Champions Trophy 2013 May 29, 2013

Bravo to build on Sammy era

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When Dwayne Bravo was announced as West Indies' ODI captain, replacing Darren Sammy, a few weeks ahead of the Champions Trophy there were familiar rumblings about island politics. Sammy, who remains the captain in Test and T20 cricket and is part of the Champions Trophy squad, has proved a popular and unifying leader and guided West Indies to a memorable victory at last year's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

But while West Indies have won their last six Test matches, both Sammy's own form and that of his team had been less impressive in ODI cricket. Bravo, speaking at his introductory press conference in Cardiff, suggested his appointment would give Sammy a well-earned rest from his previously all-encompassing responsibilities. Evolution, not revolution, was the message.

"I think they just want to try a rotation policy," he said of the WICB's decision to introduce a split-captaincy. "Obviously Darren had been doing the job in all forms of the game for the last two-and-a-half years, and that itself can be a tasking job. This just gives him a break from the team. I'm happy he's still in the squad so I can actually continue what he left, take over from what Darren was actually doing, and he's here and we've get the best way, the best combination, what we think should be the best for the West Indies teams so that we can win games."

Bravo is a colourful presence on a cricket field, fond of neon sunglasses and exuberant celebrations, but although he admitted captaincy was "a new road for me" he said he would not be changing his approach to the game. West Indies swept to the World Twenty20 title in carnival style in Sri Lanka last September and their "Gangnam Style" victory dance became as familiar as explosive contributions from the likes of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.

"We're going to continue to entertain and we're going to continue to play the game how we know how to play, with flair and glamour, and hopefully we can give the English fans something to support," Bravo said.

The side that Sammy built has become used to greater levels of expectation than that experienced by most of his recent predecessors and, although West Indies' coach, Ottis Gibson, has tipped England as favourites, Bravo was not about to talk down his team's chances, despite being the lowest-ranked ODI side in their group, which also features India, South Africa and Pakistan.

"Last year in Sri Lanka we were cast as favourites and we ended up winning, so it's good to be favourites again," he said. "Hopefully we will win this time. But honestly we don't think we are favourites. We just want to concentrate on what we have to do. We're in a very tough group, and first of all, we want to take it step by step, try and survive that group. The talk around is it's the group of death, so hopefully we get out of the group of death and then take it from there.

"A tournament like this, it's short, and you never know what can happen ... We just want to be humble and go about our business in our own way and let the man above take care of our destiny."

The weather man may have more of a say in their fate. Earlier in 2012, before the joyous scenes on the subcontinent, West Indies shivered their way through a low-key tour of England, in which they only managed to win one game. Even the arrival of their freshly anointed spin-bowling talisman Sunil Narine from the IPL could not lift the team - his haul of one wicket in all three formats attesting to pitches that refused to bend to his will.

Narine will return to England as the No. 1-ranked bowler in ODI cricket, with an extra year of international experience (although this will be his first major 50-over tournament) but Bravo said his "trump player" would not be expected to do it all on his own as West Indies attempt to replicate their 2004 Champions Trophy victory in the country.

"Obviously playing in England before he did not have much success and teams tend to say 'okay, he can't bowl outside of the Caribbean, outside of the subcontinent' but he's a world-class player. He's very young and he has achieved a lot in international cricket for the short time he has been there.

"So now is a good opportunity for him again to actually do well. Yes, he's our trump player, our marquee player but he's not under any pressure to perform for us. If he does well, it's a bonus, but we're going to let Sunil just relax and enjoy his cricket and enjoy the competition ahead of him."

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Neeta on May 30, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    The West Indies team has some amazing power hitters who can clear the ground by some distance. However they are also hit and miss players who don't show as much consistency as is expected of them. Therefore, this team needs a long batting line-up along with some anchors to bail out the side from trouble. My west Indies XI would be: Gayle Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, D.Bravo K.Pollard D.Ramdin D.Sammy S.Narine R.Rampaul Tino Best. I believe this team if it performs to its potential certainly has the goods to win the Champions Trophy. After India, this is the only team I support, a group of complete entertainers these guys are

  • on June 5, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    What politics? Sammy has proven to be the most mature leader of WI to date. Wish Bravo well after all its the WI team and I am a fan to the death.Bravo did not make side because he asked out,did not have a retainer and was injured most of the time. If Gayle and Samuels plays to their true potential we can make it. Because with Bravo and Sammy's spirited enthusiasm we can win matches.

  • ADARSH100 on May 31, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    my 11 would be 1)GAYLE 2)CHARLES 3)SAMUELS 4)POLLARD 5)SARWAN 6)DWYANE BRAVO 7)RAMDIN 8)SAMMY 9)NARINE 10)RAMPAUL 11)BEST

    This team bat deep and even the tail looks strong in batting. Bowling is also not a concern. Pace dept. consist of Sammy, Rampaul, Best, Pollard and Bravo. Spin dept. consist of Narine, Gayle and Samuels. I hope this is a perfect team. They are in the toughest group and they have to play with the best 11 right from the beginning till the end. Iam an Indian and i support WI aftr India. :)

  • on May 31, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    West indies must play attacking cricket, and gayle doing so good with his batting policy. if west indies going in positvie mind it become most dangrious team.and win easily this competition. My team 1,Gayle,2 Ramdin,3 Darren Baravo, 4 sarwan,5 Samules,6 Baravo,7 Polarad,8 Narine,9,Rampal,10 Holder,11 Roach.

  • on May 31, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    My team would be-Gayle,Charles(wk), Sawan Dar.Bravo, Samuels Dw Bravo,Pollard , Sammy,Best Shillingford,and Roach.

  • ronak122597 on May 31, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    I am extremely confident that the underdogs west indies will be succesfull . there bowling is far better than indias with narine . roach and best along with the all rounders while with india , Jadeja has his good and bad days , kumar only does good in t2os and ashwin is horrible in english conditions along with irfan pathan who has not been in form

  • iamtrini2000 on May 31, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    My 11 would be 1. Gayle, 2. Sarwan, 3. Da Bravo, 4. Samuels, 5. Dw Bravo, 6. Pollard, 7. Ramdin, 8. Sammy, 9. Narine, 10. Rampaul, 11. Roach. If Da Bravo does not perform during the practice matches to show that his eyesight is OK then he should be replaced by Smith and have him open with Gayle and Sarwan would bat at number 3.

  • warreng on May 30, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Will the practice matches be aired live ?

  • obatsalem1979 on May 30, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    windes one day play has been poor,not the kind you like to see leading up to a big tourney.....the lower order has been costing us,the so called all rounders have not done enough with the bat.

    would like to see if sarwan batting low down,like number 5,would help us bat out 50 overs.....then it`s who will open with gayle is the next issue. sarwan did so against Zimbabwe,opening the batting and being tasked with batting out the overs.

    my 11 gayle,sarwan,samuels,darren bravo,dwayne bravo,pollard,sammy,ramdin,rampaul,roach,holder/narine

  • rijulshah on May 30, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Bravo has to show lot more maturity and certainly has to curtail his dancing prowess

  • Neeta on May 30, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    The West Indies team has some amazing power hitters who can clear the ground by some distance. However they are also hit and miss players who don't show as much consistency as is expected of them. Therefore, this team needs a long batting line-up along with some anchors to bail out the side from trouble. My west Indies XI would be: Gayle Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, D.Bravo K.Pollard D.Ramdin D.Sammy S.Narine R.Rampaul Tino Best. I believe this team if it performs to its potential certainly has the goods to win the Champions Trophy. After India, this is the only team I support, a group of complete entertainers these guys are

  • on June 5, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    What politics? Sammy has proven to be the most mature leader of WI to date. Wish Bravo well after all its the WI team and I am a fan to the death.Bravo did not make side because he asked out,did not have a retainer and was injured most of the time. If Gayle and Samuels plays to their true potential we can make it. Because with Bravo and Sammy's spirited enthusiasm we can win matches.

  • ADARSH100 on May 31, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    my 11 would be 1)GAYLE 2)CHARLES 3)SAMUELS 4)POLLARD 5)SARWAN 6)DWYANE BRAVO 7)RAMDIN 8)SAMMY 9)NARINE 10)RAMPAUL 11)BEST

    This team bat deep and even the tail looks strong in batting. Bowling is also not a concern. Pace dept. consist of Sammy, Rampaul, Best, Pollard and Bravo. Spin dept. consist of Narine, Gayle and Samuels. I hope this is a perfect team. They are in the toughest group and they have to play with the best 11 right from the beginning till the end. Iam an Indian and i support WI aftr India. :)

  • on May 31, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    West indies must play attacking cricket, and gayle doing so good with his batting policy. if west indies going in positvie mind it become most dangrious team.and win easily this competition. My team 1,Gayle,2 Ramdin,3 Darren Baravo, 4 sarwan,5 Samules,6 Baravo,7 Polarad,8 Narine,9,Rampal,10 Holder,11 Roach.

  • on May 31, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    My team would be-Gayle,Charles(wk), Sawan Dar.Bravo, Samuels Dw Bravo,Pollard , Sammy,Best Shillingford,and Roach.

  • ronak122597 on May 31, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    I am extremely confident that the underdogs west indies will be succesfull . there bowling is far better than indias with narine . roach and best along with the all rounders while with india , Jadeja has his good and bad days , kumar only does good in t2os and ashwin is horrible in english conditions along with irfan pathan who has not been in form

  • iamtrini2000 on May 31, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    My 11 would be 1. Gayle, 2. Sarwan, 3. Da Bravo, 4. Samuels, 5. Dw Bravo, 6. Pollard, 7. Ramdin, 8. Sammy, 9. Narine, 10. Rampaul, 11. Roach. If Da Bravo does not perform during the practice matches to show that his eyesight is OK then he should be replaced by Smith and have him open with Gayle and Sarwan would bat at number 3.

  • warreng on May 30, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Will the practice matches be aired live ?

  • obatsalem1979 on May 30, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    windes one day play has been poor,not the kind you like to see leading up to a big tourney.....the lower order has been costing us,the so called all rounders have not done enough with the bat.

    would like to see if sarwan batting low down,like number 5,would help us bat out 50 overs.....then it`s who will open with gayle is the next issue. sarwan did so against Zimbabwe,opening the batting and being tasked with batting out the overs.

    my 11 gayle,sarwan,samuels,darren bravo,dwayne bravo,pollard,sammy,ramdin,rampaul,roach,holder/narine

  • rijulshah on May 30, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Bravo has to show lot more maturity and certainly has to curtail his dancing prowess

  • on May 30, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Politics was only reason Sammy was captain....remember Sammy played and dwayne bravo dropped from starting 11. Bravo will have to lead the bowling as he is the best in wi for English conditions (without Fidel Edwards). Swing bowling will be key. Honestly WI will struggle cannot see any of the howlers enjoying cold English conditions and batsmen will struggle. WI slim chances to get out first round just hoping to see some fight them to make matches competitive. Teams that will do well England south Africa and possibly pakistan

  • on May 30, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    My 11 would be - Gayle, Charles(wk), Sarwan, Samuels, Bravo(c), Pollard, Sammy, Rampaul, Best, Narine, Roach....... With Charles as the keeper, we get to play the extra bowler or even the extra batsman, Ramdin is strickly just a keeper and not a keeper/batsman as u wud find in the other teams.

  • chilled_avenger on May 30, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    @ Chesty-la-roux Well,to be honest,Flintoff's performance in International cricket was much superior to what Bravo has done so far,in almost all aspects(especially in Test bowling and ODI batting). Just compare their stats,if you don't believe me. Or better yet,compare their match-winning performances.

  • Non_Bias on May 30, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Rotation policy would be more like Bravo Captain and Sammy Vice- Captain.. Its an early move to get the guy sacked, slowly but surely it will happen. Cant justify this move, how can you have a man captain the longest and the shortest version of the game and he cannot captain the format between the 2, this make no sense! Bravo should've been given captaincy for all 3 formats of the game if a change really had to be made!

  • on May 30, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    The WI team is a well all round team with graceful batting ( Samuels/Sarwan) along with the biggest hitters in the game ( Gayle/Pollard). Capt. Bravo and Sammy will lead with swing bowling for the conditions, with help from Roach and Rampaul for the "fast n furious." department. I know England and South Africa will pose a challenge, but WI will prove their worth as they did in SL earlier this year. Good luck you Carnival Kings !

  • on May 30, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    i agree Neeta, i would also like to point that they do have some class players like darren bravo, ramdin can play the long innings as well. it would be a good eleven, wished marlon couldve been there too. it all comes down to how patient they are. Patience is something not many West Indians have and if they are not scoring after a few they tend try and smash the ball and end up getting out.

  • on May 30, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    The T20 championship aside, the WI so called resurgence is mostly hype. They have won 6 tests in a row but no one is considering the quality of the opposition - Bangladesh and a weak NZ . Granted they have played competitively in Test - but mostly at home. Away they are easily swept aside in most instances. Even recent one day success has come against both NZ and Zimbabwe - and again this was home based. Sammy is not the inspirational captain he is being made out to be and in fact his form has been so inconsistent that he would have been dropped some time ago were he not the skipper. WI success has come from player talent and less so from any sort of brilliant or innovative captaincy.

  • Chesty-la-roux on May 30, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    "Lets see where you are in five years Dwayne" Remember that sledge Mr Flintoff? Well five years have passed and Dwayne is the captain of his country. Where are you Andrew?

  • kentjones on May 30, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo's selection as captain is an excellent one. He can attack as well as defend as a batter and can be incisive as a bowler. He has played over 40 test matches and over 130 ODIs and thus has the experience as well as knowledge of the game at that level. He is also an energetic and brilliant fieldsman and also possesses the ability to motivate players on the flled of play. I expect him to build on the sound work of Darren Sammy and carry West |ndies to greater heights in ODIs. Congratulations Dwaynne, we are expecting big things from you.

  • Ali_86xz on May 30, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I'm being optimistic. All WI need is Gayle to play 50 overs, if he made 175 from 66/120 balls. He can make approx. 350 from 160-170 balls and others from 130-140 balls will make 150. They'll get to 500!!! If he can do it for IPL, why can't he do it for West Indies!!! lol :P

  • latecut_04 on May 30, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Could anyone let me know where are the likes of Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor.Have they been dropped due to poor domestic season or are they injured.Saw Fidel warming a frachise dugout throughout the IPL and think hes fully fit.Narine,Rampaul,Taylir and Edwards along with Gayle and Sammy complete a very good bowling line up.Batting is even stronger.....

  • Ali_86xz on May 30, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    West Indies mainly lack players who can build a good and strong innings, and consistently. Almost everyone in the team can produce an excellent finish. And they have a strong bowling line-up. The main concern is that they shouldn't collapse in the begining, they should lose maximum 3-4 wickets by the 30th over, to start the big booming at the end of the innings. All they need is a solid base at the begining, which is their main weak point which other teams will try to attack. Another weak-point is that their wicket-keeper Ramdin performs poor with the bat, they can't afford that, he needs to focus there. My XI: 1-Gayle 2-Charles 3-Darren Bravo/Sarwan 4-Samuels 5-Dwayne Bravo 6-Pollard 7-Ramdin 8-Sammy 9-Rampaul 10-Roach 11- Narine.

  • shinewindies on May 30, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    WI has had a very good record in tests and t20 over the last 18 months but have not been doing good in odis, i think thats why selectors have gone with bravo as capt. in this tournament, wel all charles supporters mark my words he will not score anything in England with his technique, and to all sammy bashers he will be the shining star for the westindies in this tournament with no captaincy pressure, not certain whether sarwan would perform but still i think he does have some years of cricket left in him.

    Should be cracker of a tournament, rally WESTINDIES.

  • siddhartha87 on May 30, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    To be honest this team is far being favorite.They got lots of power hitter but strike rotation is key for success in ODI.Thats why Indies fall repeatedly in ODIs.Gayle,Pollard and Samuels can clear any boundary for sure they always struggle to keep rotating the strike.That results in immense in pressure. If you look at modern legends of ODI s like Dhoni,Hussey,Tendulkar,Ponting,De Villiars etc you will see that they keep rotating the strike even when boundaries are not coming.Sarwan when was on peak was very good in this aspect.Thats why i feel an in-form Sarwan is must for the indies to win this tournament.

  • damith91 on May 30, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    It is not a good decision to change the captaincy in this time.Specially before a big series like champions trophy.Sammy did well as the caption so far.Bt finally it is a good decision to have differnt captions in differnt formats.

  • seanL on May 30, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    @syed ;sammy is not individually great performing player, but good team player my team; 1.Gayle2.sarwan,3.chanderpaul4.samuwels5.Bravo(c)6.Pollard7.Ramdin(wk),8.Russel/dwayne smith9.S.benn/s.naraine10.F.edwards11.Jereme taylor

  • on May 30, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Gayle, D Smith, Sarwan, Samuels,Pollard, Bravo(c) Ramdin, Rampaul, Best, Roach, Narine.

  • on May 30, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    dwayne brayvo is silly choice as captain,just as sammy is. a duo of half cricketers given a certain pick. bravo can hardly make this team.all the batsmen except charles are better than him. he and sammy represent confusion in the selection. Its time the selectors do the cricket thing and appoint Gayle and samuels captain and vice captain either way,in all formats.A note to the propagandists,Gayle is the most successfull of all the recent captains,and is the most unifying and respected figure on the team.If sammy had any shred of decency and unselfishness he would resign his captaincy in the other formats.I look forward to his dropping and gibson's too.

  • on May 30, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    Dont think that Narine will cope with English conditions. My team therefore is Gayle, Smith, Samuels Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Pollard, Sammy, Ramdin, Rampaul, Roach and Best. Samuel and Gayle will have to do the spin bowling.

  • on May 30, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    potential , my team , 1.Gayle 2.Charles 3,Sarwan 4.Darren 5.Samuels 6.Dwayne 7.pollard 8.Ramdin 9.Rampaul 10.Narine 11.Roach

  • on May 29, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    My starting 11 would be Gayle, Sarwan, daren Bravo, Samuels,pollard,Dwayne Bravo,Ramdin,Sammy, Rampaul,Roach and Narine. This is a good side and should have a good tournament .

  • mar2000 on May 29, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Island POLITICS will always reign high in the Caribbean . Dwayne Smith was "snubbed" by Chris Gayle years ago and "Smitty" is still paying the price even tho he always do well in the IPL . Some went so far as to say Bravo got the "pick" over SAMMY only because he (Sammy) is from a small Island . Why the selectors pick SARWAN over CHANDERPAUL still boggles the mind . Then again , none of the two do not care too much for the Coach anyhow.

  • on May 29, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    I am dissapointed by the lack of technique in the W.I squad. Chanderpaul needs to come back to ODI's

  • on May 29, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Why get rid of Sammy? He has been recently playing well in ODI's, i remember he scored a match winning 60 against Bangladesh otherwise West Indies would have lost 4-1 to Bangladesh. He is a both a useful bowler and batsman so he deserves his place in the limited overs teams but i am not sure about his test places...

  • on May 29, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    @bushmanZ ,..u dnt kno cricket ,.,u probably cant even plat the game !!!!!sarwan is a good selection they should probably select chanderpaul as well,.,.w.i struggle alot in england and if sarwan or gayle fails the entire team will as well,.sarwan have a very good record ,.looking foward to see a 100 from him.,

  • on May 29, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    @ bushmanZ, You do not watch much cricket. Sarwan scored a centriy in his recent home tour and for his english county team he has been doing well, that is way WIBC selected him in the team.I agree with BRUTALANALYST's team except i would not use sammy 1.Gayle 2.Charles/De Smith 3.Sarwan/Da Bravo 4.Samuels 5.Dw Bravo(c) 6.Pollard 7.Ramdin(k) 8.Rampaul 9.Narine 10.Holder/Best 11.Roach.

  • king_dhoni on May 29, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    If WI plays to potential they could easily win this with the kind of talent they have. My prediction for final 4 teams is WI, SA, ENG, AUS, and then it is any one's cup.

  • Redcod on May 29, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    I would agree with you about J Charles so why is he in your starting 11? There is Devon Smith in the squad a much better batsman than Charles, my personal choice would be to open with Sarwan, bat Darren Bravo at 3. I also think Sammy must play so either Best or Roach would have to left out. My 11 1.Gayle 2.Sarwan 3.Darren Bravo 4.Samuels 5.Bravo(c) 6.Pollard 7.Ramdin(k) 8.Sammy 9.Narine 10.Rampaul 11.Roach

  • bushmanZ on May 29, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @ BRUTALANALYST, you want to give Sarwan who has a history of giving away his wicket and getting out in the same fashion over and over again a place in the current squad????? Sarwan has already had his best days of cricket, anything else is just plain sentimentality.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 29, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    1.Gayle 2.Charles 3.Sarwan 4.Samuels 5.Bravo(c) 6.Pollard 7.Ramdin(k) 8.Sammy/Rampaul 9.Narine 10.Best 11.Roach - Would have liked to see Dwayne Smith in the side as Charles looked out his depth even in T20 world cup struggled to rotate strike, not sure how he's going to do in England and Smith had been in great form in IPL and has vast experience in England - Still think this is best 11 for W.I and if they get a good start with that fire power they can beat anyone all about getting a good platform I think either Sarwan or Samuels will have to stand up as anchormen whilst the rest play their natural game around them.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 29, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    1.Gayle 2.Charles 3.Sarwan 4.Samuels 5.Bravo(c) 6.Pollard 7.Ramdin(k) 8.Sammy/Rampaul 9.Narine 10.Best 11.Roach - Would have liked to see Dwayne Smith in the side as Charles looked out his depth even in T20 world cup struggled to rotate strike, not sure how he's going to do in England and Smith had been in great form in IPL and has vast experience in England - Still think this is best 11 for W.I and if they get a good start with that fire power they can beat anyone all about getting a good platform I think either Sarwan or Samuels will have to stand up as anchormen whilst the rest play their natural game around them.

  • bushmanZ on May 29, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @ BRUTALANALYST, you want to give Sarwan who has a history of giving away his wicket and getting out in the same fashion over and over again a place in the current squad????? Sarwan has already had his best days of cricket, anything else is just plain sentimentality.

  • Redcod on May 29, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    I would agree with you about J Charles so why is he in your starting 11? There is Devon Smith in the squad a much better batsman than Charles, my personal choice would be to open with Sarwan, bat Darren Bravo at 3. I also think Sammy must play so either Best or Roach would have to left out. My 11 1.Gayle 2.Sarwan 3.Darren Bravo 4.Samuels 5.Bravo(c) 6.Pollard 7.Ramdin(k) 8.Sammy 9.Narine 10.Rampaul 11.Roach

  • king_dhoni on May 29, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    If WI plays to potential they could easily win this with the kind of talent they have. My prediction for final 4 teams is WI, SA, ENG, AUS, and then it is any one's cup.

  • on May 29, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    @ bushmanZ, You do not watch much cricket. Sarwan scored a centriy in his recent home tour and for his english county team he has been doing well, that is way WIBC selected him in the team.I agree with BRUTALANALYST's team except i would not use sammy 1.Gayle 2.Charles/De Smith 3.Sarwan/Da Bravo 4.Samuels 5.Dw Bravo(c) 6.Pollard 7.Ramdin(k) 8.Rampaul 9.Narine 10.Holder/Best 11.Roach.

  • on May 29, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    @bushmanZ ,..u dnt kno cricket ,.,u probably cant even plat the game !!!!!sarwan is a good selection they should probably select chanderpaul as well,.,.w.i struggle alot in england and if sarwan or gayle fails the entire team will as well,.sarwan have a very good record ,.looking foward to see a 100 from him.,

  • on May 29, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Why get rid of Sammy? He has been recently playing well in ODI's, i remember he scored a match winning 60 against Bangladesh otherwise West Indies would have lost 4-1 to Bangladesh. He is a both a useful bowler and batsman so he deserves his place in the limited overs teams but i am not sure about his test places...

  • on May 29, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    I am dissapointed by the lack of technique in the W.I squad. Chanderpaul needs to come back to ODI's

  • mar2000 on May 29, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Island POLITICS will always reign high in the Caribbean . Dwayne Smith was "snubbed" by Chris Gayle years ago and "Smitty" is still paying the price even tho he always do well in the IPL . Some went so far as to say Bravo got the "pick" over SAMMY only because he (Sammy) is from a small Island . Why the selectors pick SARWAN over CHANDERPAUL still boggles the mind . Then again , none of the two do not care too much for the Coach anyhow.

  • on May 29, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    My starting 11 would be Gayle, Sarwan, daren Bravo, Samuels,pollard,Dwayne Bravo,Ramdin,Sammy, Rampaul,Roach and Narine. This is a good side and should have a good tournament .