in a real crisis of form of late. However if he can get back to his best he can win games on his own and in Dernbach we have an excellent T-20 bowler with his superb slower ball making many batters look foolish. I predict 2-1 England in the 50 over series and England to win the solitary T-20 game. Don't forget we hammered PAK in the ODI's and T-20's in the UAE and we don't lose many ODI series at home. Narine has a lot still to prove, one good season in the IPL does not make him a world beater just yet guy

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 6, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @SirViv1973 - I'd be hesitant to use Simmons in Tests as a keeper, unless they thought he was world class, particularly in the WIndies as he'd be keeping to Narine, Bishoo & Shillingford & that would be hard work compared back to the pacers. The team you selected would be similar to what I'd have, although I wouldn't pick Edwards. If politics & injuries were not a factor - my WIndies ODI side would be 1. Simmons, 2. Gayle, 3. Sarwan, 4. D Bravo, 5. DJ Bravo, 6. Samuels, 7. Pollard, 8. Sammy, 9. Russell, 10. Roach, 11. Narine. As with your side plenty of bowling options, & plenty of batting grunt low down in the order, (& top for that matter). I could see this side exploiting the early Powerplays, playing conservative in the middle overs & launching the last 10 to 15 overs. There would be enough bowling variety to make chasing or setting a difficult task. D Bravo could be interchanged with The Chanders.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    why did gayle stay so long before he apologise, too much pride. hats off to the wicb no one is greater than the game ,keep up the good works.

  • POSTED BY toxic1007 on | June 5, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Posted by enigma12345 on (June 05 2012, 15:09 PM GMT) My Squad is 1)Chris Gayle 2)Dwayne Smith 3) Marlon Samuels 4)Dwayne Bravo 5) Keiron Pollard 6) Andre Russel 7)L.Simmons (W.K) 8) D.Sammy 9) Ravi Rampaul 10) Suili Naraine 11) Fidel Edwards

    Good balance side-enigma12345

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | June 5, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Finally this is over with. We need experience at the to pof our batting line up. Look at this ODI lineup: C. Gayle, L. Simmons, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, K. Pollard, S. Chanderpaul, D. Ramdin, D. Sammy, S. Narine, R. Rampaul, F. Edwards. With D. Smith, A. Russel in reserves, any team will be envious of this squad. Hope they click well.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Big guns back from the ipl.....gonna have sum fireworks before the olympics

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | June 5, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Excellent team if it consistently plays to its potential. Batting can get tested against good swing bowling but no more one-sided as in the test series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Nice to hear that Gayle will be playing again to WI, finally WICB changed their stance on Gayle, nice for WI cricket. This is a better side compared to teams around the globe. Best of luck Chris and WI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Try as a keeper Sir Viv, WI are wasting our time with Ramdin/Baugh, play Simmons as a batsman/keeper and let the keepers that want to make the side know that they have to preform with the bat too,

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    after knowing cricket i had always been fan of west indies.... Lara was the first choice and now gayle.... these kind of players are strictly needed on the side for the upliftment of the game... Gayle u r the man to bat out the england

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    All the Best Gayle .. Play your game same as what you played for us (RCB)

  • POSTED BY kkarthik on | June 5, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Awesome squad. 2 really good quicks in edwards and rampaul, 3 world class all rounders in bravo, russel and pollard, 1 mystery spinner in narine and Gayle is Back. Hope they stick together as a team. They can beat any team and England does not do well in One dayers as well as they do in tests. Guess Windies have a good chance here!!!

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 5, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Hope he brings some extra jumpers, gloves and a scarf instead of his shocking sunglasses! England bowlers will need to get him out early, otherwise he can be Sehwagish...

  • POSTED BY rickp15 on | June 5, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    WOW with Gayle,Simmons,Dw Bravo, Pollard,Russell and Narine in the W.I line up....and no KP.... Its must be England I see in the rearview mirror. Finally a chance to see a full strengh West Indian Side. England will be no match in ODI regardless of the english conditions. I think a full streangh West indian team would a give them a run even in Test Matches although we will never know becouse of the wonderful WICB. Narine in the 3rd test will be a good indication of what could be and should be. Finally lets the games begin.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    whew some kind of maturity have return to my team we have the tallent now we need someone to harnest this fine group of well balance men experience and youth,right now the job is O.GIBSON own but may i say this when you are hired you can be fired,put your personel isseus aside and try to get the job done,remember this is not about OTTIS it's about west\indies seen or go back and learn what make us tick i know you were born in the caribbean,but donot let the englist thing get in the way.two different style seen.seen

  • POSTED BY SoLucien on | June 5, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Guys remember this sport is still a team sport. Glad Gayle and the others are back but a single person or a single set of person will not automatically translate into us beating all and sundry. A way still has to be found for the team to gel and perform optimally. Gibson is still there, the actors may have changed but the man directing is still the same. Lets hope these discarded players have matured and have learnt out to turn negatives into positives during their sojorn in the wilderness. We also seem to forget that England is still a good team, they have worked how to dismiss our top 4 batsmen cheaply and figured out how to dislodge Shiv so we cant take them lightly. Hoping for the best!!

  • POSTED BY stewe on | June 5, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    how are we going to pick this side with so many allrounders?

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Its good to hear that CG will be in the ODI squad and hopefully he can contribute to TEAM success. And to those who were questioning the residual matters, there WERE ACTUAL residual matters that had to be resolved and the conspiracy talks have been revealed as such.The team looks pretty good on paper but winning will depend on much more than a team on paper. IMO RCB had one of the strongest teams on paper but failed to win the IPL 2012. The opposition is not going to be non existent and some of the member of the team have been around before. So I urge cautious optimism and lets hope for the best from the team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    i still think that ramnaresh sarwan should be in this side.....but its pretty good.... nice to see gayle back

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | June 5, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    I have doubts whether Gayle would play in the same fashion as IPL because there isn't that much money in England, the conditions and pitches will also be different!

  • POSTED BY rodzstars on | June 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    lovely 15 man squad great to see gayle and smith back MY 11 1 GAYLE 2.SIMMONS 3.DAR.BRAVO 4.SAMUELS 5.DW. BRAVO 6.POLLARD 7.RUSELL 8.CAPTAIN 9.RAMDIN 10.NARINE 11.RAMPAUL WOW dats 7 TRINIS and COOPER, BADREE missin CHAMPIONS LEAGUE here we come AND for who thinks we can play simmons as keeper an drop ramdin we'll hav to drop NARINE also .NARINE needs a great keeper

  • POSTED BY kwaish on | June 5, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Interesting, So Gayle will be playing and KP will not be.. He has retired, hasn't he...

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    he sh0uld be recall 4 da text matchex as well!

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 5, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    fans comments after third test DEFEAT " WI fought very bravely the things required are gayle played last test on 2010 so lack of practice, if roach was on the team then result was different, bring sarwan, russell, pollard, taylor, bravo and WICB mismanagement.

  • POSTED BY SirDallas on | June 5, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Please let Simmons be the wicketkeeper. That would allow us to play an extra batter or bowler. The guy knows how to do it and he can score more than Denesh so why not allow him to PLUS he can open the batting. He could also be a fiery #6. Good squad though

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | June 5, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @Meety, seem to be agreeing with a lot of your comments recently. I too think WI should try Simmons as keeper, it would be worth trying him in this series and seeing how he goes. It could be an option in Tests too, I think Sammy has shown a marked improvement with the bat but hasn't shown enough yet to be moved in to the top 6. Ramdin really is a no8 & Baugh probably only a 9 really. I know Simmons has a pretty awful test record to date having never reached 50 and ave less than 18, but most of his games have been at the top of the order so why not give him the gloves and try him at 6 ? It would mean Sammy could then bat at 7 which would allow WI to play another frontline bowler which if they have Narine available could allow them to play 2 spinners. Simmons has a good record in ODI's so I I would have him open with Gayle in this series,the rest Dar Bravo, Samuels,Dw Bravo,Pollard, Russel,Sammy,Narine, Rampaul,Edwards, a lot of bowling options there!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Good for WI. Gayle is a great player. I enjoyed his involvement in the IPL. Hope he brings his master strokes in the one day series too.

  • POSTED BY kms.javid on | June 5, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Now the West Indies team looks stronger. I am sure England will have a tough time against WI. Happy to see the Champions back with a stronger squad.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | June 5, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    my team for odis 1.gayle 2.simmons 3.darren bravo 4.samuals 5. dw. bravo 6. pollard 7 russel 8 .ramdin 9 sammy 10 rampaul 11 narine. this team give 5-0 whitewash to england. simmons and darr bravo picked ahead dw.smith due to their past performance. where smith hasnt done anything in his career. please let dar.bravo to bat at no 3 where he is suitable to bat.

  • POSTED BY cricket-is-passion on | June 5, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Wishing you very best of luck my Friend Gayle. You are one of the big entertainers in the world adn no country can affort loosing an entertaining run getter. Hopefully you can show what WI missed in last two years.

  • POSTED BY Vivek78 on | June 5, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    This series is going to be a nice one and there are lots of things to be seen: 1)How Gayle will do for WI. 2)How England will play Narine in LO formats. 3)Form of Morgan.

  • POSTED BY enigma12345 on | June 5, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    My Squad is 1)Chris Gayle 2)Dwayne Smith 3) Marlon Samuels 4)Dwayne Bravo 5) Keiron Pollard 6) Andre Russel 7)L.Simmons (W.K) 8) D.Sammy 9) Ravi Rampaul 10) Suili Naraine 11) Fidel Edwards

  • POSTED BY GravyMon on | June 5, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    As we welcome our international players back in the team, let's not be carried away with thoughts of Series domination and World Cup Championships. While it's true that a game can be won just on Gayle's performance alone, let's not forget that England is a very tough team at home in any form of the game. Dreams of a WI Series win is a little like pie in the sky, if they can just compete, be in the same frame, that would be satisfactory enough for me. Our most basic problem is the team selection itself. Will we pick our best team? Will it be properly balanced? Will it have half a chance to win? Will the team's efforts be handled properly? Every ship, no matter how good, needs a good captain to reach port safely, and in that particular area we're all still at sea.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | June 5, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Good to see a full strength WI side for the ODI's & T20, I think this set of players has the ability to beat any team in the shorter formats. However there are a lot of comments on here suggesting this series is now a done deal which I think is far from the truth. It's time this group of players started to perform collectively, there were good signs in the recent drawn series with Aus which WI really should have won as I think they played the better cricket. Also Eng will miss KP but are still a decent outfit in 50 over format particularly in home conditions. I think the key clash will be between Eng seam bowlers and WI batsman.

  • POSTED BY Asraf12 on | June 5, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Where is Shiv Chanderpaul, why is he not in the One Day Side. For god sakes Shiv and Gayle is WI best opening pair, check the stats, Selectors, Sammy, Otis, etc. Look at the man average, why cant he get a game, which present player in WI get an better average. Ramdin should be drop, let Simmons keep and play the extra batsmen...................... Shiv Chanderpaul.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Finally we will see some action probably the best WI team in present era !

  • POSTED BY Asraf12 on | June 5, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Welcome Addition, Time sor some firewrorks. With Narine in the squad, we stand a better chance defending the runs.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 5, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    That looks like a great squad for T20's with so many allrounders but only 4 or 5 specialist batsmen (excluding Ramdin)?

    Gayle maybe be back but what did he do, when Pak rolled over the Windies for 110 odd in WC?

    Once again, there is an over reliance on Gayle to perform or else the Windies will face certain defeat.

    But I can't wait to see Gayle vs Swann!!

  • POSTED BY dhoni_sachin_fan on | June 5, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    finally that looks a very good side : gayle, simmons, bravo, dwayne, samuels, ramdin, russel, sammy, rampaul, edwards, narine

  • POSTED BY malepas on | June 5, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    This is some team,,WI has the most dangerous lower order in World cricket at the moment,I think WI should win this series and if I'm a betting man, I should bet on WI in T-20 world cup,,this will be team to beat, the only chink is that it has not got a versatil bowling attach like Pak/Eng/SA but still a very useful attach. It will be a cracking series. A PAK FAN.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    To all who concern about Gayle ability to play Test and ODI just check his record over 6000 test runs and over 8000 odi runs. I must say welcome back Gayle and please do not put your self under any pressure trying to prove any thing to your critics just do the thing to make your fans and the cricketing world happy.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | June 5, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    I think it's so funny ,all these suggested team selections ! I often wonder if some of these selection pundits ever follow much of WI cricket ,due to some of the folly posted . It would appear that ,either a liking ,or disliking of an individual ,is the criterion for your choices ; but the fortunate thing is ,that none of your selections matter . Just goes to show what the WI selectors have to endure .

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | June 5, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Should have been for the third Test.

  • POSTED BY NAZMO-CRICKFANN on | June 5, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    MISTAKE BIG MISTAKE.. OH BOY BIG MISTAKE

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Gayle Gayle Gayle.....duh the same Gayle Sarwan and co. were there when we got beaten north south east and west..give the youth an extended run

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | June 5, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Best team WI ever in last few years will beat England for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    a welcome news.. now Cook must be sweating in his pants thinking to stop him in ODI rather thinking about 3rd test ;)

  • POSTED BY Mayfield on | June 5, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    "If you've got stars, you don't have a team," Pybus said in Dhaka on Monday. "I think the goal is to have a very strong team, where the players are playing for each other. It is important to leave our egos to one side and play for the badge and the country, making that the commitment. From my coaching experience, when you have a 'star' system, you've got problems." As said by the newly appointed coach of Bangladesh. When Hillaire said the same, he was roundly criticized. It is a fact, if you have stars, you will not have a team. So call stars, whether it is in sports, entertainment, business, all have large egos(almost like little children). They are selfish and self centered. For the star, it is about I not we. Stars are for sports like golf and tennis, not cricket.

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | June 5, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Its a great pleasure to see Hilaire, Gibson and company bury their ego and do the right thing for West Indies cricket

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    great news for Windies cricket

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Its great to see few quality players on the sqaud. I wish my playing eleven for west indies 1. Chris Gayle( Doom star) 2.Dwanyne Smith ( Testing as a opener) 3. Dareen brava (regular one down player) 4. Marven Smaules ( Good player) 5. Dwanyne Bravo( All rounder) 6.Kiern pollard (All rounder) 7. Darren Sammy (C) ( Not best but better) 8. Denesh Ramdin Wk ( only option) 9.Sunil Narine ( great spinner ) 10. Ravi Rampaul ( Thinking bowler) 11. Fiedel Edwards( face enough)

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    This is great news :)...Gayle desperately needed

  • POSTED BY decaby on | June 5, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    its amazing to finaaly see the end of the Gayle Saga... and good sense prevail... still waiting to see how this plays out... this squad is packed with All rounders and part time spinners... so i really wanna see the selection of the first 11... congrats to gayle on his call up... hope WI wins

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | June 5, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @ dragline ...

    does Nikita Miller not exist? is he an invisible man? he has a 1st class average of 16 ....

    he was the leading wicket taker for almost 3 years running ..

    How does Mauthurin get picked ahead of Miller?

    we are on cricinfo, you can easily look at their stats and record from 2011 ..

    How Shillingoford gets picked ahead of Miller, or Tino Best, or anyone for that matter is a mystery.

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | June 5, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    This is one of the better side for WI.....a match winning batsman, match winning spinner & a group of good allrounders.......Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Darren Bravo,Marlon Samuels,Dwayne Bravo,Kieron Pollard,Sammy,Russel,Ramdin,Narine,Rampaul.....If Simmons can keep the wicket then this team is much far reliable in both batting & bowling department.....

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    At last, the news we have been waiting on in the Caribbean! Let's hope this continues into the upcoming Test series, too...

  • POSTED BY generation-next on | June 5, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    This is a very welcome development. If managed right, it could also see not just extra talent being added to the mix but also better ways of working together as a team. I do hope that all those involved in this fracas, which has slowed the forward movement of the team, from Gayle to Gibson to WIPA to WICB, will have learned the important lessons on how to manage their differences less destructively.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | June 5, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    It is great to see West Indies finally playing their best team putting aside their politics. The inclusion of IPL stars - Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Narine, Samuels, Fidel Edwards, who are all likely to play in the XI makes this team from losers to Potential stars.England will have their hands full in dealing with these IPL stars who can very easily turn the table. The weather will still be a huge factor, as it is to all the cricketers visiting England from WI, India, Pakistan or SL.Narine will be the bowler to watch who can easily revel in Englands poor light - just like Ramadhin did about 60 years ago.Narine will be the mystery bowler, if he can get used to the cold conditions.On the other hand the batsmen will have a tougher time adapting to the seam & swing in the English conditions. Can Gayle quickly adapt to these conditions and be just as dominanat as he has been in the IPL. Pollard & Bravo will be the great all rounders & Samuels will continue his great batting.Good Luck WI.

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | June 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Gayle has certainly been missed by WI test cricket. He might of made the score lines a little easy for WI supporters to swallow but the result would of been the same. Narine to make his test debut too, like the look of him but tests are a different game and time will tell how successful he will be (Bishoo was supposed to be better than sliced bread too!). Nice one day squad, not sure about the result but probably better Eng dont get to the top of all three formats otherwise RANDYOZ's head will explode lol.

  • POSTED BY toxic1007 on | June 5, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Congrat WICB and staff only missing piece is a wicket keeper that can bat let try SIMMONS because Ramdin is sick have FLU

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Good news for all the cricket lovers around the world

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | June 5, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Ah finally!!! WI are well on course to lift this year's T20 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY leon1971 on | June 5, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    i would first like to thank Mr.Holding to publicly express his views on the Gayle issue like all cricket lovers and espicially west indians we would always want our best team out in the middle and wit Chris in the team we r stronger and hope one day west indies board realise that cricket lovers around the world and all west indians want to see our players ,our best players in the middle not the west indian oficials [gibson and crew]

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Very good news for cricket lovers & WI. Wi can become blanched team in world cricket. Welcome Gayle.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Good news...its about time.. What ook you so long?

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    The IPL Superstars are back into action in this series and for t20 world cup later this year, West indies have a quality line up now after gayle's reentry.They have game changers like pollard,Gayle,Darren Bravo,and Sunil Naraine..So they definitely have a chance to brings up the 2012 t20 world cup..!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    This is indeed a powerfull team but for T20 .. i think ther are short of a one mature batsman in middle who can take the inning all along to final overs. Otherwise they can perish very soon in 50 over game. But indeed an awesome team who if play up to its full potential can give hard time to English team in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | June 5, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    It is going to take an English miracle to beat this WI T20 line up, i.e. Gayle, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo, Sammy, Russell, Ramdin, Rampaul, Narine. It really looks ominous, especially in the T20 format. If Gayle plays in the T20 World Cup later this year and opposition teams don't get rid of him within the first 30 balls, I would say it will be bye bye opposition. Even if the above happens Pollard, Bravo, Sammy and Russell are more than enough to pick up what Gayle has left undone. The longer the format, the weaker this side becomes, but in T20 I just cannot see who will beat them.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | June 5, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Simmons as keeper and at 3, Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Russel, Sammy, Rampaul, Narine, Edwards/any fast bowler will make a wonderful team.. Having 7/8 guys(Excluding Ramps) who can hit six anytime and atleast 6 bowling options apart from the regular three should click more than not..

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 5, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @Trickstar on (June 05 2012, 10:31 AM GMT) - I can see what will happen now. WI will win the ODI series (possibly by whitewash) and the ODI/T20 specialists like Pollard and Gayle will shine and we'll be getting the "If they had played in the tests WI would have won by whitewash" ... Whichever team WI fielded in the tests - some commenter would always have a better one.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 5, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Good to finally see a close to full strength WI team. I just hope the pick 2 opening bowlers for a change. 1 Gayle 2 Smith 3 Simmons(can he keep wicket?) 4 Samuels 5 Pollard 6 DwBravo 7 Russell 8 Sammy 9 Rampaul 10 Narine 11 Edwards. If Simmons can't play wk, Ramdin unfortunately should come in for Dw Bravo and be hidden down at no10.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | June 5, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    at last the issue ends on a good note! extra stupid WICB will understand what they missed when Gayle will pummel England into submission in the ODIs!

  • POSTED BY athem79 on | June 5, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Dear WI team . . we all want you to be among the top cricketing nations . . with this squad . . your team looks unbeatable. If you win this series you could be one of the contenders for T20 World Cup . . . Good Luck

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I love this west Indian team, i hope all the players from IPL is selected against the English one day & t20 matches, I cant wait to see the contest Like David & Goliath I have been waiting to see all the Iron pumped into the west indies team remine's me of the 70 & 80's Giants. finally the west indies we have been waiting to see.wish you all the best

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    this is the team i was waiting for....now its time to compete with the best of the best...

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    where has Jerome Taylor gone ? any idea ? is he out of team because of injury or is he just not selected ?

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    wait for 1 year and this team will beat any team across the world... number 1 in short....

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I will wait and see if DWAYNE SMITH will be in the West Indies final eleven for the limited over games in England.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Good news, but he should be back in the Test side as well, along with Ramnaresh Sarwan. That way the pressure to score runs could be taken off Chanderpaul and Samuels.

  • POSTED BY Mahendra_ on | June 5, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Would the IPL stars make the difference ........... well lets wait & see

    There are too many IPL stars Gayle,Bravo,Samuels,Pollard,Nariane

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    My Lord! this really looks a good team; real power in batting and zip in bowling; will give vry hard time to englishmen this time around!

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | June 5, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @RandyOZ Come on man do try harder it's gone way past being cringeworthy with you . Gayle's got such a stellar record in England hasn't he, LOL the man can not play a ball that moves off the straight that's why he averages 36 here and in the last tour he was a disgrace, mopping around the field, feeling sorry for himself because he was clueless against swing bowling, it's all a bit different to smacking prank attacks in T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | June 5, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Gayle, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo, Sammy, Russell, Ramdin, Rampaul, Narine. That is a solid lineup even without Roach, and it'll be even more strong in T20 as opposed to ODIs. Windies may be a little way off with their test side but they have some of the best limited overs specialists in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Any way u put it, this is a powerhouse of a squad. If we cannot win the series with this squad, well s/thing is radically wrong. So many T20 & ODI stars. All to selectors to pick the right combination. Over to u Sammy & Gibson.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Finally we could see some entertaining Cricket from the West Indies........Gayle would be a great force to the windies,

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | June 5, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Wow, excellent good news ! It's great to see the Great West Indies again with a wealthy big squad. The Big Guns will definitely put on a Big Show, but by no means are West Indies recent performers' career over. The Big Guns will soon have to earn their bread and butter again and then the other talents will step right up. A Wealthy rotation system for the West Indies players. They will be well rested and their will be less complains about fatigue and over-played bodies. Now we are just waiting for the Gayle-Force to be released in England. Hopefully he will gear up soon and be in good rhythm.

  • POSTED BY VivTheKing on | June 5, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    A 3-0 win in the ODI series and a win in the lone t20 match will be a great boost for the Windies. It will be a huge confident booster for the side and the captain who can drive the team to the greater successes in the test cricket. My starting lineUp would be Gayle, simmons, BravoJn, Samuels(adds stability in the middle order), BravoSn, pollard, sammy/Russell, Ramadhin, Rampaul, Fedwards, Narine. Incase if Dsmith is preferred over Lsimmons, then ramadhin can open the innings and Dsmith can take the 7th slot moving down the captain.This team has the potential to blow off any other team in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Much stronger now them WI, even the odi side against the aussies wasnt this strong but they did well. i now predict a 3-2 odi win for WI

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    My Fav team of West Indies with all its best players...Hoping that this team jells well, so they will be front runners at the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in Sept....My Line Up would, Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Andre Russell, Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine

  • POSTED BY richardror on | June 5, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Oh well... This will take the WI's mind off the whitewash England should inflict on them in the test series and if they win in the ODI series they will consider the tour a success (wrongly). I still predict England to win the ODI's with the likes of young Taylor, Bairstowe and Butler.

  • POSTED BY krshankar on | June 5, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    If Sarwan comes back to the team. This team will be the World Cup winning Team.

  • POSTED BY dragline on | June 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    England is known to struggle against left arm spin. i were hoping to see Mathurin in the team, along side Narine.Good to have Gayle back and wish him all the best in the future. First ODI Gayle, Smith, Simmons(wk),Dwayne,Samuels,Pollard,Ruzzell,Sammy,Rampaul,Narine and Fidel

  • POSTED BY TimelessTests on | June 5, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    So the headline writers have prevailed over the WICB.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    WOW cant wait to this WI team playing 20-20 and ODI..Just Name few Best POWER Players of the world : Gayle, Pollard,Dwayne SMith,Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russel, Samuels, and Sammy ( now a days) and not to forget best 20-20 Spinner Narine...Hop this team rock da world..Wud be fun to watch this team playing... gud luck :) ...can i guess a Double Hundred frm Gayle? ;)

  • POSTED BY vak1997 on | June 5, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    go Gayle!! wanna see u playing some big inning like the ones u played in IPL!!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 5, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Cricket is dead in England but hopefully the injection of Gayle will help to fill their small cricket grounds.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 5, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Great for cricket. Too bad he isn't there to teach Broad and Swann a lesson in the final test.

  • POSTED BY suryamessi on | June 5, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    no doubt....its all for upcoming t20 world cup.....ha ha ha...

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Mr Gayle force is what great news. DJ Bravo,Ronch & Sunil Narine are missing the side

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 5, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Gayle should stick to his IPL skills else he might loose those too. International cricket is no joke. Placid roads in India with no nothing that too with 20 meter boundaries can only make an Indian crowd go berserk not necessarily mean the guy in question is a good batsman. In his last ODI he scored a duck against Pak and Windies got a thrashing of a life time the whole team bundled out for 112 or something.

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | June 5, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    welcome back Gayle, WI still needs return of some other players also, to give a serious threat to the opposition.hope he stays in the team for a longer duration of time, this time ,,,,,,,,,,,,, ?

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Chris Gayle back....WI now back strong nd powerful after Gayle , DJ bravo.....Eng suffer with the loss of KP.......however WI look a good side.

  • POSTED BY kunj777 on | June 5, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    This current WI ODI Squad has the best limited overs players namely gayle, dwayne smith, pollard, bravos, russel, narine!!!

    They can very well be the best limited overs team ... Eng stand no Chance against this WI line up!!!

    All the best windies!!!!

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | June 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Good news, now West Indies will be fun to watch. They will be stronger now.

  • POSTED BY rydberg on | June 5, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    hope sarwan and benn also make a comeback

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Wow! Finally a full strength WI batting lineup! We have got a serious contest on out hand now brothers.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | June 5, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    why can not they include him in the last test match? It would have become an even contest.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Mr Gayle force is what great news

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | June 5, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    I forgot to mention DJ Bravo... maybe in place of Chanderpaul...

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan on | June 5, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Now that sanity has prevailed, this WI will be different side. Ominous signs for England (and others). Good for the GAME !

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | June 5, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    He might fail also in a couple of games.. But he is the best bet available.. There haven't been any decent top order bat who is good enough as Chris.. Let the management be patient with Gayle.. He can surely produce the magic..

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | June 5, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Well Eng team has been weakened with the loss of KP, WI look a decent one day side so it should make for intersting viewing. Should be a few close games I hope. Still feel Eng will win the one day series but it should be close....I hope.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    I am and indian but after indian team i am supporting WI team.This WI team is very good.Yes Engalnd will face a real challenge.Team Should be Gyle,D Smith,Simmons,DJ Bravo/Russel,Marlon Samuels,Dyne Bravo,D Ramdin,D Sammy,F Edwards,R Rampaul,S Narain.Wow..if this players play as a team,The series will be with WI so as the T20 WC. All the best!

  • POSTED BY Nuxxy on | June 5, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    The West Indies would be the favourite team at the World T20 if they were a team and not a bunch of individuals.

  • POSTED BY avani on | June 5, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Where is Kooper? He is bundle of talent. Good future alrounder.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    bouy This Is Some Team!

    1.Gayle 2.Smith 3.Bravo 4.Samuels 5.Bravo 6.Ramdin 7.Pollard 8.Russell 9.Sammy 10.Narine 11.Rampaul

    I Havent Seen As Many All Rounders In A Team .. as Many As 6 All rounders!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    ohh my allah this team look like better than ever , i had dout if england can win a single odi , i mean common now how can west indies lose when they have player like gayle pollard bravo edward sunil narine

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    This isn't news! We have known for some time now that this was likely to happen pending a few hurdles to clear. This would have been news if Chris was included in the forthcoming Edgbaston Test. It should make for an exciting ODI series.

  • POSTED BY nimmigi on | June 5, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    now the england will face a big challenge best of gayle show what u can do with ur batting

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | June 5, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Yay! Great news!

    My WI XI: Gayle, Simmons, Samuels, DM Bravo, Chanderpaul, Pollard, Ramdin (wk), Russell, Sammy (C), Rampaul, Narine

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    WOW!!!!! Gayle is back!!!! finally!!! i'm sooo excited...cant wait for these ODI's! & T20 :D

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    happy windies force is back but so should Sarwan

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    WI: 1.C Gayle 2.Denesh Ramdin 3.L Simmons 4.M Samuels 5.K Pollard 6.DJ Bravo 7.A Russell 8.D Sammy 9.R Rampaul 10.F Edwards 11.S Narine

    Ever possible: 1.Gayle 2.chanderpaul 3.l simmons 4.sarwan 5.k pollard 6.dwayne bravo 7.D Ramdin 8.A Russell 9.K Roach 10.F edwards 11.S Narine

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I am telling a truth to the whold world. Put it in your head. Bringing back Gayle is not enough to win games. He wont play all the match better. If WI need to fight with all the international teams then take Sarwan, Chanderpaul

  • POSTED BY Imthiyaz_Haniffa on | June 5, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    At last a Power Pack Squad............... Lets see how England is handling them....and for the rest of the world teams...here comes a Team carrying the future to be legends. Hopefully WI will get back their World Title.....

  • POSTED BY R713 on | June 5, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Now this will be really WI power... Scope of winning is very high..Awesome Gayle

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I guess in this years T20 WC West Indies would be the favorites. As their team sheet reads Gayle, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo, Smith, Russels, Narine.. 7 proven and dangerous players of T20 all around the world...and matter of fact of the English tourney concerned this same team will surely excel there as they have genuine all rounders with pace and spin in equal along with some good batsmen.. I would surely feel this is the best West Indian team of last 2 decades..

  • POSTED BY Vargas on | June 5, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Gayle force is back with West Indies.His power hitting should inspire confidence in his young team mates and create havoc in the "enemy"camp.We need to get Sarwan back in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels - All these players deserve to be considered for the eleven. I do not remember seeing these many all rounders in a team or squad before this any time. All these guys are pretty much in form and is capable of making critical contributions both with bat and ball. Amazing. The squad looks very strong on the paper with Sunil Narine, Rampaul, Fidel edwards etc added to the above. ODI series should be pretty tight one.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    lookin forward to see gayle's fireworks in T20 WC!! mann wat team WI has atm is unbeatable.. gayle, naraine, pollard, bravo,smith, roach, chanderpaul n others not to mention!! the only match in this WC t20 will be SAfrica!!! others cwud depend on luck or miracle on their favour :P

  • POSTED BY everfaithful77 on | June 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    GREAT SQUAD. I think this is a very formidable team but they must BELIEVE in themselves and their collective ability to beat any team in the world. I'll go even further to say that if this group can GEL TOGETHER as a unit the WORLD 20/20 championship coming up later this year is well within their grasp. However the key to their success is MOTIVATION which will influence their confidence, will power, unity and performance. That's why Windies need a full complement of SUPPORT staff including a MOTIVATIONAL SPECIALIST, batting, bowling and fielding coaches/consultants. My only reservations about the team selected is the inclusion of only one genuine spinner in Narine. I think ODEAN BROWN and BADRE are fine spinners in this format and should be given international exposure asap. Also Darren Bravo could have been rested and replaced by CARTER or BONNER especially after his poor returns against Australia. This would widen the pool of players with internat experience avail to selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Now Gayle is back but we wont be able to see Pietersen batting .... wow :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Great team and should be a good ODI series, 3rd test match is going to be an eye sore, seriously how many people want to watch test matches in this age?

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Cristopher Henry GAYLE is backkkkkkk........gr8 news 4 cricket lovers.....

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Wellcome Back to the WestIndies Team Chris Gayle The Number 1 batsman in the world for T20 and One day cricket We as spectors who buy tickets to matches for entertainment Chris Gayle is the one who entertains us and we feel our money spent was given proper due by one and only CHRIS GAYLE LONG LIVE THE KING OF ENTERTAINING CRICKET. Javed Sani Los-Angeles USA.

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | June 5, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    What an awesome lineup WI can put on the field now (even without Tamim Iqbal). If Roach was also available, it would be an unmatchable outfit - if all these brilliant individual talents and egos could be moulded into a team. This is the biggest cricketing "IF" of all time. Gayle, the Bravos, Pollard, Smith, Narine, Russell, Edwards etc. could walk into any international limited overs XI. Why not try Chanders as leader and as the stable lynchpin around which these stars can dazzle? Sammy is a less than inspiring Captain with his occasional middling performances and (at times) questionable cricketing judgement. A strong leader could keep these players united and make this team unbeatable. Go Windies!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    This is a a good call we are appreciating his return to his side!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | June 5, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Hopefully people who said that Gayle is the best t20 batsman will realise that there is a HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SLOGGING IN DOMESTIC LEAGUES AND HANDLING BROAD AND BRESNAN

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Common sense prevails, finally! Go Gayle!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    good to see gyle come back in WI, they will be the dark horse in upcoming T20 WC:

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Thank u guys, we'll see lovely cricket again, can't wait,the cricket fields will be full 4 sure, lets enjoy.......

  • POSTED BY Teja_Smart on | June 5, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Super team.... Im eagerly waiting for the series.

  • POSTED BY sshadab on | June 5, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Wow what a team, this looks like a world beating ODI and T20 team. I would pit them as a definite title contenders for the T20 world cup to be held at srilanka. A strong windies contingent is always good for world cricket.

  • POSTED BY anupaku on | June 5, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    This is the Best WIndies team after the likes of lyod & Richards...Lookig forward to Wi & ENG Series..

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | June 5, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Finally the tornado is back ... Welcome Gayle ...

  • POSTED BY www.TahirTUBE.com on | June 5, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    that's great move by WI board, now WI are quite balance side with the arrival of Gayle...Good Luck

  • POSTED BY cracker2012 on | June 5, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Now we need back our consistent fast bowler, J. Taylor or someone to take over. I think Roach isn't all that. Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul are far better.

    Go WI.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | June 5, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    CG,Sunil Naraine,Bravo,Pollard,Russel......... all in one team....ohhh!!! mouthwatering!!!!!!!! what a heady cocktail its gonna be.......All the Best WI.....as always ...luv from India....AMEN.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | June 5, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Welcome back. His recall was long overdue.As an Indian & RCB supporter, I wish CG all the best.

  • POSTED BY pureatichowdary on | June 5, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Welcome Gayle, England with out KP, WI with Gayle now it is balanced. Hope a neck to neck series and WI will win the series.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | June 5, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    @ Kabir Ali Tino didnt Replaced Roach. tino replaced Gab. and Nope Bishop spin in england Condition wouldnt be good. we have to see hoe Narine does in England condition . If people do Follow West indies Cricket this is the Same team we had When were LOSING. No Difference. Only different then and now is Narine and Sammy who is fix in the side becasue of Captaincy. the Question is Can they Carry on the hype this Team have? Will it be another Failer? People FAILED to realised that Gayle wasnt out for 5 he was just out for 1 year, He Played before. Pollard, BRavo, Rampal all of these were together in the Team, Yet WI never Taste a GOOD run in sucess. After We beat england in England in the ODI last time. South Aficae came to the Caribbean and White Wash West Indies, And yes that Team DIDNT had sammy as a permanet place.

  • POSTED BY DataQue on | June 5, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Fabulous news!!! Gayle, please break the highest individual ODI record of 219! That record has your name written all over it…. Good Luck & You Rock!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Sammy should step aside. Handover Captaincy to Dwayne Bravo and Let Andre Russel, Keiron Pollard Bravo be the core of all rounders. Sunil Narine, Rampaul, Edwards should be the Core Bowlers. I believe this WI team could be world beaters.

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | June 5, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    How the time has changed? KP is out of ODI's for England and Gayle is back in WI team. I think WI can be a force to reckon in limited overs cricket if they can select the players on merit basis. Pollard, Gayle, Bravo brothers, Narine, Rampaul, Edwards, Raoch.... This is a seriously good team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Finally some positive signs for Windies..Cheers from India.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    I am glad for the return of Gayle and a pretty good One Day squad! However, I would like to see the number of fans who dismissed the likes of the captain Sammy questioning the reason for his selection let alone captaincy will be true to the performances win, lose or draw! I am just hoping that the Windies can win the series to validate the inundated recalls for the likes of Gayle, Bravo and co. Granted West Indies will do better in the ODIs! However, I think that the recalls of the star players do not guarantee success! Just like England and Australia and the other teams had to endure the hard losses before they rose to the top so the West Indies will have to suffer before they rise! Too many times have I stayed and woke up to watch the same team with these very same guys minus Sarwan, Taylor etc. bringing one close to the finish only to deceive to a loss! No matter who they bring I will always support West Indies! All the best and hoping for an exciting final Test and T20/ODI series

  • POSTED BY Ksaminda on | June 5, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Damn happy to see this gayle back in WI team :) and man look at this team wow looks super strong and talented if they all started to play as a team this team will be in the top of T20 and Odi rankings...really happy to see this team as a sri lankan lets hope for the best good luck gayle

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Great news for the Windies team.All the outstanding players are back and it's upto them to perform so that the West Indies cricket team is a force to reckon as in the glorious past.

  • POSTED BY aslamPK on | June 5, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Gayle international career is over especially test and ODI. He may little bit fruitful for T20 for WI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Well done Chris Gayle! Show the world that you are one of the world's greats - long before you think of a retirement. I was happy to have met you at the Sonar in Kolkata, 2010 IPL. - Admirer, Cape Town

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I wonder what Sammy has done to those critics who seem to think and believe that he should be out of the team. I wonder on what basis you are making to such conclusion, certainly not facts and figures.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Top 3 team easily, heck I would drop Ramdin from keeping and put simmons as an opening wk

  • POSTED BY rienzied on | June 5, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Sarwan is scoring well in the county leagues and yet still being overlooked. he is in the UK and the top 4 cannot score any runs yet he is being overlooked. Gibson please leave the team!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Cant figure out how Sammy will keep his place by bowling just 5-6 overs in a match when there are so many superior allrounder than him in the team . But one should expect this from WICB. Nowadays Windies team are made of Sammy and 10 other players.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    No offense to Tino Best, but do we really not have any other bowler for the ODI series as replacement for Roach? Give Bishoo another chance.

  • POSTED BY Swingit on | June 5, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Let get something straight for all those crying for Gayle to have been included in the third and final test - and I too wish oh so wish Wiindies had him as an opener for the third test-, Gale said long agowhen he announced his availability to play that we would ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR ODIs AND T20 in England!!. So irrespective of what fans want (or even what WICB may want) Gayle was never going to play test in England, he had no interest. Hopefully he stars in the short form of the game and cements his place in ALL forms for Windies starting with the Kiwi series. As for the team Windies have for the short format, well I dont think any team in the world can beat them and most certainly NOT England if anyone can. Not sure what is the status of Dwayne Smith after he had a pretty decent ODI series stint against the Ozzies and showered his destructive powers in the IPl. Is he in? Is he out?

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Strongest ODI squad for the WI, good job selectors!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    gayle storm is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY adkum on | June 5, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Now that they have got Gayle back in the team, the lobbyists should go after Ramnaresh Sarwan. He should not be sidelined any longer. Time to heal his wounds too. Jagdeo did his part for Chanderpaul when he was snobbed. Sarwan deserves some support to get him back too.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | June 5, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    So finally, Sanity prevails and we will be witnessing the BEST WI team in years to play on the pitch.. Full of spirit, talent, effort and trademark flamboyance.. How much flair My>Gayle will bring to the team.. He is a man of attitude and will surely have impact on other players performance also..

  • POSTED BY macadamnut on | June 5, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    I've been thinking that for all the Windies struggles, they could actually still field an absolutely dominant T20 World Cup team; look: Gayle, DR Smith, Simmons, Samuels, DJ Bravo, Pollard, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Rampaul, Narine -- J Charles, G Mathurin, Chanderpaul(?), Shillingford, Bishoo, F Edwards(?).

    T20 mostly makes my eyes glaze over, but it would still be cool to see the Windies thrash Australia and dare I say it, make waves in the tournament.

    If only there were some way for WI and Ireland to both thrash Australia...

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    I hope WI IPLers will bring the winning work ethic and sweet aroma of victory with them to remove the losing scourge. Team 1. Gayle 2. Simmons 3. Smith 4. Bravo, Dwayne 5. Pollard 6. Samuels 7. Russell 8. Sammy 9. Ramdin 10. Narine 11. Rampaul. Darren Bravo should focus on tests (occupying crease). Gayle should play in 3rd test to acclimatize with conditions and team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    WELCOME GAYLE BACK TO THE CRICKET WORLD WE R WAITIN FOR THIS A LONG TIME FINALLY WE WILL GET SOME RUN ON THE BOARD. HAIL UP THE BIG MAN ONCE AGAIN

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | June 5, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    I forgot about Sarwan, WHERE THE HELL IS HE??

  • POSTED BY rameshrams567 on | June 5, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    best team ever seen charles should be replaced by sarwan

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | June 5, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    This is good too see, but why can't he play in the 3rd test? Whatever, the ODI team should go like this 1) Gayle 2) Simmons 3) Bravo 4) Chanderpaul 5) Samuels 6) Russell 7) Ramdin 8) Sammy 9) Rampaul 10) Narine 11) Edwards

    I put Sammy in there because I'm guessing he has to play, but really he shouldnt even be in the team, his ODI bowling figures are horrible.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    This team looks good on paper! great ipl performers but let c what they can do for us

  • POSTED BY lyl67 on | June 5, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    About time,we have selected a squad capable of competing,

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | June 5, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Gayle, Simmons, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Sammy, Fidel Edwards, , Rampaul, Narine could be a disaster for England

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Thanks I now believe u have the right team playing eleven should be Gayle,Simmons,smith,Dwayne bravo,Pollard,Russell,marine,Samuels,ramdin,Sammy, and either daren bravo/rampaul/best

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    it was a shame on WICB that a player of this caliber was sitting on bench while the team was getting beaten black and blue by other teams. I am sure Gayle will be the difference between WI and ENG in this series and the world will know what West Indies was missing for more than a year.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY StLucia on | June 5, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    FINALLY some common sense!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY KathmanduNepalSandeshLamsal on | June 5, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    THANK U WEST INDIES BOARD ............now all settled.....

    Proud to be west-indian board.

  • POSTED BY AnoMaLy on | June 5, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Why not for the third test? WI top order is struggling big time. Surely Kirk Edwards can make way for Gayle.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Good news from West Indies Cricket. We'll now witness one more competitive cricketing nation! This is good news for the world of cricket.

  • POSTED BY mandi on | June 5, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    no England gonna whitewash i hope,windies rocks

  • POSTED BY Dilbar786 on | June 5, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    ABOUT TIME West Indies!!!!Pakistan Zindabad

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    We are smiling again!This squad will defeat England.The grounds will be packed and the cricket will be competitive.Let's see how good the English really are. Thank you selectors, the W.I. are back.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    We finally have a winning combination here: OPENERS - GAYLE, SMITH, MIDDLE ORDER - BRAVO, BRAVO, SAMUELS SAMMY, RUSSELL, WICKETKPR: RAMDIN, FAST BOWLERS - EDWARDS, RAMPAUL, SPIN - NARINE. I prefer Pollard to Sammy as an all rounder, but i doubt that would ever happen. I guess that Roach must still be injured, as he is a better pick than Fidel, and if they could ever get back Taylor it would be amazing, because he's world class. The world is going to be pleasantly surprised to so the reemergence of West Indies now in limited overs cricket, and they will have the experience of IPL to thank for it; these guys come back ready to play, and ready to win. The guys playing English County cricket, like Nash and Sarwan are going to be watching this development closely, ready to be the second wave of attack. Okay, WICB, you have finally got the attention of us fans!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Gayle storm about to hit England

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Looking at the West Indies limited over team, it seems WICB are finally making sense which they haven't done for a long, long time.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Good for West Indies Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    OK EVERYONE, LET'S PLAY BALL!

  • POSTED BY prasanth.kongati on | June 5, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    OMG!!! As a die hard fan of west indian cricket, this is first time ever the team looks world class and can beat any opposition in shorter formats of cricket...look at my playing XI...exciting to see on paper!! Gayle, dwayne smith Darren bravo Dwayne bravo Kieron pollard Andre russel Ramdin Sammy Sunil Ravi Rampaul Fidel Edwards

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    very decent team there by the WI just hope they play to their potential ....sunil narine will be the man to watch out for atleast till the time he is not picked up by d batsman.....

  • POSTED BY NAZMO-CRICKFANN on | June 5, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    I WONDER WHY EVERYONE SO QUIET ?

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    My playing 11 for the first odi in England; 1.Chris Gayle 2.Lendl Simmons(wk) 3.Dwayne Smith 4.Kieron Pollard 5.Dwayne Bravo(v.capt) 6.Marlon Samuels 7.Andre Russell 8.Darren Sammy(capt) 9.Ravi Rampaul 10.Tino Best 11.Sunil Narine

  • POSTED BY pycon45 on | June 5, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    MY starting 11 gayle,simmons,samuels,da bravo,pollard,dw bravo,sammy ramdin,narine,rampaul and edwards.I must say sammy is up setting the balance of the side.It time for him 2 help the WICB out n resign.I say sammy resigns after this England series.I have NOTHING AGAINST HIM BUT PRODUCTIVITY LACKING.O yeah my new captain Samuels.Finally if say goes by law the coach as well,yes WI are fit but are they winning.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    NUF RESPECT TO ALL CONCERN GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THEIR RIGHTFUL POSITION WHEN AVAILABLE REMEMBER WEST/INDIES CRICKET IS MADE UP OF PLAYERS THEN OTHERS,LOOKING FOWARD TO SOME REAL CRICKET NOT PUTTING DOWN THE YOUTHS BUT A LITTLE EXPERIENCE WILL DO A LOT FOR THEIR EGO. NOTHING BEAT'S TALLENT WITH EXPERIENCE SAY YEA,YEA.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Now that is a team to beat.

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | June 5, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    You can count on me to be there from June16th onwards because atleast now I feel that the real WI ODI squad is being represented and if nothing else one can definitely count on a few thrills! How can one even fathom a WI ODI team without Gayle? It would have been an absolute travesty to exclude him and the inclusions of Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Russell also add a little mustard to the squad. Looking forward to a great series!

  • POSTED BY agent001 on | June 5, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Watch out England, the WI at full strength with Gayle and Pollard will not only sell tickets and TV rights but may hurt your rankings. The boot camp run by Ottis Gibson may be over.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    nice. I hope they smash the poms.

  • POSTED BY rgrokkam1 on | June 5, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Good encouraging signs for the WI. Looks like the best WI ODI squad they had for a long long time. Will be interesting to see how pommies will face this team and please don't give an excuse of KP's absence.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | June 5, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    WI XI: Simmons, Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Dawyne Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Russel, Rampaul, Narine. Sammy 12th man non-playing captain ..............

  • POSTED BY AyrtonS on | June 5, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Great move after losing the series, what a set of brain surgeons running West Indies cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    This is a good team. The selection panel should be highly commended. It is now up to the players to perform to the best of their abilities.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    The West Indies board finally relented, Chris please come back we need you we need to save our jobs.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    now Westindies will be world beaters again....

  • POSTED BY bajeman on | June 5, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Welcome back Chris Gayle! hope all parties involved in the impasse have put the past behind and will start a new journey. I wish you an the team all the bes. To the Fans lets try to ease up on the criticism a bit and be more supportive of the team. This squad for the limited overs segment of the tour is a match winning one, we will win that series. West indies in my opinion with players like narine,smith,pollard, bravo,gayle,Russel..... can dismantle any other nation in T20s, and we can start the world T20 tournament as genuine contenders if not FAVOURITES!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    yes this the best selection,atlast wisdom as dawn,they could have found a place for sarvan

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Well now Kevin Pietersen is retired from the ODI and t20 game. So now more fireworks from him, but Gayle is back.

  • POSTED BY noplay on | June 5, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    wow our squad looks like they could win something. So maybe we are agreeing with Gayle. We are taking limited overs seriously and given up on test cricket

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Wow ! Great to see Gayle back in the team........ Miss Brian Lara very much these days....

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 5, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Enter the 'Great Entertainer.' ( west Indian branch.) Challenge On!!! Congrats to all concerned! Happily we may all partake in the pleasure this guy's batting brings!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    finally.... it over n he is back for good ?

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | June 5, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Gayle is the biggest threat for the England bowlers. It makes a big difference in WI team environment. However, cricket is a game of 11 players, only Gayle won't make a full success. He needs full support and courtesy from everyone as he just came back after 15 months exile. Good luck Gayle, I have full support on you.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Many saying the WI lost many games when Sarwan, Gyale was in the team but not only these two can win game for WI it takes all 11 players.

  • POSTED BY SuperStar_XI on | June 5, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    9th wonder of the world...thanks to WICB

  • POSTED BY Principle on | June 5, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    This is probably the most sensible and logical team that the WICB has selected for a long time. I really believe that now the English cricket team will be thoroughly challenged.

  • POSTED BY gloriouscricket on | June 5, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Whew! This is good for cricket, good for CGayle, good for the fans & good for The Windies as a team, How do you spell relief? Bravo, Pollard, Russell, Simmons & shucks DSmith is missing. Please bring him home, he belongs, He is One of US-[Narine & Benn also] Lets play Windies cricket. Give thanks.

  • POSTED BY rienzied on | June 5, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Why isnt he in the side for the 3rd test? given the fact the top 4 would score more runs to the loo than on the pitch!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    The adults are back in charge in the West Indies. We can hopefully now move in a positive direction. This may not be the winning team, but many will have to agree,its a much better and more competitive team. The should be as follows: Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine. Sammy selection is only waived because he is the captain, we will have to work on that in the future as well. We know what signals it would send if he sat out the ODIs.I know it will be a lot of pressure on Gayle to perform, but his presence will certainly make the English take notice.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    VOWWWWWWWWWWWWW, Gayle in WINDIES team, shud have happed for the 3rd test!!!!!!! windies are on the road of becoming the best team in the world again!!!!! they wil become at one level, because they have quality players like, darren bravo, adrian barath, kirk edwards, sammy, roach , edwards, bishoo shillingford and naraine

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    awsome west indies team for odi against england

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | June 5, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    this team can beat any other team.. Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Andre, Sunil, Smith... great team!!!

  • POSTED BY Reagos on | June 5, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Let us all forget the past disagreements and now focus on the task at hand..let us not be derailed. Both Bravos, Dwayne Smith, Rampaul, Narine and Gayle now complete the West Indies Team. Despite the injury by Fidel we have a team that can win. What I will not tolerate is the excuse, "we are a young team". So I wish all involved the best of luck and anticipate a real fight to the end. I will not be surprised if WI take the series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    gayle gonna crash england

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketFan on | June 5, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    FINALLY! Now we can have some FUN filled ODI series

  • POSTED BY maddinson on | June 5, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    This team is good enough to win in England in ODIs and T20

  • POSTED BY GravyMon on | June 5, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Gayle, Simmons, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell, Tino Best, and Narine form the nucleus of a pretty darn good WI ODI team. Welcome or welcome back to all of them. It would be rather difficult to deny that this group has the chutzpah to really compete at a world class level in all forms of the game. Now, if we can find a real captain we may win a game or two! The England v WI ODI Series may be worth watching after all.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    best odi squad available well done selectors

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | June 5, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    A good news for West Indies and world of cricket, Gayle is a very good player, in an era where good players are a rarity...... Having said that, I am certain this wont be the last drama involving him and WI cricket board!

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | June 5, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    yeah, the master blaster, hurricane, tornado gayle is bacl. cricket is exiting once again. hope pietersen withdraw his retirement--so we can see battle of two legend

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 5, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Great news indeed and hope you clobber the English bowlers to all corners of the ground. Come on Windies, you made it 2-2 against the Aussies in ODIs. Could have been 3-2 had you all managed one more run in that tie.

  • POSTED BY lasarge on | June 5, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Where are the other psuedo selectors arguing for this should be in the team. That person should be out. Gayle sheould be in Gayle should not be in. Comeon guys I want a good laugh of the opinions before going to bed.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 5, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    ....& then he gets out for 0,6 & 3! LOL! Just kidding, It will probably be 0, 140 & 6, with the century coming off about 60 balls. I'd like to see Simmons play as the wikkie!

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | June 5, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Welcome back Chris Gayle, this West Indies side looks very strong. lets see how the poms bowlers get on againts this West Indies team in the ODI's. Am looking forward already.

  • POSTED BY switchit on | June 5, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Finally the long wait has come to an end and the squad looks a real force.. My playing XI: 1. Chris Gayle, 2. Dwayne Smith, 3. Darren Bravo, 4. Marlon Samuels, 5. Dwayne Bravo, 6. Kieron Pollard, 7. Denesh Ramdin, 8. Andre Russell, 9. Darren Sammy, 10. Ravi Rampaul, 11. Sunil Narine

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Welcome back :) Gayle is a superstar, now the teams are balanced.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    The best carribean team in recent times... Hope they dont break... :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    yes Finally, love it, Gayle and windies will blow away england, too much 2 handle for england without pieterson

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Awesome new for Cricket lovers....

  • POSTED BY Balb on | June 5, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Very happy for the return of Cris Gayle. Just remember Cris, this also includes the longer version of ODI's and not just twenty20. WI should do good in the ODI's. Just too bad Taylor and Sarwan is still in the dungeons.

    So here is a precedent now set. As per the WICB, a player MUST partake in domestic cricket at home before selection to the team. This was the excuse for the omission of Sarwan and Taylor. But nothing against Gayle. He fought and with the support of politicians he is back in the side. Does this means that Taylor and Sarwan will still have to play domestic cricket at home before selection or will we see them in the near future?

    Come on Politicians, a precedent is now set.

  • POSTED BY LifeWithBoundaries on | June 5, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Wohooooooooo! That should describe my feeling!

  • POSTED BY suniljoseph on | June 5, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Great news. I am sure we are going to see a healthy competition in the limited overs version of the game. Even healthier than the one between Australia and West Indies recently. But I think Johnson Charles needs more first class games to get matured while Ramnaresh Sarwan should be included in his place.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Good to see some spine in WI team. With Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Smith and Narine should be a good series to watch...

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Awesome news!!! wanted to see him in the 3rd Test but this is gr8! welcome back CG!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    what a squad, can surely win World t20

  • POSTED BY Raginggbull on | June 5, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Dan, Btw, IPL and Twenty 20 raised its stature way years ahead and not by 2011. Its Gayle responsible for his actions and priorities. WICB should have engaged with him to sort out the differences. Requesting not to spoil a article by way of showing subtle biases. #Ardent West Indies Fan#

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    They can name a really strong side jam packed with attacking batsmen/all rounders.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Now this squad can easily challenge England, and heck win the series. It's gonna be hard to pick an XI from this but here's mine: 1.) Chris Gayle 2.) Dwayne Smith 3.) Marlon Samuels 4.) Keiron Pollard 5.) Dwayne Bravo (VC) 6.) Andre Russel 7.) Dinesh Ramdin (WK) 8.) Darren Sammy 9.) Ravi Rampaul 10.) Sunil Narine 11.) Tino Best

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    great !!!!!!!!! bt m missing kevin now.....would have been gr8 watching both gayle and kp in action

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  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    great !!!!!!!!! bt m missing kevin now.....would have been gr8 watching both gayle and kp in action

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Now this squad can easily challenge England, and heck win the series. It's gonna be hard to pick an XI from this but here's mine: 1.) Chris Gayle 2.) Dwayne Smith 3.) Marlon Samuels 4.) Keiron Pollard 5.) Dwayne Bravo (VC) 6.) Andre Russel 7.) Dinesh Ramdin (WK) 8.) Darren Sammy 9.) Ravi Rampaul 10.) Sunil Narine 11.) Tino Best

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    They can name a really strong side jam packed with attacking batsmen/all rounders.

  • POSTED BY Raginggbull on | June 5, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Dan, Btw, IPL and Twenty 20 raised its stature way years ahead and not by 2011. Its Gayle responsible for his actions and priorities. WICB should have engaged with him to sort out the differences. Requesting not to spoil a article by way of showing subtle biases. #Ardent West Indies Fan#

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    what a squad, can surely win World t20

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Awesome news!!! wanted to see him in the 3rd Test but this is gr8! welcome back CG!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Good to see some spine in WI team. With Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Smith and Narine should be a good series to watch...

  • POSTED BY suniljoseph on | June 5, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Great news. I am sure we are going to see a healthy competition in the limited overs version of the game. Even healthier than the one between Australia and West Indies recently. But I think Johnson Charles needs more first class games to get matured while Ramnaresh Sarwan should be included in his place.

  • POSTED BY LifeWithBoundaries on | June 5, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Wohooooooooo! That should describe my feeling!

  • POSTED BY Balb on | June 5, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Very happy for the return of Cris Gayle. Just remember Cris, this also includes the longer version of ODI's and not just twenty20. WI should do good in the ODI's. Just too bad Taylor and Sarwan is still in the dungeons.

    So here is a precedent now set. As per the WICB, a player MUST partake in domestic cricket at home before selection to the team. This was the excuse for the omission of Sarwan and Taylor. But nothing against Gayle. He fought and with the support of politicians he is back in the side. Does this means that Taylor and Sarwan will still have to play domestic cricket at home before selection or will we see them in the near future?

    Come on Politicians, a precedent is now set.