ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 22, 2012

Darren Bravo returns for World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Batsman Darren Bravo and allrounder Andre Russell have returned to the West Indies squad for the World Twenty20 to be played in Sri Lanka. Bravo had to return to the West Indies from the tour of England after suffering a groin injury and missed the home series against New Zealand as a result. Russell had missed the T20 leg of the series against New Zealand in Florida due to an injury he had picked up in England, but played the ODI series in the Caribbean thereafter.

The remainder of the squad, led by Darren Sammy with Dwayne Bravo as his deputy, is the same as the one picked against New Zealand in Florida. West Indies won that series 2-0. In addition to Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, two power-players in the batting line-up, the squad also features opener Lendl Simmons and top-order batsman Johnson Charles, who's played six T20s for West Indies, averaging 29.66.

Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul and Russell comprise the pace attack with Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Sammy and Dwayne Smith also available to bowl medium-pace. Sunil Narine, who played a crucial role in Kolkata Knight Riders winning the fifth season of the IPL and picked up seven wickets in the two T20 wins against New Zealand, has legspinner Samuel Badree for company in the spin department. Badree made his international debut in the New Zealand series.

West Indies play their first warm-up, against hosts Sri Lanka, on September 13. Their first game of the tournament is against Australia on September 22.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Dwayne Bravo (vice-capt), Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

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  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    That a very good squad.but my only problem is DANISH RAMDEEN,'I belive he may be a liability in this T/20 COMPETITION' .hay i'm not saying he is a liability. WEST INDIES should of realy let LENDEL SIMMONDS KEEP WICKET AND PROBERLY GO WITH SANTUKY OR ANOTHER SPINNER.

  • Kemar on August 24, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    For me, I'd have made done 3 things defferently: Benn <-> Badree; Santokie <-> Charles; Best <-> Edwards. Just going by Best's performances for the last 2 T20 seasons. He has done well knowing he only has a 4 over job. How the Selectors hasn't picked up on this is not surprising. I'd go with Ramdin based on he being the most experience and has been just about the tidiest more often than not + the one most used to Narine, which is important! His batting SHOULD NOT be important. In saying all of that though...I don't know why Charles hasn't been keeping for the WI at all. Roach, Fidel best rested for tests. Oh how we miss Jerome and Ronnie. WICB...ahh boy!

  • Tyryll on August 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Roach was omitted because of his no-ball problems you dont want your fast bowlers overstepping in a t20 game. Best? I rather Edwards than Best. Bring back Bishoo!!!! Anyway looking out for some entertainment but windies are known floppers so dont get your hopes up.....

  • Abdul on August 24, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Just another Umar Akmal with more hype and less action. I am not really concerned with his inclusion when Gayle, Pollard, Russell, Samuels, Rampaul and Sunil Narine are in. This will be one of the strongest West Indian team in recent times. Watch out for them.

  • Godfrey on August 23, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    There must be some good reason/s for the omission of Best/Roach. Absolutely no need for Badree. He was a disappointment against NZ in Florida. Benn or even Deonarine will do. And no need for Ramdin if Simmions is there. I can't understand taking DM Bravo with no match practice & leaving out Deonarine, an all-rounder in his own right. No Guyanese? A little strange.

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    @Ryan Baldeo I don't know where you're going with chanders in a t20 squad, much less this one. @ Nigel Bradshaw our all rounders are good enough batsmen and in terms of spinner there are two specialist and don't forget that Samuels is good too.

  • Antonio on August 23, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Ahh, the usual suspects. I would like to see Simmons behind the stumps instead of Ramdin.

  • obat on August 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @number-09....sorry to inform you,that i never mentioned anderson or broad,so why bring them up? russell is not 10mph faster than bravo,sammy or rampaul,based on your breakdown,so like i said russell is not much faster. i am sure ramdin could stand up to the stumps for russell. so dont tell me understand the game,when you did not impart any knowledge to show me wrong. i have seen batsmen walk down the pitch to hit russell,sammy,bravo and rampaul inside out over cover....against fidel edwards and kemar roach,i have not seen such strokes. fast-medium,give me a break,anyone with medium next to their name is not fast. understand that!

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Only six batsmen? What happens if they become injured in warm-ups or otherwise? And in Sri Lanka, how do we expect to play so many quicks on the slow wickets there??? Lawk ah mussy!!! Someone needs to advise the Windies selectors that we will be better off with more spinners on this tour...

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    overrated team,will struggle against the likes of ind,sl and pak,may beat aus/sa in a must win game and reach the semi finals to join these 3 subcontinent teams

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