West Indies news February 18, 2014

Uncapped Cottrell in World T20 side

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies will be without Kieron Pollard in their World Twenty20 defence after he was ruled out due to his ongoing recovery from a knee injury. All 13 men named for the Twenty20s against Ireland this month were included in the World Twenty20 squad, along with the batsman Johnson Charles and fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, while there was no room for Tino Best.

Cottrell, 24, has played one Test against India in Kolkata last year but is yet to make his debut in either of the shorter formats for West Indies. A left-arm fast bowler from Jamaica, he played for the Antigua Hawksbills at the Caribbean Premier League last year and collected eight wickets at 21.75 and an economy rate of 6.44.

Charles was also included after missing out on the Ireland games; he struggled on the recent limited-overs tour of New Zealand but has the potential to be a matchwinner at the top of the order. However, West Indies will be hurt by the absence of another clean striker, with Pollard still recovering from a knee injury he sustained last year.

Pollard injured his knee while playing in a charity football match and he said last month that he was holding out some hope of being available for the World T20, but his recovery did not prove quick enough to allow him to be considered for selection. West Indies are the reigning World T20 champions after beating hosts Sri Lanka in the final in Colombo in October 2012.

West Indies squad Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

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  • Dolly on February 24, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    No 'lil Bravo' in the side? Or is that a mis printed omission?

  • Madray on February 21, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    The WICB selectors and Grand Coach Gibson are definitely better clowns than those of the Barnum and Bailey circus. The WICB has to drop these guys before any progress can be made in WI cricket. I was always of the opinion that selection of teams are based on performances. During the recently concluded regional cricket, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Barnwell and Bissoo performed so well that anyone could have reasonably concluded that they would have been selected in any team. Come on WICB let we have officials who are reliable and impartial

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    what ever happen to barnwell in the team . And there is not even one Guyanese on this team. No wonder W.I going down this path . the put too much faith in the named players and an not a hope in players that play for the love of the game. I think barnwell earn a spot on that squad. Passion an love for the game, heart and not to mention a good all rounder

  • Jack on February 21, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I have been a harsh critic of the selectors but they have done a passable job this time. They have made some errors as usual. Not picking Sarwan was the correct decision. He cannot play pace and his fielding is atrocious. Ramdin form has been decent in the last few games so there is no need for Charles and Fletcher. Charles was never a batsman and his good luck and unknown made him successful in the past. This is over. Fletcher drops asleep too often. Cottrell deserves his place. Who is the strong fast bowler on the team when Roach is missing? Would you pick Tino, Gabriel etc. or a 7th medium pacer? Hence instead of Charles and Fletcher, I would have chosen from Carter, Evin Lewis, R. Reifer, Bonner, Leon Johnson. The biggest error is that Mr. Pybus and the WICB has kept the worst coach in the world. Gibson is talk without performance.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    What has Andre fletcher done to be in the team? Charles is woefully out of form.Based on performance Ramdin has been consistent for the last 6 months.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    West Indian selectors have not selected well atleast they must have seleted 4 specialist batsman, Gyle, Samuel, both are alrounders only Daren bravo and Charles are specialist batsman and that is not enough for Such a Big tournament T20.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Is anyone surprised?W.I. will continue down the path to failure until the present system is totally revamped.The odd victory will continue to keep some hope alive only to be dashed by a string of failures.Coach and selectors must go and a proper structure to nurture cricketers from school level onwards must be implemented.

  • Douglas on February 20, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Who is the batsman in this team? Gayle and Samuels? Both are woefully out of form. West Indies selectors continue to be a joke? What does Sarwan have to do to get back in the team? How about Chanderpaul opening the batting for Guyana in the just completed series? Did the selectors even follow the series? When will Gibson be dropped?

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    well, the debacle continues, first NZ and now IRELAND. Is there any reason why the west indies selectors should not be immediately fired? they continue with the same captain and team that was embarrased in NZ , they had players who performed great in the just concluded NAGICO ODI BUT INSTEAD went WITH THE SAME LAME HORSES THAT WAS THOROUGHLY BEATEN IN NZ. THEY SELECTED THREE MEN , GAYLE, SAMUELS AND SAMMY WHO JUST CAME OFF THE SICK BAY AND DID NOT PLAY FOR A WHILE. Why are these selectors still there?

  • Hemchand on February 19, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    WI definitely would be in trouble with a team like this! When will the WI selectors learn to do their job right for once.

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